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Who is in control?

Roger Liddle  |  13 April 2017

Theresa May has limited her hard Brexit options, argues former Tony Blair adviser Roger Liddle The British political class may be obsessed with Brexit, but the continent’s political world is not. Among European social democrats, there is widespread sadness about Britain’s vote to leave: pained disbelief that for all the European Union’s manifest imperfections, anyone …

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Building a Labour alternative

Renie Anjeh  |  27 March 2017

Chuka Umunna’s ‘The Labour alternative’ essay sets out broadly the right direction for Labour, but there are several glaring omissions, writes Renie Anjeh It is a great shame that Chuka Ummuna is no longer a member of the shadow cabinet. The telegenic and talented member of parliament for Streatham was a rare voice of sanity during …

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Walk the talk

Miriam Mirwitch  |  1 March 2017

The Tories are failing people – and particularly failing young people – when it comes to mental health, argues London Young Labour chair Miriam Mirwitch  Mental health services in the United Kingdom are chronically underfunded and ill-equipped to meet the needs of our population. Already meagre budgets are increasingly under pressure from the Tories, with 40 …

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Labour must not abandon internationalism

Roger Liddle  |  21 February 2017

Roger Liddle’s speech to the House of Lords calling on Labour to fight hard Brexit I want to address my brief remarks to my own benches. Whatever our differences on our response to last year’s referendum, we are all with some few exceptions pro-Europeans, including members of our frontbench who I count as good friends. …

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The return of the ‘nasty party’

Grace Skelton  |  10 February 2017

In closing the scheme brought about by the Dubs amendment, Theresa May has confirmed that the ‘nasty party’ is well and truly back, argues Grace Skelton After her Lancaster House speech setting out the government’s aims for the Brexit negotiations, we expected that Theresa May was going to push for a hard Brexit and she …

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‘Held to account, not ransom’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  7 February 2017

Angela Smith tells the government to ‘grow up’ A Labour In campaign placard peeks out from behind the fireplace. On the mantelpiece sits a photograph with a young Barack Obama. The room is dotted with reminders of painful recent defeats for progressives. And yet it is here, in the office of Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in the House of …

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In defence of free trade

Stephen Beer  |  7 February 2017

Those hardest hit by globalisation have been betrayed not by free trade, but by governments unwilling to protect them from exploitation, argues Stephen Beer  Not so long ago, free trade was seen as the route to greater prosperity and multilateral trade deals were pursued with this aim in mind. That view has changed somewhat, most noticeably …

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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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