Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The Purple Book

The key themes of The Purple Book are that for Labour to win the next election it must regain its economic credibility, have a credible programme of reform for public institutions, and capture the imaginations of the majority of Britons to want to get on in life and see their families prosper. The book explores how Labour’s decentralist tradition can help it in an age of austerity, when there isn’t the money available for a central government programme for every problem facing society, and argues for the state to become more efficient and devolved, with more local ownership and control of local services and assets.


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Robert Philpot

is a contributing editor to Progress magazine and former director of Progress

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