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Angela Eagle

Labour MP for Wallasey

How We Leave The EU Will Define Britain For The Next Decade - The Government Must Respect The Need For Proper Scrutiny

Our withdrawal from the EU will, in some respects, define at least the next decade in Britain's future. It will have an effect on businesses, schools, our ability to attract talent to our universities, our wealth, productivity and international relations. I hope the Government will respect the role of Parliament and provide for proper scrutiny and challenge.
24/01/2017 17:22 GMT

Attacking High Court Judges Over Article 50 Is Misleading And Dangerous - All They Have Done Is Reaffirm Parliament's Sovereignty

The High Court decision this morning ruling that Parliament rather than the Crown has the power to trigger Article 50 has unleashed fevered politicking on all sides. Unsurprisingly, fanatical Brexiters like Suzanne Evans of Ukip - who immediately railed against "activist judges" on Twitter - and the <em>Daily Mail</em> - apparently furious that one of the high court judges might be an "openly gay fencer" - went straight for the judges' jugulars. What misleading and dangerous rubbish.
03/11/2016 16:36 GMT

Sunday Trading: A Humiliating Defeat for the Tory Government

Strong scrutiny is essential to good legislation. This Government have demonstrated a track record of ducking, diving and dodging scrutiny. If the Government truly believe in the programme they are implementing, they should not be afraid of proper debate, and should be able to demonstrate greater respect for parliament and for democracy.
10/03/2016 07:43 GMT

The Chancellor's Spending Review Will Be Shaped by a Political Choice to Reduce the Deficit Through Swingeing Spending Cuts Instead of Growing the Economy

The tests for the spending review are clear: will it make working people better off and deliver a much-needed focus on growth, skills, productivity and infrastructure; or is it business as usual with a short-sighted spending review, underpinned by the Chancellor's fiscal fundamentalism and delivering little beyond false economies.
17/11/2015 17:52 GMT

We Need the Real Living Wage to Tackle the Low Pay Challenge

Living Wage Week is a time to take stock of the low pay challenge that confronts a growing number of working people in the UK - and think about what more can be done to tackle it. Despite the many living wage victories, the outlook is bleak.... Against this backdrop, we should see George Osborne's 'national living wage' for what it is - an enhanced minimum wage. And while it would be churlish to deny that it will do some good (it was after all a policy that was swiped straight out of Labour's 2015 manifesto), we need to recognise three big flaws in the government's way of going about things that reveal the weakness of its approach to tackling lowpay.
04/11/2015 16:36 GMT

Whatever Happens on Saturday - Labour Has Changed

Whether you agree with Jeremy Corbyn or not, his intervention in the leadership contest has reinvigorated members and supporters who had felt that their views were simply not being represented in the Westminster political discourse.
08/09/2015 16:22 BST

This Government's Handling of 'English Votes for English Laws' Is Reckless, Dangerous, and Threatens the Future of Our Union

it is important to recognise that changes need to be made in Westminster too, and England's voice should be strengthened when it comes to English only matters. However, David Cameron has proposed fundamental Constitutional changes, and is proposing to introduce them in two weeks' time, using a little known parliamentary procedure... This is no way to make profound constitutional change. It is an outrage the Government thinks it is.
03/07/2015 15:41 BST

As Labour's Deputy Leader I Believe I Could Help Us to Recover, Rebuild and Win in 2020

Today I am entering the race to be Labour's deputy leader because I believe I can help us to recover, rebuild and win in 2020... Over the course of this campaign I will travel the country to listen to the people who did the hard graft in this election. We need a root and branch review - not of our navels - but of the practical things we need to do to make our party stronger. I'm not standing in this election to be a commentator, I'm standing in this election because I want to fix the problems we have and help us move forward as a united Party. Together, we can win in 2020.
18/05/2015 11:00 BST

This Government's Lobbying Bill Remains an Unworkable, Sinister Mess

From a government that promised that it would fix our broken politics, this really is a Bill to be ashamed of. Despite a raft of panic concessions won by huge pressure from irate charities and third party campaigners, this is still a Bill that stands up for vested interests and shuts up everyone else... This is not what this legislation should have looked like. We have a desperate need for political reform in our country because people are switching off from politics in their droves. They want to see action to clean up lobbying because every lobbying scandal just erodes their trust further.
21/01/2014 14:21 GMT

Let's Stop the Government's Gagging Bill

It is so useless that even Lynton Crosby - the tobacco lobbyist at the heart of Downing Street - wouldn't be covered by it. Both transparency campaigners and the lobbying industry agree that the government's toothless register is actually a step backwards from the codes of conduct and sanctions that already exist. The government should rename it the Let Lynton Lobby Bill.
03/09/2013 11:23 BST

Building a Better Politics

I am delighted to have got the People's Politics Inquiry underway, and to have today launched the consultation questions on Your Britain - the online policy hub set up by Labour to open our policy making process to anyone who wants to have a say in shaping our next manifesto. My colleagues and I are going to spend the summer having conversations with people who have been turned off from politics and we are going to ask them what we need to do to change. If we want to put power back in the hands of people, then we need to listen to people first.
16/07/2013 08:05 BST

Labour's Alternative Queen's Speech

Over the last session of parliament we have seen a remarkably thin legislative agenda from the government. Swathes of parliamentary time have been left unfilled and the bills that they did produce have been chaotic, badly drafted and badly managed. I have calculated that since the last Queen's speech, the government have u-turned on average once every seven sitting days. If No10 briefing is accurate, they are u-turning on this Queen's Speech before it's even been delivered by dropping minimum alcohol pricing, plain cigarette packaging and their register of lobbying interests.
06/05/2013 18:00 BST

New Session Same Incompetence

Two years into government, after 13 years in opposition (or in the case of the Liberal Democrats almost a century) you would have expected a Queen's Speech packed with ideas. Ministers would have spent months battling it out to have their legislation included in the government's packed programme.
18/05/2012 22:07 BST

Power Without Purpose

David Cameron, as you would expect from an ex-PR man, has a smooth answer on why he wants to be prime minister, but I have the sense that the real answer to why he wants the job is simply "because it is there."
20/02/2012 22:47 GMT

Happy Birthday PMQs

It was 24 October 1961 that old Etonian Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan faced Labour's leader Hugh Gaitskill across the dispatch box in the first session of Prime Minister's Questions.
24/10/2011 00:09 BST

It's Time for George Osborne to Forget the Dogma

For a Prime Minster who promised to 'get the economy moving again' today's GDP figures must be deeply worrying. They reveal growth of just 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011. Today we've heard the additional bank holiday due to the royal wedding, the wedding itself and the warm weather in April all being held up as reasons for this poor performance. Not so long ago, the Chancellor of the Exchequer came to the House of Commons and blamed the winter snow for Britain's shock plunge into negative growth at the end of 2010.
26/07/2011 15:52 BST