general election 2017

A catalogue of failures

Siobhain McDonagh MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories called it wrong on all the big necessities of a 21st century campaign, finds Siobhain McDonagh Why did the Tories lose? Indeed, did they? Certainly against expectation. In reality, they still got the most votes and most seats. So how has the outcome of the election been Labour euphoria and Tory despair? Hope …

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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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Comfort zone analysis

Conor Pope  |  10 July 2017

Did Labour moderates ever really ask ourselves why Jeremy Corbyn won? Conor Pope on the failure to try and understand the party When Labour loses an election, those of us on the moderate and modernising wing of the party tend to be robust in our examination of why we did not win. The key is …

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The ‘just about managing’ prime minister

Conor Pope  |  19 June 2017

Labour has the opportunity to change things despite being out of government – but only if it makes use of every constitutional mechanism within its power, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour party should not have been surprised that he had a good general election campaign. After strolling to …

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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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The Last Word: Bad enough to lose

Richard Angell  |  2 June 2017

A Tory party bad enough to lose, the return of two-party politics and measuring #GE2017 success the right way – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The Tories have been bad enough to lose a general election since their first few days in office. Pulling £6bn from the economy was one of the …

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