general election 2015

Where did it all go right?

Peter Mandelson and Spencer Livermore  |  6 April 2017

Peter Mandelson and Spencer Livermore exchange reflections on 20 years of running Labour’s election campaigns Dear Spencer, The Labour party still (just about) retains a lot of institutional memory about how we have fought elections since 1997. We had a good run until 2010 and it is worth recalling why this was so. 1997 was …

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Taken for granted

David Lammy MP  |  14 June 2016

Why is Labour losing BAME voters to the Tories? In the year that has passed since the 2015 general election, relatively little attention has been focused on one of the most dramatic aspects of last May’s results – the number of ethnic minority voters who turned their back on the Labour party. The longstanding relationship between …

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Vision fused with relevance

Matthew Turmaine  |  1 June 2016

With the publication of Jon Cruddas’ latest report into why Labour lost the 2015 general election and the new analysis edited by Tristram Hunt, it is important that we learn the lessons contained within them. Without properly understanding the reasons for our defeat last year, we cannot hope to proactively change to win. Let’s limit …

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Hanging on is not an option

John Jacob Woolf  |  20 May 2016

When I came into the world, some 27 years ago, a family friend sent me an application to join the Labour party. Being only a few days old, I was naturally unable to sign but the encouragement was not lost on my socialist parents. Born into a family of staunch Labourites, I was bound to …

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Reclaiming the north

John Healey MP  |  17 May 2016

The most important political event for Labour last year was not Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership election but our party losing the general election. And our most important political challenge is now to work out how to win in 2020 – a much bigger challenge than who leads Labour. Jeremy was right to talk before …

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Labour’s M1 test

Alison McGovern MP  |  29 April 2016

‘Say no to pessimism’ – what UK Labour can learn from its local counterparts Almost a year on from the general election, many of the images of that night will be fading from the minds of Labour activists as we turn to face the future. This is largely a good thing – to win again we must …

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Mistakes on repeat

Spencer Livermore  |  18 April 2016

Labour should be learning from its mistakes, not repeating them, warns Spencer Livermore The general election in 2015 was a winnable election for the Labour party. It was an election that we could and should have won, had different decisions been made over the course of the last parliament. That makes it all the more important …

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Paying the price

Richard Angell  |  18 April 2016

Never again should Labour play fast and loose with working people’s lives The Labour party is full of idealists; it is one of the things I like about it most. But its ability to wish the situation to be better than it is sometimes has no bounds. Ed Miliband’s Labour party had this in abundance. Central …

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Out of the mouths of babes

Victoria Groulef  |  18 April 2016

We must avoid shopping list politics Days after the election, as I was fastening my daughter’s school council badge onto her uniform, she looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘At least one of us knows how to win an election, Mummy’. Out of the mouths of babes … I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! But of …

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Learning from losing 

Spencer Livermore  |  14 March 2016

Let me begin by thanking Ben for his presentation. This research is vital to making sure we learn the right lessons from our 2015 defeat, and the Labour party should have had the courage to publish it. Let me also thank Progress for inviting me to speak today. As someone who worked for Gordon Brown for ten years, being invited to a …

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