Articles by Felicity Slater
Felicity Slater is outreach officer at Progress

New politics, new France

Felicity Slater  |  19 July 2017

With expectations that surpass those of Tony Blair and Barack Obama, can Emmanuel Macron deliver the change so many believe in, asks Felicity Slater European centre-left has few reasons to be cheerful. The Dutch Labour party was hammered at the polls in March. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union looks set to gain …

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Letter From … Paris

Felicity Slater  |  7 February 2017

Leftwinger Benoît Hamon surprises pundits to win French Socialist candidacy, writes Felicity Slater In another surprise to the commentariat, but confirmation disloyalty is more valued than solutions on the left, Benoît Hamon has beaten outgoing prime minister Manuel Valls in the race to become the Socialist party’s candidate for the French presidency. Hamon sits on …

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Felicity Slater  |  6 October 2015

The success of centre-left reformers hangs in the balance The centre-left is in retreat across Europe, but there are glimmers of hope. In Italy and France, our sister parties are in office. Prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Manuel Valls are tackling some of the countries’ most entrenched problems. Are they getting it right? Renzi has had …

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Break the mould

Felicity Slater  |  1 September 2015

Sajid Javid could be the sign the electorate is looking for that the Tory party has shed its ‘nasty party’ reputation, argues Felicity Slater Few leaders inspire true fear in their opponents. Those that do, do so because they force people to think again about the party they represent. Britain’s most electorally successful politicians, Tony …

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Don’t get angry, get organised

Felicity Slater  |  28 May 2015

In his first queen’s speech of the new term, as expected, David Cameron set Britain en route to a referendum on its membership of the European Union. While the full terms of the referendum are still to be confirmed, we know that pro-Europeans are in for the fight of our lives. Our only task must …

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Why Vote Green: The Essential Guide

Felicity Slater  |  24 March 2015

Imagine Harriet Harman gave a speech in which she stated that there was little chance of the Labour party getting elected any time soon – or at all. Party members would be outraged: what on Earth would be the point? No such concerns trouble Green party activists. Shahrar Ali, its deputy leader, blithely admits to …

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The loaded gun of legislation

Felicity Slater  |  9 June 2014

Equality is not like enlightenment: it does not come from within. For the Labour activist, perhaps the most prominent example is the success of all-women shortlists to select our parliamentary candidates. Between 1923, when the first Labour woman member of parliament was elected, and 1996, 94 Labour women were elected. Since the introduction of AWS …

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Voting with their feet

Felicity Slater  |  27 February 2014

Fewer members take part in longer selection contests —Barely one in two Labour party members have voted in selection contests for the party’s candidates in its top 106 target seats, according to new research carried out by Progress. The findings suggest that we can at last put to bed the much-touted myth that members join …

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Squaring up to round two

Felicity Slater  |  12 June 2012

With all the hype over François Hollande’s presidential race, you might be forgiven for suffering a dose of French election fatigue. But on Sunday the first round of parliamentary elections put the new president and his project to a crucial test. Their outcome will determine whether Hollande has the parliamentary majority required to get his …

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Not quite right

Felicity Slater  |  1 May 2012

Following such a turbulent week in British politics, it is easy to forget that Europe’s most significant election this year is ongoing. The French political scene has been hit by its own dose of scandal this weekend as the Sarkozy and Hollande battle nears its end, at the midpoint of the two rounds of voting. …

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