Ed Miliband

Labour balloon

Worth saving

Jamie Reed MP  |  23 September 2016

One day, parliamentary democrats will win the battle for Labour, writes Jamie Reed It has been an exceptional year for the Labour party. Only 12 months ago, faced with a Conservative majority government for the first time in a generation, the party sought to chart a new path as it struggled to learn the lessons of its …

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Changing perceptions

Jordan Marshall  |  21 September 2016

Self-employment is without doubt now a central part of the labour market in the United Kingdom. 4.8 million people work for themselves, almost 15 per cent of the working population – this is a big shift that everyone is still getting used to. But how should the Labour party react and support the millions of …

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Johanna-Baxter

‘I could see a threat coming’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  20 September 2016

Johanna Baxter recalls Labour’s post-2010 organisational missteps  Johanna Baxter stood for the National Executive Committee when the ballot coincided with the 2010 leadership election. Supporting Ed Balls, she toured the country in between helping his campaign, giving out her leaflets and using social media to promise to ‘put members first’. Initially disappointed, having lost out …

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Beware ‘the tyranny of the like’

Leo Gibbons-Plowright  |  12 September 2016

During the lead-up to the 2015 general election I thought the tide was turning in Labour’s favour – everywhere around me people were commenting positively on scrapping non-dom statuses, ‘liking’ the mansion tax, and posting about it on Facebook. Based on what I had seen around me, I believed on polling day that Labour would edge to …

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Refine your craft

The Progressive  |  7 September 2016

The public don’t hate ‘professional politicians’ – they hate bad professional politicians The summer saw the British public glued to their televisions during August. Not to watch the ‘who is more socialist’ contest of the Labour leadership race, nor to monitor the latest polls showing Labour falling down the charts on an almost daily basis in inverse …

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Red lines

The centre-left must own the future or become a thing of the past

Sam Stopp  |  2 September 2016

During his ill-starred attempt to become Labour leader in 2010, David Miliband fired several warning shots to Labour’s centre-left about the danger it was in. ‘Future’, he said somewhat whimsically, ‘is the most important word in politics. We must convince our fellow citizens that we are a party of the future.’ Few could have imagined …

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‘It’s moved from comedy to tragedy’

Richard Angell  |  30 August 2016

The Labour party still has a long road to walk on women’s equality, Ayesha Hazarika tells Richard Angell Having rushed across town, comic-turned-political-adviser (turned comic again) Ayesha Hazarika arrives at King’s Cross station to find her train to Edinburgh, where her first major show since leaving politics is on at the comedy fringe, has been …

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Adapt or die

Adam Lent  |  14 July 2016

Adopting a centre-left anti-elitist stance is uncomfortable but necessary, argues Adam Lent Just over a decade ago, the final report of the Power Inquiry was published. The inquiry was an independent investigation into the state of British democracy chaired by Helena Kennedy QC and I was the research director. We discovered a deep hatred of Westminster …

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Vision fused with relevance

Matthew Turmaine  |  1 June 2016

With the publication of Jon Cruddas’ latest report into why Labour lost the 2015 general election and the new analysis edited by Tristram Hunt, it is important that we learn the lessons contained within them. Without properly understanding the reasons for our defeat last year, we cannot hope to proactively change to win. Let’s limit …

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Fait accompli for Labour in Portsmouth

John Ferrett  |  26 May 2016

When I was asked to contribute a chapter to Tristram Hunt’s book on Labour’s identity crisis, I was only too willing. Reliving the traumatic events of May 2015 may not appear to be the best form of catharsis, but in the context of the party’s subsequent flight from the centre of British politics it seemed …

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