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The start of a centre-left revival?

William Bain  |  22 February 2017

The popularity of Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz has turned the narrative of the inevitable decline of the European centre-left on its head, writes William Bain Visiting Paris and Berlin last autumn to speak with politicians and commentators on the common challenges faced by the centre-left in Europe, despondency was everywhere. Disaster was predicted in …

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The job is not finished yet

Stephanie Lloyd  |  22 February 2017

Respecting the political diversity of the LGBT community is the best way for Labour to make progress on equality, argues Stephanie Lloyd As a party we are well versed in highlighting how we transformed the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in the United Kingdom since forming a government in 1997. Abolished …

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Owning the past

Conor Pope  |  21 February 2017

Labour’s ‘modernisers’ must be willing to look to the past in order to build for the future, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope In their feature for this month’s Progress magazine, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay lay out a few rules for progressives to start winning again in 2017, following the 2016 omnicock-up. One of …

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Labour must not abandon internationalism

Roger Liddle  |  21 February 2017

Roger Liddle’s speech to the House of Lords calling on Labour to fight hard Brexit I want to address my brief remarks to my own benches. Whatever our differences on our response to last year’s referendum, we are all with some few exceptions pro-Europeans, including members of our frontbench who I count as good friends. …

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A business rates revolution

Fiona Dent  |  21 February 2017

Labour can become the champion of Britain’s small and medium-sized businesses by radically reforming the way that SMEs are taxed, writes Fiona Dent The merciless shrinking of the public sector, austerity and the downward pressure on wages and secure working conditions has resulted in a huge rise in self-employment and new businesses, reputedly 80 new …

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An act of national self-immolation

David Lammy MP  |  20 February 2017

The economic and social grievances that aroused the anger of Leave voters were not caused by the European Union – and will not be remedied by Brexit, writes David Lammy MP Make no mistake, the passage of the government’s Brexit bill through parliament was difficult for Labour, revealing tensions that have been apparent for some …

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Parliamentary democracy has not ended

Pat McFadden MP  |  17 February 2017

The hysterical response to Tony Blair’s speech betrays the Leave campaign’s fear that they will be held to account for their campaign promises, argues Pat McFadden MP Tony Blair knows that whenever he makes a speech there is first the “shoot the messenger” issue – those on both right and left who will not engage with …

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Nuttall’s lies will not be forgotten

Dina Cottier  |  17 February 2017

Attempting to gain political favour by repeatedly lying about the Hillsborough disaster has exposed Paul Nuttall and his party, argues Dina Cottier The people of Merseyside have an identity. We are quick-witted, tolerant, warm-hearted and absolutely resilient. Come to Merseyside and you will strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, if you do not have the right …

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The dignity of full-time work

Chris Carter  |  17 February 2017

Labour must transform Britain’s workforce if it is to effectively tackle the challenges of the 21st century, writes Chris Carter The challenges of an ageing population are enormous. Skills shortages, healthcare pressures, squeezed public services are but some of the consequences. Britain is ageing. Fast. One per cent of those born in 1908 survived a full century …

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A movement without motion

Gabriel Gavin  |  16 February 2017

The agonising descent of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is a symptom of the party’s lack of ideas, argues Gabriel Gavin Last week’s rumours of Jeremy Corbyn’s political demise now seem to have been greatly exaggerated. For some, the inevitable departure of the worst leader of the opposition in living memory is a cure-all for Labour’s ailments. …

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