The Campaign for a Labour Majority

Memo to … the new Scottish Labour leader

Paul Richards  |  14 November 2014

Congratulations on your victory. With a clear majority of support among the party’s members and elected representatives, you have a clear mandate for change. Who would have believed that with just a few months until the general election, Scotland would be the key election battleground? What happens in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh will determine whether …

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Memo on … foreign affairs

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

Congratulations on your appointment as foreign secretary. You join Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, James Callaghan, Tony Crosland, Robin Cook, Jack Straw and David Miliband in the pantheon. As you mount the Grand Staircase, and stroll around the Locarno Suite and Durbar Court, you will find it hard not to be in awe of your new …

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The benefits of disreputable psephological habits

Lewis Baston  |  13 June 2014

It is time to confess one of my disreputable habits. Every time local elections come round, I cannot resist sitting down by my computer and adding up the ward-by-ward results by constituency and working out who ‘won’, at least in the marginal seats that make the difference. The Fabian Society has published this, for the …

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Memo on … Europe

Paul Richards  |  9 May 2014

Dear minister of state for Europe, Congratulations. Or should I say felicitations, gratulation, felicitaciones or complimenti? Welcome to one of the worst jobs in the Labour government. It’s awful for two reasons. One is the relentlessness of the travel. Constant travel to European Union conferences is glamorous, interesting and exciting for about a fortnight. After …

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After the honeymoon – LGBT people and austerity

Carola Towle  |  8 April 2014

Same-sex marriage has been all over the news. Photos of happy couples are captioned with reminders of the progress in LGBT equality over the past decades. Some even describe it as the final piece in the jigsaw of gay rights. But as the confetti settles, life can be far from rosy. Under Tory austerity policies, …

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Labour must listen, not dictate to LGBT people

Natacha Kennedy  |  4 April 2014

Probably the largest survey into the numbers of people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual was carried out in the United States and it concluded that at least 6.25 per cent of the population are in some way LGB. There are no such authoritative figures for trans people and although one per cent is often …

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Memo on … decentralisation

Paul Richards  |  4 April 2014

Congratulations on your appointment as the new minister for decentralisation. We have just been elected on a ticket of ‘power to the people’, so your job is one of the most important in the government. First, there is confusion as to what decentralisation actually means. For some, it is just shorthand for more powers to …

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Campaign for a Labour Majority: Christians on the Left

Stephen Timms MP  |  13 March 2014

On Easter Sunday, in the run-up to the 1997 general election, the Telegraph published an interview with Tony Blair under the headline: ‘It is impossible to be a Christian and a Conservative’. He had not in fact said that; a subeditor inferred it from what he had said. Across the land, Conservatives exploded in rage. …

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Campaign for a Labour Majority: Labour and Europe

Farah Nazeer  |  12 March 2014

As a part of the Campaign for a Labour Majority, last Tuesday’s Progress event, co-hosted with the Labour Movement for Europe, explored the emotionally charged issue of Europe and what Labour needs to do on the issue of Europe to win a Labour majority in 2015. Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for Europe, gave the …

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Memo on … schools

Paul Richards  |  21 February 2014

Congratulations on your appointment as minister for schools. This is one of the hottest spots in the government. With Tristram Hunt as your secretary of state, things won’t be dull. The starting point for this job, and the middle and end points, is pupils and their parents. They are what matter most. Soon you will …

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