Articles by Conor Pope
Conor Pope is deputy editor at Progress

A liberal-shaped hole in British politics

Conor Pope  |  26 July 2017

The Liberal Democrats’ irrelevance has afforded the Labour leadership the freedom to take left-liberal voters for granted on Brexit, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope It is easy to look at Labour’s hardline stance on leaving the single market over the weekend and wonder how it all happened. It is, of course, the Liberal Democrats’ …

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The new ‘year zero’

Conor Pope  |  19 July 2017

The Corbynite wing of the Labour party is becoming more comfortable with shrugging off unhelpful ideological baggage in the pursuit of success, finds Conor Pope You can often learn more about a politician from a friendly interview than a hostile one. They are more likely to put their guard down and, given an open platform …

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Strategic thinking

Conor Pope and Ellie Mae O'Hagan  |  13 July 2017

Labour’s electoral strategy was more successful than expected – can it deliver victory next time? Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Conor Pope debate whether the next campaign should continue to focus on non-voters and youth turnout  

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Comfort zone analysis

Conor Pope  |  10 July 2017

Did Labour moderates ever really ask ourselves why Jeremy Corbyn won? Conor Pope on the failure to try and understand the party When Labour loses an election, those of us on the moderate and modernising wing of the party tend to be robust in our examination of why we did not win. The key is …

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The broad church is under threat

Conor Pope  |  3 July 2017

Ian Lavery’s comments are the latest representation of the Labour leadership’s hostility towards diversity of opinion within the party, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Almost a month on from the general election, the first in which both major parties both got more than 40 per cent of the vote since 1970, and Labour and …

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How left populism took hold

Conor Pope  |  27 June 2017

The Labour leader’s revitalisation is based on a belief that there has never been a better time for his politics to succeed, writes Conor Pope ‘Last night compounded a growing feeling: Jeremy Corbyn’s time is either now, or he does not have one.’ That was the view from inside the leader’s office and figures in …

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The ‘just about managing’ prime minister

Conor Pope  |  19 June 2017

Labour has the opportunity to change things despite being out of government – but only if it makes use of every constitutional mechanism within its power, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour party should not have been surprised that he had a good general election campaign. After strolling to …

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Gunning for the ‘red Tories’

Conor Pope  |  12 June 2017

This election could bring about another Conservative lurch to the right, bringing room for Labour to put forward its ‘jobs-first’ Brexit vision, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Theresa May called this election hoping to be given a free hand in Brexit negotiations by the British public, and ended up with both tied behind her …

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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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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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