National Executive Committee

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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Competing visions

Luke Akehurst  |  11 February 2017

A hard-left takeover of conference would change more than the odd policy, argues Luke Akehurst This year Labour party members do not get balloted for the National Executive Committee but they will vote in a national one member one vote ballot for another very important national committee – the Conference Arrangements Committee. Nominations for the aforementioned CAC can …

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Terror of the Trotskyites

Rachel Reeves MP  |  1 December 2016

Exclusive extracts from Rachel Reeves’ book on the first woman MP for Leeds reveal Alice Bacon as a fiercely loyal reformist Alice [Bacon], a young woman, a miner’s daughter and teacher, was elected as a member of parliament at the age of 35. The first female MP in Leeds, the first (with Muriel Nichol), in fact, …

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Making it work

Mary Wimbury  |  4 November 2016

Party unity is a consequence, not a condition, of leadership —Walking out of the hall after this year’s Labour party leadership result announcement, I was stopped by ITV Wales and asked for a reaction. I told them Jeremy Corbyn had made a conciliatory speech and I hoped that that would turn into conciliatory action. Leadership cannot just be about words: it must …

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Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game

Mike Katz  |  19 October 2016

Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game. The vast majority of people who are worried by the rising levels of antisemitism in our society highlighted by the home affairs select committee report do not want to see the world’s oldest prejudices stamped out at the expense of addressing all other bigotry. There truly is no …

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Unity or uniformity: the shadow cabinet decides

Richard Angell  |  10 October 2016

It seemed clear to me at Labour party conference that Jeremy Corbyn did not know how to lead. His shrill demands for followership are not a replacement for leadership. ‘Unity’ demands something to unite around – a programme, a political strategy and plan for getting Labour into government. But leadership is also about being both …

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Selfless and devoted

Ayesha Hazarika  |  25 September 2016

Labour party staff have no right of reply – Ayesha Hazarika After a bruising leadership election which saw the Labour party take lumps out of each other on Twitter, on television, in green rooms and at hustings all across the country, it is finally over. But the worst of it might not be. How the party moves forward is …

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Fightback?

David Coats  |  24 September 2016

Trade union and Labour party politics are ever more intertwined – David Coats —Sidney and Beatrice Webb literally wrote the book on trade unionism in the 1890s and identified three elements of what they called the trade union method: collective bargaining, mutual insurance and legal enactment. Founding the Labour Representation Committee, and subsequently the Labour party, was …

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Moving on

Paul Richards  |  3 July 2012

The reaction to recent attacks on Progress shows Labour has no desire to return to the 1980s You cannot help but to have noticed the recent row over the motion at GMB conference seeking to isolate and expunge Progress. First, the National Executive Committee went into an emergency session lasting three days. Split between left and …

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