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Shadow Chancellor Blog

April 15, 2014

Labour’s plan will tackle the cost-of-living crisis which out of touch Tories want to tell us is over – my Guardian article

Over the coming weeks we can expect ministers to start telling us that the cost of living crisis is over. Will people buy it? I don’t think so. Because for most families in Britain today such a declaration, on the back of a handful of economic statistics, will only confirm just how out of [...]

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April 14, 2014

This year I enjoyed every minute – my blog on the 2014 London Marathon

I had my normal array of memorable moments. Standing at the start jostling for position with giant bottles of Buxton water and Lucozade. Being brushed by a bare-bottomed mankini-wearer. A brief chat with the London Pride beer bottle before he sped off at mile five. And while many hundreds of [...]

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April 4, 2014

Tax and benefit changes mean families will be £974 a year worse off by next election, IFS figures show

Households will be £974 a year worse off by the time of the next general election because of tax and benefit changes since 2010, according to Labour analysis of figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). [...]

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April 1, 2014

My speech to the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference

Thank you, Adam, and thank you to the British Chambers of Commerce, and your Director-General, John Longworth, for inviting me to speak to your Annual Conference today – for the second time in this Parliament as Shadow Chancellor. [...]

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April 23, 2014

We must protect our precious NHS: my column in the Morley Observer

A local nurse from Drighlington came to see me at one of my surgeries in Morley last week concerned about the impact of changes in our local health services. “Nurses are demoralised,” she told me, “they feel as though their professionalism is being undermined.” [...]

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April 11, 2014

Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express

with times still tough for too many local families and pensioners, getting more investment into our local economy from big companies like Coke, as well as from successful small businesses, is vital. Because only by securing more business investment, with backing from Government, can we tackle the cost of living [...]

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April 9, 2014

My Column in the Morley Observer

A local dad called my office last week at his wits end. He told us he had nowhere left to turn and no food in the cupboard for his kids. And he asked: “how do I contact a food bank?” Over the last couple of years foodbank collections have become an [...]

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