Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

September 2011


Editorial A test Miliband must pass Labour’s leader has been brave to take on the task of reforming the party. He deserves to succeed

Opinion Reading the riot act The riots caught the country on the hop, but there are solutions to hand, says Hazel Blears

Commentary Tough liberalism When the United States was hit by riots in the 1960s, the political consequences for the Democrats were felt for decades to come, says Robert Philpot

The Progressive Fighting the last battle? ‘Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ comes closer than David Cameron has to providing answers to the riots. But after a decade of investment, even this may be lacking

Opinion Accelerated response Lambeth was already gearing up to hand power to the community to tackle gang culture. In the wake of the riots, it is moving even faster, reports Steve Reed

Opinion High-speed ambition The case for High Speed Two to be built up to Scotland is a moral one as well as an economic one, argues Michael Leahy

Opinion Fulfilling our responsibility to protect Utilising both soft and hard power will be central to reconstructing Labour’s foreign policy, says Stephen Twigg

The Big Idea Jobs for the grads Could a national Graduate Employment Service be part of a new welfare settlement, asks Rayhan Haque

Inbox What’s being said on the Progress website

The Insider Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village

Tanked up Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world

Dates for your diary Progress’ 12 fringe events at Labour party conference 2011


Cover story Uphill struggle? Labour has made some headway since its defeat last year, but progress is slow and the challenge ahead is tough and complex. Could another hung parliament be on the cards, ask Deborah Mattinson and David Ashton

Back on track Winning back London’s commuter belt is key to restoring Labour’s fortunes in marginals throughout the country, argues Gareth Thomas

Brave new world The defining sociological trends of today are very different from when Labour was last in opposition. The party needs to think boldly to address them, argues Graeme Cooke

Centre stage A new centre-ground is emerging from Labour’s policy review which will shape the politics of 2015. Liam Byrne tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison what he has learned from a year of listening to the public, and eight years where New Labour failed to follow its own principles

The ‘i’ word It is part of the ‘story’ of the last government that Labour got it wrong on immigration. To address the  issue in future, we need to separate myth from fact and develop a new ‘something-for-something’ deal, writes Jacqui Smith

Independence day? Before the next general election, Labour will need to lead the campaign to save the union. John McTernan outlines how the party should help thwart Alex Salmond’s dream


Tony Benn: A Biography Greg Rosen finds Benn’s own reminiscences and post-hoc justification used as primary evidence in this new biography

Hate: My Life in the British Far Right Essential reading but not for the faint-hearted or the politically correct, reports Ruth Smeeth


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