July, 2015

Winning power in order to give it away

Angela Smith MP  |  31 July 2015

It is often said that the Labour party owes as much to methodism as it does to socialism. Not that the great dissenting faith founded by John Wesley ever formally affiliated, of course. But, its non-conformist spirit undoubtedly helped to nourish one of the key characteristics of the British Labour movement: it encouraged, in working people, …

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We cannot condemn people to years of Tory policies

Fiona Dent  |  31 July 2015

Has a Labour leadership election ever been such a rollercoaster? Much has been said already by others on what shade of red, blue or purple each candidate is, but I believe there is more to them than the pigeon holes that press and opponents put them into. Key to the current debate is that we …

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England needs its own red rose to bloom

Eddie Bone  |  30 July 2015

As the ‘yellow and black’ mist settles across Scotland and the ‘blue’ dust settles in England we can just see the ‘red rose’ of Labour reaching for new life. Unfortunately due to a messy leadership election, many in England are not really appreciating the red buds but are currently seeing just the thorns. Yet last …

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Political Barbie

Olivia Bailey  |  29 July 2015

On the surface, we have made huge strides for women’s equality in the party. Women made up over half our candidates in target seats at the election this year, and make up two of the four candidates for leader. Every single candidate for leader or deputy has signed the Labour Women’s Network #leadforwomen pledge, which …

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Summer reading: dusting down the old tomes

Paul Richards  |  29 July 2015

This summer, the Labour party needs a holiday like never before. It needs to turn off Twitter, drink sangria, feel the sand beneath its toes and stare at the ocean. It needs to get a little perspective, think about its future, and buy an oversized sombrero. It needs a rest. Knowing it as we do, …

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Collective action in the age of individualism

Ben Garratt  |  29 July 2015

Tony Blair is right: the goal of a political party is to put forward and implement a policy platform that successfully achieves our values in today’s circumstances. Last week he told Progress that our job is to use the next five years to do some deep thinking about the modern world, and about how we …

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The politics of uncertainty and the periphery

Luke Pollard  |  28 July 2015

There is a dangerous fallacy commonly held by many in Westminster that the south-west of England is a straightforward fight between the Liberal Democrats and the Tories. Thanks to the ascendancy of United Kingdom Independence party you can now throw in a bit of purple to the fight but, apparently, it is not one where …

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Back in business

James Frith  |  28 July 2015

It is 10 years since my first real involvement in a general election. Five years since I ran a general election campaign as a volunteer. Three years since I began campaigning to be a candidate, while raising a young family and running my own business. Two years as the Labour candidate for Bury North. And I …

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The forgotten middle

Philip Ross  |  28 July 2015

They have been called the ‘forgotten middle’. They are the self-employed and in particular those on lower incomes, often called ‘precariat’ workers. They need to come together to gain recognition of their both status and their contribution. If they can gain recognition, even informally within their own ranks, then they organise. If they can organise …

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Deal or No Devo for Cornwall?

Jude Robinson  |  27 July 2015

Devolution is high on the agenda at the moment and it would take some hefty research to come up with a politician arguing against it and for the centralisation of power. It is in danger of becoming one of those issues that no one questions or dissects. That would be a shame, as we discovered …

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