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Frank Field

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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 belonging to 18th century Jamaica (or present-day Mosul) but not… Continue reading

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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 discusses the government’s efforts to clamp down on slavery and… Continue reading

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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 an interview, he said, ‘It needs a figurehead and I’m… Continue reading

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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 as his welfare adviser to how that Labour… Continue reading

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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 we set the debate rather than endlessly react to it,… Continue reading

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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 of the idea after the naked political interference in the… Continue reading

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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 decade has seen the largest population increase in any decade… Continue reading

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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 the Government to say there was enough money in the… Continue reading

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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 younger sister of the Big Society"), it’s stuffed with more… Continue reading

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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 beaten the recalcitrant Treasury over his £9bn universal benefit reform,… Continue reading

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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 an extensive interview with the Times (£). He is convinced… Continue reading

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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 £67 billion a year by 2014-15. The hole in the… Continue reading

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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 stopped at age 13, arguing that: ‘at that age mothers… Continue reading

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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 being my favourite three. But the war on poverty needs… Continue reading

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What to do with all that knowledge on welfare

17 May 2010 16:17

Is Frank Field back? The Labour MP has spent much of his life talking about the poor. Judging by reports today, he might be offered a job chairing a commission… Continue reading

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Frank Field would complete the Tories’ welfare reform jigsaw

17 May 2010 11:37

So now the coalition stretches as far as Labour, with the news that Frank Field is being lined up as an anti-poverty advisor for the government.  In itself, this is… Continue reading

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Many BNP voters’ concerns are legitimate and should be recognised as such

24 February 2010 16:55

Frank Field was characteristically forthright on the Today programme this morning. “I don’t believe, given the strains (on the economy), we will be able to maintain an open door policy… Continue reading

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Cameron takes a brave line on family policy

11 January 2010 18:13

David Cameron’s speech today at the launch of Demos’s Character Inquiry was both brave and significant. His message was that it is parenting, not material wealth, that plays the most… Continue reading

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Social breakdown by numbers

11 January 2010 13:09

At the Demos event on character this morning, Frank Field came out with a quite remarkable statistic: that for the last year for which there are records, two years ago,… Continue reading

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The trailer for Nick Griffin’s Question Time performance

22 October 2009 11:40

Is Nick Griffin’s interview with the Times a sneak preview of what we can expect from him on Question Time tonight?  I rather suspect so.  His aim in it is… Continue reading

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A few honest men

19 October 2009 13:06

Right, wrong, or somewhere in between?  I imagine that a few people who were fervently behind the Legg letters started having second thoughts when Frank Field announced his opposition to… Continue reading

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The Generation Game

1 May 2009 23:17

The rhododendron flowers are out, so it must be time for the  big beasts of the Labour Party to stir again. Charles Clarke has said that he’s ashamed to be a… Continue reading

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