The European project will go on

Ivana Bartoletti  |  16 January 2017

Labour’s sister parties are prepared to place European Union unity over the interests of the UK, argues Ivana Bartoletti ‘Nothing is forever,’ Willy Brandt once said. At the Social Democratic party conference in Berlin, that was the quote chosen by Sigmar Gabriel, the party leader and candidate against Angela Merkel, to highlight how Brexit offers the …

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An uncertain future for workers’ rights

Patrick Briône  |  16 January 2017

The government’s assurances that workers’ rights will be protected post-Brexit are not convincing, writes Patrick Brione Last Friday, I watched with disappointment as a series of Conservative members of parliament spoke at great length in parliament about their favourite radio shows and recited a long series of other glib anecdotes. Their purpose? To waste parliamentary time in order …

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The first rule of relaunch

Jacqui Smith  |  11 January 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s well-staffed media team are embarrassing our party, argues former home secretary Jacqui Smith Message discipline and effective media work is like good underwear. You do not want to wave it around but you notice if it’s not there. What have we learned about the importance of this in the last few days? This time last year, …

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Brexit is Labour’s future

Jonathan Rutherford  |  10 January 2017

The Labour party must stand with the labour interest – and that means embracing Brexit, writes Jonathan Rutherford Brexit has exposed the cultural and political divisions within the Labour party and its coalition, and it has confounded it. But Brexit is a profound moment in the history of our country and it offers Labour the …

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Hard Brexit is not in the Labour interest

Christabel Cooper  |  10 January 2017

Labour does not need to support a hard Brexit in order to recast itself as a nation-building party, argues Christabel Cooper. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. Anyone seeking an explanation for Britain’s vote to leave the European Union without reference to culture and identity is on a hiding to nothing. So when Jonathan …

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Rejecting the politics of pessimism

John Denham  |  10 January 2017

Rebuilding Labour as a progressive patriotic party will need a broader foundation than Brexit, writes John Denham. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. For much of the time, political history moves incrementally. The divisive issues of one moment seem barely important a little later on. At other times – Clement Attlee’s government, the …

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Labour’s patriotism must not be nostalgic

Joe Jervis  |  10 January 2017

Constitutional reform and devolution will be crucial to restoring faith in both our democracy and our economy, writes Joe Jervis. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. ‘You’ve got to unpack … what bits of the so-called liberal agenda have failed and what bits haven’t’. When Tony Blair, usually so staunch in defence of …

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Brexit will be painful, not quick

Seb Dance MEP  |  19 December 2016

Labour must not duck the big questions on immigration, but it cannot that pretend there are easy answers on Brexit either, argues Seb Dance MEP I have consistently questioned the decision of some of my Labour colleagues to make ending freedom of movement a red line in Brexit negotiations. I understand why members of parliament, …

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Breaking down Labour’s heartlands

Ben Gartside  |  15 November 2016

As Ukip’s second leadership race in as many seasons kicks off, it appears that it will be a coronation for North West MEP Paul Nuttall. Even though Ukip’s party has slumped to their lowest polling in two years, the party are still most definitely a threat. Nuttall’s leadership pitch seems to be based around the …

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Repeal risks

Nita Clarke  |  14 November 2016

Brexit should bring urgency to finding new models of employment relations, writes Nita Clarke In 2016, as parliament debates the right to debate the terms of our withdrawal from the European Union, many British workers wait anxiously for reassurance that their interests are not going to be undermined. Yet the environment and challenges that workers face …

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