Alan Milburn

No 10 should have seen Alan Milburn’s resignation coming

3 December 2017 14:56

For the whole board of the Social Mobility Commission to resign with its chairman, Alan Milburn, condemning the Prime Minister’s…

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…

Alan Milburn finally confronts Labour with the hard truth about Tony Blair

24 June 2015 14:02

Alan Milburn has told Labour something it does not want to hear: Tony Blair was as great for the party…

How to get social mobility right

15 June 2015 18:50

Today’s report from Alan Milburn’s Commission on Social Mobility found young people from working class backgrounds are being ‘systematically locked…

What should Jeremy Hunt do next to the NHS?

19 May 2015 11:19

The Tories barely talked about the NHS during the election campaign. It was an area of Labour strength, and one…

The Burnham message

7 February 2015 9:13

Andy Burnham’s interview in The Times today lays down several markers. He praises Len McCluskey, declares that trade union funding…

Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a…

The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the…

Social mobility — more than a political battle over universities

30 May 2012 9:55

Nick Clegg wants to make social mobility his big theme in office. This is an ambitious target and one unlikely…

Lansley’s battle should’ve never been fought

10 February 2012 14:54

A small war has broken out over Lansley’s NHS Bill — ConservativeHome has three Cabinet members attacking it. I find…

Gove goes forwards, while other reforms stall

16 June 2011 11:18

The good, the bad and the ugly of the coalition’s reform agenda are all on display this morning. The good…

Milburn withdraws the Blairite seal of approval

16 June 2011 9:09

Alan Milburn’s article for the Telegraph this morning is a rhetorical blitzkreig against the coalition and their NHS reforms. From…

Your five-point guide to the coalition’s social mobility report

5 April 2011 15:20

The government’s new report into social mobility is, it tells us, all about “opening doors” and “breaking barriers” — but…

Milburn on Lansley’s health reforms

16 March 2011 17:34

Andrew Lansley’s health reforms have never been in the rosiest of health; but, as Pete observed yesterday, the current malaise…

Clegg defines his liberalism

13 March 2011 15:20

I do feel for Nick Clegg. He’s taken an oppositionalist party into government, and they hate it. He is politically…

The return of Alan Milburn

15 August 2010 10:26

Frank Field, John Hutton and now Alan Milburn – the red tinges to the coalition mix are like a Who’s…

Francis Maude is right, but he must remain wary

31 July 2010 13:44

Big words from Francis Maude, as he tells today’s Guardian that the current government is more radical than either Thatcher…

Will the coalition defeat the roadblocks to reform?

13 July 2010 1:23

The biggest reform to the NHS since its inception since 1948. A move away from bureaucracy towards a proper internal…

Pot, kettle, black

20 March 2010 17:36

George Boateng, Alan Milburn and Andrew Smith have written a letter to George Osborne, calling him to task over the…

Current Tory health plans are backward-looking and reactionary

18 October 2009 14:02

I have long been depressed about Tory health policy, or lack thereof. The News of the World today does a…