May, 2017

Do campaigns really change elections?

Conor Pope  |  31 May 2017

The Tory short campaign has exposed how Labour can beat them with a better long campaign, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Can you change tack in the middle of a campaign? The Tories’ are still suffering from a terrible period in the polls that has left them hovering dangerously close to the 40 per …

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Bringing communities together

Yusuf Hassan  |  30 May 2017

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Labour Muslim Network will be supporting Labour candidates to build a society for the many, writes Labour Muslim network director Yusuf Hassan Last weekend marked the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. For most Muslims, ordinary life slows down during Ramadan. It is a holy month that sees over a billion people …

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The Last Word: No excuses for terrorism

Richard Angell  |  26 May 2017

Taking the Stop the War coalition’s warped world view head on, keeping up the pressure on social care, and a special nine seat challenge – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word We are all Mancunians. It was true on Tuesday when we woke up to the heartbreaking news that a pop concert was …

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Is the tide turning in Scotland?

Sheila Gilmore  |  26 May 2017

For ten years, the Scottish National party has batted away criticism as ‘talking down Scotland’ – that does not seem to work anymore, argues Sheila Gilmore In last Sunday night’s Scottish leaders’ debate several audience questions pushed Nicola Sturgeon hard on the performance of her government, especially on health and education. Performing on the United Kingdom stage, …

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Passing the buck on the NHS

Paul Corrigan  |  25 May 2017

The Conservative manifesto is full of promises on health that only government can deliver – and they have their excuses at the ready if they fail to, argues Paul Corrigan Famously, the prime minister likes to tightly control things. Less famously, when she was home secretary, and together with the rest of the cabinet, she voted …

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Standing with Manchester

Richard Angell  |  23 May 2017

We are all Mancunian today. As the devastating news unfolded through the night and the horror of this vile act of terrorism became clear our thoughts are with those who are injured, the families of those who have perished and those who still cannot locate their loved ones. I cannot understand what those family members …

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Beneath the Labour surge

Conor Pope  |  22 May 2017

The Tories have hit a crisis just as Labour support has started to pick up. Is this the beginning of a comeback, asks Conor Pope ‘The polls are certain to narrow’, I wrote, four weeks ago today. And they have, sort of. Back then, we were 25 points behind the Tories, at worst – or 11 …

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The Last Word: A Welsh giant

Richard Angell  |  19 May 2017

A sad goodbye to Rhodri Morgan, Theresa May fobs Britain off, Corbyn’s gaffe and Len’s low expectations – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Wales lost its modern founding father with the sad news that Rhodri Morgan has passed away. He was a giant of Welsh politics and someone who forced a devolution …

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The manifesto challenge

Jill Rutter  |  19 May 2017

The election provides politicians with an opportunity to secure consent for a post-Brexit immigration system, writes Jill Rutter  With the publication of the Conservatives and other party manifestos this week, we now have an idea of the direction of future immigration policy, as well as how the opposition parties will frame their views. The Liberal …

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Rhodri Morgan: An obituary

Hannah Blythyn  |  18 May 2017

Hywel Rhodri Morgan (29 September 1939 – 17 May 2017) Rhodri Morgan was a truly exceptional man who has made an indelible mark on Wales. Today Wales has not just lost a great politician, we have lost a real father figure. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all of us are with Julie – his wife, …

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