Chris Leslie
Chris Leslie joined the Labour Party when he was fifteen years old, angry at the damage caused by the Thatcher government. Ever since then he has been an active Labour member , fighting against inequality, disadvantage and unfairness.

Chris was a councillor on Bradford Council for four years from 1994-1998 and then in 1997 was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shipley, a Tory ‘stronghold’ in Yorkshire where he overturned a Conservative majority of 12,000. Chris represented Shipley in Parliament for eight years, narrowly losing his seat by 400 votes in 2005.

During that time Chris held several positions in the Labour Government. From 2001-2002 he was a Minister in the Cabinet Office heading up civil service policy matters, civil contingencies and emergency planning.

From 2002-2003 Chris was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for local government and regions policy.

Following this he spent two years as a Minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs with responsibility for the courts and elections policy.

On losing his Shipley seat in 2005 Chris took up the post of Director at the New Local Government Network, a local government research organisation which campaigns for the devolution of power from Whitehall to town halls and local communities.

Chris was a trustee of a national debt advice charity, CCCS (Consumer Credit Counselling Services) until the end of 2010, helping people in debt and campaigning for fairer treatment from the financial services industry.

Since 5th May 2010 Chris Leslie has been the Member of Parliament for Nottingham East and he is currently Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

He is married to Nicola and has a baby daughter.

Entries by Chris Leslie

How Can This Government Attempt to Justify a £3Billion Tax Cut for the Top One Per Cent?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (23:00)

For millions of working people in Britain, there has been no economic recovery at all.

In fact, the average household will be nearly £1,000 worse off by next year as a result of tax and benefit changes introduced since 2010.

Yet today a Treasury minister will stand up in the...

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We'll Call Out the Tory Lie Machine

(22) Comments | Posted 2 August 2014 | (00:00)

This week, the Tory Lie Machine has been cranked into action. We knew this would happen - the Tories don't have a positive vision for the country, so they're reduced to spreading lies about Labour's plans. As my colleague Michael Dugher showed in his recent blog, they have...

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NOW It's Official: Britons Are Worse Off Under the Tories

(53) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (23:00)

This week we had confirmation that people will be poorer in 2015 than when the coalition came to power in 2010.

George Osborne spoke for 55 minutes on Wednesday afternoon but, amid the bluster and the boasts, failed to mention the cost of living crisis even once.

Instead, this out-of-touch...

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The Autumn Statement - A List of Failures Dressed Up as Victories

(9) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (23:00)

After three wasted years, we have had another day of complacency from George Osborne.

All we heard in a speech of nearly an hour was more evidence of the cost of living crisis and a few misplaced boasts about the state of the economy, despite the fact that this is...

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Despite Positive GDP Figures, This Complacent Chancellor Should Not Be Relaxing

(18) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (15:30)

For most people, life is getting harder as the cost of living rises. So while today's economic growth figures show a small rise in Britain's output - something which is both welcome and long-overdue - the sobering truth is that there has been no recovery yet for people on middle...

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Britain Needs a Plan for Economic Growth

(1) Comments | Posted 26 April 2013 | (09:09)

An unprecedented triple-dip recession has been averted, but yesterday's lacklustre growth figures mean our economy is simply back to where it was six months ago.

This continues the overall picture of a flatlining economy in Britain ever since George Osborne's last Spending Review. In fact, this is now the...

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Now It Is Official: You're Worse Off Under the Tories

(16) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (21:16)

Nearly three years into this government, George Osborne has hung on to his job and to his failing economic plan, but come up horribly short on most of his key promises.

On economic growth, on maintaining Britain's AAA credit rating and on his key pledge to balance the books by...

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Another Missed Opportunity by George Osborne

(8) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (10:13)

Yesterday was a chance for George Osborne to signal he would act to get the economy moving again in order to get the deficit down and begin to turn around his failing ship. Instead he stuck dogmatically to the course which led Britain to the longest double-dip recession since the...

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