Members of the Heenan-Anderson commission will have their listening ears on as Labour leader Ed Miliband joins them to hear from local individuals and groups in a public meeting on Thursday 22 January in the Ulster University Belfast campus from 10am to 12.30pm. The Labour leader will also deliver a keynote address. [Ed – bet he doesn’t mention One Nation!]
The commission – launched by the Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis back in November – are keen to views on the root causes of intergenerational economic marginalisation and deprivation in Northern Ireland. Individuals and organisations have until the end of January to submit their ideas.
Their group’s report will be published in time to feed into Labour’s General Election manifesto, and should Labour form the next government [Ed – Paddy Power is offering 9/2 odds for a Labour majority government – also 9/2 for a Tory majority] the commission’s proposals should influence NIO policy on tackling inequality and allowing people to have a greater stake in the economy.