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Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment – Book Review

2nd March 2015

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This book review originally appeared in the Observer on 01/03/2015. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images None of today’s economic commentators has more experience than the Observer’s long-standing columnist William Keegan, and he brings this experience brilliantly to bear in Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment, a demolition of the argument that austerity economics were required in 2010 because Britain was “broke”. Keegan [...]

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Tessa can bring the Olympics spirit to solving the housing crisis

19th February 2015

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This interview (by Joe Murphy) originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 19/02/2015 and the below editorial comment originally appeared in the same edition. — Labour peer Andrew Adonis today ruled himself out of the London mayoral race – and swung his weight behind bookies’ favourite Dame Tessa Jowell. In a dramatic interview with the [...]

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London 2012 showed Britain’s infrastructure capability at its best

22nd January 2015

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This speech was originally delivered in a debate on infrastructure in the House of Lords on 22/01/2015. Check against delivery. My Lords, The case for improving investment in and planning for the country’s national infrastructure is compelling and I hope that today’s debate will promote consensus in working towards this goal from all sides of [...]

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Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub praised by shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis

19th January 2015

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This article, written by Hayley Mortimer, originally appeared in the Gloucester Citizen. Image by Gloucester Citizen. The Growth Hub has been described as a “potential model” for other towns and cities to follow. Shadow minister for infrastructure, Lord Andrew Adonis, visited the hub today to see how it aims to help the county’s 26,000-plus firms [...]

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The future of south London’s rail network has to be orange

5th January 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard. The next Mayor of London should turn South London orange — by incorporating London’s local and suburban main line services into the successful Overground network. This would hugely improve London transport and boost jobs, housing and regeneration. The Underground largely serves London north of the Thames and [...]

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

4th December 2014

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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 [...]

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Why public service is the hottest career option for bright graduates

2nd December 2014

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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 [...]

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Book Review: Napoleon the Great

2nd December 2014

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This book review originally appeared in the New Statesman. Napoleon the Great  Andrew Roberts Allen Lane, 976pp, £30 The French historian Élie Halévy asked the rhetorical question: comparing France to Britain in 1750 and 1850, which country seriously modernised? It was obviously the nation of shopkeepers, not the descendants of “Napoleon the Great”, the elevation [...]

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Yes to ‘Devo Manc’

4th November 2014

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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 [...]

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Critical Friends Board Review of the London Tri-borough

29th October 2014

Lord Adonis, Progress AGM, London, England

The critical friends board review of the London tri-borough shared services project, chaired by Andrew Adonis, is now available online.

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