Copeland byelection

The problem is politics, not PR

Richard Angell  |  2 March 2017

Recognition of some of Jeremy Corbyn’s shortcomings is a step forward, but competence is not the only problem the leadership has, argues Richard Angell in response to Owen Jones The video Owen Jones published this week was brave. Many in his position would not have done it. He is right to be concerned that Labour is …

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The road back in Copeland

Leo Gibbons-Plowright  |  1 March 2017

If Labour is to earn back trust in Copeland, it must stop pining after a working class that no longer exists and champion the interests of actual working people, writes Leo Gibbons-Plowright Copeland faces the same issues as so many places in England — poor transport links hinder an already remote constituency — mining and iron works closures has led to decline …

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Excuses, excuses

Conor Pope  |  27 February 2017

Progress deputy editor Conor Pope takes a look at some of the most egregious excuses for Labour’s performance in Copeland and Stoke The byelection results in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central should not set alarm bells ringing for the Labour party. The alarm has long since been silenced; ignored until the flames it warned against melted it …

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The Last Word: Power and pretenders

Richard Angell  |  10 February 2017

The Corbynite coalition’s gaping hole, an opportunity for Scottish Labour and an NHS crisis in Copeland – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Principle and power are harder to reconcile for some over others. Jeremy Corbyn led his Labour troops through the lobby to trigger Article 50 – and Britain’s exit of the European Union – …

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Calling it right

Conor Pope  |  30 January 2017

Labour would not ‘be on the right side of history’ if it voted against invoking article 50, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope The job of opposition is not to oppose. To say so makes a good tweet, but poor politics. It is the job of opposition to hold to account, and get the best …

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The Last Word: It’s ‘game on’

Richard Angell  |  20 January 2017

Byelection dates confirmed in Copeland and Stoke, Trump confirmed as president, and Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ speech – Richard Angell looks at the events of the week The writ will be put down for both Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central on Monday for an byelection on 23 February 2017. My colleague Matthew Faulding has already been …

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Corbynism: phase two

Conor Pope  |  9 January 2017

What are the implications of Jeremy Corbyn’s relaunch as a leftwing Donald Trump? This week will see Jeremy Corbyn ‘relaunch’ as a leftwing, anti-establishment populist, ditching the mainstream centrist approach that has ill-served him up until now. Inspired by the rise of Donald Trump, Corbyn’s team have determined that the lesson to learn from the defeat of …

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The Last Word: Copeland challenge

Richard Angell  |  22 December 2016

Jamie Reed leaving parliament I am personally extremely sad that Jamie Reed – and former author of this column – is leaving parliament in the near year but understand that he must put his family first. His new role people he might be able to get more done for the people of Copeland than he …

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