Keir Hardie

What has changed?

Stella Creasy MP  |  20 April 2017

How do the policy challenges of 1997 compare with the ones we face today, asks Stella Creasy Tony Blair did not send a single email in office. The 1997 manifesto pledged to get rid of outside toilets in schools, such was the condition of our public services. Back then people went into shops to book …

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British Liberal Leaders

Roger Liddle  |  16 October 2015

This book is the third in an impressive series on political leadership in Britain’s mainstream parties which we owe to an imaginative initiative of Charles Clarke’s. Though the books make good reading for anyone interested in politics, this sustained reflection by historians, political scientists and practising politicians is particularly timely for Labour as the party …

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What Would Keir Hardie Say?

Greg Rosen  |  9 October 2015

This fascinating collection of essays is a timely reminder of Keir Hardie’s sheer achievement of founding the Labour party and the doggedness and courage it took. Essays emphasise his moral voice, the depth of his determination to overcome adversity, his Christian faith, and his socialism. Hardie was ‘a socialist not a statist,’ writes Melissa Benn. …

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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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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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Three principles for governing from the centre-left

Patrick Diamond  |  8 July 2014

This week’s report by the Local Government Innovation Taskforce, People-Powered Public Services, marks another important stage in Labour’s policy review. The report sets out in detail how a future Labour administration should go about the task of decentralising greater power to local neighbourhoods and communities, improving outcomes for the public while strengthening trust in government. …

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Sobering up parliament

Paul Richards  |  1 February 2013

Congratulations if you, like me, have just completed a Dry January. My feeling of smugness at having not touched a drop of alcohol since new year’s eve is diluted somewhat by the fact that I am a moderate drinker, and can go a week or two sans booze without noticing. For many more people, a …

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Character, not class

The Progressive  |  1 November 2012

Recent calls for more ‘working-class MPs’ are age-old code for ‘more leftwing trade unionists in parliament’ It is easy to assume that the Labour party was founded by horny-handed sons of toil, wiping the oil or coal-dust from their hands as they voted to establish a working-class party in parliament. This image of miners, dockers …

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A family affair

James Purnell  |  27 September 2012

New Labour and blue Labour have much to learn from each other, argues James Purnell I remember sitting with the late Philip Gould last year talking about blue Labour. He was intrigued by Maurice Glasman, the academic who had come up with the moniker, which was then giving our friends an allergic reaction. ‘Populist, anti-immigrant, …

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The strange death and rebirth of blue Labour

Richard Darlington  |  27 September 2012

Near-fatally wounded last year, blue Labour is back at the heart of the party’s debate. Richard Darlington talks to its key players It has been quite a journey for blue Labour. Bursting onto the scene after the party’s election defeat and proclaimed by many as its route back to power, only to crash and burn …

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