Christabel Cooper

No one voted to be poorer

Christabel Cooper  |  9 August 2017

Labour must fight for membership of the single market and customs union for the sake of the majority of Britons who do not want to be poorer as a result of Brexit, writes Christabel Cooper The British Election Study published last week confirms what both anecdote and circumstantial empirical evidence had suggested – that not only …

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After Grenfell

Christabel Cooper  |  21 June 2017

We owe it to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire to ensure we live up to our obligations to those in social housing, argues Progress strategy board member Christabel Cooper Unlike many cities in the world, London does not banish its council estates to the outskirts of town. At the heart of the city …

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Labour must offer a ‘better Brexit’

Christabel Cooper  |  29 March 2017

Build a winning coalition of Remain and Leave voters is possible if Labour displays the competence to deliver a better post-Brexit Britain than Theresa May, argues Christabel Cooper It seems a very long time ago that the United Kingdom Independence party was regarded as an existential threat to the political establishment. In the last few weeks they …

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Philip Hammond’s deficit denial

Christabel Cooper  |  17 March 2017

With a hard Brexit looming, the government is keen to forget all about the deficit – it is Labour’s job to make sure it does not, argues Christabel Cooper Back in the summer of 2015 – those halcyon days when Labour were a piffling eight points behind in the opinion polls – I attended a Progress …

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Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister

Christabel Cooper  |  9 March 2017

Rosa Prince’s uncritical biography does little to uncover the real prime minister, finds Christabel Cooper ‘The Enigmatic Prime Minister’ is a highly appropriate subtitle for this new biography of Theresa May. Huge contradictions continue to surround her: between the party chairman who declared in 2002 that the Tories had to stop being seen as the …

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Preventing a disastrous Brexit

Christabel Cooper  |  1 February 2017

Labour must accept the result of the referendum, but it does not have to accept Theresa May’s warped version of Brexit, argues Christabel Cooper Much of Theresa May’s Brexit speech two weeks ago came as little surprise. The announcement that the United Kingdom would not seek to remain a member of the single market had the …

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Defending diversity

Christabel Cooper  |  12 December 2016

If there is any philosophy underpinning Donald Trump’s assorted ramblings, it is the idea imported from his ultra-capitalist approach to business, that life is a zero-sum game; that you can only prosper if someone else is diminished. One of the messages that seems to have resonated strongly with rural white voters in particular, was that …

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In defence of pollsters

Christabel Cooper  |  21 November 2016

Social liberals and anyone on the progressive side of politics were not the only people to have a terrible night on Tuesday 8 November. The polling industry again found itself under fire as Donald Trump defied their predictions and defeated Hillary Clinton to become president-elect. Following the complete misreading of the 2015 British general election …

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There is no mandate for hard Brexit

Christabel Cooper  |  18 October 2016

I remember the morning of 23 June very well. I remember leaving home to run a committee room in west London in a state of unhappy dread. I remember the rain starting and worrying about the effect on turnout. I also remember that the ballot paper I received in the polling station had nothing to …

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Unity should be earned, not demanded

Christabel Cooper  |  3 October 2016

Who doesn’t want a unified Labour party? It is obvious that civil war costs us dearly. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s decisive victory in the leadership election, calls for unity came thick and fast at Labour’s conference in Liverpool. But, given the depths of the divisions within the party, this will not be an easy task. The …

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