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On the challenges the country faces, ministers are either silent or complacent

This speech was delivered in the House of Lords in the Autumn Statement debate on 04/12/2014. My Lords, May I first say how much we...

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Why public service is the hottest career option for bright graduates

This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard. A revolution is sweeping England’s top universities. In place of the gadarene rush of graduates into the City, public service is becoming the fashion, thanks to the creation of Teach First and a string of successful imitation schemes. The latest success story is Police Now. Launched two months ago to recruit the brightest and best final-year students and young graduates into the...

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On the challenges the country faces, ministers are either silent or complacent

This speech was delivered in the House of Lords in the Autumn Statement debate on 04/12/2014. My Lords, May I first say how much we are looking forward to the noble Lord Rose’s maiden speech. In responding to questions yesterday, the noble lord Lord Deighton said with refreshing candour, that “I fully accept that this country has a long-term productivity problem.”  He continued: “Earnings have not recovered as fast as...

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Yes to ‘Devo Manc’

This article originally appeared on the Progress website. The Tory-Lib Dem coalition has an especially dismal record in the north of England. The number of young people on the dole for more than a year is up 62% across the north of England, compared to a national increase of 25%. Wages for working people in the north have fallen by even more than the national average under this government. Only...

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