The writer is Labour MP for Warley. Kevan Jones MP also contributed to this article
In the past, we have often had to point out to those who wanted to distance our party from the trade unions that the clue is in our name. We are the Labour party.
In the current crisis, while emergency measures to keep families safe from Covid-19 and companies afloat were essential, we mustn’t lose focus — as a Labour party — on how we get people back to work as soon and as safely as possible.
This is not just an economic but a social imperative. The debate in Westminster, and among the commentariat, has failed to appreciate the wave of redundancies that could start to flow this month. Companies are uncertain about when the economy will pick up as government support payments decline and demand is still at rock bottom.
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