Englishness

Labour must speak for England

Joe Jervis  |  21 April 2017

The left has to embrace an inclusive, social democratic patriotism if they hope to win in England and form a government again, argues Joe Jervis I have a hunch that when historians analyse this decade of Labour doom the defining image will not be of Ed Miliband stood awkwardly next to a ridiculous giant stone or failing …

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Labour must put jobs first

Adam Harrison  |  8 February 2017

Labour can earn the right to wear the word ‘patriotism’ by protecting people’s jobs and livelihoods, argues Adam Harrison I feel troubled. In recent years in the Labour party we have been treated to an endless string of demands to appear ‘credible on the economy’, to ‘give voice to Englishness’, to ‘appear patriotic’. As ever, welcome …

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Brexit is Labour’s future

Jonathan Rutherford  |  10 January 2017

The Labour party must stand with the labour interest – and that means embracing Brexit, writes Jonathan Rutherford Brexit has exposed the cultural and political divisions within the Labour party and its coalition, and it has confounded it. But Brexit is a profound moment in the history of our country and it offers Labour the …

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Hard Brexit is not in the Labour interest

Christabel Cooper  |  10 January 2017

Labour does not need to support a hard Brexit in order to recast itself as a nation-building party, argues Christabel Cooper. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. Anyone seeking an explanation for Britain’s vote to leave the European Union without reference to culture and identity is on a hiding to nothing. So when Jonathan …

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The end of liberalism?

Ellie Groves  |  10 January 2017

Turning the clock back on Britain would be an abdication of the national interest, argues Ellie Groves. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. Is this the end of liberalism as we know it? Does Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of the populist right mean that Labour, without scrutiny, should make the conclusion that …

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Labour’s patriotism must not be nostalgic

Joe Jervis  |  10 January 2017

Constitutional reform and devolution will be crucial to restoring faith in both our democracy and our economy, writes Joe Jervis. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. ‘You’ve got to unpack … what bits of the so-called liberal agenda have failed and what bits haven’t’. When Tony Blair, usually so staunch in defence of …

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The Last Word: Flagging

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 May 2016

The vivid memory of fear is enough to terrify the human soul. Memories of mortal terror – like watching ‘The Exorcist’ for the first time through the fingers of your hand as a twelve year old – are capable of firing the adrenal medulla and provoking our most basic evolutionary response: fight or flight? It …

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Fait accompli for Labour in Portsmouth

John Ferrett  |  26 May 2016

When I was asked to contribute a chapter to Tristram Hunt’s book on Labour’s identity crisis, I was only too willing. Reliving the traumatic events of May 2015 may not appear to be the best form of catharsis, but in the context of the party’s subsequent flight from the centre of British politics it seemed …

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Labour must share the values of the nation

Naushabah Khan  |  25 May 2016

The reality of last year’s general election is that Labour’s failure to secure a victory in England, suffering at the hands of Ukip, ultimately resulted in our defeat. As a parliamentary candidate in Rochester and Strood for both the general election and the preceding by-election caused by the defection of Mark Reckless to Ukip, I …

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Eccentrics, enterprise and the English

Michael Taylor  |  24 May 2016

In March 2015, Conrad Clitheroe of Woodley, Stockport, was arrested and jailed in Dubai on charges of espionage. He was a plane spotter, spending his holidays with his mates Gary and Neil who shared his hobby of looking for rare aircraft. As Conrad lived in the constituency of Hazel Grove, at the prosperous south east …

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