What difference would a Labour Government make?


I was recently asked by the Fabian Society to answer a simple question – why does it matter? What difference would a Labour Government make?

In my response, I call for a Labour government to achieve a whole new political promise, and a new way to deliver, in 2015. One nation Britain must be nothing less than a vision of a new social contract between state and citizens. We must be unambiguous in our commitment to end the rising inequality of Tory Britain, and ensure prosperity is fairly shared. Equally, we must deliver a contract that gives everyone a stake – putting communities and people at the heart of politics. David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ distorted and disfigured the themes of community empowerment and localism.  But, as I argue in this Fabian essay, these themes must be central to our one nation vision.

It’s an enormous challenge for Labour, but we can achieve it – by thinking universally and acting locally.

You can read my full Fabian essay here.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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