Reducing debts for ALL our children and grandchildren. The student fees’ system is broken –and only Labour has plans to fix it.

England has the honour – or shame – of being out there on its own when it comes to hitting its young people with debt for their education. England has the highest student fees in the European Union – and worldwide we’re up [or should that be down] there with the worst, only the USA … Continue reading Reducing debts for ALL our children and grandchildren. The student fees’ system is broken –and only Labour has plans to fix it.

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Window cleaners’ receipts and an international tax avoidance scandal: still some questions for George to answer, none for Ed.

Is there anywhere other than the Tory-dominated British media where a tax avoidance scandal of international proportions could be turned into a question about Ed Balls’ window cleaner? https://vine.co/v/Ox7g9VKvwPw It’s a nice attempt to divert attention from the utter failure of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to emerge from his hole and answer questions about … Continue reading Window cleaners’ receipts and an international tax avoidance scandal: still some questions for George to answer, none for Ed.

‘We will govern without fear or favour’. ‘For the many’ takes on new meaning as Labour promises immediate independent review of HMRC and tax avoidance

It’s been an amazing week in British politics – and one which has seen Ed Miliband taking the sort of courageous stance he took over Leveson. It was a week which saw leaks about HSBC, brought out facts about HMRC and its inaction. It has shone a search light into the darker places of the … Continue reading ‘We will govern without fear or favour’. ‘For the many’ takes on new meaning as Labour promises immediate independent review of HMRC and tax avoidance

Minister’s replies still leave serious questions for George Osborne and David Cameron to answer on Stephen Green and HSBC



“Why, in the five years since this government was first given information about how HSBC helped people evade tax, has there only been one prosecution out of 1100 individuals identified? 
“And why did they appoint the Chairman of HSBC as a Tory Minister eight months after the government was told about the bank’s activities?” George … Continue reading Minister’s replies still leave serious questions for George Osborne and David Cameron to answer on Stephen Green and HSBC


‘Poor lose and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit’ – report concludes

The ‘Poor lose and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit.’ That’s the damning headline from the joint report by the London School of Economics and Essex University released today. The report analyses the combined effect of changes in direct taxation and benefit. It shows - … Continue reading ‘Poor lose and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit’ – report concludes

‘Have hope, give hope, be optimistic, unite’. Owen Jones’ messages in Leeds NW on Saturday.

This was an amazing weekend in Leeds North West. We began with a packed Otley Labour Rooms on Friday evening listening to Ian Lavery MP speaking with real passion on the 30th Anniversary of the Miners’ Strike [with some great backing acts – from Red Grass and Gary Kaye – and moving speeches from Mark … Continue reading ‘Have hope, give hope, be optimistic, unite’. Owen Jones’ messages in Leeds NW on Saturday.

Ed Miliband: a mission and a radical plan for everyday people, not just the privileged few

Ed Miliband is a man with a mission. Today he set out that mission in clear terms - to make Britain work for everyday people, not just for a privileged few. Labour under Ed Miliband’s leadership is committed to • A recovery that works for you and your family. • The next generation doing better … Continue reading Ed Miliband: a mission and a radical plan for everyday people, not just the privileged few

NHS – Labour’s ‘Time to Care’ Fund – 20,000 nurses, 8000 GPs and 5000 Home Care workers

Yesterday Ed Miliband announced Labour’s plans on the NHS. Expect the LibDem/Tory Coalition and their friends in the media to spend today knocking it. That’s a sign of how radical it is. Labour will raise £2.5bn for an NHS Time to Care Fund as part of our plan to save and transform the NHS. [Note … Continue reading NHS – Labour’s ‘Time to Care’ Fund – 20,000 nurses, 8000 GPs and 5000 Home Care workers

Party Conference 2014 – Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future begins to take shape

This week the Labour Party gathers for its annual conference in Manchester – the last Conference before the May 2015 election. The Conference certainly won’t see the launch of Labour’s manifesto. But it will emphasize those areas where the policy of a future Labour government is already clear. The choice at the general election will … Continue reading Party Conference 2014 – Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future begins to take shape

Greg Mulholland: Friend of the Rich? Certainly not of a fully informed electorate.

On July 1st 2014 Greg Mulholland, Lib Dem MP for Leeds North West, had a chance to show where he stands. He had a chance to support those who think it is obscene that it is alright - not only to make the poorest pay for his government’s austerity politics - but also to give … Continue reading Greg Mulholland: Friend of the Rich? Certainly not of a fully informed electorate.