John Healey

The Waugh Zone January 20, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday, January 20… 1) ARTICLE 50 SHADES OF GREYBEARD An unexploded bomb caused chaos last night in Westmi...

The Waugh Zone January 19, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, January 19… 1) THE ICE QUEEN Theresa May will deliver her ‘open for business’ pitch to the g...

Councils Could Lose Out On A Fund Worth Billions Unless They Let The Tories Build On New Land, Says Government Source

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics

Councils which fail to free up extra land for new homes could miss out on a £4.8 billion Government fund, The Huffington Post UK has learned. The Tor...

Labour Must Reject 'Rag-Bag' Progressive Alliance, Says John Healey

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Politics

The answer to Labour’s problems is not to form an alliance with other centre-left parties despite a report warning the party has “almost no chance...

Labour Pledges To End Rough Sleeping With Plan For 4,000 Extra Homes

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour has unveiled a pledge to effectively end rough sleeping, doubling the number of homes reserved for people sleeping on the streets and park benc...

'Pay To Stay' Council Tenant Rent Hike Scrapped In Major Government U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

A controversial plan to hike council house rents for better off tenants has been ditched by the Government after it admitted the policy would hit “o...

The Waugh Zone November 16, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 16… 1) GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE It’s Wednesday and the first post-Trump victory PMQs loom...

Why I'm Rejoining Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet

John Healey | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

I've served on Labour's frontbench for much of the last 20 years, under four leaders. They all had flaws. And when I spoke to Jeremy today he agreed that that he, and we all, must do better. However, all four were elected leaders of our Party. Jeremy Corbyn's re-election earns him the right to lead Labour again, and the right to expect backing from Labour MPs. We must now pull together. Our task is to take on the Tories and win over the public.

Labour MPs 'Mugged' Corbyn 'In Cold Blood'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics

Labour MPs who sought to “mug” Jeremy Corbyn “in cold blood” should now get behind him and unite the party, one of his strongest supporters ha...

Today's Election Is Labour's Chance For A Fresh Start

John Healey | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

The leadership campaign may be over but for Labour the real work now begins. Labour MPs had our say before the summer. Labour members had their say over the summer. Now it's time to give our full attention to the public. The immediate imperative is to deal with the divisions of the campaign. A political Party that argues with itself is unable to take the argument to the wider electorate... So we need the basis for a fresh start for Labour's frontbench, to put behind us the stand-off between Labour MPs and Leader. The responsibility to do so lies with both.

Dan Javis Tipped To Join Corbyn Team

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Politics

Dan Jarvis is one of several former Labour frontbenchers being lined up to rejoin the party’s top team if Jeremy Corbyn wins re-election, HuffPost U...

There's a Hole Where Economic Leadership Should Be: Here's What to Do

John Healey | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

A three-point rescue plan to help stop the housing crisis getting worse as a result of a post-Brexit shock, prevent a sharp slowdown in growth and provide some economic certainty. The Bank of England alone can't protect jobs and homes. If the Conservatives politicians can't offer economic leadership, then Labour must.

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 11.01.2017 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 13.11.2016 | 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.