Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

July 2011


Editorial New Labour is right for Labour Labour and the country have changed radically since Progress’ founding in 1996. But the lessons of New Labour should still guide the party

Progress news All the latest from Progress and our members

Opinion Winning back the workers Seven in 10 Britons consider themselves middle class. But what does new research reveal about working-class Britain, asks Deborah Mattinson

Opinion Putting the politics into policing With elections less than a year away, Labour needs to take elected police commissioners seriously, says Rick Muir

The Big Idea The future’s bright, the future’s cooperative Labour councils could provide the kernel of a new, cooperative Labour way of governing, writes Anna Turley

Opinion Into the red What does the rise and fall of ResPublica tell us about David Cameron, asks Luke Akehurst

Opinion Not working out The government’s welfare reform bill has some hidden traps for working women, suggests Claire McCarthy

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

The Progressive In defence of Tesco Middle-class lefties should pipe down when it comes to supermarkets. Decent, affordable food for all is an old socialist goal to be applauded, not opposed

Opinion Getting responsibility right Ed Miliband has put ‘responsibility’ at the heart of Labour’s agenda. On the critical issues which define it, the party has its work cut out, argues Peter Kellner

Opinion Beyond Beveridge Voters want the contributory principle to inform welfare reform, believes Angela Smith

Opinion Credible on crime Labour’s crime policy should be effective – and credible to the public, says Steve McCabe

Commentary Mapping the alternative Understanding the public’s views is essential if Labour is to re-establish its reputation for fiscal responsibility, argues Robert Philpot

Opinion Principle and perception Stephen Ladyman on what voters expect from Labour on immigration

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Tanked up Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world

Dates for your diary Forthcoming Progress events


Cover story Don’t stop believing This month Tony Blair speaks at an event marking Progress’ 15th anniversary. He tells Robert Philpot why remaining New Labour is key to Labour winning next time

Essay Labour intensive With the coalition’s public services white paper delayed and rewritten Labour faces both an opportunity and a threat, argues Nick Pearce

There is an alternative The government can be made to change course on the economy but Labour must be bolder, Brendan Barber tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell

Avoiding a replay Labour is better placed now than when it lost previous elections, but overcoming the trauma and division of defeat will be crucial to preventing  a decade or more in the political wilderness, warns David Owen

Building a winning party As the deadline for Refounding Labour submissions passes, we present highlights of Progress’ contribution


Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader Would the party leader rather this account had not been written, wonders Peter Watt

Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class Wes Streeting finds an essential reader for Labour’s path back to power

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Richard Angell

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