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The view from Windsor castle

Fiona Dent  |  21 May 2015

Standing for parliament in Windsor was never going to be a shoe-in for a Labour candidate. The constituency has had a Tory member of parliament since 1874 and only a smattering of Whigs and Liberals crept in before that. Early MPs include some colourful names such as Julius Caesar 1598-1611, Sir Christopher Wren 1713-1722 and …

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Let’s bin the pledges for a while

Jacqui Smith  |  18 May 2015

I am beginning to think it is time to bin my pledge card. Like John Prescott, I still have the 1997 pledge card which I handed out in thousands in our 1997 campaign. To remind you, the pledges were: We will cut class sizes to 30 or under for five, six and seven year olds …

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A Clause One moment

Dan Jarvis MP  |  16 May 2015

Thank you. It’s great to be here – although like everyone I hoped to be coming to this conference under very different circumstances. It has been a sobering week for us all. And I want to begin by paying tribute to my great friend Jim Murphy, following his decision to step down as Leader of the …

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I want aspiration for the working classes

Caroline Flint MP  |  16 May 2015

Thank you for very much for that warm welcome. I really appreciate it. Can I echo what John Woodcock said about giving a big thank you. It wasn’t for want of a better ground campaign that we lost this election. You worked your socks off and gave your heart and soul. There’s been a lot …

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The politics of delusion

Robert Philpot  |  15 May 2015

In November 1988, the Democrat presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis, led his party to its third consecutive defeat. In its aftermath, two academics, Elaine Kamarck and William Galston, published a short monograph, The Politics of Evasion, in which they accused their party of engaging in a decade-long ‘systematic denial of reality’ about the causes of its …

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Five years on the frontline – and six tests for our new leader

Nick Bent  |  15 May 2015

On Sunday, still exhausted and incredibly disappointed, I went for a restorative bike ride along the Bridgewater canal. The bucolic Cheshire scenery was rather marred when I spotted a discarded ‘Vote Labour’ sign floating in the water. All sorts of unhelpful water-themed political analogies began to flood my mind: ‘holed below the water line’; ‘not …

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EU vote is about what kind of country we want to be

Giampi Alhadeff and Rachel Franklin  |  15 May 2015

As the harsh reality of last week’s events begin to sink in a period of soul-searching begins. The temptation is to glance inwards and dwell on where we went wrong, the personalities that will shape the future course of the Labour party and how best to pick ourselves back up, and deal with the five …

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It was Labour that shifted the centre-ground

Jack Kessler  |  15 May 2015

There are lots of Tories in the United Kingdom. Some will only ever vote Conservative, others need a bit of persuading – a tax cut here or a right to buy there. And then there is a block, a large block, that will vote Conservative when there is no other viable option. Thousands of people …

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Tower Hamlets

Fighting to take Tower Hamlets forward

Rachael Saunders  |  14 May 2015

There is a huge opportunity now to move Tower Hamlets forward. The election, on the 11th June, for a new mayor, has been called because Lutfur Rahman was removed from office by an election court. The rot was exposed in Tower Hamlets when George Galloway became the member of parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow …

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New danger for Labour

Mark Rusling  |  14 May 2015

This year’s election pitched Scotland against the rest of the country, north against south, Liberal Democrat versus Tory seats against Liberal Democrat versus Labour seats, and London against the rest of England to mention only a few. Perhaps most ominously, it pitched seats with a presence of the United Kingdom Independence party against seats without. …

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