Ben Bradshaw MP

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Today, Ed Miliband announced his policies for Britain's young people. You can read the announcement in full here, and this is what he had to say earlier today, before his speech.

A Better Plan For A Better Future

Today, Ed Miliband announced his policies for Britain's young people. You can read the announcement in full here, and this is what he had to say earlier today, before his...

My latest column for the Western Morning News, on why the next Government must take tourism more seriously, is available to read online here.

My Column on Tourism

My latest column for the Western Morning News, on why the next Government must take tourism more seriously, is available to read online here.

An NHS nurse in Exeter today asked me for details of Labour's health policy. This speech from Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, last week provides a good overview, and this document provides more detail on our ten-year plan.

The independent King's Fund has also now released a damning report into this Government's NHS upheaval, calling it "hugely destabilising, damaging and distracting."

Labour's NHS Policies

An NHS nurse in Exeter today asked me for details of Labour's health policy. This speech from Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, last week provides a good overview, and this...

I received correspondence from a number of constituents and local estate agents back in the early autumn regarding serious delays to Exeter City Council's administration of land searches which threatened to jeopardise house moves for those both buying and selling.  I wrote to Exeter City Council who were fully aware of the problem, made it clear that the delays were unacceptable and apologised to those affected.  

The council had identified the problem of staff shortages despite an increase in land search requests which had resulted in a backlog of unprocessed searches.  At its peak in July, the backlog hit 475 with a waiting time of 45 days per search - an alarming delay and potentially damaging for our local economy.

I am pleased that, while acknowledging there could be no quick fix, Exeter City Council took swift action to address the problem by training and deploying additional staff.  This has ensured that steady progress has been made with 75% of the backlog now having been tackled, bringing the outstanding searches down to 75 by the end of last week and continuing to fall.  The turnaround time for a search is now less than a week and local confidence is being restored.

I congratulate and thank everyone in the council's land search team for their hard work and look forward to things returning to normal very shortly.

Council Progress Tackling Land Searches

I received correspondence from a number of constituents and local estate agents back in the early autumn regarding serious delays to Exeter City Council's administration of land searches which threatened to jeopardise house moves for those both buying...

Below are my five tips for Labour candidates and MPs on how to deal with the Green Party.

1. Remind people that the only effect of voting for the Green Party (not Green - Labour is Green) in your constituency is to help the Tory win and help the Conservatives win a majority nationally.

2. Remind people of Labour's record in Government. The first country in the world to pass a legally binding Climate Change Act. Our Marine Act set the international standard for marine conservation. A whole swathe of environmental and other action  by the last Labour Government on waste, air quality, sustainable transport including cycling and walking, protecting the natural environment and biodiversity, animal welfare and much else. We were the Greenest government ever. 

3. Tell people how Labour have opposed this Government tooth and nail - nowhere more so than on the Tory and Lib Dem's abandonment of the environmental and sustainability agenda. From fracking to betraying the renewables sector and through all the policies in between Labour has opposed this Government every step of the way.

4. The Green Party, rather like Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats before the last election, offer a list of impossibilist, undeliverable and downright mad policies that they know they'll never be in a position to have to implement. Labour meanwhile has a realistic programme for social and environmental justice and our Greenest leader ever. 

5. The Green Party supports UKIP and the Tories' policy of holding a referendum on our membership of the EU in the next Parliament. Is this really the priority for Britain over the next few years? An EU referendum would completely dominate our politics. It would be a massive distraction, given the huge challenges the next Government is going to face tackling growing inequality and environmental degradation and much else. 

5 Tips for Labour on Dealing with the Green Party

Below are my five tips for Labour candidates and MPs on how to deal with the Green Party.


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