Douglas Alexander

What happens in Ukraine will not stay in Ukraine

Stephen Bush  |  11 March 2014

For the first time in my life, I would like nothing more than for Seamus Milne and Owen Jones to be right. A fortnight ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. This may be that Vladimir Putin is a revanchist autocrat. Or it may be the fault of the United States. It could well be that, as long …

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The most personal election ever

Bex Bailey  |  28 February 2014

Michael Dugher has called it the most personal election ever. Douglas Alexander and Spencer Livermore emphasised the importance of achieving personal conversations with the electorate in a recent National Executive Committee meeting. And we have an increasing number of channels through which to engage with people. With a hostile media and plenty of apathy to …

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Prioritising the 106

Bex Bailey  |  24 January 2014

We don’t have abundant resources. We don’t share the Tories’ ability to inject millions into target seats. We don’t have long left before the general election. What we do have is a team of some of the most dedicated activists – people who are willing to commit significant amounts of their time to talking to …

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From reassurance to reappraisal

Stephen Bush  |  12 November 2013

After a break-up, you have two options. There is reassurance: I did nothing wrong, it could have happened to anyone, I was a victim of circumstance. But then there is reappraisal: when you have to concede that the whole thing was at least partly – perhaps wholly – your fault. Most of the political books, …

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Digital diplomats

Natalie Cox  |  7 November 2013

Embassies used to be able to enlighten visiting dignitaries with all sorts of privileged information that would make them look like they had local knowhow that no else could offer. But not any more. Most of what an embassy can tell you before you visit is now available online, via global media and is updated …

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Influencing tomorrow

Adam Tyndall  |  7 November 2013

In 1938 Neville Chamberlain spoke of the conflict in central Europe as being in ‘a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.’ In Influencing Tomorrow, Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns show just how far foreign policy has come in the last 75 years. Never again can we dismiss issues beyond our borders as …

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Labour’s got talent

The Insider  |  4 November 2013

It finally happened. As predicted here, after being delayed by Syria and conference, it was politically exposed, middle-aged male former ministers who found themselves shunted from the shadow cabinet. This was seen as a cull of Blairites, but then the new people started doing more than walking down the street looking fresh-faced, and what they …

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The race is on

Bex Bailey  |  10 October 2013

The appointment of Douglas Alexander, Michael Dugher and Spencer Livermore this week to Labour’s core general election team signals the start of a more sharpened focus on 2015. From now on in, they will be working together to build a successful general election campaign – allocating spending, pushing our messages and building our support base. …

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Great Burnham would …

The Insider  |  22 August 2013

Andy Burnham’s summer interventions over Labour’s future showed that he is a street-fighter gradually emerging from the cocoon of being a junior member of Labour’s post-1997 class of golden children – the Blair- and Brown-era special advisers turned MPs, turned fast-promoted ministers, who now dominate the Labour party leadership. In placing himself, rhetorically, as a …

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Time to lead and explain

Jonathan Todd  |  20 May 2013

What we can learn from the era of the ‘Geddes Axe’ At the 1922 general election the Labour party more than doubled its representation, rising from 57 to 142 seats. This election was fought soon after the ‘Geddes Axe’ was wielded, which slashed public expenditure in an effort to restore the pre-first world war parity …

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