Voting alone is not enough

Sam Foulder-Hughes  |  8 September 2016

In the battle to get young people to the ballot box it is important that the left does not forget that voting alone is not enough. Austerity has radically shrunk the size of our public services, and it is increasingly the case that community and religious groups and small charities are having to come together …

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Tackling teenage anxiety and depression

Jonathan Slater  |  7 September 2016

Last month the Department for Education published worrying findings showing that more than one in three teenage girls suffer from anxiety or depression. This constituted a rise of 10 per cent in the past decade. According to Nick Harrop, campaigns manager of national charity Young Minds, said that, ‘Teenage girls today face a huge range of pressures. Stress at school, body …

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Watch out

Chuka Umunna MP  |  6 September 2016

Hold the Tory ‘Leavers’ to account for their promises —The result of the European Union referendum was devastating for everyone who passionately believes that Britain is stronger, safer and better off as part of the EU. I know that the vast majority of us in the Labour family feel deeply disappointed. But we should be proud …

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101 Ways to Win an Election

Siobhain McDonagh MP  |  6 September 2016

Originally published in 2012, this updated book promises to ‘reveal the insider secrets and skills you need to make sure you’re a winner on Election Day’. It might seem a little ironic that the authors are Liberal Democrat campaigners, given the party’s disastrous performance since 2012. But both Mark Pack and Edward Maxfield have experiences …

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After Farage

Matthew Goodwin  |  5 September 2016

Both a Ukip collapse or revival could spell danger for Labour, writes Matthew Goodwin At the 2016 referendum on the European Union, Nigel Farage and the United Kingdom Independence party achieved all they had ever wanted. After 23 years of campaigning, much of it spent in the electoral backwaters, the self-anointed ‘People’s Army’ helped to force a nationwide …

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Earn it or lose it

Jim McMahon MP  |  5 September 2016

Taking the support of working-class northerners for granted is no longer an option for Labour, if it ever was, warns Jim McMahon   The working classes of the north of England are industrious and ambitious. We are deeply proud of our roots and of the honest graft of earning to provide a decent standard of life for …

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A Tory party still divided on the European Union

Emma Reynolds MP  |  2 September 2016

In the immediate aftermath of the referendum, you could be forgiven for thinking that Conservative party divisions on Europe had disappeared. Theresa May took advantage of this brief truce and appointed a cabinet of prominent Leavers and Remainers. However, it seems that the cracks are starting to surface once again. With Eurosceptic Tories now occupying …

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Citizen Clem: A biography of Attlee

Nick Garland  |  2 September 2016

It is impossible to read Citizen Clem, John Bew’s superb new biography of Labour’s most beloved leader, without drawing contrasts to the present plight of Clement Attlee’s party. The prologue offers a fascinating exploration of Attlee’s place in present political discourse, from Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45 – which, Bew notes, somehow manages to tell …

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The centre-left must own the future or become a thing of the past

Sam Stopp  |  2 September 2016

During his ill-starred attempt to become Labour leader in 2010, David Miliband fired several warning shots to Labour’s centre-left about the danger it was in. ‘Future’, he said somewhat whimsically, ‘is the most important word in politics. We must convince our fellow citizens that we are a party of the future.’ Few could have imagined …

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Asset-stripping Labour

Richard Angell  |  31 August 2016

Momentum is a party waiting to leave a party —The results of the National Executive Committee elections were disappointing. A clean sweep for the Momentum-backed slate will not be good for plurality, nor party democracy. But we should be proud of the six people Progress and Labour First supported. Ellie Reeves and Johanna Baxter doubled their votes and …

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