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Emma Burnell

Emma Burnell is a professional campaigner, Labour List columnist and the former national coordinator of SERA.

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Ever closer union?

Emma Burnell

The Labour party was formed to be the voice of ordinary working people in parliament; the unions the voice of ordinary working people in the workplace. We have had different challenges through the ages and we have not always acted as best we could when in power or in conflict, but we have always retained…

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What’s the point of a reshuffle?

Emma Burnell

When a reshuffle is in the air, everybody can sense it. Ministers and their shadows pop up on the television a lot more, make far more interventions. The press is full of endless speculations. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s up? Who’s down? The one question that never, ever seems to be asked is why do…

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Do we want to reform welfare?

Emma Burnell

The problem we have when talking about welfare reform is that for many years Labour has failed to have a debate with itself about what we believe the welfare state is for and therefore what welfare reform is intended to achieve. Welfare reform has instead become a default term for cutting the welfare budget. If…