Bevan and back again

Alan Lockey  |  1 June 2017

Britain will have to recapture its decentralising spirit to secure a post-Brexit settlement that works for everyone, argues Alan Lockey  Early in his political career, Nye Bevan had a stump speech about power in Britain. ‘When I get older’, the young Bevan would say, ‘the place to get to is the council. That’s where power is. …

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Rhodri Morgan: An obituary

Hannah Blythyn  |  18 May 2017

Hywel Rhodri Morgan (29 September 1939 – 17 May 2017) Rhodri Morgan was a truly exceptional man who has made an indelible mark on Wales. Today Wales has not just lost a great politician, we have lost a real father figure. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all of us are with Julie – his wife, …

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A mayoral-led devolution revolution

Luke Raikes  |  15 March 2017

Andy Burnham’s manifesto launch was a glimpse into the potentially transformative role England’s new metro mayors could play, writes Luke Raikes Today, the race to govern Greater Manchester moved up a gear. Andy Burnham has just published his manifesto, in his campaign to be mayor of our de facto second city. He will soon be followed by …

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A federal future

Kevin Peel  |  2 March 2017

Keeping the United Kingdom intact could unite the party and the country, writes Kevin Peel At its annual conference at the end of February, the Scottish Labour party voted to make support for a federal United Kingdom its party policy. It is time for UK Labour to do the same. Our colleagues in Scotland, spearheaded by passionate interventions in …

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People Shaped Localism

James Derounian  |  27 February 2017

Too often policymakers overlook the potentially transformative potential of the United Kingdom’s 10,000+ parish and town councils, writes James Derounian in response to an RSA report on localism There I was, minding my own business at a Regional Studies Association conference on localism a couple of years ago, when I was woken from torpor by an …

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Britain needs a reinvention of regions

Ed Cox  |  31 January 2017

The government’s vaunted industrial strategy represents little more than a codification of current practice, writes IPPR North director Ed Cox The government’s industrial strategy is welcome – but by trying run the economy from Whitehall, it misses the devolved framework that makes similar approaches successful overseas. The prime minister has been keen to impress upon …

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Dugdale’s Labour solution to a constitutional mess

Duncan Hothersall  |  7 December 2016

Despite Scottish Labour being in a seriously tough place in the polls it has been heartening for many members to see our campaigning spirit undimmed in recent months, and after a strong campaign pointing out Scottish National party failures on the National Health Service we have been breaking through more recently on their poor record …

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To make progress, we need Progress

Doug James  |  15 November 2016

Recent polls have placed Labour in a very bad position. Optimists have voiced support for the idea that Labour’s way back into power is through our work in local government and the endeavours of local councillors. My view is that similar to our reluctance to examine facts after our 2015 election defeat, we are currently …

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Lisa Nandy MP and Liz Kendall MP  |  7 October 2016

In conversation: Liz Kendall and Lisa Nandy sit down to reflect on their own political traditions within Labour, and where the party heads next How did you come to your politics? LISA: ‘I came into parliament after nearly a decade in the voluntary sector. I think part of what motivated me was how I’d worked …

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‘Devo-miss’ must be taken seriously

Ash Singleton  |  19 September 2016

Melvyn Bragg’s fascinating new Radio 4 series on the north of England’s history showcases its crucial ‘nearly nation’ status: unlike Wales, we have a dialect, not a language; unlike Scotland, we never had a proper parliament; but the north’s rebelliousness and non-conformist attitude sets it apart as more than just a region. Indeed, if the …

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