2017 manifesto

The Last Word: A year of failure

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2017

There are five modest changes that would improve the manifesto, writes Richard Angell in his Last Word The prime minister has been in post for one year and one day. Theresa May’s style is a strange mix of shyness and arrogance. Her ‘stiff upper lip’ looks cold and heartless but her actions wreak of a …

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No new bible

Richard Angell  |  12 July 2017

Labour’s 2017 manifesto best bits will feature in Labour’s next winning manifesto, but suggesting changes cannot be seen as heretical, writes Richard Angell Never before have the manifestos of both major parties been – both simultaneously and so obviously – written for audiences other than the public. The Conservative party’s programme was written for the House …

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A manifesto for the poorest?

Polly Billington  |  12 July 2017

Why did Labour’s offer not do more for the people at the bottom, asks Polly Billington There is a developing consensus that the manifesto is what shifted the voters in Labour’s favour during the election campaign. If it did inspire many to vote Labour, those who are electorally hard-headed should consider what worked and what should …

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The manifesto wot won it

Anoosh Chakelian  |  12 July 2017

Anoosh Chakelian hit the general election campaign trail to find out what was behind the late Labour surge A few weeks before the general election, I was out reporting on the campaign trail with a Labour candidate whose marginal seat – going by the polling – looked pretty doomed. But they were surprisingly upbeat. ‘There’s something …

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Seriously Corbynism

Philip Collins  |  11 July 2017

A proper consideration of the Labour leader’s programme must now happen, writes Philip Collins For most of his career on the fringes of politics, Jeremy Corbyn has not been a serious figure. Happy to campaign forlornly for losing causes, largely on foreign policy issues over which he had no influence, he was destined to be a footnote …

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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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