January, 2017

Labour must be against Brexit

Christabel Edwards  |  31 January 2017

Labour MPs have a duty to avert economic disaster by voting against article 50, argues Christabel Edwards Much water has flowed under the bridge since the European Union referendum on 23 June last year. Now, after months of waiting, we have a clear indication of what the Tory Brexit will look like, and it is not pretty. It …

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Britain needs a reinvention of regions

Ed Cox  |  31 January 2017

The government’s vaunted industrial strategy represents little more than a codification of current practice, writes IPPR North director Ed Cox The government’s industrial strategy is welcome – but by trying run the economy from Whitehall, it misses the devolved framework that makes similar approaches successful overseas. The prime minister has been keen to impress upon …

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Calling it right

Conor Pope  |  30 January 2017

Labour would not ‘be on the right side of history’ if it voted against invoking article 50, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope The job of opposition is not to oppose. To say so makes a good tweet, but poor politics. It is the job of opposition to hold to account, and get the best …

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Gauging the mood in Europe

Dina Pardijs  |  30 January 2017

The European Union 27 are more likely to be be looking fearfully towards Russia than sadly towards Britain, writes Dina Pardijs  Following the British debate on Brexit could give one the impression that the negotiations on a European Union deal are between different parts of the British government, which just needs to decide internally what they …

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Macron should be Labour’s blueprint

Simon Garland Jones  |  30 January 2017

Emmanuel Macron is breaking the mould of French politics – on an unashamedly centrist, pro-European platform, writes Simon Garland Jones The French presidential election this year is already shaping up as a fascinating contest, even before the official campaign has begun. The accepted wisdom leading up to the race was that, with the governing Socialist party …

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The Last Word: The class pay gap

Richard Angell  |  27 January 2017

Alan Milburn leading the way on social mobility, Clive Lewis’ campaign team, May’s US speech and Holocaust Memorial Day  – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Alan Milburn is doing the Labour party’s job for it … again. His work on social mobility continues to chart a path towards achieving Labour’s historic mission: breaking the link between …

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We must carry the truth forward

Mike Katz  |  27 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day is a stark reminder of the need to stand up for the truth in public life, writes national vice-chair of the Jewish Labour movement Mike Katz Seventy-two years ago today, Auschwitz-Brikenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, was liberated. Since 2000, 27 January has served as Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of …

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A moral duty to remember

Grace Skelton  |  27 January 2017

If ‘never again’ is to mean anything, we must help those subjected to genocide not only to survive, but to live again, writes Grace Skelton ‘For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us …

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Tam Dalyell: An obituary

Tom Harris  |  27 January 2017

Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet (9 August 1932-26 January 2017) Tam Dalyell will be remembered with affection and warmth by friends and former colleagues within the Labour movement and beyond. That he will also be remembered in such positive terms by his enemies as well as his allies goes to the heart …

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Britain must be a force for good again

Alison McGovern MP  |  26 January 2017

Standing by in cases of war crimes or genocide is not in Britain’s national interest, nor in the interests of the most vulnerable, writes Alison McGovern MP What do we owe to those who live beyond our shores? Of course we are all appalled when we see civilians starving in a famine, bombed into submission by …

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