Michael Dugher

Chief executive of UK Music and former Labour MP

Time For Tech Giants And Government To Give Musicians A Fair

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

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.
20/10/2017 17:59 BST
Brexit Is A Huge Potential Threat To The British Music Industry - We Can't Mess This

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

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.
15/09/2017 07:56 BST
When It Comes to MPs' Second Jobs, the Status Quo Is Unsustainable and

When It Comes to MPs' Second Jobs, the Status Quo Is Unsustainable and Indefensible

At a time when trust in politicians and politics remains perhaps at an all-time low, this week has been another bad week for Westminster... The truth is outside interests contribute not to the richness of debate in the House of Commons, but simply to the richness of individual MPs. It's time we did something about it. Every time the Tories and Lib Dems defend the status quo, their MPs may be richer, but our politics is all the poorer.
24/02/2015 16:24 GMT
Labour's One Nation Plan to Bust Open

Labour's One Nation Plan to Bust Open Whitehall

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.
07/04/2014 17:16 BST
Labour Is Setting the Pace - Online as Well as on the

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

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.
16/02/2014 12:20 GMT
Labour Is Setting the Pace - Online as Well as on the

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

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.
16/02/2014 12:16 GMT
Step Up to

Step Up to Serve

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.
22/11/2013 15:33 GMT
Questions About How the Tories Fund Their Politics Aren't Going

Questions About How the Tories Fund Their Politics Aren't Going Away

This week Ed Miliband heralded the biggest Labour Party reforms for a generation to strengthen the connection with millions of individual working people... In marked contrast, and using language that is a throwback to the old Tory party, David Cameron offers nothing but an attack on Labour's trade union links.
13/07/2013 09:08 BST
Book Review of 'Commons People: MPs Are Human

Book Review of 'Commons People: MPs Are Human Too'

But in an era of continued cynicism about politicians, whose reputations nose-dived further after the MPs' expenses scandal of the last parliament, and at a time of falling participation in our democracy, Russell's book has a bigger objective than just trying to show politicians in a 'human' light.
19/03/2013 10:48 GMT
It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality,

It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid

Globally, we have made huge strides in tackling poverty through international development and foreign aid. Indeed, extreme income poverty has dropped from two billion in 1990 to less than 1.3 billion today. And incredibly, child mortality has almost halved in that time. But the gap between rich and poor children globally has grown by some 35 per cent.
16/03/2013 09:50 GMT