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‘The country will be run according to a different idea’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  6 March 2015

There will be no pie-in-the-sky promises under the next Labour government, Ed Miliband tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Entering the leader of the opposition’s now-bare office, his team are quick to point out how the operation has decamped to Brewers Green, the campaign nerve centre. In what is one of Ed Miliband’s last meetings in …

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Labour dozen work

The Progressive  |  6 March 2015

Labour’s first primary must welcome in the capital’s million-strong Labour voters Political scientists have been warning us for over a decade that political parties are in their death-throes. They may well be right. But no one has come up with a convincing alternative method of performing all the functions that a political party does in …

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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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Time to revise and relaunch the UK citizenship test

Thom Brooks  |  4 March 2015

In 2002, Tony Blair’s Labour government launched a Life in the United Kingdom Advisory Group. Its objectives were to provide recommendations for what kind of information should be incorporated in a new ‘Life in the UK’ citizenship test and how citizenship ceremonies might be reformed. The group was led by Bernard Crick and included academics, …

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Preventing, containing and tackling conflict

Stephen Doughty  |  3 March 2015

The events of the last five years have exposed the future character and consequences of conflict for the global order and Britain’s national security. While Britain’s international development policy under Labour always had conflict prevention, civilian protection, and humanitarian response at its heart, the experience of conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq has forced a …

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Fifty shades of net migration

Matthew Rhodes  |  3 March 2015

That senior Conservatives want David Cameron to drop the party’s commitment to the ‘tens of thousands’ net migration target, as revealed in yesterday’s Times splash, should hardly come as a surprise. His ‘no ifs, no buts’ pledge to get the figure down to ‘tens of thousands’ made a winning soundbite when the Tories were in …

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Tales from the campaign trail: no no-go areas for Labour

Richard Angell  |  15 February 2015

The first two days of the Labour three seats challenge have centred around the M5. Ben Bradshaw represents Exeter, the start of the duel carriageway. Labour holds two of the Bristol members of parliament, but otherwise you have to get all the way to Birmingham to find your next Labour parliamentarian. Since 2010 there are …

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Labour’s duty to speak up on reform of the government machine

John Healey MP  |  15 February 2015

Civil service reform. We rarely hear about it on the doorstep. But we hear very clearly the consequences of an ineffective Whitehall machine, and strained public services. That is why, even in the run-up to a tightly fought general election, Labour must not cede the ground on reform of the state. In 2015, Britain needs …

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Magna Carta reloaded

Sarah Sackman  |  15 February 2015

There are few documents which have had the impact of Magna Carta. For centuries it has formed the cornerstone of our constitution. And, while most of its clauses have been repealed – we are no longer required to remove fish weirs from the River Thames, for example – its symbolic power remains undiminished. The principle …

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We why need to defend the Hunting Act

Andrew Pakes  |  15 February 2015

Ten years ago today the hunting ban came into force, not just outlawing the cruel pursuit of fox hunting but also other so-called blood sports. Ten years on, it is worth reflecting on the huge national and parliamentary campaign that we needed to ban the outdated practice of hunting with dogs. Visitors from another planet …

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