Charles Clarke

Power of speech

Robert Philpot  |  28 September 2015

Thirty years after Neil Kinnock’s Bournemouth speech, Robert Philpot recalls the fight to save the Labour party from the hard left In September 1985, two years after Neil Kinnock was elected its leader in the wake of the devastating landslide defeat which saw Margaret Thatcher re-elected with a majority of 144, the Labour party gathered for its …

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Only Labour can make the case for Britain in Europe

Kevin Peel  |  5 December 2014

With the Tories dancing to the United Kingdom Independence party’s tune and the Liberal Democrats losing deposits in virtually every by-election of this parliament, only Labour can make the bold, progressive case for Britain’s future at the heart of Europe – and we must urgently rise to the challenge. The debate on British membership of …

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The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can’t Crack

Peter Riddell  |  24 July 2014

Charles Clarke is one of the wasted talents of British politics – his ministerial career was cut off too soon in 2006. Never easily classifiable in any Labour faction, he has always been a stimulating thinker and writer about politics, and particularly the problems of government. In his post-Westminster life since 2010 he has been …

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Books for the beach

The Progressive  |  23 July 2014

What Labour MPs should be reading this summer Along with their selections for Desert Island Discs, politicians’ declared choices of holiday reading are usually concocted to curry favour with the voters. Margaret Thatcher once claimed her choice of poolside reading was ‘the latest Jeffrey Archer’, when in reality it was more likely to be Friedrich …

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The cost of prison is too high

Charles Clarke  |  17 September 2013

Time to make alternatives to prison a real choice for courts Charles Clarke —The reduction of crime ought to be a central goal of any democratic government. As a wide range of statistics demonstrates, it was a goal at which Labour in office was pretty successful. The reason for our success was a combination of …

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Reflections on a Reunion

John Carr  |  31 October 2011

The Marquis of Granby is a pub not far from parliament. A couple of weeks ago in its upstairs room there assembled a motley crew. The common bond was student politics from the mid 1970s to early 1980s. From Charles Clarke to Dave Aaronovitch, with Sue Slipman and Trevor Phillips in between. It was a …

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Education, education, education

Richard Darlington  |  17 June 2010

Andy Burnham's hustings foray into Ed Balls's territory of education may have surprised some, but his defence of the comprehensive ideal and practice comes at a time where education faces an onslaught from the coalition

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