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Bevan and back again

Alan Lockey  |  1 June 2017

Britain will have to recapture its decentralising spirit to secure a post-Brexit settlement that works for everyone, argues Alan Lockey  Early in his political career, Nye Bevan had a stump speech about power in Britain. ‘When I get older’, the young Bevan would say, ‘the place to get to is the council. That’s where power is. …

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Labour women must lead the way again

Sally Keeble  |  10 April 2017

A new generation of Labour women can redefine Labour values in the way the last generation did while the party was in government, writes former minister Sally Keeble Labour did not just change the externals: record satisfaction rates in the National Health Service, a Northern Ireland agreement, higher educational standards, a modernising economy. We also transformed …

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Trends turn against Labour

Ben Dilks  |  16 February 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world There could not be a more overt gathering of the ‘global elite’ than the World Economic Forum in Davos. Beneath the shimmer of the Swiss Alps, the £15,000-a-ticket summit plays host to an equally glittering array of world leaders, celebrities and billionaire financiers – the targets of the anti-establishment rhetoric …

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The Corbynite ideology

Richard Carr  |  3 February 2017

Brexit reveals the Labour leader’s longstanding worldview as a paradox of open borders and a closed shop economy, writes Richard Carr We live in uneasy political times. If Whitehall might be ‘muddled’ on Brexit, Labour is currently mystifying on the issue. This largely emanates from the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has been handsomely re-elected as Labour leader while holding opinions …

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Happy workers

Cameron Tait  |  8 December 2016

A plan is needed to ensure access to work that lets all workers thrive Theresa May’s attempt to steal the title of the ‘party of workers’ from Labour has pushed the issue of work once more into the political battleground. Meanwhile, industrial change, technological progress and new forms of work have the potential to substantially …

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A constitutional convention for all

George Foulkes  |  7 November 2016

For some years now support for a United Kingdom constitutional convention to deal with the English democratic deficit, reform of the House of Lords and to move toward a more federal UK has been gathering momentum. Jeremy Purvis and I set up an all-party group at Westminster with the support of the English Local Government …

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Did Labour’s centre-left revival begin in Liverpool?

Joe Jervis  |  4 October 2016

Following Jeremy Corbyn’s second victory it may be all too easy to assume that ‘things can only get worse’ for the centre-left. While walking past the ‘Cool Britannia’ shops that mark Liverpool’s tourist hotspots, just minutes from Labour’s conference venue, it was difficult not to hark back to an era when Labour oppositions were in …

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Social security for the next generation

Christabel Edwards  |  5 September 2016

The new Fabian Society report For Us All provides a timely, and very welcome, reappraisal of social security in the 21st century. Necessarily, it approaches this very human subject from a financial angle, but it is refreshing, nonetheless, to see a serious report using the term ‘social security’ rather than the far more pejorative ‘welfare’. …

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Victory is appealing to everyone 

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  20 May 2016

In terms of expectation management there was a clear winner in the 2016 local elections: the Labour party. Faced with predictions of 150 losses in council seats, to come out with fewer than 20 encouraged many of us to breathe a sigh of relief that things could have been much worse. The media narrative the next day was …

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Never again to: ‘vote Labour, win a microwave’ politics

Andrew Harrop  |  15 January 2016

The right does not do days like Fabian New Year conference, a Tory acquaintance once remarked to me. A thousand Conservatives just would not give up a Saturday for seven hours of policy debate. Labour activists are made of sterner stuff, it seems, as they prepare to gather tomorrow in central London, on the coldest …

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