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10 months ago

There is an alternative: progressive views on rebuilding post-pandemic Britain

Labour in the City and Cicero/AMO are delighted to present this collection of essays on the City and its relationship with the UK economy. We are grateful to all our contributors for providing such thought-provoking and original insights, taking in everything from Albert Camus to net zero, and hope you find them equally compelling. Contributions: Introduction – Nicholas Smith & Tom Frackowiak Foreword – Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP Something is…

1 year ago

Shorting the City: The Tories’ Brexit deal fails the financial services industry

By Pat McFadden There was a revealing moment in the House of Commons debate on the Government’s Brexit deal.  Labour MP Peter Kyle asked the Prime Minister about the absence of coverage for financial services in the deal.  The Prime Minister ducked the question but said he was glad Labour was “backing the bankers”. The Prime Minister’s response summed up how the financial services sector has been viewed by much…

1 year ago

How the City can be a good neighbour

Your business may be global – but think locally about hiring, and mentoring, young people. That was the message to City employers from Rushanara Ali, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, during a Q&A session with Labour in the City members. Rushanara’s constituency neighbours the Square Mile – it includes Spitalfields, Whitechapel and a chunk of Bishopsgate, together with East End neighbourhoods such as Stepney and Bow. She…

1 year ago

Listening to the red wall

Labour in the City were delighted to host a virtual Q&A between Deborah Mattinson, founding partner of Britain Thinks and former political strategist to Gordon Brown, and 40 of our members. Deborah spoke about her new book ‘Beyond the Red Wall’ which analyses the underlying causes resulting in the 2019 election results and the totemic shift in party loyalties. For those who couldn’t make it in person here are some of…

1 year ago

Why random drug testing at work is a bad policy

How would you feel about your employer ushering you into a room and requiring you to pee in a bottle? That’s the scenario favoured by Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, who wants to introduce random drug testing in the office. Bailey wants all businesses with more than 250 employees to sign up to a testing charter, routinely checking for signs of illegal drugs. He would then…

1 year ago

Sajid Javid: a man in a hurry

So Sajid Javid MP, ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer, has a new job advising JP Morgan. For someone whose standing as a politician went up earlier this year after resigning – and someone who will go down in history as the UK’s first Chancellor of Asian heritage – Mr Javid seems unconcerned about how this move might diminish his reputation and that of his colleagues. It is reasonable for voters to…