You can read the chapter I’ve written for the Progress ‘Purple Book’ by clicking the link below. Labour achieved a huge amount in Government to tackle inequality, but there is still a vast amount to do. I’ve set out my ideas about how welfare reform based on my experience as a Labour Minister, and my work in Hodge Hill.
Speech given to The Webb Memorial Trust, 19 May 2011
Can I start by thanking you for inviting me to speak to launch such an important report. It’s a great honour.
Beatrice Webb was a remarkable woman and a remarkable socialist and it is fitting that so many have worked so hard to mark the 100th anniversary of her work by producing today’s Minority Report.
Speech to IPPR, Wednesday 9th February 2011
Can I start with a big thanks to you and the IPPR for hosting us this morning.
Since you arrived you have helped create one of the leading centres for fresh thought in politics.
You have brought together some of the best minds in the business.
And you are bringing verve and intellectual excitement to the task of thinking about Britain’s future.
My speech to Progress at Labour Party Conference 2010
It’s a great pleasure to be speaking here at Progress this afternoon. When we set up Progress 15 years ago, we were always very clear that it should be the home of the new generation. Now I'm approaching 40, I want you to know I feel very comfortable here, although I don't think it’s going to be long before I feel a sense of relief that Ed says the new generation is an outlook and not an age.
Here's my pamphlet on why we lost the 2010 General Election; it draws on the research we did at the Treasury which uncovered the challenge, we came to christen the 'squeezed middle'. These were the key voters we lost - and still must win back.
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