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The Last Word: Solidarity with Barcelona

Richard Angell  |  18 August 2017

The Barcelona attack, Republican shame, smearing centrists, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Today we woke up to yet more carnage from Daesh-inspired terrorism in the Catalan area of Spain. Our thoughts and solidarity goes out to the Catalan people, those from many nationalities who are …

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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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The problem is politics, not PR

Richard Angell  |  2 March 2017

Recognition of some of Jeremy Corbyn’s shortcomings is a step forward, but competence is not the only problem the leadership has, argues Richard Angell in response to Owen Jones The video Owen Jones published this week was brave. Many in his position would not have done it. He is right to be concerned that Labour is …

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The Last Word: The class pay gap

Richard Angell  |  27 January 2017

Alan Milburn leading the way on social mobility, Clive Lewis’ campaign team, May’s US speech and Holocaust Memorial Day  – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Alan Milburn is doing the Labour party’s job for it … again. His work on social mobility continues to chart a path towards achieving Labour’s historic mission: breaking the link between …

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The Last Word: May’s muddled thinking

Richard Angell  |  6 January 2017

Theresa May had a pretty bad start to the year with resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the European Union. It was unfortunate for her that his email to all staff was leaked to the media. His warning about ‘muddled thinking’ should be a theme that the Labour leader – …

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The centre-left must own the future or become a thing of the past

Sam Stopp  |  2 September 2016

During his ill-starred attempt to become Labour leader in 2010, David Miliband fired several warning shots to Labour’s centre-left about the danger it was in. ‘Future’, he said somewhat whimsically, ‘is the most important word in politics. We must convince our fellow citizens that we are a party of the future.’ Few could have imagined …

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Love must win

Christabel Cooper  |  21 June 2016

Within the space of a week, two acts of appalling barbarity – one on either side of the Atlantic – have shocked and saddened us. On the night of 11 June, Omar Mateen killed 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando. Six days later, Labour member of parliament Jo Cox was murdered on the …

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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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Time to stop blaming the media

Editorial  |  28 January 2016

‘Imagine my initial confusion’, tweeted Labour member of parliament Jess Phillips, ‘as I worked in sexual health MSM means Men who have Sex with Men’. The MSM, or the so-called ‘mainstream media’, has become the scapegoat for many about the grievances they feel with the world. If it is not going their way, it must be …

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The Corbyn universe

James Bloodworth  |  15 December 2015

Who’s who: James Bloodworth profiles the hard-left networks now reaching into the Labour party John McDonnell The former chair of the Socialist Campaign Group and the Labour Representation Committee, John McDonnell’s appointment to the role of shadow chancellor was seen as Jeremy Corbyn thumbing his nose to Labour moderates by appointing his closest ally in parliament …

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