Labour’s M1 test

Alison McGovern MP  |  29 April 2016

‘Say no to pessimism’ – what UK Labour can learn from its local counterparts Almost a year on from the general election, many of the images of that night will be fading from the minds of Labour activists as we turn to face the future. This is largely a good thing – to win again we must …

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The Last Word: The end of meaning

Jamie Reed MP  |  29 April 2016

Good politicians are capable communicators. Without the ability to effectively communicate, political ideas cannot be properly expressed or understood; political arguments cannot be fought and won. The ability to communicate well is fundamental to political success. It follows then, that language – political language, how it is used and the context in which it used – …

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Clement Attlee

Your party needs you

Rowan Ree  |  29 April 2016

Last time I wrote an article on defence it started ‘the first duty of government is to protect its citizens’. This may sound like a statement of the obvious until you consider how low a priority defence has become in British politics. Ipsos MORI’s Issue Index tracks how important voters consider different issues. Defence is usually …

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Telling stories and selling Tories

Jonathan Morris  |  28 April 2016

Stories are important. They’re what I do for my day job; when I’m not writing them, or script-editing them, I’m pulling them apart to see how they work. Stories are how people understand the world. They give people a sense of morality, the concept of romance, the idea that things always happen for a logical …

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Labour must lead to save the NHS

Christabel Cooper  |  26 April 2016

This week, emergency wards in England will be empty of junior doctors for the first time since the creation of the NHS. This is the sorry endgame to the dispute between the British Medical Association and health secretary Jeremy Hunt over the imposition of a new contract on junior doctors. Public opinion has (so far) …

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Older people

Hungry for security

James Morris  |  25 April 2016

There is nothing inevitable about Labour’s unpopularity with older voters, writes James Morris  When I started doing research for the Labour party in 2003, every focus group was with C1C2 25-55-year-old swing voters. Until, one day in late 2004, my manager asked me to do something different. Way above my head a fight was taking …

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Co-operative party

Be co-operative now

Jonathan Reynolds MP  |  22 April 2016

Last year thousands of people – including many of you – rallied around to support the continuation of the link between the Co-operative party and Britain’s largest co-op, the Co-operative Group. In the next few weeks, members of the Co-operative Group have the opportunity to ensure that the co-operative movement’s political arm can continue to champion …

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Sharon Taylor

‘Be absolutely determined and focused on what you want’

Alison McGovern MP and Sharon Taylor  |  22 April 2016

The spirit of the New Town movement can inspire the new era of Labour in local government, leader of Stevenage borough council Sharon Taylor tells chair of Progress Alison McGovern as she tours the country meeting the Labour leaders who are governing Britain Alison McGovern: Tell me a bit about Stevenage. People obviously support Labour here, they have voted …

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Obama, Britain’s friends and the realities of power 

Pat McFadden MP  |  21 April 2016

Out into the world’ was the slogan of the Brexiteers’ predecessors in the 1975 European referendum. In a similar vein, Leave campaigners in this referendum have argued that the United Kingdom’s future lies not in remaining a member of the European Union with our neighbours but instead in looking to the United States and the …

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Britain and the politics of place: where next for Labour?

Alison McGovern MP  |  20 April 2016

Thank you, Theo, and thank you to everyone for coming. I took over as chair of Progress late last year. An organisation with some history, having been formed in the enthusiasm for the historic Labour government that broke the tyranny of 18 years of Tory misrule. But, fundamentally, what Progress is, is a group of …

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