September, 2017

Taking back control

The Insider  |  19 September 2017

Conference Arrangements Committee is another piece of party machinery in the hard-left’s hands The election to the Conference Arrangements Committee of Momentum’s candidates makes your insider’s well-worn line – that Corbynistas have not completely taken over – harder to hold water. Billy Hayes and Seema Chandwani take up their places as constituency Labour party representatives after …

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Avoid a sectarian slugfest

Editorial  |  19 September 2017

Labour conference could be about policy, not procedure In his book, The Road to Brighton Pier, the political writer Leslie Hunter describes the atmosphere inside a Labour party languishing in opposition, and riven with factional animosity, in the months leading up to the party conference in Brighton: ‘Except on the most formal occasions there was no social …

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What Happened

Matthew Doyle  |  19 September 2017

While the book is clearly therapeutic for its author, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 US election is far from an attempt to pass on blame, argues Matthew Doyle The title of Hillary Clinton’s new book on the 2016 presidential election – What Happened – is not followed by a question mark. But there are plenty of moments …

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Margaret Thatcher: The Honorary Jew

Robert Philpot  |  18 September 2017

Why it took non-Jewish Labour activist – Robert Philpot – to understand the former prime minister’s relationship with British Jewry is of interest to Jeremy Newmark As Labour’s 2017 parliamentary candidate in Finchley and Golders Green, I learned it is a constituency which attracts disproportionate media attention. Robert Philpot’s remarkably well-researched survey of Margaret Thatcher’s …

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The Last Word: Still with her

Richard Angell  |  15 September 2017

Hillary pulls no bunches on Bernie, Trump and the US election and why it’s time to give public sector workers a pay rise – Progress director Richard Angell has the Last Word Hillary Clinton has hit every news channel with the launch of her new book, What Happened. It is frank, self-effacing and and raw. …

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Overdue

Jess Phillips MP  |  15 September 2017

Without cues, without exposure, the questions about the women who changed Britain never get asked, argues Jess Phillips The world is currently caught up in a debate about statues. The shadow of the killing in Charlottesville by far-right protesters could leave most sane-minded people thinking this is a lot of fuss over a lump of metal. …

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An end to ‘constructive ambiguity’

Ibrahim Dogus  |  14 September 2017

Labour’s position on the single market is good for small and medium-sized businesses and workers alike, writes SME4Labour chair Ibrahim Dogus Last week, Keir Starmer – shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union – clarified Labour’s approach to Brexit, saying that there would be no ‘constructive ambiguity’ as with the Tory government. The …

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Building a programme for government

Sam Alvis  |  14 September 2017

As conference season approaches, Labour must be willing to move past opposition for opposition’s sake and learn to embrace ideas that work – wherever they come from, argues Sam Alvis The problems facing Britain in 2017 need radical policy solutions. Something the left with its aspiration and value-based approach is well-placed to provide. But radical …

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Promises matter

Seema Malhotra MP  |  13 September 2017

To renew its promise to young people, Britain requires a new answer to its social mobility crisis, argues Seema Malhotra The Social Mobility Commission’s annual State of the Nation report at the end of last year confirmed what we all know – that Britain has a deep social mobility problem. According to the report, only one in …

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Bridging the social mobility gap

Bilal Mahmood  |  13 September 2017

The next Labour government must tear down the barriers to social mobility that young Muslims living in the United Kingdom face, argues Bilal Mahmood The Social Mobility Commission has reported that young Muslims living in the United Kingdom face an enormous challenge in reaching their full potential at every stage of their lives. Despite growing trends …

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