What has Labour done for you?

Labour Party RoseIn my past articles I covered the Liberals and Conservatives (albeit with what little good points they have) it would be unfair not to give Labour their day in the spotlight.

Writing in the Mirror, Fiona Philips kicks off a similar concept with the National Minimum Wage. You might be surprised that I am not going to be including that in this list. The minimum wage was meant to ensure people were not being taken advantage off. However instead it turned out to allow employers to keep wages down.

Following three decades of hostilities and over 17 solid hours of diplomatic discussions between then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Republic of Ireland’s leader Bertie Ahern, the Good Friday agreement was achieved. This could perhaps be the crowning achivement of Tony Blair and the Labour party certainly deserves credit for pulling of the treaty.

Discrimination has been an issue particuarily addressed by the Labour Party:

There is no place in our society for discrimination. That’s why I support the right of gay couples to apply to adopt like any other couple.” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

The Civil Partnerships for same sex couples were brought into British Law under the Labour party, likewise, it was the Labour Party whom brought in the Disability Discrimination Act they granted paternity leave to fathers.

In the health care world, Labour have made an effort to cut waiting times, granted it still has much to go. They reformed the GPs as well so now many are open late or at the weekends improving the health care for all.

The Human Rights Act was passed under the Labour party, although in recent years their actions particularaily in Afghanistan and Iraq may not have supported the human rights act as it was intended.

So the achievements of the Labour party have been quite honorable.

References: BBC News – BBC News (2)BBC News (3) – Mirror –  Human Rights Act

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