September, 2015

The gilded cage

David Butler  |  29 September 2015

Labour can no longer let its intellectual conservatism hold it back, writes David Butler Labour finds itself within a gilded cage of intellectual conservatism. The party must understand and offer solutions to a range of complex issues: the productivity puzzle and secular stagnation which threaten to curtail future growth prospects; the problems of an aging society …

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The dog that didn’t bark

Sunder Katwala  |  29 September 2015

Has the public changed its mind about immigration? Sunder Katwala investigates A casual observer could be forgiven for struggling to understand British public opinion on immigration. How could the same voters who backed the United Kingdom Independence party in the 2014 European elections, and ranked immigration consistently in their top three issues facing the country before …

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Letter From … Lisbon

Hugo Coelho  |  29 September 2015

The history of the euro crisis is full of rising radicals and disgraced moderates. Not so much in Portugal. The country is heading for parliamentary elections on 4 October with no clear threat to the position of the mainstream parties in sight. It was not always evident that the opposition Socialists and the incumbent rightwing coalition …

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The government must step up on part-time learning

Ann Limb  |  29 September 2015

My first career was in further education when I made my way from part-time lecturer to FE college principal through the decade covering the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. During this time I worked and studied – earned and learned. Firstly I completed my FE teacher training certificate part-time at Nottingham Trent university then went on to …

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We must involve the people who’ll decide if we win

Jacqui Smith  |  28 September 2015

Good news – the delegates to Labour party conference still understand the power of unity. In turning down the wish of some for a rushed debate on Trident, they have decided in favour of measured policy consideration rather than grandstanding. Perhaps they actually took Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a more inclusive new politics at face …

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Power of speech

Robert Philpot  |  28 September 2015

Thirty years after Neil Kinnock’s Bournemouth speech, Robert Philpot recalls the fight to save the Labour party from the hard left In September 1985, two years after Neil Kinnock was elected its leader in the wake of the devastating landslide defeat which saw Margaret Thatcher re-elected with a majority of 144, the Labour party gathered for its …

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The price of a seat in parliament

The Progressive  |  28 September 2015

Mandatory reselection could reduce Labour MPs to the status of delegates The idea of mandatory reselection of Labour members of parliament was born out of the frustration with the 1960s and 1970s governments which, according to the Labour left, routinely ignored Labour conference decisions and the policies carefully crafted by the National Executive Committee. Specifically, …

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Neither the Old or New Labour comfort zone

Kezia Dugdale MSP  |  28 September 2015

I am no less proud to be a member of the Labour party than the day I joined. I am proud of everything we achieved in government. I am proud to be a party member today. And I know that the best hope for people in this country remains a united, radical and popular Labour …

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The politics of motherhood

Cathy Warwick  |  28 September 2015

The portrayal of midwives often suggests that all midwives do is deliver babies, and often the entire focus of maternity services policy seems to be on the time of birth and the need to ensure that at this point we keep mothers and their babies physically safe. This is, of course, of critical importance, but …

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Chris Leslie: Passion with prudence

Tom Levitt  |  28 September 2015

We might not have got it right but we did think about what we could do for business at the last election – though we appear not to be doing that now. This was the gist of Chris Leslie’s message to a Progress event on the opening day of Labour’s Brighton conference. ‘I appeal to …

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