John Smith

What would Jeremy do?

The Progressive  |  20 July 2017

Being in the minority does not mean you are wrong, but that your time may come again If there is one lesson from the extraordinary rise of Jeremy Corbyn, it is not that we progressives should bend before his altar in the name of unity; it is the exact opposite. Corbyn’s career since the 1970s …

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Guerrilla opposition 

The Insider  |  11 July 2016

For generations to come they will ask: where were you in the week British politics lost its mind? Whatever your answer, pity one poor aide to a recently departed member of Labour’s frontbench who spent at least some of that week in hiding, having darted into a nearby toilet so that an oncoming corridor-roaming Corbynista did not spot …

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Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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Patience and humility could be key

Stuart McAnulla  |  16 July 2015

There is currently a feverish atmosphere in the Labour party. As matters stand it is unclear who will win the leadership contest, and fierce arguments have broken out concerning how the parliamentary party should oppose the Tories. However, although this is a difficult moment for Labour, current debates may serve as the storm before the …

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God and Mrs Thatcher

Stephen Beer  |  9 July 2015

John Smith talked openly about his faith, as has Tony Blair. Gordon Brown’s politics are clearly influenced by his religious upbringing. The political values of all three were rooted in something people instinctively understood, even if they did not agree with them. But faith is not unique to Labour by any means. What of Margaret Thatcher? …

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Future first

Hopi Sen  |  23 July 2014

Elections are always about the future. Tony Blair emphasised this point in his Philip Gould Lecture, perhaps because it was a reminder of Gould’s own relentlessly forward-looking politics. Yet an accounting is needed too. Because for the Labour party, Blair is now in the past, and the adulation and loathing he provokes in different wings …

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How New Labour built one nation

Giles Radice  |  18 July 2014

Labour needs to remember its considerable achievements in power, believes Giles Radice When on the morning of 12 May 1994 the tragic news broke of John Smith’s death, it became almost immediately obvious that the charismatic shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, then only 41, would become his successor. Under Blair’s leadership, the Labour party went …

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Summer of ‘94

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

The birth of New Labour was an electrifying ride into the future, recalls Paul Richards Before Iraq, before the ludicrous calls for impeachment and citizens’ arrests, before the avalanche of hate, there once was a leader of the Labour party who did a most incredible thing. He created a political force which dominated politics for …

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Present at the creation

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  7 July 2014

Twenty years after Tony Blair’s election as party leader, Peter Mandelson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell why winning the centre-ground is more important than ever Peter Mandelson’s autobiography bills him as the ‘third man’ of New Labour, an indispensable part of the modernising triumvirate which, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, built the foundations of …

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Foundations for victory

Hilary Armstrong  |  12 May 2014

John Smith’s legacy 20 years after his death —Being leader of the Labour party is never an easy task. But it is harder still for those who history has dealt a hand that confronts them with the challenge of radically changing the party. John Smith became leader just after we had lost our fourth election …

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