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A Brexit-driven productivity crisis

Seema Malhotra MP  |  25 November 2016

Wednesday’s autumn statement was a stark admission of two things: the failure of the last six years of economic policy, and the sheer cost of Brexit. It failed on the tests of fairness and fell far short of what we need to properly build a strong future. Many of us raised concerns about the economic consequences …

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The constitutional talking shop

John McTernan  |  10 November 2016

What is it about Labour and the constitution?  After a series of electoral setbacks, there always comes the demand for constitutional reforms. The Labour party has suffered shattering defeats over the last six years – two general elections, two Scottish elections, the Brexit referendum and, most damaging of all, two elections of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. …

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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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Refine your craft

The Progressive  |  7 September 2016

The public don’t hate ‘professional politicians’ – they hate bad professional politicians The summer saw the British public glued to their televisions during August. Not to watch the ‘who is more socialist’ contest of the Labour leadership race, nor to monitor the latest polls showing Labour falling down the charts on an almost daily basis in inverse …

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Crisis over?

Richard Hayton  |  2 September 2016

Post-Brexit, new fissures may emerge in the Conservative party, writes Richard Hayton   Ten days after David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister, the then Conservative party deputy chair, Robert Halfon, declared that his party faced an ‘existential crisis’. Halfon’s comments were made in the midst of the tumult of the leadership election to find a replacement for Cameron. …

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‘It became a referendum on immigration’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  12 July 2016

The prime minister should have had a ‘Dover speech’ moment, reflects Will Straw to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison With the consequences of Britain’s shock Brexit vote still unfolding, any reluctance from the bruised leadership of the Britain Stronger In campaign to confront the causes of last month’s devastating defeat would be understandable. But as we meet …

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The wheels come off the Boris wagon

Fiona Twycross AM  |  30 June 2016

Today’s announcement that Boris Johnson will not be putting himself forward as a candidate in the Conservative leadership election brought welcome relief in the headlines from Labour’s own trials and tribulations. Boris Johnson is a populist politician. The type of person people can imagine going to the pub with. A joker, a clown and a …

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Vote Leave have no genuine answers on immigration

Christabel Cooper  |  7 June 2016

As expected, the issue of immigration has now been fully weaponised by the Brexiters. It is a missile that Labour Remainers find difficult to defend against when talking to our traditional voters. Arguing that migration has brought demonstrable economic benefits runs up against the problem that the supporting logic is convoluted, slightly counter-intuitive and the …

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Nothing leftwing about leaving

Editorial  |  2 June 2016

The biggest decision facing Britain for a generation comes before voters at the end of the month. The question is simple: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ The only choice is ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’. There is no third way, no protest vote option, no ‘reopen …

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Seeking asylum answers

Thom Brooks  |  10 May 2016

David Cameron did it again. His promise of a referendum on whether to remain or leave the European Union was built on a pledge to reform it. In Cameron’s eyes, the referendum is as much about his ability to reform the EU as the importance of Britain remaining a part of it. His proposed reforms …

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