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Welsh Labour remains an offer of stability

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP  |  27 April 2017

The strong leadership Labour offers in Wales is being undermined by a Tory government in Westminster, writes Nick Thomas-Symonds I was elected to parliament in May 2015 as one of 25 Welsh Labour members of parliament. Over the course of the last two years I have seen at first-hand the work Welsh Labour MPs have …

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Time to get off the fence on freedom of movement

Rachel Finnegan  |  25 April 2017

We have to act on principles rather than playing politics as we shape our Brexit message, writes Rachel Finnegan It is clear to everyone that there were many reasons the general public voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. The economy, sovereignty, immigration, education, trade, austerity, Nigel Farage. But what implications do …

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Get in gear

Conor Pope  |  24 April 2017

The polls are certain to narrow – and Jeremy Corbyn must set the tone by focusing his efforts in Labour target seats, writes Conor Pope At the last election, many believed that the Liberal Democrats’ collapse in support would not be reflected in the number of seats they returned. Liberal Democrat members of parliament were …

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Stand for something

Conor Pope  |  21 April 2017

If Tony Blair and Gordon Brown could stand on the ‘longest suicide note in history’ in 1983 – you can stand for Labour now, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope The 1983 intake saw three future Labour leaders take their seats in parliament for the first time, including two future prime ministers. For all we talk …

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Labour must speak for England

Joe Jervis  |  21 April 2017

The left has to embrace an inclusive, social democratic patriotism if they hope to win in England and form a government again, argues Joe Jervis I have a hunch that when historians analyse this decade of Labour doom the defining image will not be of Ed Miliband stood awkwardly next to a ridiculous giant stone or failing …

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Class warfare never helped anyone

Dom Anderson  |  20 April 2017

John McDonnell’s suggestion that those earning £70,000 per year are ‘rich’ is the kind of policy that alienates voters from all economic backgrounds, argues Dom Anderson Back in January I wrote this piece setting out why Labour could not risk turning itself into a party that punishes success and penalises aspiration. Everything I wrote then the …

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Brexit on the ballot

Stephen Beer  |  19 April 2017

Delivering a Brexit that is socially justice must be at the heart of Labour’s general election campaign, writes Stephen Beer Facing this election, once again Labour faces the challenge of explaining clearly what it will do to promote a better economy. This subject cannot be avoided. Credibility is key. Yet this time it is linked, …

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I left the Lib Dems and so should others

Alex Warnakulasuriya  |  19 April 2017

No self-respecting progressive should get into bed with a party that propped up David Cameron and George Osborne for five years, writes Alex Warnakulasuriya I joined the Liberal Democrats in October 2016. I joined Tim Farron’s #libdemfightback (ugh) seeking refuge from the maelstrom engulfing the Labour party. I saw their resurgence in the polls as an opportunity …

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The fight of progressives’ lives

Richard Angell  |  18 April 2017

Labour members must bust a gut to elect as many Labour members of parliament as possible and stop a hard Brexit, writes Progress director Richard Angell This morning Theresa May broke another promise and plunged the country towards an early election. She will use the next seven weeks to ram through a hard Brexit at any …

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Time to stand with LGBT Chechens

Waheed Alli  |  12 April 2017

The international community has a moral responsibility to make clear that the detention, arrest, torture and murder of LGBT people in Chechnya is unacceptable, argues Waheed Alli This week has been a sobering reminder there are still huge global challenges for LGBT people with the shocking reports that have emerged from the media and human rights groups …

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