June, 2015

Go to the dark places

Editorial  |  30 June 2015

‘Run towards the defeat,’ was Jon Cruddas’ advice to candidates for the leadership in his post-election interview with Radio 4. ‘Go to the dark places’, he encouraged them. With a shock so bad – a loss to a Conservative party that did not deserve to be in contention – there is a collective grieving process taking place in the Labour party. …

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Return to sender

Caroline Badley  |  30 June 2015

Field ops matter in tight fights We are the postmen and postwomen of the party – we deliver the message. That is essentially the job of field operations – the campaigners, the footsoldiers, the volunteers, call us what you will. And fieldwork can, done right, make all the difference. One or two thousand votes here or there would swing …

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Patients as partners, not nuisances

Karin Smyth MP  |  30 June 2015

NHS crisis, what NHS crisis? Take your pick. Accident and emergency, under-staffing, or any other local or national health crisis you can think of. In the next five years we can expect to lurch from one crisis to another. It is vital we understand their underlying causes because otherwise we will find it very difficult to …

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‘We can’t have any fudge in our politics’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

It is time for Labour’s first woman prime minister, argues Liz Kendall Wearing a Hillary Clinton signature pantsuit, Liz Kendall strides into the room. We meet her ahead of a whistle stop she is taking to the marginal seats Labour was expecting to win last month and needs to win if it is to replace …

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‘We naffed off quite a lot of people’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

Labour must not concede political ground on austerity and immigration, says Jeremy Corbyn Whatever your politics, it is hard not to like Jeremy Corbyn. Fresh back from the GMB hustings in Dublin, we joke about his alleged Irish heritage. Corbyn recounts where the myth started: ‘It was one of those interesting evenings of contrast. I’d just …

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‘White flashing constellations of the digital age’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

Yvette Cooper claims the party must win back the businesswoman who said Labour ‘broke her heart’ David Cameron ‘has a woman problem,’ Yvette Cooper tells us, and she is determined to give him ‘an even bigger one’ by becoming the first female leader of the Labour party. Her ambition is to challenge him ‘personally’ to try …

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‘We’ve lacked emotional connection’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

The question for Labour is who is best placed to win in 2020, says Andy Burnham As someone who held positions as a special adviser, a minister and a secretary of state in the last Labour government it might be tempting for Andy Burnham to distance himself from New Labour’s record – for example, by …

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The Last Word … Northern workhouse

Jamie Reed MP  |  26 June 2015

George Osborne’s ‘powerhouse’ meme didn’t last long. Further anticipated cuts to local government – which hurt harder in areas based upon public spending than elsewhere – have been supplemented by cuts and/or delays to strategic rail upgrades. It’s almost as if he never meant the rhetoric at all … 100 weeks … … since the …

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We can do so much better on child poverty

Alison Garnham  |  25 June 2015

‘A strong society means moving forward together, no one left behind, fighting relative poverty a central policy goal.’ Well, Child Poverty Action Group would say that, wouldn’t they? In fact, these are the words of David Cameron, less than a decade ago, a day on which he also proclaimed: ‘I want this message to go …

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Time to rally round FE like never before

Joe Vinson  |  25 June 2015

Politicians across the divide can be accused of using education as a political football, and as the new report from the Gatsby Foundation shows, this government is no different. Obsessed with media headlines and sycophantic applause from some sector organisations, politicians for too long have chased after the university headlines they so desperately crave, and …

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