Berlin Wall

After the fall

James Bloodworth  |  25 September 2014

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall came down, James Bloodworth on why New Labour was the natural next chapter for the left Next month marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of eastern Europe from Soviet communism. The wall was erected in 1961, ostensibly to protect the population of …

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Clement Attlee and Ernest Bevin

Brave new world

Anthony Painter  |  25 September 2014

New times demand Labour turns away from the social democratic settlement of the postwar world, says Anthony Painter As the second world war drew to a close, western societies began to face the future once again, freed from a terrifying two decades. Out of war and depression new possibilities emerged. Nuclear power, the very first …

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Labour Digital

A plan to be number one in digital

George Bevis  |  23 September 2014

If asked what Tech City needs, few people would answer ‘More government’. So it’s not straightforward to work out the role of government in making Britain the world’s leading digital nation – the vision at the centre of Labour Digital’s Number One in Digital report published this week. Britain is doing ‘fine’ in digital. We are …

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Ed Miliband banking speech 17 January 2014

Convincing a sceptical nation

Editorial  |  22 September 2014

It is just over two years since Ed Miliband greeted the election of François Hollande with the words ‘the tide is turning against an austerity approach’. The new French president, he said, offered a ‘different way forward’ and praised his determination to create a ‘Europe of growth and jobs’. With his promise that ‘another way …

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Only Labour will give the English a voice

Peter Lamb  |  22 September 2014

It is clear why English votes for English laws is attractive to the Conservative party, and polling suggests it is the public’s preferred solution to the West Lothian Question too. Clearly, it is a problem that England, the only country in the union without significant devolution, is subject to decisions carried on the votes of …

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Speech to Progress Rally 2014

John Woodcock MP  |  21 September 2014

Welcome to the Progress rally 2014. There’s no free food, there’s no free drink. But we all know this is THE place to be on the Sunday night of conference. First of all, let’s say a massive thank you to our director, Rob Philpot, who is moving on after giving Progress so much for so …

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Launch party

Paul Richards  |  21 September 2014

The pre-election conference season can herald victory or spell defeat for political parties. Paul Richards examines the lessons of history The party’s conferences have often been a case study in how to lose votes and alienate voters. Before Labour’s worst-ever defeat in 1983, Labour’s conferences had been horrible spectacles of recrimination and extremism. The party …

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A bedrock of equality

Lucy Rigby  |  21 September 2014

Universal childcare should be Labour’s ultimate goal —Until relatively recently, childcare was – in the context of political discourse – one of various subheadings under the title ‘women’s issues’, which itself was a short chapter towards the end of the book. That is now far from the case. Childcare policy is front and centre of …

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Street of houses

Power to cities, streets and communities

Rachael Saunders  |  21 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s commitment to a wide-ranging dialogue about the constitutional future of our country is vital. The challenges that this country and others now face - climate change, widening economic inequality, our response to our ageing population – are so great that no sensible person thinks that Westminster can solve them alone. I often hear ‘London’ cited …

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English flag. England.

Aspiration nation

Jamie Reed MP  |  19 September 2014

After the Scottish referendum, Labour must now set out its vision for England, writes Jamie Reed During the recent debate surrounding the future of the United Kingdom, the separatists’ ugly and deliberate conflation of England with Toryism represented a calculated insult. England: the country of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clement Attlee, George Orwell, William Morris, William …

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