Class Parliamentary Launch - Why Inequality Matters
Parliamentary Launch of Class (Centre of Labour and Social Studies)
- Emily Thornberry MP
- Owen Jones - Independent Columnist and Policy and Media Advisor to Class
- Jon Trickett MP
- Professor Richard Wilkinson - Founder of The Equality Trust and author of The Spirit Level
- Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary Designate
More speakers to be announced soon.
The Parliamentary launch of Class will be centred around our recent publication, "Why Inequality Matters".
In his speech at Labour Party Conference this year Ed Miliband said “I will never accept an economy where the gap between rich and poor just grows wider and wider. In One Nation, in my faith, inequality matters”.
Our latest briefing Why Inequality Matters presents the key findings from the ground-breaking book The Spirit Level by Professors Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.
"Why Inequality Matters" demonstrates that economic inequality harms everyone but in the aftermath of the greatest economic crisis since the Depression of the 1930s the wealth divide between the richest and the rest continue to grow. In the UK, real wages have fallen by 7% in the last 2 years - and are still falling- while personal fortunes at the top are continuing to rise.
The UK economy is in its first double dip recession in a generation and growth continues to stagnate. Still, the government pursue austerity policies that Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman described as "just like a medieval doctor bleeding his patient, observing that the patient is getting sicker, not better, and deciding that this calls for even more bleeding."
Find out more about Class and Why Inequality Matters by coming to our Parliamentary launch. Please register your interest in attending below.