Labour's Digital Jobs Revolution
Remarks to the Parliament & Internet Conference: Parliament and the Internet
 

Welcome.

Now, it used to be said that to err is human, but to really mess things up you need a computer.

No more. At least not outside the Department for Work and Pensions.

Digital is changing our lives – and though we marvel at the speed of change, actually we need it to go faster.

Ten years on from the Great Financial Crash, millions feel no further forward. Because they’re not. We’re mired in the worst squeeze on living standards since the days of Dickens. And now this crippling, seemingly endless malaise, has provoked the worst crisis of cooperation for a generation; we are divided between rich and poor, between young and old, and now with our closest neighbours with the vote for Brexit.

Many argue that today's rise in extremism can be traced back to two overlapping crisis; a crisis of ideology, and a crisis of identity. This research programme which I help advise with Shabana Mahmood MP sets out to explore questions of identity, in our own home city of Birmingham. It's a three year programme which we hope will develop new answers to the challenge of developing what you might call a very English Islam.

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