Tag Archives: UK Labour Party

Hello Kate Osamor


What do you know about International Development? This new Shadow Secretary of State for International Development has never asked a question to DFID Ministers. Another glance at Theyworkforyou.com shows small questions regarding refugees and homophobia (see this link) Welcome, newbie! … Continue reading

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It’s right to question aid, but better to focus on effectiveness, rather than the 0.7%


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
A version of this post is on Huffington Post. In the UK, a parliamentary debate can be initiated by popular petition. On 13th June, Parliament will debate the proposition that the government’s approach…

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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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Hello Mike Kane what do you know


About International Development? What roles will you take? In previous years the Labour Shadow Cabinet for International Development had three MPs. Now its just your and Ms Abbott. Your Profile. Will you be serious about aid expenditure, having been on … Continue reading

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Congratulations Chairman Stephen Twigg


on your appointment as International Development Select Committee Chairman. You have big shoes to fill–former chairman and my favourite Liberal Democrat Malcolm Bruce (Vince Cable was one of my favourites left a large legacy. Here’s Stephen Twigg’s bio and how … Continue reading

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When Google helps, Mary Creagh’s Written Questions


The new and last Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (unless the Labour Party loses the 2015 General Election), posted similar written question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for … 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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