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Homelessness: a co-operative solution

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With the Co-Operative party celebrating its centenary this year, Wayne Simmons looks at how co-operative approaches can be employed to address a social injustice close to his heart: homelessness. It’s Christmas Day, 1998, and I’m surrounded by Belfast’s homeless. The first day at my new job as a support worker with a local hostel for…

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Education matters

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This autumn marks twenty-one years since Tony Blair’s famous pledge on the priorities of the government he would lead: “education, education, and education”. As that promise comes of age, I have been looking at how the Tories are today failing a fresh generation of our children, and thinking about what Labour might do in government…

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A new programme for 2020

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Labour needs a bolder and more coherent economic message – with a commitment to fairness and transparency at its heart For Labour party members, the reasons to despair continue to mount up. Last year’s general election defeat and this summer’s vote to leave the European Union have left the party demoralised and bewildered. For an…