Michael Dugher

Time For Tech Giants And Government To Give Musicians A Fair Deal

Michael Dugher | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Michael Dugher

At present, non-subscription streaming sites like YouTube fall under what's call the "safe harbour" legislation which means they are not held responsible for user-generated content or uploaded content they host. The result is that YouTube pays an unacceptably low amount for the music enjoyed by its one billion users. That simply has to change.

Brexit Is A Huge Potential Threat To The British Music Industry - We Can't Mess This Up

Michael Dugher | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The voracious appetite for British music around the world has never been greater and has pushed our exports up 11% to a new high of £365million last year, according to recent figures from the BPI... But the current uncertainty and lack of clarity about the Government's Brexit plans threatens our success. It means some investment opportunities are on hold and long-term planning is seriously hampered.

Corbyn Slammed By Senior MP For 'Barmy' Plan To Scrap Trident

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has been lambasted by his former shadow culture secretary over Labour's "barmy" plan to scrap Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent. Mi...

Trident Is the Wrecking Ball Which Will Destroy Jeremy Corbyn's Game of Political Jenga

Owen Bennett | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
Owen Bennett

As it is, the official policy of Labour is to support the renewal. So again, Corbyn could be forced to rebel against his own party. Not that he is unused to that, but rebelling as leader? That would be something special. If he tries to force his Shadow Cabinet to vote against renewal, or even backs a free vote, people will walk. The blocks will fall. Corbyn will be left with a very small Jenga tower indeed...

Jeremy Corbyn's Reshuffle Is About Effectiveness, Not Revenge

Ryan Curran | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Curran

The latest episode of Jeremy Corbyn's criticism comes in the form of his controversial Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. MPs who have publicly disagreed with Corbyn on issues like Trident and airstrikes in Syria have claimed they are being unfairly dropped in an attempt to seek revenge for their opposition to the party leader.

Labour Reshuffle: Michael Dugher Rails Against Left-Wing 'Mob'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics

Labour's civil war continued tonight as the senior MP sacked by Jeremy Corbyn accused his team of deploying a "barrage of briefing" against "good, dec...

Corbyn Wants A More 'Coherence' From Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to confirm his Shadow Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday amid continuing doubt over the role of key figures on his frontbench. ...

Corbyn Warned Against 'Punishment' Purge

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is set to start discussions on changes to his Shadow Cabinet today amid fresh warnings against a ‘punishment’ purge of his top team ...

Corbyn Warned Not To Reshuffle For Revenge

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn will be left with a "politburo of seven" if he moves against senior critics in Labour, a shadow cabinet member has said amid speculation...

The Government Finally Has a Strategy for Sport - But They Are Setting Themselves Up to Fail

Michael Dugher | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

You might have missed it, but this week the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, published a strategy for sport on behalf of the Government. That's right - up to now they hadn't got one. But unlike many of her predecessors before last May, Tracey is a sharp cookie and thought it might be a good idea to have one.

The Waugh Zone December 11, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday December 11, 2015… 1) FLY TIPPING It’s a big day for the environment, with signs that national ...

Labour's Michael Dugher Tells Ken Livingstone To Cut 'Bullshit' Over 7/7 Bombers

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour Shadow Cabinet minister Michael Dugher has condemned Ken Livingstone for his comments on the London 7/7 bombers, calling on the Jeremy Corbyn a...

'Government Has Made A Mockery Of Olympic Spirit', Claim Labour As Percentage Of Children Playing Sport Drops

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics

Children’s participation in sport has dropped significantly since 2010, making a “mockery” of the Olympic legacy, according to Labour. Analys...

Time to End the Disaster of Rail Privatisation

Andy Burnham | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Burnham

In their final term of 18 years in government, the Tories broke up British Rail, creating the fragmented privatised network that we experience today. They shouldn't have had the chance to commit this vandalism - a Labour Party divided and hampered by the hard left through the 1980s failed to win, and left the way open for this. But we must also accept that the Labour Party of more recent years hasn't been bold enough in reversing the Tory mess.

Airport Commission: Labour Will Be Ready to Back the Decision That Is in the Best Long-Term Interests of the Country

Michael Dugher | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The current Conservative Government's own difficulties with their own party must not influence the Government's approach. We cannot again let politics get in the way of good business - there are too many jobs at stake.

Labour Poses Questions Over Shelved Northern Rail Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics

Labour has today questioned David Cameron over whether the Conservative Party "deceived" voters with false election promises to overhaul the railways ...

The Waugh Zone June 26, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday June 26, 2015... 1) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD “It’s been a long night,” David Cameron said as...

In The North, Network Rail Improvements 'Paused'; In The South, Crossrail Gets Built

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics

The Tories were accused of "stiffing" the North today after revealing billions of pounds of rail improvement work are to be "paused". Transport Se...

Ed Miliband Suffers Most Strongly Worded Attack Yet

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics

A senior Labour figure has condemned the party's "absolutely unforgivable" election failure and claimed Ed Miliband was surrounded by "pointy-heads" w...

Labour Has a Better Plan to Fix 'Pothole Britain' and Boost Cycling and Walking

Michael Dugher | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Another five years of this neglect and falling investment will only make things worse. That's why Labour has set out a new and better plan to help all road users, including motorists, cyclists and bikers.

All Aboard The Public Sector

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

A public sector operator will be running trains as soon as possible under a Labour government, with the current franchising system set to be scrapped,...

Labour's Bus Plans Are Economic Fantasy and Would Damage Vital Community Services

Martin Griffiths | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Griffiths

Less than six months from a finely balanced UK election, it's no surprise public transport and buses are under attack from politicians looking for a headline and some votes. But Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher does everyone a disservice by failing to understand buses and pushing policies that will damage Britain's bus networks.

Ministers Urged Not To Give Branson Another UK Rail Line

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers are under pressure not to sell the East Coast Main Line to Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group and the transport firm Stagecoach as this plan...

We'll Call Out the Tory Lie Machine

Chris Leslie | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

The Tory Lie Machine is desperate to distract attention from the fact that they've raised taxes 24 times, and that tax and benefit changes since 2010 will leave the average household £974 a year worse off by the time of the next election - while giving millionaires a tax cut. But when they choose to lie about Labour's plans, we're going to call them out on it.

Labour's One Nation Plan to Bust Open Whitehall

Michael Dugher | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The Tories' and Lib Dems' hands off approach means the civil service looks like the last closed shop, based on an institutional elitism which excludes many exceptional individuals with ordinary backgrounds. For those who already feel that the levers of power are distant and remote from their lives the civil service is a closed circle - out of reach and out of touch.