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Why is the UK still behind in the global skills race, despite politicians’ promises?

This article originally appeared on the New Statesman website on 14th October 2014 “We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary...

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Why is the UK still behind in the global skills race, despite politicians’ promises?

This article originally appeared on the New Statesman website on 14th October 2014 “We knew it was going to take time to make the necessary changes. It was going to take time to evolve,” said David Moyes after being unceremoniously sacked as Manchester United manager having failed to survive even a full season. “In the end, I don’t feel I was given time to succeed or fail.” Now every armchair...

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This speech was originally delivered to the House of Lords on 5th June 2014 It is a pleasure to follow Lord Deighton, and to pay tribute to him for his sterling work over the past year in promoting HS2.  Six weeks ago the House of Commons carried the 2nd reading of the HS2 Bill by the colossal margin of 452 votes to 41.  HS2 is vital to transforming transport capacity...

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Devolving power to England does not require a parliament

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