John McDonnell

The McDonnell amendment

Darren Williams and Tom Miller  |  20 September 2017

Should Labour MPs retain a significant role in the nomination of future Labour leaders?

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A Bennite Brexit

The Progressive  |  1 September 2017

The ‘Lexit’ campaign might have come to nothing but Corbyn and McDonnell believe leaving the EU could precipitate a socialist government Jeremy Corbyn is a Brexiteer. He has wanted the United Kingdom to be outside the European Union, and its forerunners, since the 1970s. Corbyn, when he was a Haringey councillor in 1975, voted to …

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Manifesto matters

Adrian McMenamin and Matt Zarb-Cousin  |  29 August 2017

Was Labour’s 2017 manifesto really the progressive platform the left has been waiting for?

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Gunning for the ‘red Tories’

Conor Pope  |  12 June 2017

This election could bring about another Conservative lurch to the right, bringing room for Labour to put forward its ‘jobs-first’ Brexit vision, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Theresa May called this election hoping to be given a free hand in Brexit negotiations by the British public, and ended up with both tied behind her …

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The Last Word: A Welsh giant

Richard Angell  |  19 May 2017

A sad goodbye to Rhodri Morgan, Theresa May fobs Britain off, Corbyn’s gaffe and Len’s low expectations – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Wales lost its modern founding father with the sad news that Rhodri Morgan has passed away. He was a giant of Welsh politics and someone who forced a devolution …

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Corbyn must get out of first gear

Richard Angell  |  9 May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn needs to get out in Labour gain territories if he is serious about winning the general election, argues Progress director Richard Angell More effort was put into defending a terrible set of election results for Labour this weekend than was put in actually getting out Labour’s message pre-local elections. Nothing makes this point clearer than Jeremy Corbyn …

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Laying the blame

Conor Pope  |  5 May 2017

In the rush to lay responsibility for these results with everyone but themselves, the Labour leadership has got its excuses muddled, writes Conor Pope The leading Labour quote on the BBC news bulletins this morning was John McDonnell saying that people need to wait for all the local election results to come before making any judgements. …

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Class warfare never helped anyone

Dom Anderson  |  20 April 2017

John McDonnell’s suggestion that those earning £70,000 per year are ‘rich’ is the kind of policy that alienates voters from all economic backgrounds, argues Dom Anderson Back in January I wrote this piece setting out why Labour could not risk turning itself into a party that punishes success and penalises aspiration. Everything I wrote then the …

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Celebrating success

Editorial  |  4 April 2017

There is no going back to New Labour, only going forward with its ‘attitude of mind’ The Labour party finds success a challenge. It is much more au fait with failure – it expects it. The Conservative party ran Britain for 57 years of the last century. This century started with an attempt to change those numbers. However, …

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Believing in leaders

Conor Pope  |  16 March 2017

The ‘McDonnell amendment’ is the ultimate rejection of Clause One socialism, writes Conor Pope ‘Let’s be clear, we don’t believe in leaders,’ John McDonnell told Vice in a joint interview with Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the 2015 general election. In the same interview, McDonnell also said that ‘you can’t change the world through the parliamentary system’. The shadow …

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