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Hardie’s inheritor

Renie Anjeh  |  19 August 2015

Liz Kendall offers the New and blue that Labour needs One of the missed opportunities of the ancien regime was an alliance between New Labour and blue Labour. The potential was there. Maurice Glasman, the blue Labour godfather, wrote an e-book called Labour’s Radical Tradition which included contributions from New Labour luminaries such as James Purnell, Tessa Jowell, Philip Collins, …

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‘I will give my life to this party’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  17 August 2015

‘Mine is the real anti-austerity politics, because it will help Labour win and stop the vile things the Tories are doing’, Liz Kendall tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Straight from a terrible defeat – one arguably worse than the nadir of 1983 – Labour plunged into a leadership contest that has been gripped by Corbynmania …

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It is time to learn from our mistakes

Leon Spence  |  5 August 2015

The very worst feeling in the world, as I was growing up at least, was when I heard my father utter the words ‘I’m not angry, I’m just really disappointed.’ I had a great dad who loved me very much and, I can testify to this now I have children of my own, could not …

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Kendall’s five pledges are good for the north

Rebecca Charlwood  |  5 August 2015

Labour has been in shock since May, but it is now time to start building a positive case that we can take to the electorate in five year’s time. In doing this we must strike a balance between ideological purity and a programme the electorate will support. Jon Cruddas’ research shows that voters will elect …

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Go to the dark places

Editorial  |  30 June 2015

‘Run towards the defeat,’ was Jon Cruddas’ advice to candidates for the leadership in his post-election interview with Radio 4. ‘Go to the dark places’, he encouraged them. With a shock so bad – a loss to a Conservative party that did not deserve to be in contention – there is a collective grieving process taking place in the Labour party. …

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Beware the chimera of ‘unity’

Editorial  |  8 June 2015

The next Labour leader should see it as their duty to create the space to encourage real debate It used to be said of the American Democrats that, in the aftermath of their repeated electoral drubbings in the 1980s, the party’s response was to form a circular firing squad. This is a trait that Labour …

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Labour must win a majority in England

John Denham  |  13 May 2015

By all means debate how we might have fought 2015 better, but let’s not ignore how profoundly the political challenge will have changed by 2020. By the end of this year, ‘English Votes for English Laws’ will give English members of parliament a veto on laws affecting England. Even if Labour mistakenly opposes the change, …

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8 May: the date we start to devolve power

Jessica Studdert  |  16 April 2015

One of the lesser commented-on aspects of Labour’s manifesto launch this week was Ed Miliband’s declaration that Labour would be seeking to win power in order to give it away. At the core of Labour’s offer to the country is a pledge to give power back to people so that they can change things for …

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Labour’s future lies in the stakeholder society

Alex White  |  5 March 2015

When blue Labour first emerged it resembled, according to Sunder Katwala, ‘a cult band given quasi-legendary status precisely because it broke up before recording anything’. The band has been back in the recording studio, and the result is Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, a new collection of essays from prominent blue Labour thinkers. The …

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Nation-building, not Lilliputianism

Jamie Reed MP  |  3 December 2014

Today’s autumn statement from George Osborne was another missed opportunity to speak to the majority of people outside of the Westminster bubble. In particular, it failed to address that issue which resonates most strongly of all in those areas called ‘Rustbelt Britain’ by the Economist magazine: the need for nation-building. Both the coalition and the …

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