Time for a skills revolution

Daniel Mayhew  |  16 November 2016

Some time has passed since the election of Donald Trump and I have found myself reflecting on things; not just on another massive defeat for progressive politics, but on the reaction. It is a reaction that typifies how out of touch the left really are; a reaction that sums up the facts in part and only offers half-solutions. …

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Lessons from Scotland

Michael Low  |  16 November 2016

When I started doorknocking for the Labour party in Glasgow as a fresh-faced 16 year-old, it was still then a heartland where we won often, regularly defying the ambitions of the Scottish National party. Today, Glasgow’s constituencies are all represented by nationalists, at both Holyrood and Westminster. Our fortunes have not just changed; they have …

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Faith in the broad church

James Beckles  |  16 November 2016

The Labour party has long been seen as a broad church political movement attracting and absorbing political ideologies from across the left with the unified belief that only Labour could deliver the social change needed to build a fairer and more equal society. This belief still holds true, Labour is still the home of strands …

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To make progress, we need Progress

Doug James  |  15 November 2016

Recent polls have placed Labour in a very bad position. Optimists have voiced support for the idea that Labour’s way back into power is through our work in local government and the endeavours of local councillors. My view is that similar to our reluctance to examine facts after our 2015 election defeat, we are currently …

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Mutualisation, not nationalisation

James Cleverley  |  15 November 2016

As I write, I am sitting on a stationary Arriva Wales train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly which has been stranded in Newport for the past two hours. The reason? There is a train in front that is so out of date that it physically does not have the power to move up a fairly steep …

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It’s time to be Progress and proud

Tom Jennings  |  14 November 2016

After the events of this summer, being a Progressive can feel a lonely place. Seeing long standing friends from across our movement post photos of their shredded membership cards has been heart breaking. This is not only because people who have contributed so much to the party feel they are no longer welcome, but also …

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A living wage for all workers

Marian Craig  |  14 November 2016

This year, mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the new London living wage will be £9.75 an hour (increasing to £10 an hour during his term in office) – for the rest of the United Kingdom the new rate will be £8.45 an hour. Currently, more than 3000 employers voluntarily pay this living wage – over …

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The perils of a shared language

Sheila Gilmore  |  11 November 2016

Donald Trump rails against the ‘establishment’. On the Today programme on 10 November so too did Yanis Varoufakis. The specific debate was on international trade agreements. ‘Took your jobs away’ cries Trump. In Europe a huge campaign of the Left has been against agreements such as CETA and TTIP. For Varoufakis the worst evil of trade agreements …

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The fight of our lives

Jonathon Hawkes  |  9 November 2016

This fight of the next decade will not be between left and right – those labels have become meaningless in the post-Brexit, post-Trump world. We are witnessing a battle between the pessimism of an anti-politics and a centre ground struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world There can be no doubt that the twin …

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‘Brexit means parliament’

Paul Brant  |  4 November 2016

‘Brexit means parliament’ at least according to the High Court’s judgment. Cause for two cheers for us Remainers. Why not three cheers? This court judgment eases one headache but creates many more. It could also conceivably lead to a Labour wipeout. The judgment says that parliament must pass an act allowing the government to trigger European Union withdrawal. …

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