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Rachel Reeves is the Labour MP for Leeds West. Her book Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics is published by Bloomsbury in paperback on 5 March
I was reminded of the force of nature and the impact of the climate emergency on us all.
In rural areas, the urban hinterlands and ex-industrial and coastal towns a different society has taken shape – more equal but poorer.
We must prioritise the things that really matter to people: decent work and wages, secure families and households, and prosperous local places to live.
Many of the ties that bound society together in the middle of the last century have fallen apart.
If it wants to put its money where its mouth is, the government must stop cuts to welfare and start moving towards universal free childcare in the Autumn Statement.
The party has ignored the effects of immigration on wages for too long.
The Chancellor has not delivered the high-wage economy he promised.
Rachel Reeves surveys the scene ahead of the UK's budget and explains why she's backing Andy Burnham for Labour leader.
"We cannot afford to be two nations in retirement where the benefits of growth accrue to only a few."
There are some sectors that could easily afford to pay workers more.