John Healey

The Waugh Zone May 3, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday May 3, 2016… 1) COUNTDOWN CONUNDRUM The papers are full of Leicester City’s remarkable Premier...

Housing Bill: Cameron Sees Council Housing As 'Sink Estates'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics

The Tory Government dismisses council housing as "sink estates" lived in by people who won't vote for them, Labour has said ahead of a major fight ove...

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government is facing pressure to climb down on plans to charge better-off social housing tenants to “pay to stay” after three straight defeats...

Tory Government's Housing Bill Is Being Quietly Demolished

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government's "half-baked" housing reforms are being shot to pieces as ministers face more humiliation at the hands of the House of Lords. And furt...

The Government's Housing Plans Are a Mess

John Healey | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

As Labour continues to expose and oppose the worst elements of this Housing Bill, Ministers face losing more votes, But much more damaging is the public losing any confidence that the government is competent to fix this housing crisis.

The Undoing of George Osborne

John Healey | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

As a Treasury Minister, apprehension always hung heavy in the air on the day before a Budget. Would centrepiece polices come across clearly? Would problems we wanted to downplay loom large? Would the Budget go down well with our MPs, with the media and above all with the public? Today George Osborne has much to be apprehensive about. Four months ago in the Spending Review he insisted that the economy was on the up and so "the savings we need are considerably smaller". This week he's been touring TV studios warning that "the storm clouds are clearly gathering" and that billions of pound of fresh cuts now need to be made.

You May Need £100,000 To Get Government First-Time Buyer Mortgages

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Politics

First-time buyers are having to boast salaries of more than £100,000 - almost four times the national average - to take advantage of new state-backed...

Tory MP On £74k Can't Afford To Buy Home, Moves In With Mum And Dad

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics

A Conservative MP on a £74,000 salary has admitted to moving back in with his parents because the housing crisis means he cannot get together a depos...

The Waugh Zone January 12, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday January 12, 2016… 1) HUNT THE DOCTOR It’s started. The first doctors’ strike in 40 years beg...

Even Tory Ministers Are Ashamed of This Housing Bill

John Healey | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

Last Tuesday night MPs were kept in the House of Commons until 2am, as the government forced through their Housing and Planning Bill in the early hours. Tory Ministers had snuck in more than 60 pages of new legislation at the last minute, including redefining 'affordable housing' to include homes for sale costing up to £450,000, and handing local planning over to private companies. No wonder Ministers are scared of debate on this bad Bill. This Housing Bill will be written up in the history books as evidence of a government that washed its hands of fixing our housing crisis.

Corbyn Attacks Tory 'Social Cleansing' On Housing

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle Britain’s housing crisis with new moves to cap private rent levels, build more council housing and to end ‘socia...

You Can't Trust the Tories When It Comes to Affordable Housing

John Healey | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
John Healey

In the last years of our time in government, Labour put in the biggest public investment programme in a generation into affordable homes to rent and buy. The Tories' slashed that back, which is why the number of low-cost homes to buy have fallen by 28% since 2010 and the number of homes for social rent fell to their lowest level in over twenty years... Now the challenge is to resist the further huge loss of much-needed affordable homes.

Osborne's Failed - It's Time for Labour to Lead the Way on the Economy

John Healey | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
John Healey

Six months since we lost the general election, and Labour has moved on but cannot lose sight of the hard truth that a large section of the public still doubt our ability to make the right decisions on tax, spend and investment. This was top of voters' concerns last May. Success in the elections next May, and in 2020, depends on getting to grips with it fast.

Why I'm Serving in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet

John Healey | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Healey

"Why on earth have you said 'yes'?" one of my close MP friends asked last night. Here's my answer. Jeremy Corbyn's win was overwhelming. He was properly nominated - by us as Labour MPs - and emphatically elected by more than 420,000 members and supporters. He is our new Labour leader. End of story. Respect for the result, means MPs need good reasons not to serve. And arguably the responsibility is greater on those of us who backed a different candidate to respond to Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to be "broad and inclusive" and a leader who "welcomes debate and wider involvement".

Labour Leadership Contenders: Face Up to the Facts on the Deficit

John Healey | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
John Healey

When Labour MPs voted against the Budget this week our opposition was based on rejection of specific policies, when it is the fundamentals of the economy and terms of political debate we must challenge.

A Two Horse Race? Deputy Labour Leader Contender Pulls Out

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics

John Healey has pulled out of the race for deputy Labour leader after it emerged that front-runners Tom Watson and Caroline Flint were dominating the ...

The SEVENTH Contender For Deputy Labour Leader Has Thrown His Hat Into The Ring

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

Labour's John Healey has announced his bid to succeed Harriet Harman as deputy leader of the party. In an exclusive interview with The Huffington P...

Paul Waugh

This Is Why John Healey Wants To Be Deputy Labour Leader | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics

Four years ago, John Healey was riding high. As Shadow Health Secretary, he’d forced an unprecedented ‘pause’ in the infamous Lansley NHS bill, ...

NHS Reform 'Risk Register Must Be Published', Tribunal Rules

PA | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has lost the latest stage of its fight to prevent publication of an internal civil service assessment of risks posed by the controversi...

Bill To Outlaw Taxpayer-Funded Union Officials Defeated By Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Politics

A backbench motion to outlaw so-called "Pilgrims" - taxpayer funded representatives from the trades unions - has been defeated in the Commons after La...

Lansley Pledges To End Drugs Postcode Lottery

PA | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics

Legislation meant to end the postcode lottery on access to drugs in NHS hospitals will be enforced, health secretary Andrew Lansley has said. Lansl...

'The Workplace Wing Of The Big Society': What Is John Healey Talking About

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Politics

The "Big Society" was one of David Cameron's bigger ideas upon entering office, but, surprisingly, it was Labour shadow health secretary John Healey w...

John Healey's Open Letter To David Cameron On The NHS Risk Register | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK Politics

In an open letter to David Cameron, former Shadow Health Secretary John Healey calls on the Government to "end this NHS cover up" and make the NHS ris...

Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has reshuffled Labour's shadow cabinet, promoting six rising stars of the new 2010 intake to his front bench team. Former shadow cultur...

John Denham And Healey Out Of Shadow Cabinet

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Shadow business secretary John Denham and shadow health secretary John Healey are to step down down from Labour's shadow cabinet ahead of a reshuffle ...