Labour

Send for the official solicitor!

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The law and strikes can be an explosive mix according to Jim. In this week’s blog he relates a lesson from industrial history on a previous Tory government’s attempt to curb union power through the courts.

Toughing it out

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The government seems to have decided to tough it out as multiple strikes hit the country. Jim is critical of both parties approach to the problem that has echoes in the last century.

Nearly there Gordon!

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Gordon Brown is back….with a raft of ideas for scrapping the Lords and giving a lot more power to the North. But Jim asks what priority will it have in a Labour government?He also previews the latest North West by election, this time in Stretford and Urmston.

Tories face thumping in Chester

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Jim surveys the grim political landscape for North West Conservatives as a leading MP decides to quit, and the party faces defeat in next week’s Chester by election.

DIB boss reviews Labour conference

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Downtown in Business Group chairman and chief executive Frank McKenna featured on TV news channel GB News last Saturday morning, discussing Labour’s annual party conference. Watch the interview here.

Starmer on course to win for Labour?

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Frank McKenna looks ahead to the Labour Party conference that takes place in Liverpool next week – and suggests that Keir Starmer has a long way to go if he is to become PM, despite the seismic challenges the country and the government is facing.

Shadow Business Minister talks to Downtown

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Seema Malhotra, the Shadow Minister for Business, addressed an exclusive DIB event in Liverpool discussing a range of issues including the current challenges in the hospitality sector and her party’s plans to control energy prices.

Is Labour ready for power?

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The Labour leadership has been meeting business leaders from the DIB network recently. But is the party ready for power?

Strikes: Labour’s cross to bear

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This week Jim looks at the dilemma strike action always poses for the Labour Party. Should Sir Keir Starmer back the rail workers or the workers disrupted by the strike?It is a problem with a long history for the party.