Is the single market back on the table?

Mary Honeyball MEP  |  26 June 2017

The longer Brexit negotiations draw on, the stronger the hand of those that wish to remain in the single market and customs union becomes, argues Mary Honeyball MEP at Progress annual conference 2017 Ever since the result of the ill-fate referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was known just over a year ago, the …

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Fighting for the single market

Peter Hain  |  23 June 2017

The Labour party must be in the vanguard of the struggle to keep the United Kingdom in the single market, argues former cabinet minister Peter Hain As Jeremy Corbyn has argued, Labour must prioritise jobs and the economy over Brexit – which, for those Labour parliamentarians who have signed a new statement, means staying in the …

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The Tories’ death rattle sounds

Stephen Beer  |  22 June 2017

A threadbare, unimaginative Queen’s speech leaves Theresa May’s government on the cusp of a very early demise, writes Stephen Beer The Queen’s speech was a vivid representation of the state into which the Conservative party has got both itself and the country. To have any chance of securing the approval of parliament, the government had …

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Two Tory Brexits

Seema Malhotra MP  |  21 June 2017

Theresa May has been undermined by her chancellor. There are now two Brexit strategies at the heart of government, writes Seema Malhotra MP This week at Mansion House, the chancellor Phillip Hammond gave an extraordinary speech that made it quite clear that he had given up the pretence that the government approach of a hard …

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The Last Word: More in common

Richard Angell  |  16 June 2017

Remembering Jo Cox, Labour’s post-election unity, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and #TipLondon – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The anniversary of Jo Cox’s brutal murder brings mixed emotions. For all of us that knew Jo there is the obvious loss and sense of pain. Each of us who did …

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The new rural battlegrounds 

Christabel Edwards  |  15 June 2017

To win an overall majority Labour must break with tradition and court the left behind voters of the deep countryside, argues Christabel Edwards  In October 1992 Michael Heseltine, then secretary of state for trade and industry, announced the closure of thirty of the United Kingdom’s remaining fifty deep coal mines, with the loss of thirty-one thousand …

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Downing Street squatter

Richard Angell  |  13 June 2017

Theresa May has unified not just the Labour party, but the whole country, writes Progress director Richard Angell Stunned that Labour gained 30 seats and the Tories have lost a majority, the Labour family is applauding its leader for a better-than-expected personal performance, 40 per cent of the vote and the first net gain in …

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Gunning for the ‘red Tories’

Conor Pope  |  12 June 2017

This election could bring about another Conservative lurch to the right, bringing room for Labour to put forward its ‘jobs-first’ Brexit vision, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Theresa May called this election hoping to be given a free hand in Brexit negotiations by the British public, and ended up with both tied behind her …

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Bevan and back again

Alan Lockey  |  1 June 2017

Britain will have to recapture its decentralising spirit to secure a post-Brexit settlement that works for everyone, argues Alan Lockey  Early in his political career, Nye Bevan had a stump speech about power in Britain. ‘When I get older’, the young Bevan would say, ‘the place to get to is the council. That’s where power is. …

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The manifesto challenge

Jill Rutter  |  19 May 2017

The election provides politicians with an opportunity to secure consent for a post-Brexit immigration system, writes Jill Rutter  With the publication of the Conservatives and other party manifestos this week, we now have an idea of the direction of future immigration policy, as well as how the opposition parties will frame their views. The Liberal …

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