One nation: Labour’s political renewal

Anthony Painter  |  10 September 2014

Labour’s policy review led by Jon Cruddas became an argument for transformation of the party – and the nation – rather than a simple list of policy ideas. In a newly published e-book, One nation: Labour’s political renewal, Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford present their core argument for change in 50 or so pages. It is a …

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Green with envy

Ben Dilks  |  5 September 2014

What Natalie Bennett could learn from the European far-left The Green party has opted to jump the gun somewhat this year and schedule its conference two weeks ahead of the major parties – a strategy in stark contrast to that of the United Kingdom Independence party, which is provocatively squeezing its own event into the …

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Labour needs to build on its defence review

Stephen Beer  |  4 September 2014

The Nato summit today will have a packed agenda, not least dealing with a crisis on its borders. The alliance has risen in our consciousness in recent weeks as fighting in Ukraine has intensified. The shooting down of the Malaysian passenger jet emphasised in tragic fashion the nature of the weapons being used and the …

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Community hall

Out of the dingy halls and onto the streets

John Mann MP  |  3 September 2014

It has become rather easy to be elected as a Labour councillor in Rotherham over the last two decades. First you join the Labour party. Then you turn up at a sparsely attended branch meeting. Then you wait for a councillor to retire. It might be a long wait, but the competition is not great. …

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Reason to be ashamed

Luke Akehurst  |  2 September 2014

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians brings out the best in some politicians, inspiring them to dedicate large chunks of their time and political capital to the task of mediating between the two sides, designing peaceful solutions and advancing diplomacy. Others are inspired by compassion, empathy or an understanding of one or both sides’ …

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Citizens not clients

Barry Kirby  |  2 September 2014

Language has always been the ‘big gun’ of politics and in a time of declining faith in the traditional political organisations it is important that we examine how we interact with those we seek to represent. From a council perspective it has become very trendy to boast of having a ‘customer focus’ for their service …

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Federica Mogherini

Where will Europe go on defence?

Martin Edobor  |  2 September 2014

As tensions continue to rise over Russia’s continued incursion in eastern Ukraine, Federica Mogherini, European Union’s new foreign policy chief, has ruled out any form of military intervention from Europe. She used the first interview after her appointment to state that Europe going to war with Russia is not an option – only through a …

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Chris Leslie

‘I’m jarring with my colleagues’

Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison  |  1 September 2014

There will be no big spending under Labour, Chris Leslie tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Chris Leslie is an improbable hate figure. With his affable manner and gentle northern accent, he is not obviously one of politics’ bruisers. Yet in June the Observer’s political columnist, Andrew Rawnsley, predicted that if Labour forms the next …

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Time to put security above political calculations

Jacqui Smith  |  1 September 2014

The last time the terror threat level was raised was in my first few days as home secretary in 2007. This followed the failed car bomb attack in London and the attack on Glasgow airport. At that time, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, comprising key intelligence and security agencies and analysts, which determines the threat …

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Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell

Carswell. Clacton. Cameron. Car-crash.

John McTernan  |  29 August 2014

Time for one of my periodic pieces on reasons to be cheerful: 1. Alan Milburn. Julia Gillard used to joke with me that we were the two remaining Milburnites left in the world. It wasn’t entirely accurate, but perhaps at the time we were the only two ‘out’ Milburnites. There were and there are others, …

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