Chuka Umunna

A minister for England?

Eddie Bone  |  14 March 2016

On 8 March 2016, in the Boothroyd room of the House of Commons, Jim McMahon, member of parliament for Oldham West and Royton, called upon Jeremy Corbyn to create a minister for England, while Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, reaffirmed his call for an English parliament. These suggestions followed Toby Perkins MP’s private member’s bill …

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We need radical reform to revive our democracy

Chuka Umunna MP  |  14 December 2015

While we do not yet know the exact date of the referendum on our membership of the European Union, it is clear that the outcome of this vote will affect Britain for many years to come. I will be campaigning to stay in the EU, as I strongly believe that this is best for our …

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Labour must lead in making the positive case for Europe

Christabel Cooper  |  5 October 2015

There are many uncertainties facing Labour at the moment, but we now know that one of them will not be the party’s position on the European Union referendum. At the Labour Movement for Europe rally in Brighton, there was a sense of elated relief that Labour will definitely be campaigning to remain in the EU …

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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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England needs its own red rose to bloom

Eddie Bone  |  30 July 2015

As the ‘yellow and black’ mist settles across Scotland and the ‘blue’ dust settles in England we can just see the ‘red rose’ of Labour reaching for new life. Unfortunately due to a messy leadership election, many in England are not really appreciating the red buds but are currently seeing just the thorns. Yet last …

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Unlocking the code

Philip Collins  |  11 June 2015

Labour needs to talk about aspiration without the jargon ‘Aspiration?’ demanded John Prescott on the Today programme, with scarcely concealed contempt, ‘What the ‘eck is that?’ If he had only meant that he was seeking clarification on the meaning of the term, I would be with Prescott on this. Politics in Britain has become conducted …

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‘The best antidote to anti-politics is grown-up politics’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  5 June 2015

Labour needs to be at the heart of a broad campaign to stay in Europe, Chuka Umunna tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Thought by many to be one of the strongest contenders for the Labour leadership election, it was a surprise when Chuka Umunna withdrew from the contest. Now out of the glare of the …

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Our agenda will only succeed if business drives growth

Stuart Hudson  |  15 December 2014

There are not many things that the average Labour party member shares in common with the characters of Downton Abbey. But for most of us, one such trait may be a slight queasiness about the idea of making money. While an ageing dowager might roll her eyes at the flashiness of the nouveaux riches, we …

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The party of the mainstream

Gurjinder Dhaliwal  |  10 December 2014

The only poll that will really matter, Chuka Umunna said rightly at last night’s In Conversation With event chaired by John Rentoul, is the way in which people vote on 7 May 2015. With less than six months to go until the general election, the shadow secretary of state for business laid out a convincing …

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Brave new world

Anthony Painter  |  25 September 2014

New times demand Labour turns away from the social democratic settlement of the postwar world, says Anthony Painter As the second world war drew to a close, western societies began to face the future once again, freed from a terrifying two decades. Out of war and depression new possibilities emerged. Nuclear power, the very first …

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