March, 2017

The Last Word: Auf Wiedersehen, EU

Richard Angell  |  31 March 2017

Theresa May triggers article 50, Jeremy Corbyn’s abysmal polling in London and the NHS – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Auf Wiedersehen, Europe Wednesday was a day of real sorrow. The triggering of article 50 has been a long time coming, but seeing Theresa May actually send the letter brought back all the …

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Missed opportunity

Seema Malhotra MP  |  31 March 2017

Philip Hammond missed the chance to change course with his post-Brexit budget, argues Seema Malhotra MP It is fair to say the budget headlines did not go as Philip Hammond planned: ‘Spite van man’, ‘Tories break tax vow’, ‘Phil picks a pocket or two’, ‘Rob the builder – white van man gets battered by budget’. It is …

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Cross-party, not new parties

Charlie Cadywoud  |  31 March 2017

Richard Dawkins’ ‘European party’ would likely split the pro-European vote and let more Brexiteers into parliament, writes Charlie Cadywould Bitter memories of the failed Social Democratic party mean that few, if any, centrist Labour members of parliament are in favour of a split, despite the party’s current difficulties. However, as non-Labour Remainers adjust to the triggering of article …

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State of emergency

Holly Lynch MP  |  31 March 2017

Cuts to services are endangering those who protect us, warns Holly Lynch The risks emergency workers take every day were thrown into the headlines last month when PC Keith Palmer gave his life to keep others – and our democracy – safe from terrorism. Between 1997 and 2010, there was important legislative progress as it was made an offence …

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Labour must fight a chaotic Brexit

Ben Bradshaw MP  |  30 March 2017

Our party must be prepared to force the government back to the negotiating table – or keep Britain in the European Union – if it delivers a bad Brexit deal, argues Ben Bradshaw MP Triggering article 50 was the easy bit. The government now faces the most difficult and complicated negotiations ever undertaken by a country …

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The Lansman tapes

The Insider  |  30 March 2017

Delayed: the 2020 service from opposition Like everything else the Labour party turns its hand to these days, the preparation for the Manchester Gorton byelection has not gone smoothly. The local party, having been suspended in the summer, still has a number of restrictions on it. The decision over when to go to the polls was delayed, as was …

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Do not hold your breath

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2017

Corbyn’s Labour has dragged its feet on real action to combat the party’s antisemitism problem, argues Richard Angell A year ago I wrote a piece for this publication entitled ‘Concrete action needed’. Its sister piece in the Daily Mirror set out an eight-point plan suggesting what Labour could do about the antisemitism problem that was engulfing the party. Vicky …

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Lessons from Norway on Brexit

Fiona Twycross AM  |  29 March 2017

Instead of attempting to rerun the referendum, Labour should call for an arrangement similar to the Norwegian model, writes Fiona Twycross AM Compared to this time last year it is fair to say most members of the public know a little bit more about the relationship between Norway and the European Union than they either ever wanted to or …

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Labour must offer a ‘better Brexit’

Christabel Cooper  |  29 March 2017

Build a winning coalition of Remain and Leave voters is possible if Labour displays the competence to deliver a better post-Brexit Britain than Theresa May, argues Christabel Cooper It seems a very long time ago that the United Kingdom Independence party was regarded as an existential threat to the political establishment. In the last few weeks they …

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Irrelevance has a human cost

Sheila Gilmore  |  28 March 2017

Only by convincing the electorate that Labour is a credible alternative government can we tackle the inequities of Britain’s social security system, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore I have a confession to make. I have not seen ‘ I, Daniel Blake’. I am sure it is a powerful film, but I do not need to be convinced. …

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