Monday Politics

Comfort zone analysis

Conor Pope  |  10 July 2017

Did Labour moderates ever really ask ourselves why Jeremy Corbyn won? Conor Pope on the failure to try and understand the party When Labour loses an election, those of us on the moderate and modernising wing of the party tend to be robust in our examination of why we did not win. The key is …

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The broad church is under threat

Conor Pope  |  3 July 2017

Ian Lavery’s comments are the latest representation of the Labour leadership’s hostility towards diversity of opinion within the party, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Almost a month on from the general election, the first in which both major parties both got more than 40 per cent of the vote since 1970, and Labour and …

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The ‘just about managing’ prime minister

Conor Pope  |  19 June 2017

Labour has the opportunity to change things despite being out of government – but only if it makes use of every constitutional mechanism within its power, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour party should not have been surprised that he had a good general election campaign. After strolling to …

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Gunning for the ‘red Tories’

Conor Pope  |  12 June 2017

This election could bring about another Conservative lurch to the right, bringing room for Labour to put forward its ‘jobs-first’ Brexit vision, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Theresa May called this election hoping to be given a free hand in Brexit negotiations by the British public, and ended up with both tied behind her …

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Beneath the Labour surge

Conor Pope  |  22 May 2017

The Tories have hit a crisis just as Labour support has started to pick up. Is this the beginning of a comeback, asks Conor Pope ‘The polls are certain to narrow’, I wrote, four weeks ago today. And they have, sort of. Back then, we were 25 points behind the Tories, at worst – or 11 …

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Why Labour shouldn’t worry about the Lib Dem surge

Conor Pope  |  10 April 2017

Conor Pope says that the Liberal Democrat ‘fightback’ is a distraction from the real problem – the Tories The Liberal Democrats are likely to do much better in the upcoming local elections than current opinion polls suggest. Most polls currently have the party on around 11 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats having broken into …

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Labour’s shame reaches across borders

Conor Pope  |  3 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s remarks have left a black mark on the name of a party once internationally renowned for its anti-racism, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope We were halfway through a tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, when our tour guide, an academic historian, paused mid-point. ‘This is why it is so important …

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Poor John Robert Clynes

Conor Pope  |  20 March 2017

Labour’s forgotten leader deserves better than to be airbrushed from the annals of the party’s history, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope  New YouGov research published this weekend asked Labour members to choose their top three party leaders of all time. JR Clynes, who led the party for around 20 months from February 1921 until November …

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Faith in politics

Conor Pope  |  13 March 2017

Britain’s mostly benign, institutionalised anti-Catholicism is starting to re-emerge, warns Progress deputy editor Conor Pope In June last year, a new police ombudsman report was published into the 1994 Loughinsland massacre, where masked members of the Ulster Volunteer Force walked into The Heights pub in County Down and opened fire with assault rifles. They murdered six people, …

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Such riches and such poverty

Conor Pope  |  6 March 2017

The Labour party’s successes do not come by chance, and nor does its failures, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope ‘If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor,’ sang James in their most famous single, Sit Down, which was released 26 years ago next week. Four minutes of jangly pop guitar …

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