Articles by Lewis Baston
Lewis Baston is senior research fellow at Democratic Audit and author of the Progress pamphlet, Marginal Difference

Time to repay our debt to Kurdistan

Lewis Baston  |  19 October 2017

With some imaginative, practical and humane support, Britain can deter threats to Kurdistan’s safety in the wake of its independence referendum, reports Lewis Baston I am interested in elections, and that is what took me to Iraq. I was privileged to observe the referendum on independence organised on 25 September by the Kurdistan regional government, …

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No silver lining

Lewis Baston  |  3 March 2017

The Copeland and Stoke byelection results were historically bad for Labour, says Lewis Baston —The byelection results from Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central are a shaming, mortifying embarrassment to the Labour party. There is no gloss that can be applied to excuse these results. Some people have attempted to take comfort in imagining that while Copeland was obviously …

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A dash of southern comfort?

Lewis Baston  |  6 May 2016

I come from Southampton. I was very surprised, and pleased, by Labour’s success in defending control of the city council in the 2016 elections. Many Southampton wards are marginal, and the city’s voters can sometimes get brutal with parties that displease them. It is a tribute to the strength of Labour loyalties and the hard …

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A contest fought between Labour and Ukip

Lewis Baston  |  17 February 2016

Harry Harpham, who died on 4 February, had a tragically short period representing Sheffield constituency of Brightside and Hillsborough. He was widely respected and liked in Sheffield, a city he cherished as the place where he got an education and served as a councillor, and part of a dwindling band of Labour members of parliament …

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Danish lessons

Lewis Baston  |  16 December 2015

While Oldham West and Royton was voting – so overwhelmingly Labour – on 3 December, another vote was taking place not far away which may also have important consequences for the future of British politics. This vote was a referendum in Denmark on closer European cooperation on justice and security. And the result was that …

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Rab Butler: The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?

Lewis Baston  |  12 November 2015

George Osborne would probably not appreciate being compared to RA Butler, but reviewing a new biography of ‘Rab’ in current circumstances makes it inevitable. Cynical, clever, elusive, perhaps more cutting and abrasive than he meant to be, from being seen as a rightwinger Butler modernised and repositioned his party in opposition, then took over as …

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Is Ukip a threat in Oldham West?

Lewis Baston  |  27 October 2015

Michael Meacher, who died on 21 October 2015, had represented the Oldham West and Royton constituency since its creation in the boundary changes of 1997 when the former Oldham Central and Royton seat was abolished. Before that Meacher had represented Oldham West since 1970. Oldham West has been Labour since its creation in 1950 with …

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The contest to watch

Lewis Baston  |  13 October 2015

After all the strange events of this political summer, the minds of the party strategists, commentators and pollsters are starting to focus on the large batch of elections that are taking place on 5 May 2016 in every part of the United Kingdom, one of only two sets of midterm elections with complete coverage (barring …

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Another shot of southern discomfort

Lewis Baston  |  21 August 2015

Labour’s horror-show relationship with the south continues Here we are again. The Southern Discomfort series, begun in the early 1990s, is now joining Halloween and Friday the 13th as a long-running horror franchise. Policy Network’s Southern Discomfort Again revisited the problem in 2010, and followed up with a 2015 update this summer. The depressing similarity between the overall …

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Runners and riders

Lewis Baston  |  5 June 2015

Lewis Baston profiles the candidates in Labour’s London mayor candidate selection Diane Abbott has been member of parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987, when she became the first black woman ever elected to parliament. Before being elected she was a civil servant and a broadcast journalist. Although she did not take ministerial office, she has …

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