Zero hours contracts: a symptom, not the disease

Richard Dunstan

As my only direct experience of life on a zero hours contract is a brief period some 30 years ago as a manager of front-line staff employed almost exclusively (then and now) on such contracts, I hesitate to take issue with Gareth Fearn’s personally-evidenced analysis yesterday of an issue that rightly, if somewhat belatedly, forced…


Class wars

Mary Riddell

Mary Riddell speaks to Tristram Hunt and finds that the Labour party has not only a new shadow education secretary to flesh out the least developed area of Labour’s policy prospectus, but a fully signed-up outrider for Milibandism Is the Labour party ready for a leader called Tristram? We may never find out. On the…

Energy 4

2014, Labour’s year of…reducing energy poverty

Jonathan Reynolds MP

Since Ed Miliband announced Labour’s plan for a 20 month energy price freeze at Labour conference in Brighton energy has never strayed far from the top of the political agenda. Freezing prices for 20 months, whilst we implement our broader package of reforms, would allow us to give consumers a much needed reprieve whilst we…