Frank Field

Philip Green is the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’. What will Theresa May do about it?

25 July 2016 7:57

In her opening pitch as Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to stick up for the man in the street and…

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Welfare reform is no longer the sole responsibility of the DWP

18 January 2016 15:22

The government came to office in 2010 with the promise of revolutionising the welfare state as we have known it.…


Have food banks become a ‘boil of no significance’?

10 December 2015 11:52

Remember food banks? They were a hot political issue about a year ago, with Labour MPs raising them again and…

David Cameron listens to Labour MP Frank Field delivering a speech at the headquarters of the think tank DEMOS on January 11, 2010 in London.

Frank Field: Tory MPs share Labour’s concerns on cutting tax credits

15 September 2015 9:12

The government will push forward with its plans to cut £6 billion in tax credits today and the Commons vote is one…


George Osborne could revolutionise welfare – but does he know what he’s doing?

14 September 2015 19:35

Have we ever had a more political Chancellor of the Exchequer? I doubt it. The political skills of George Osborne…

If you’ve never tried LSD, a Corbyn government would be a fairly decent simulacrum of the drug

Jeremy Corbyn won’t destroy Labour. But he might yet destroy the country

28 July 2015 17:47

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2017 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the…

Statistics Suggest Poverty Is A Major Issue For Scottish Children

The poverty of the UK poverty measure

25 June 2015 12:30

It’s sad to see so many genuinely well-meaning people judge the fight against poverty by the publication of a massive spreadsheet, but…

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New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of…

Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

Labour MP suggests Ed Miliband is not speaking frankly about NHS spending

16 April 2015 13:38

This morning Sir David Nicholson criticised Ed Miliband for failing to commit an extra £8 billion a year towards the NHS. The…

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How long will the fragile consensus on food banks last?

8 December 2014 14:25

Frank Field just about managed to hold together a cross-party consensus on the need to tackle hunger in this country…


Food bank report is a chance to end the toxic political stand-off

8 December 2014 8:45

It has been quite difficult for anyone following the growth food banks over the past few years to avoid growing…

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The Afghans found in Tilbury Docks remind us that slavery is back in Britain

18 August 2014 9:43

How seriously should we take modern slavery? To some, the very phrase sounds hysterical: slave markets are seen as something…


Video: Frank Field pulls apart the coalition’s Modern Slavery Bill

3 July 2014 13:28

How radical is the coalition’s Modern Slavery Bill? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Labour MP Frank Field…

Nigel Farage has announced he does not want to lead the 'Out' campaign. Photo: Getty Images.

Exclusive: Nigel Farage doesn’t want to lead the Out campaign

21 May 2014 15:51

Nigel Farage has told The Spectator that he doesn’t want to lead the Out campaign come an EU referendum. In…

Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

What would Frank Field do for Labour?

19 August 2013 11:18

The latest tranche of advice for Ed Miliband contains pleas for the Labour leader to think the unthinkable and hire…

Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

Frank Field interview: Labour needs to do something dramatic to win back its lost working class voters

2 May 2013 15:45

There’s one government adviser who still feels Steve Hilton’s absence very keenly indeed. ‘He was always thinking ahead, how do…

Justin Welby returns to his seat after addressing the General Synod of the Church of England, which includes the House of Laity. Image: Getty

In defence of the CofE’s House of Laity

22 November 2012 11:52

Even friends of an Established church like myself – though I’m a Catholic – should think twice about the wisdom…

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Uncontrolled immigration

17 July 2012 18:35

So the 2011 census results for England and Wales are out. And sure enough it turns out that the last…

Traducing Canute Watch: Frank Field

7 February 2011 1:24

Interviewed by the Times, Frank Field fails the Canute Test: Mr Field said that it was not good enough for…

Frank Field’s report highlights the coalitions within the coalition

3 December 2010 15:12

Frank Field’s review of child poverty policy covers a daunting expanse of ground. From breast-feeding to the little society (“the…

IDS the victor?

1 October 2010 18:40

There are still conflicting reports, but Michael Crick and The Times intimate that a deal has been struck: IDS has…

Field caught between reality and fantasy

11 September 2010 18:56

Frank Field’s been thinking. He will make his report on poverty next week and he hints at its contents in…

Spending cuts must start with welfare

16 June 2010 9:04

The new and independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that interest payments on public debt are set to rise to…

Field gets to work

11 June 2010 9:07

The Times leads with the story that Frank Field, the government’s independent poverty advisor, is recommending that child benefit be…

The war on poverty opens a second front

5 June 2010 10:54

I detest the use of the word ‘Czar’. Everything has a Czar – potato regulation, multi-story car parks and Twitter…