Ed Miliband


Time to stop blaming the media

Editorial  |  28 January 2016

‘Imagine my initial confusion’, tweeted Labour member of parliament Jess Phillips, ‘as I worked in sexual health MSM means Men who have Sex with Men’. The MSM, or the so-called ‘mainstream media’, has become the scapegoat for many about the grievances they feel with the world. If it is not going their way, it must be …

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Smell the coffee

Paul Richards  |  28 January 2016

Labour still needs a proper post-mortem In 1987, following an election when Labour won the campaign but lost the election, Philip Gould and his team presented an assessment of Labour’s defeat to a joint meeting of the shadow cabinet and the National Executive Committee. He recalled, ‘We were about to tell the party that 70 years of history had …

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A welcome focus on winning

Nick Bent  |  26 January 2016

Sharply contrasted against the unedifying and introspective nature of certain elements of the current Labour party, the great strength of the Beckett report is that it is firmly focused on the public and on the future. Specifically, it is a useful blueprint to the massive challenge of how Labour wins the 2020 general election. So …

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Beyond Beckett

Deborah Mattinson  |  24 January 2016

In June last year, soon after the general election, acting leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, got in touch. She wanted to commission voter research to help to understand why Labour lost. I, along with colleagues, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay, undertook that work and conducted focus groups in places with particularly disappointing results …

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All My Sons

Jamie Reed MP  |  23 January 2016

The publication of Margaret Beckett’s report into Labour’s most recent general election failure presents a useful lacuna in the party’s struggle to understand the latest rejection by the British people at the ballot box. Useful, but by no means exhaustive, the ‘Learning the Lessons from Defeat Taskforce Report’ confirms what those of us on the …

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Five million conversations

Polly Billington  |  21 January 2016

I suspect Gloria de Piero’s shameless plug of this book in last week’s Stylist magazine may raise its profile more than my few thoughts on it published here. My copy of Five Million Conversations is already better thumbed than my candidate’s copy of our general election policy booklet. As it gathers pace and its diary …

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Too timid and too late

David Talbot  |  20 January 2016

When the Labour party is using its devastating defeat of 1983 as a benchmarking exercise to analyse the 2015 election, something has gone seriously awry. But you would not necessarily know it if you read Margaret Beckett’s report in to why Labour lost a winnable election quite so convincingly last May. Indeed, there are three …

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Radicalism is not the same as anti-capitalism

Christabel Cooper  |  5 January 2016

Capitalism can be a difficult subject for the left. Attitudes tend to range from those who are downright hostile through to the moderately suspicious. Sometimes those who see genuine positives in a capitalist system are challenged as to how they can even describe themselves as left wing. No wonder that we often just focus policy …

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Making it happen

Ann Pettifor  |  10 December 2015

Ed Miliband was right to identify ‘responsible capitalism’ as a major challenge of the age, argues Ann Pettifor In the speech he made at the ‘Google Big Tent’ in 2013 Ed Miliband defined ‘responsible capitalism’ as ‘where companies pursue profit but we also have an equal society, power is in the hands of the many …

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The forgotten project

Tristram Hunt MP  |  9 December 2015

Re-examining ‘predistribution’ could kick off Labour’s intellectual renewal, writes Tristram Hunt Unimaginative. Uninspiring. Weak. Just a few of the more printable pejoratives which greeted the England team’s desperate performances at the recent Rugby World Cup. What is worse, just six months previous, during the annual Six Nations Championship, England seemed to be a team bursting with creativity …

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