Eccentrics, enterprise and the English

Michael Taylor  |  24 May 2016

In March 2015, Conrad Clitheroe of Woodley, Stockport, was arrested and jailed in Dubai on charges of espionage. He was a plane spotter, spending his holidays with his mates Gary and Neil who shared his hobby of looking for rare aircraft. As Conrad lived in the constituency of Hazel Grove, at the prosperous south east …

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Victory is appealing to everyone 

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  20 May 2016

In terms of expectation management there was a clear winner in the 2016 local elections: the Labour party. Faced with predictions of 150 losses in council seats, to come out with fewer than 20 encouraged many of us to breathe a sigh of relief that things could have been much worse. The media narrative the next day was …

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Labour roll of stickers

Hanging on is not an option

John Jacob Woolf  |  20 May 2016

When I came into the world, some 27 years ago, a family friend sent me an application to join the Labour party. Being only a few days old, I was naturally unable to sign but the encouragement was not lost on my socialist parents. Born into a family of staunch Labourites, I was bound to …

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Street of houses

The Housing Act – bad for all Londoners

Jas Athwal  |  20 May 2016

This week marked further disaster for London’s housing crisis. London boroughs, like the council I lead in Redbridge on London’s eastern outer edge, already, sadly, have one of the lowest levels of housing stock in London, a sad but familiar remnant of many years of Tory rule here. Thanks to the Housing and Planning Act, …

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Why is Labour so weak in the south-west?

Kyalo Burt-Fulcher  |  20 May 2016

A little while ago I received an email entitled ‘the Labour party is opening branches near you’. This was a mistake; I live in Islington North, home of the metropolitan, socialist elite, where there is never been a shortage of Labour branches. (It also has some of the worst pockets of deprivation in the country, …

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The Queen's Speech

Alternative Queen’s speech: homes and health

Sam Stopp  |  18 May 2016

Sam Stopp presents his alternative Queen’s speech – what Labour could and should be doing now were it in power. A bill to end homelessness Under the last Labour government, homelessness fell substantially. In 2015, government statistics showed that 3,569 people slept rough on any one night across England – this is over double the number counted …

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Angel of the North

Reclaiming the north

John Healey MP  |  17 May 2016

The most important political event for Labour last year was not Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership election but our party losing the general election. And our most important political challenge is now to work out how to win in 2020 – a much bigger challenge than who leads Labour. Jeremy was right to talk before …

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Labour councils are getting something right

Alice Smart  |  16 May 2016

I spent the Friday of election night nervously checking the election results as they came in. I was as worried as anyone that our party was going to take a massive step backwards from electability. We did not take the beating that some commentators predicated, but nor did we demonstrate that a victory in 2020 …

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Richard Angell, Director of Progress at Progress Summer Conference, 
TUC Congress House

Modernisation, values into policy and policy into action

Richard Angell  |  16 May 2016

Comrades. Welcome to Progress annual conference – the highlight of the political calendar. Bold speakers from broad backgrounds. This year’s promises nothing less. We are honoured to be joined by not just one, but two leaders of the Labour party – Kezia Dugdale and this afternoon Jeremy Corbyn. For those worrying, I have not become …

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Mirror of Erised

Politicians risk looking in the mirror of Erised

Alison McGovern MP  |  14 May 2016

What do the local elections mean for Labour? What are the consequences for Jeremy Corbyn or David Cameron? Can we predict the result in 2020? People always get elections the wrong way around. They think they are about political parties and politicians, and this is how they are discussed ad nauseam. But elections are not …

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