As the deadline for Refounding Labour submissions passes, we present highlights of Progress’ contribution.
Opposition provides Labour with a window of opportunity to focus on internal issues and ensure the structures and culture of the party are fit to win again. Progress believes it was essential that Labour professionalised its communications in the run-up to the 1997 election. But controlling what the party does has overwhelmed other potentially important aspects of engaging members and external stakeholders.
Refounding Labour should aim to rectify existing problems while remembering that the goal of the party is to secure power.
Progress has organised events on the Refounding Labour and the Partnership into Power reviews in Birmingham, Coventry, Gillingham, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and at both the Progress and Labour Students political weekends. Through this process, Progress has run an extensive survey of members on party reform and the Refounding Labour process. Party reform has been an ongoing theme in Progress magazine and on the ProgressOnline website. On the basis of these, we have drawn up the following proposals.
Copies of the full submission are available to download here.