Jeremy Corbyn

Labour members must muck in

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 March 2017

Labour’s ‘mass membership’ must be more than a shield for Jeremy Corbyn to hide behind when criticised, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore Dissension in the Labour party is often portrayed as ‘members v the parliamentary Labour party’. However ‘the members’ are by no means all of one view. There is a real and …

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The Last Word: May in meltdown

Richard Angell  |  17 March 2017

May’s weakness exposed, leadership in local government and an impressive start for Open Labour – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The Tories in 2015 told Britain not to vote Labour because Ed Miliband would be a disaster for the economy and he would be pushed around by Nicola Sturgeon. If it …

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Do not go gentle into the night

Tom Railton  |  16 March 2017

Blithely accepting that Labour’s electoral coalition is sundered and that the next election is unwinnable is an unforgivable act of self-indulgence, argues Tom Railton A crunching, humiliating U-turn on national insurance contributions, a broken manifesto pledge, and a red-faced chancellor. An awful budget for the government to be sure, but one that may well be remembered for far …

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Labour will fight for our union once more

Jenny Marra MSP  |  16 March 2017

While Nicola Sturgeon pursues independence at any cost, Scottish Labour will make the case for strong public services within the United Kingdom, argues Jenny Marra MSP On Monday, as Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to hold a second referendum on independence, news broke that the headteacher of Blairgowrie high school, the local school of John Swinney, …

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The next Gower?

Chris Terry  |  14 March 2017

Ed Miliband suffered unlikely losses to the Tories in 2015, but could there be more to come under Jeremy Corbyn, asks Chris Terry The Conservative party has begun the process of selecting candidates for the next general election. Forty-four seats closed for applications from candidates on 20 February 2017. What is perhaps most surprising is …

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An open goal on self-employment

Calum Sherwood  |  14 March 2017

Philip Hammond’s assault on the self-employed provides Labour with a golden opportunity to win over Tory voters – that Jeremy Corbyn is squandering, writes Calum Sherwood When Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party for the first time, he promised a ‘new politics’, which would think outside of old orthodoxies and update our offer …

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Claiming Corbyn’s crown

Paul Richards  |  13 March 2017

Paul Richards investigates who will be Jeremy Corbyn’s successor as the hard-left’s anointed leadership candidate One thing you can guarantee, like rain on a bank holiday, is splits on the hard-left. The old Monty Python joke is funny because it is true. For the all the calls for workers’ unity, disunity is the stock-in-trade. The Trotskyist …

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The Last Word: March to save the NHS

Richard Angell  |  3 March 2017

Save our NHS, time to speak truth to power on Copeland, gongs gone wrong and thank Lord for the upper house – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Tomorrow I, along with thousands of other Labour activists, will be taking to the street to defend our National Health Service. As shadow health …

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Sinking without a trace

The Insider  |  3 March 2017

Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village Which is deserting Labour faster, voters or leadership authority? It is a surprisingly tough question. On the one hand, it barely registers as a shock that Labour can poll third with working-class voters, or lose Copeland after holding the seat for 82 continuous years. On the other hand, a shadow minister did …

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Another wake-up call

Editorial  |  3 March 2017

The Copeland byelection was a rejection of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics The February byelection results are so bad it is taking some time for them to sink in. Jeremy Corbyn becomes the first Labour leader since Michael Foot to lose a seat in opposition to the government. Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian asks, ‘Was it the worst result for an opposition since 1945 …

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