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November 20, 2014

This is a humiliating climbdown by George Osborne

Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on George Osborne’s announcement that he is abandoning his legal challenge to the EU cap on bank bonuses, said: “This is a humiliating climbdown by George Osborne, which he has tried to sneak out under the cover of the Rochester and Strood by-election. “The Chancellor [...]

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November 17, 2014

The Government’s failure on social security spending – my article on Politics Home with Rachel Reeves

George Osborne promised to balance the books in this Parliament, but it’s now clear he will totally fail. As the OBR has said stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs has led to shortfall in tax receipts and more borrowing. [...]

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November 16, 2014

Only Labour can save the NHS and deliver a recovery that works for all – my guest column in the Sunday People

For more than four years prices have risen much faster than wages. It’s happened month after month since the Tories and Lib Dems came to office. Now this week figures showed wages rising faster than inflation – by just 0.1%. [...]

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November 13, 2014

Labour will bring in tough new penalties to tackle and deter tax avoidance

Britain has always succeeded, and can only succeed in the future, as an open and internationalist and outward-facing trading nation, with enterprise, risk and innovation valued and rewarded. But at a time when wages are stagnant and there are too many insecure low paid jobs, we cannot take public support for [...]

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November 21, 2014

Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express – my digital safety campaign

Keeping our kids safe is the most important job a parent has to do. And when it comes to crossing the road or learning to ride a bike, it’s usually parents who are the experts. We all remember learning the Green Cross Code when we were young. And we feel [...]

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November 19, 2014

They will not be forgotten – my Morley Observer Column

In Morley Cemetery on Bruntcliffe Lane, scattered among the family headstones, are 62 graves for members of the armed forces from the First and Second World War. These members of our armed forces weren’t killed in action, but after serving overseas, had returned home and then sadly died either from [...]

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November 12, 2014

From Hill Top to the Houses of Parliament

What a treat it was to have Hill Top Pupils join me in Parliament last week as part of their school trip to London. [...]

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