After the deluge

Lewis Baston  |  30 May 2014

Ukip’s victories in last month’s elections have changed the political landscape, writes Lewis Baston The local and European elections were shocking and in many ways demoralising for Labour supporters. They were not a clear victory like the 2012 local elections were, and Labour’s vote slumped alarmingly in many areas that have been strongholds of the …

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Time for hope

Owen Jones  |  29 May 2014

Labour should ignore old labels of ‘left’ and ‘right’, argues Owen Jones. Read also Philip Collins’ response to How does Labour win a mandate for change, the theme of this Saturday’s Progress annual conference Labour should not even be in the running to win a mandate for change in 2015. Oppositions rarely win back power …

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Third Place First: Fighting the Lib Dems

Daniel Zeichner  |  17 January 2014

#CostofCameron? Or should that be #CostofClegg? It’s long been a problem for those of us fighting Liberal Democrats that the Labour party, for understandable reasons, concentrates on the Tories when it comes to running national campaigns. In regions like the east of England, where Progress are organising the Third Place First conference a week tomorrow, …

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The end of the affair

Warren Morgan  |  12 July 2013

Seventeen years after they won their first seat on Brighton Council, and two years after taking minority control of Brighton and Hove City Council, the Greens have lost one of their safest council seats to Labour on a swing of 12 per cent in a defeat at the heart of Caroline Lucas’s Pavilion constituency. Leader …

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Nigel Farage’s Independence day

Lewis Baston  |  7 May 2013

UKIP’s triumph in the local elections did not just damage the Tories The overall results of the local elections of 2013 were towards the middle of the spectrum of expectations. A net gain of 291 seats was not at all bad for Labour, and there are several areas where the party now has a chance …

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Not just ‘gin and jag’

Paul Richards  |  3 May 2013

If you heard Nigel Farage on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, you’ll have heard a masterclass in dissembling. Farage has a right to be triumphant this morning. After the results of the overnight counts, his party is winning more seats than predicted, across the UK, with more to come today. He will have …

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A cheap political pantomime

Paul Howes  |  4 February 2013

Paul Howes reports on the unappetising prelude to Australia’s general election campaign ‘An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry,’ wrote George Eliot in 1866. 2013 might be an election year in Australia, but there are no signs of universal peace, …

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‘Super Thursday’ postscript

Luke Akehurst  |  30 November 2012

Last night we had the postscript to the ‘super Thursday’ elections, with three further parliamentary by-elections in Croydon North, Middlesbrough and Rotherham. Any or all of these could have been problematic for Labour and could not be taken for granted. Middlesbrough has a history at local authority level of electing the independent ‘Robo-Cop’ Ray Mallon …

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Taking Third Place First forward

Howard Linsley  |  8 October 2012

Third Place First was founded in the 1990s to encourage more campaigning in areas where we were not the holder or runner-up in the local parliamentary seat. Seats were sometimes winnable from third place or lower. Ultimately the aspiration of Third Place First is for a Labour victory at the next general election. Victory can …

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NEC report May 2012

Luke Akehurst  |  1 June 2012

The full National Executive Committee met on 29 May. It was a long meeting (four hours) with a lot of serious deliberation but no fireworks. Chair Michael Cashman welcomed Sadiq Khan who has replaced Peter Hain as a shadow ministerial representative on the NEC following Peter’s retirement from the frontbench. He announced that Tom Watson …

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