Tag Archives: Harriet Harman

My take on Diane Abbott’s speech at the Labour Conference 2015


My comments in brackets and bold. Conference I am proud to stand before you as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. (You are very lucky to get this high position.) Because there is no issue that better illustrates … Continue reading

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Shuffling your cards: From Harriet to Mary


First came Harriet Harman, who didn;t really shadow much of DFID (in my view). Then came Ivan Lewis, who knew DFID from his past, but DF..it during debates. The came Jim Murphy, Scot and not much change to relate (to) … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mark Lazarowicz, hello Tony Cunningham


And so the wait is over. Ed Miliband released his full Opposition Frontbench team. Mark Lazarowicz, the Scottish MP who was the Shadow Minister of State for International Development is out of the team. He is replaced by a certain … Continue reading

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Ivan Lewis is back: Will he shake up the DFID Shadow team?


First entry after a while…due to the fact that a) I’m a second year Doctoral Researcher now and b) I’m teaching four classes of Introduction to Political Economy (POLS 107 in Birmingham POLSIS speak) (a first year course). Oh the … Continue reading

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Re-post from GPM: Reaching 0.7%? Aid Effectiveness must not be ignored


Reaching 0.7% of GNI on aid? Aid Effectiveness must not be ignored A new entry after a while. Anyway, here’s an article I finally wrote for my beloved Global Politics Magazine, which now has a new set of editors, contributors … Continue reading

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Will the real Shadow Secretary of State for International Development please stand up?


So today the Tory Defence Secretary, Liam Fox’s concerns over the 0.7% per GNI target were somehow leaked to the press. Continue reading

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Shadowing DFID: Mitchell vs Harman


It’s one thing unique and wonderful that after 1997 all three major British political parties supported the need to focus on International Development and increase aid with a focus not on tying aid to British commercial interests but that of poverty reduction…but the Shadow Minister and his/her team must come up with a viable development -centred policy, not a political centred development policy Continue reading

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