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Poor John Robert Clynes

Conor Pope  |  20 March 2017

Labour’s forgotten leader deserves better than to be airbrushed from the annals of the party’s history, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope  New YouGov research published this weekend asked Labour members to choose their top three party leaders of all time. JR Clynes, who led the party for around 20 months from February 1921 until November …

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British Labour and Conservative Leaders

Richard Carr  |  2 October 2015

At the last five general elections the British public has voted in favour of a prime minister who offers centrism, charisma, competence and confidence. Labour’s response to this has been to replace Ed Miliband with Jeremy Corbyn. For some it may be difficult to know where to begin with that. Fortunately BiteBack’s edited volumes on …

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Election ’74: the birth of modern British politics

Robert Philpot  |  30 January 2014

It was the year Abba’s Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest; Suzi Quatro, Alvin Stardust and the Osmonds topped the charts; and Jon Pertwee made his final appearance as Doctor Who. If the popular culture of 40 years ago seems somewhat alien, the politics appears at first positively archaic. The monochrome images of February 1974 …

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Death at the centre

Hopi Sen  |  9 July 2012

Labour should heed lessons from the interwar period on attempting reform in hard times, writes Hopi Sen Imagine a government faced with enormous public debt which proposes the building of council houses in vast numbers. A government that spends more on health and the unemployed, increases pensions and raises public sector pay. This government would surely be the …

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