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Nick Bent

Five years on the frontline – and six tests for our new leader

Nick Bent  |  15 May 2015

On Sunday, still exhausted and incredibly disappointed, I went for a restorative bike ride along the Bridgewater canal. The bucolic Cheshire scenery was rather marred when I spotted a discarded ‘Vote Labour’ sign floating in the water. All sorts of unhelpful water-themed political analogies began to flood my mind: ‘holed below the water line’; ‘not …

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It was Labour that shifted the centre-ground

Jack Kessler  |  15 May 2015

There are lots of Tories in the United Kingdom. Some will only ever vote Conservative, others need a bit of persuading – a tax cut here or a right to buy there. And then there is a block, a large block, that will vote Conservative when there is no other viable option. Thousands of people …

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A better plan. A better future

Campaign for a Labour majority

Richard Angell  |  10 May 2015

When Labour loses power it does worse in the following general election. Think 1955, 1983. Even in 1974 when we returned to power after one term, we did so on a lower share of the vote than we lost with in 1970. Even when we create new political institutions, we follow suit: sadly this is …

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Ed Miliband manifesto launch

Seven days to go

Emma Burnell  |  30 April 2015

I have been an Ed Miliband supporter for a really long time. I supported him throughout his leadership campaign and before that I was a real admirer of his work in department of energy and climate change. I saw him inspire young climate change campaigners and get them enthusiastic about Labour’s work. I knew this …

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David Cameron manifesto launch

The empty straitjacket

Alex White  |  22 April 2015

Cameron is not just out of ideas – he never had one. Futility is easily revealed by hindsight but when William Hague presented his shadow cabinet with copies of Philip Gould’s ‘The Unfinished Revolution’ – inscribed with ‘know thine enemy’ – he might have been hoping for at least some lessons to be learnt. Gould’s …

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8 May: the date we start to devolve power

Jessica Studdert  |  16 April 2015

One of the lesser commented-on aspects of Labour’s manifesto launch this week was Ed Miliband’s declaration that Labour would be seeking to win power in order to give it away. At the core of Labour’s offer to the country is a pledge to give power back to people so that they can change things for …

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A positive, patriotic case for EU membership

Nicola Heaton  |  7 April 2015

How great it was, at the beginning of a vital election campaign, to see Ed Miliband championing our membership of the European Union, and to see Tony Blair doing the same today. We need to hear these arguments more – and Labour party members need to have the tools to argue the case for EU …

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Jessica Asato

Letter from … Norwich North

Jessica Asato  |  31 March 2015

I sit writing this after listening to George Osborne’s budget with my new baby girl sleeping nearby. Since I have had a child I worry even more about what the decisions being made today might mean for her in the next 20 or 30 years. Issues which were once a matter of high principle become …

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Stand a little taller

Editorial  |  31 March 2015

The fact is that the Conservative party should not be in the running for victory on 7 May. In electoral terms, the Tories face an uphill battle to ever win a majority again. Not since 1992 have the Conservatives secured more than 40 per cent of the vote in a British general election – an astonishingly poor …

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Lucy Powell MP

Britain succeeds when working families succeed

Lucy Powell MP  |  31 March 2015

This will be one of the closest elections in a generation; vitally important for the future of our country. At this election the public will face a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s plan for working people. At the heart of this campaign is Labour’s belief that Britain succeeds when working families succeed. …

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