Economy
My views on economic policy and the banking crisis. I'm campaigning with the Christian Socialist Movement on bank reform to separate risky banking from the banks which handle retail deposits.
This wasn't a Budget about investing in our future.
Progress, 21 March 2014
 Economic Policy 
We need to do much more to communicate the overall message.
LabourList 30 January 2014
The UK economy is growing. Living standards are improving for some. What should Labour do?
Progress, 16 January 2016
My take on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and what Labour should do.
Progress, 6 December 2013
How Labour can be promote market reform while still keeping business onside.
Progress, 3 December 2013
My contribution to the 'If I were Chancellor' collection of essays.
Labour in the City November 2013
My update on developments in the UK economy.
Progress, 14 November 2013
My assessment of George Osborne's speech to Conservative Conference, and the challenges for Labour.
Progress, 7 October 2013
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 Banking Reform 
Making the case for a tax on trading and how it can be a One Nation policy.
Left Foot Forward, 6 August 2013
It should be Labour policy
Progress, 16 July 2012
The LIBOR scandal, banks, and Labour Party policy
Progress, 5 July 2012
The Independent Commission on Banking has published its final report. It's tough but doesn't go far enough.
Progress, 12 September 2011
We need power to be dispersed throughout society - and it's not too late for bank reform to lead the way.
Progress, 22 July 2011
The Independent Banking Commission has published its interim report, but it does not go far enough.
Progress, 11 April 2011
Speech on bank reform to Labour conference fringe event.
Labour Conference fringe, 29 September 2010
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 Economic Indicators 
  Time
Period
Economic
Measure
Annual
Change
CPI
Dec 13   +2.0%
RPI
Dec 13   +2.7%
Unemployment
% adult workforce
Nov 13 7.1%  
UK GDP
% change
Q3 13 +0.8% +1.9%
Public Debt
% of GDP
Dec 13 75.7% Info
Public Borrowing
£billions
Dec 13 £12.1bn Info
  Info from the Office for National Statistics.
 Economic Blogging 
Are living standards improving?
Debating austerity in the Financial Times
Economic optimism rising...
Responsible capitalism - talking about ethical investment
An economy crib sheet
 Latest 
Budget 2014
Labour can do more to show it is pro business
Faith and voting
Are living standards improving?
A Summit on Christian social action in our communities
 Labour News 
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