Operation Flight

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Operation Flight Air Traffic Control  |  3 February 2015

Progress volunteers started 4,526 conversations for Labour  candidates in the nine seats coalition MPs are giving up on A message from your captain I was perhaps the only person that day making the journey from Barrow in Cumbria to Cradley Heath in the Black Country. Four trains and one car ride later I arrived to …

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Let the conversations begin

Finn McGoldrick  |  8 January 2015

This week Ed Miliband announced that between now and May the Labour party would speak to four million voters. Having those four million conversations means one thing, hours on the door in key seats across the United Kingdom. Campaigning is something that Labour Students and Progress know all about, through work like Labour Students’ #TeamFightback …

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Government – our ability to convert argument into action

Tristram Hunt MP  |  6 January 2015

0.7 per cent. Ask my friend Ally McGovern MP why this is an important figure. Here is what she will say: first, it is one of our proud legacies from our time in government: Labour’s overseas aid promise to the poorest communities in the world now going through parliament and still opposed by Tory members …

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There is no better time than now to get campaigning

Tom Maisey  |  1 January 2015

Before last year I had not really been involved with the Labour party. I had not knocked a single door, attended any events or engaged with other members. At the time, paying my membership fees and sharing the same values seemed enough. Yet now, in my second year at university, I look back at everything …

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A view from Brent

Dawn Butler MP  |  17 December 2014

Brent Central is a north-west London seat whose residents have voted Labour and Liberal Democrat in local and national elections over the past decade. The outcome next May could well indicate the shape of the government to come. Brent Central is a lively, vibrant and exciting part of north-west London which I am so proud …

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Battleground Cannock Chase

Janos Toth  |  17 December 2014

Cannock Chase constituency is a pivotal seat to the outcome of next year’s general election. A Labour gain here will see the dawn of a Labour government. The Conservative-led coalition has treated Cannock Chase appallingly. First, we have had a controversial right wing Tory member of parliament who has packed in the job and is …

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Four weeks to go until Operation Flight

Peter Kyle MP  |  10 December 2014

When the hashtag #WhereIsWeatherley started trending about my opponent, I knew there was all to play for in the upcoming election. He clearly did too, which is probably why he resigned earlier this year. Being an activist in an ultra-marginal with a weak opponent means that every ounce of work you contribute delivers an impact …

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‘Make it Mari’

Mari Williams  |  28 November 2014

A few weeks after being selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North I was in a local coffee shop that had recently opened. Hailey runs the small business with her family. She brought over my sandwich and did a double take, and said, ‘Hold on, I recognise you.’ ‘Yes!’, I thought. ‘I’m being recognised …

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Fight or flight

Lewis Baston  |  27 November 2014

Which seats are first-time coalition MPs vacating? Lewis Baston runs through the targets on Operation Flight’s hitlist North Warwickshire (west Midlands): Mike O’Brien The Conservative majority in the semi-rural constituency of North Warwickshire stands at a slender 54 votes. Explorer and former army officer Dan Byles is standing down after only one term in parliament …

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Incumbency matters

Peter Kellner  |  27 November 2014

The ‘sophomore surge’ could stymie Labour’s path back to power, warns Peter Kellner At the time few people noticed something odd about Labour’s second landslide in 2001. Nationally, there was a two per cent swing from Labour to the Conservatives. The Tories should have gained 17 seats that Labour had won in 1997. In fact …

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