Michael Dugher

Time to End the Disaster of Rail Privatisation

Andy Burnham | Posted 05.08.2015 | 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 30.06.2015 | 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 C...

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.

Labour Is Setting the Pace - Online as Well as on the Streets

Michael Dugher | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

How we communicate continues to change. The rise of social media and online news means that elections will be fought in new ways. It will be quicker, more open, more democratic and more discursive, not least because for the first time it will also be fought online. Broadcast media still continues to dominate, but the fast-declining, overwhelmingly Conservative-supporting press will not have anything like the disproportionate influence they have had in the past.

Labour Is Setting the Pace - Online as Well as on the Streets

Michael Dugher | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

How we communicate continues to change. The rise of social media and online news means that elections will be fought in new ways. It will be quicker, more open, more democratic and more discursive, not least because for the first time it will also be fought online. Broadcast media still continues to dominate, but the fast-declining, overwhelmingly Conservative-supporting press will not have anything like the disproportionate influence they have had in the past.

Step Up to Serve

Michael Dugher | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

This week I was privileged to attend the launch of 'Step Up to Serve', a new cross-party and cross-sector national initiative to increase the number of young people taking part in social action across the UK... This is a vital campaign as the truth is we are currently failing to maximise the energy, talent and potential of millions of young people.

Cameron Didn't Say Much Except More of the Same - A Land of Opportunity for Just a Privileged Few

Michael Dugher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

In his speech to the Conservative party conference, David Cameron spoke for over 50 minutes but he said very little. No policies to deal with the huge cost of living crisis that has left people on average nearly £1,500 a year worse off since the General Election. For most people it must seem like Cameron is not so much trying to "finish the job", but finish them off.

David Cameron Lost the Syria Vote Because of a Failure of His Leadership

Michael Dugher | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Infantile and irresponsible briefings from the prime minister's office combined with a complete organisational and political shambles at Downing Street. If David Cameron has a leadership crisis today, then it is one entirely of his own making.

Clegg Criticised For Skiing Holiday As Tax Changes Kick In

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg is under fire for taking a luxury skiing holiday as fresh benefit reforms kick in leaving many struggling households facing shrinking incom...

For All Cameron's Talk of 'Aspiration', His Record and His Policies Just Don't Stand Up to Scrutiny

Michael Dugher | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The incredulity of "privilege for all" will have smarter members of Mr Cameron's entourage nervous. But a debate as to which party truly stands for aspiration is one that Labour very much welcomes.

Tackling the 'Silent Salesman' Glitzy Cigarette Packets - Plain Packs are an Idea Worth Trying

Michael Dugher | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

I don't believe that plain packaging is going to stop all young people from starting smoking, but it may well prevent some from doing so.

Warsi Denies Fresh Allegations Over Financial Misconduct

PA | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics

Conservative co-chairman Baroness Warsi has denied failing to register business interests as she faced fresh allegations of breaching House of Lords r...

Cameron's Government is Starting to Look Increasingly Like That of Major's

Michael Dugher | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

John Major's anniversary this week does remind us that there is one very big difference between these two Conservative prime ministers: namely that Major, unlike Cameron, did manage to win a general election.

Labour Demand 'Full Inquiry" Into Peter Cruddas Revelations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Politics

Labour Shadow minister Michael Dugher is calling on David Cameron to launch a full inquiry over claims by ex-Tory party co-Treasurer Peter Cruddas, wh...

Labour Pledges Better Defence Deals

PA | Press Association | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics

Labour has tried to draw a line under its history of disastrous military equipment spending programmes as it presented a report aimed at ensuring over...