Saving Labour street stall Leeds

The week the mods got organised

Richard Angell  |  22 July 2016

They said it couldn’t be done, that moderate Labour supporters could never be persuaded to pay £25 for a vote in the leadership election. But this week, from a standing start, Saving Labour – and all those who fell in behind – galvanised the moderate wing of the Labour party and recruited a historic number …

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Article 50

It’s Europe, Europe, Europe, not Owen, Angela, Jeremy

Adam Harrison  |  22 July 2016

I admit it: I didn’t spot what Jeremy Corbyn said on the morning of Friday 24 June. I found out only later, at a packed meeting with Keir Starmer, our member of parliament, who told his local members what aroused his concerns. Corbyn’s call that morning for Article 50 to be activated immediately suggested he …

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Taking Power Back

Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics

Alice Perry  |  22 July 2016

British politics in crisis. Chaos reigns in both Labour and the Conservative party. The Brexit vote has left many people feeling bewildered, unable to recognise their country. People across the political spectrum feel deeply angry with the establishment. The key referendum message which resonated with voters spoke of the desire to ‘take back control’. So …

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Women to govern

Margaret Hodge MP  |  21 July 2016

We need more women leaders —The Fawcett Society, together with the Local Government Information Unit, has launched a commission to look at the role of women in local government. We want to examine women’s participation in local government as councillors, leaders and senior executives. The government’s commitment to devolution makes women’s representation in local government ever more vital. …

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Controls on immigration mug

No mugs

Jade Azim  |  20 July 2016

Labour must speak to its heartlands without bending to Ukip’s will, writes Jade Azim The post-Brexit world poses one particular threat to the Labour party to trump all others: a potential United Kingdom Independence party insurgency which could see us usurped in our heartlands, as part of a war of attrition over freedom of movement. …

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Welsh flag Wales

Letter From … Cardiff

Vaughan Gething AM  |  20 July 2016

It is a difficult time at present, with uncertainty about the country’s future following the European Union referendum, and uncertainty about our party’s leadership at a United Kingdom level. These are some of the lessons I have learned from governing in Wales where we still have a Labour government. First, leadership matters. In Wales, we have made good …

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Corbyn, Smith, Eagle

A kinder, gentler leadership contest

Christabel Cooper  |  19 July 2016

Shouting at opponents never changes anyone’s mind. It may temporarily bully them into silence, but the effect of aggression is almost always to defensively harden existing attitudes. As the Labour party plunges further into a leadership contest characterised by brutal animosity, we need less shouting and much more understanding than we have had up till …

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UK flag and European flag

Not so distant

Peter Lamb  |  19 July 2016

Brexit will have a real impact on local government —For an institution as large as the European Union it would be all too easy to assume the implications of Brexit would be largely felt at the national level. Yet, the relationship between the EU and local government is closer than many realise, with councils even benefiting from …

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House of Commons

Trident is a question of morality or it is nothing

Stephen Beer  |  18 July 2016

Members of parliament are being asked to approve the replacement of the ballistic submarines that carry the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent. No doubt the Conservative government sees this as a golden opportunity to expose differences of opinion in the Labour party on the issue. Yet Trident shines a bright light on how serious we are …

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Simon Blackburn Governing for Britain conference

Labour values put food on the table

Simon Blackburn  |  18 July 2016

In politics one can never really separate the execution of a task from the value base which drove you to bring that task into the public policy sphere. To put together a programme of government is to be engaged in matters of values and ideology, making judgements according to both, and turning those judgements into …

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