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Who are The Purple Book contributors?

Ed Miliband / Peter Mandelson / Douglas Alexander / Paul Richards / Tristram Hunt / John Woodcock / Patrick Diamond / Alan Milburn / Liam Byrne / Rachel Reeves / Frank Field / Liz Kendall / Tessa Jowell / Caroline Flint / Jenny Chapman / Jacqui Smith / Ivan Lewis / Andrew Adonis / Steve Reed / Paul Brant / Stephen Twigg / Robert Philpot

How can I order a copy of The Purple Book?

The Purple Book is now available fromWaterstonesAmazon or the Kindle Store.

Why purple?

Purple is where red meets blue; it’s the centre ground of British politics where elections are won.

As New Labour is the only governing philosophy to win a general election for two decades, its signature colour – purple – is fitting for a project about the progressive centre-ground of British politics.

Is this like the new Blue Book being put together by David Davis?

Nothing of the sort. Davis’ project appears to be about dragging the Tories to the right and returning them to the ground upon which they fought and lost the 2001 and 2005 general elections. The Purple Book is about crafting a modern, centre-ground agenda which will help Labour win the next election.

Is this like the Orange Book?

The Liberal Democrats don’t have a monopoly on the use of colours in book titles. Robin Cook and Gordon Brown co-authored The Red Book in the 1970s, long before The Orange Book.

Any superficial similarity in terms of an apparent shared concern to move away from statist solutions is now irrelevant; in government, the Orange Bookers have abandoned much of what they claimed to stand for by signing up to a Tory agenda which claims to be about devolving power from Whitehall and Westminster but is delivering nothing of the sort.

Is this about positioning Labour to form an alliance with the Liberal Democrats?

Progress is all about how Labour wins the next general election; not how we can get to some parliamentary figure which will allow us to cobble together a coalition with a thoroughly discredited party.

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