Lewis Baston

The comeback Ed

Lewis Baston  |  9 May 2012

The local elections of 2012 were a considerable success for Labour, and – without lapsing into complacency or triumphalism – Ed Miliband can take a little time to savour that success. The number of seats and councils gained was above the upper end of respectable published forecasts, despite some desperate Conservative attempts to claim otherwise. …

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Dates for your diary

Progress  |  1 March 2012

WESTMINSTER SERIES 13 MARCH: A NEW PUBLIC REALM: HOW SHOULD PROGRESSIVES REFORM THE PUBLIC SECTOR? Grimond Room, Portcullis House, HoC, 6pm Andy Burnham MP, shadow secretary of state for health; Andrew Adonis, Progress; Cathy Warwick, Royal College of Midwives; Ben Lucas, 2020 Public Services Trust; Florence Nosegbe (c), Lambeth cabinet member 27 MARCH: A NEW …

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All change

Lewis Baston  |  22 September 2011

Take care when assessing the impact of boundary changes on the next election, cautions Lewis Baston When the Boundary Commission for England published its initial proposals earlier this month, there was a lot of information to absorb quickly. Some aficionados and anoraks (including myself) were intrigued by how they approached the task and phenomena like cross-county …

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How the East was lost … and how to win again

Bob Blizzard and Lewis Baston  |  1 June 2011

There were two tests for Labour in the East at this year's local elections:
- Would we win control of more councils?
- Would ‘red shoots' emerge by winning seats on councils we could not expect to control?

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Electoral battleground – has the centre-ground shifted?

Joe Sarling  |  25 May 2011

At the Progress Annual Conference 2011, the important topic of the electoral battleground was discussed with reference to the centre-ground.

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Economic competence: Does Labour have a credibility deficit?

Stephen Beer  |  23 May 2011

This year's Progress annual conference was encouraging in that together we got closer to outlining the kind of agenda we need as we think ahead to the next election. A particular theme throughout the day was a debate about how we should restore economic credibility with the electorate.

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Ed Miliband’s challenge

Editorial  |  20 May 2011

This month’s election shows Labour making progress. But its support base remains too narrow Before entering Downing Street, David Cameron was widely reported as having forecast that within a year he would be leading the most unpopular government in living memory. This month’s elections didn’t exactly bear out that prediction, at least as far as …

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Won, lost and drawn

Lewis Baston  |  17 May 2011

This month's election results were a decidedly mixed bag for Labour. Despite a solid win in Wales, progress in England was slow and slid into catastrophic reverse in Scotland, reports Lewis Baston

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Eastern promise

Bob Blizzard and Lewis Baston  |  9 April 2011

Labour lost badly in eastern England last May. It need not do so again

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Seeking red shoots

Lewis Baston  |  1 April 2011

Making a comeback in previously Labour-free zones, rather than seizing back control of councils, could be the big story this May, says Lewis Baston

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