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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