Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

October 2010


Editorial Drifting into complacency Attacks on New Labour may win a few votes in the leadership election – but at what cost?

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

The case for ‘yes’ John Denham on why Labour should support AV

New town called malice Labour’s new leader must recapture the centre ground to win back middle England voters, says Sally Keeble

Feeling the benefit? David Blunkett examines the advantages – or otherwise – of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare proposals

Rhetoric and reality There’s not much difference between the leadership candidates’ views on party reform, claims David Cairns

Extinction or embrace? Roger Liddle on the temptation to brand the Liberal Democrats as crypto-Tory traitors

Solidarity is the only solution Why boycotts don’t work and won’t help Middle East peace or the Palestinians, by Steve Scott

Tanked up Tom Brooks-Pollock with the latest from wonk world

Progress News Simon Jeffrey reports on Progress’ latest Red Wedge event and previews some conference favourites

The Insider Another dispatch from the Westminster village


Cover Story ‘The problem for the left is this idea that the state is back in fashion’ History tells us that when Labour loses an election, it goes on to lose even more badly next time. How to buck this trend? By remaining New Labour, Tony Blair tells Tom Brooks-Pollock and Richard Angell

The hidden landslide Labour did badly in key marginals in May but even worse in seats it lost in 2005. We cannot abandon these places if we are to win next time, says Joan Ryan

Southern discomfort revisited What can the new Labour leader do to win back key marginal seats? Deborah Mattinson talks to voters in Harlow

United to renew Reform of the Labour party is too important to leave just to the leadership or a particular faction, argues Stephen Twigg

How to oppose History shows us that Labour’s new leader must define themself before the coalition does, argues Greg Rosen

Credibility deficit? Even if Labour is proven right on the dangers of a double-dip recession, it will not be enough to win the economic arguments of five years hence. Stephen Beer explains why


It’s better to travel Tony Blair’s book displays the honesty of a man who seems no longer to care what people think of him

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Adam Harrison

is a councillor in the London borough of Camden

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