Political Weekend 2014

The challenges we face on the frontline

Carrie Martin  |  24 March 2014

Living in a safe seat has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that the pressure of campaigning is never really felt in the same way. Freed from the immediate threat of losing strongholds such as Stoke-on-Trent, we ought to be able to build a real relationship with the electorate from a position of strength …

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Empowering communities to achieve change

Michael Davies  |  24 March 2014

Community organising is one of the pillars of progressive politics. If there is one thing that has been repeatedly shown throughout history it is that change comes only to those who are willing to act to achieve their goals. It is strange to hear politicians admit the limits of their powers to change things. But …

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Reassurance, reassurance, reassurance

James Gill  |  21 March 2014

Writing this summary piece on the Progress Political Weekend plenary featuring Jon Cruddas, and chaired by the engaging Jeremy Cliffe of the Economist, could not be more appropriate in the week that George Osborne laid down his financial gauntlet ahead of the next election. With a budget that is more of a quick buck giveaway …

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Why we need government by the people, for the people

Bex Bailey  |  20 March 2014

Upon gaining power in 2015, a Labour government would give that power away. This is part of our plan for a people-powered political system and was a recurring theme at this year’s Progress Political Weekend. Think Labour’s version of the ‘big society’, but with genuinely empowered citizens and tangible ideas. Creating a culture of community …

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How does Labour win in 2015?

Chris Ricot  |  20 March 2014

It is the question on every Labour member’s mind: how does the party secure a majority in 2015? Ed Miliband has been clear: we are in a relentless pursuit of a majority Labour government. This challenge was at the heart of Progress Political Weekend last week. From shadow ministers to Labour students, everyone’s focus was …

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Of hawkishness and hope – winning in 2015

Patrick Diamond  |  18 March 2014

How does Labour win in 2015 on policy? The first step is clearly securing credibility on the economy. Labour has to be hawkish on the deficit, not only in theory but in practice. History demonstrates that successful political parties are willing to identify their achilles heel and tackle it head on, however painful. For Labour …

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What are the challenges for the next 12 months?

Caroline Flint MP  |  16 March 2014

At Progress political weekend, Caroline Flint MP outlines the route back to power in one term so an Ed Miliband government can build ‘an open, aspirational, fairer, more prosperous country’.

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A decent life in a decent society

Sally Keeble  |  15 March 2014

To win in 2015 we have to do two things. One is that we have to want to win, and the second is to show that Labour in unequivocally on the side of Middle England. Wanting to win means being more determined than the Tories. And, however fractious things may be in Westminster, in the …

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No more Calpol politics: how Labour wins a majority in 2015

Aled Jones  |  15 March 2014

We are good at opposition. Be it the bedroom tax or the sell-off of our forests, rarely have we missed a Tory own goal, and the united, assured outrage that our party does so well has put paid to many of the Conservatives’ more radical proposals. This confidence has allowed us to stand up as …

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How does Labour win a majority in 2015?

Elizabeth Ralph  |  14 March 2014

I live in a county made up of eight constituencies, covering just over a 1,000 square miles. However, of those eight constituencies, North, West and South Dorset constituencies cover 80 per cent of that area. My constituency of West Dorset is easily defined as rural and I firmly believe that Labour needs a rural manifesto …

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