Andrew Adonis

Five Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond

Roger Liddle  |  6 June 2013

Andrew Adonis BiteBack Publishing | 208pp | £12.99 Five Days in May is a grippingly told tale of failure. Even someone with Andrew Adonis’ extraordinary mix of intellectual clarity and irrepressible energy could not pull together the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition that would have kept David Cameron out of No 10. I was there at the start. …

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Cleaning up parliament

Tal Michael  |  4 June 2013

This week’s spate of scandals have re-energised public interest in proposals to clean up parliament. All three main parties included remarkably similar proposals in their manifestos, yet little progress has been made under the current government. In his excellent book Five Days in May, Andrew Adonis sets out the failure of the Liberal Democrats to …

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Time to lead and explain

Jonathan Todd  |  20 May 2013

What we can learn from the era of the ‘Geddes Axe’ At the 1922 general election the Labour party more than doubled its representation, rising from 57 to 142 seats. This election was fought soon after the ‘Geddes Axe’ was wielded, which slashed public expenditure in an effort to restore the pre-first world war parity …

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Britain does not love coalitions

Andrew Adonis  |  8 May 2013

Andrew Adonis has changed his mind about the virtue of coalitions.  In this exclusive extract from his new book he explains why Few short periods in politics have mattered more in Britain than the ‘five days in May’ which followed the 2010 general election. Secret meetings day and night; helicopters whirring overhead; television cameras swarming …

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Five Days In May

Progress  |  29 April 2013

Pre-order Andrew Adonis’ new book ‘5 Days In May’ at the special Progress readers’ rate of £10 ‘Is a deal still possible?’ Nick Robinson texted me at 3.26 a.m. on election night. ‘Everything looks possible,’ I texted back. One of the great dramas of modern British politics unfolded in the wake of the inconclusive 2010 …

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Two years to 2015: where is Labour at?

Vijay Riyait  |  5 April 2013

Andrew Adonis opened the Progress political weekend at Stoke Rochford Hall by saying it was important not to be complacent and that the Labour party faced an almighty political battle. In terms of what Labour had to do to win in 2015, Adonis was at pains to highlight that we now needed real programmes and …

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New vice-chairs announced

Progress  |  15 January 2013

Three of Labour’s November 2012 by-election victors become Progress vice-chairs today. Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty; Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central; and Croydon North MP Steve Reed were appointed by Progress’ new elected strategy board. The board also confirmed in place Progress’ existing officers: honorary president Stephen Twigg and chair Andrew Adonis, …

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Mixed back-to-work fortunes

Jacqui Smith  |  14 January 2013

Ed Miliband starts the year with a 10-point lead over the Tories and with support over 40 per cent – an important breakthrough. I was pleased to see that his speech to the Fabians on Saturday was not at all triumphalist, but focused on beginning to flesh out the idea of One Nation. Many of …

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Towards a new industrial policy consensus?

Nicola Smith  |  14 January 2013

It may not be immediately clear what Michael Heseltine, Andrew Adonis, corporate director Andrew Churchill and the TUC’s Frances O’Grady have in common, but last week’s TUC After Austerity debate showed they all believe active government has an important role to play in securing future growth, and that national consensus (around this issue at least) …

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After austerity: Proper devolution

Jonathan Todd  |  11 January 2013

This government never tires of saying that it was formed in a moment of economic crisis. Yet three-quarters of positive growth had then been secured. Now we teeter on the brink of an unprecedented triple-dip recession. The government decided, two years into their administration, that they need a growth strategy, so they sent for Michael …

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