Clement Attlee

Vote Labour – and do it proudly

Louis Rynsard  |  17 May 2017

Britain needs as many Labour MPs as possible to survive the election if Britain is to remain a liberal, open and tolerant country, writes Louis Rynard Every moderate, every ‘Clause one socialist’, anyone in the Labour party who thinks we exist to get inside Downing Street rather than shout at its gates, can attest to how …

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Communitarian traditions

Jerome Neil  |  8 February 2017

Labour cannot claim to govern in the interests of working people while pledging to disregard their wishes, argues Jerome Neil Rarely in the Labour party’s history has it seemed as peripheral to the national discourse as it does now. A recent YouGov poll put the party on 24 per cent, a staggering 16 points behind the Conservatives, four points behind …

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Rejecting the politics of pessimism

John Denham  |  10 January 2017

Rebuilding Labour as a progressive patriotic party will need a broader foundation than Brexit, writes John Denham. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. For much of the time, political history moves incrementally. The divisive issues of one moment seem barely important a little later on. At other times – Clement Attlee’s government, the …

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The Attlee legacy

Jamie Reed MP  |  31 October 2016

Labour’s stance on Trident is clear, again —Last month (October), new shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith recommitted Labour to maintaining its long-standing policy in favour of maintaining Trident, our national nuclear deterrent. With it, she restated Labour’s support for the building of the new Vanguard submarines upon which the deterrent will depend. In these grim times, …

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Don’t accept this new, ‘new normal’

Adam Harrison  |  26 October 2016

Labour’s six-year slide damages not just the party but the country My first day working at Progress, Monday 4 January 2010, saw us catapulted into the general election campaign. Wasting no time in the early new year, David Cameron displayed his will to win by releasing the first part of the Conservative manifesto, which was …

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I won’t be quitting Labour, and neither should you

Lewis Parker  |  24 September 2016

There we have it. As most people expected from the moment he was allowed on the ballot, Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour party – securing an even larger percentage of the vote than last year’s election. For many Labour members it feels like game over. Labour has a leadership that …

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Citizen Clem: A biography of Attlee

Nick Garland  |  2 September 2016

It is impossible to read Citizen Clem, John Bew’s superb new biography of Labour’s most beloved leader, without drawing contrasts to the present plight of Clement Attlee’s party. The prologue offers a fascinating exploration of Attlee’s place in present political discourse, from Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45 – which, Bew notes, somehow manages to tell …

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Saving the ‘lost generation’

Clive Soley  |  16 June 2016

We must not let history repeat itself In May 1979 the defeated prime minister, James Callaghan, said to me that he felt sorry for new members of parliament like myself as we would be in opposition for 10 years. He was wrong. It was 18 years. Callaghan thought the arrival of North Sea oil and …

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Labour must lead to save the NHS

Christabel Cooper  |  26 April 2016

This week, emergency wards in England will be empty of junior doctors for the first time since the creation of the NHS. This is the sorry endgame to the dispute between the British Medical Association and health secretary Jeremy Hunt over the imposition of a new contract on junior doctors. Public opinion has (so far) …

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Labour’s progressive battle

Mike Ion  |  18 February 2016

The Labour government ‘contributed almost nothing new or imaginative to the pool of ideas with which men seek to illuminate human nature and its environment’. So wrote the New Statesman in a 1954 biographical piece about Clement Attlee and the 1945-1951 Labour government. Amazing as though it may now appear, some contemporary Labour figures of …

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