Liam Byrne

Reassurance and radical reform

Sally Prentice  |  15 May 2012

Labour’s impressive local election results on 3 May provided the ideal platform for Labour activists to gather at the 13th Progress annual conference to debate the new centre-ground of British politics and how to form a majority Labour government in 2015.  For as Andrew Adonis, Progress Chair, emphasised in opening the conference, there is no …

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Is there a new centre-ground?

Guy Nicholson  |  15 May 2012

Having spent all of Sunday reflecting on the thoughts presented in Saturday’s opening session by Liam Byrne, Mary Riddell, Phil Collins and Peter Kellner, and as the stream of thoughts that were being shared coalesced, an invigorating sense of optimism and anticipation has emerged by the time of writing, Monday morning – early! To have …

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Is there a new centre-ground?

Anna-Joy Rickard  |  15 May 2012

I have a dilemma. Tasked with reviewing the first session of today’s Progress Annual Conference 2012 titled ‘Is there a new centre-ground? – how does Labour win it?’, I instinctively falter. The reason? Other than a long week and the usual writer’s search for a worthy-enough ‘hook’, Ed Miliband’s timely speech later in the conference …

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Progress annual conference 2012: Winning the new centre-ground

Progress  |  12 May 2012

Saturday 12 May 2012 | 10:00 to 17:00 Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS Progress annual conference 2012 is the biggest event in the Progress calendar. Our conference brings together Labour members and trade unionists from across the country with senior politicians, union leaders, councillors and political commentators. Always radical and never shying …

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One month to change our cities

Alex Burrows  |  4 April 2012

In exactly one month’s time on Friday 4 May I will be up early to spend the day with my fellow ‘Yes to Birmingham Mayor’ campaigners waiting for the votes to be counted in the Birmingham mayoral referendum.  This is a historic vote for England’s second city and indeed the other major English cities who …

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The peril of effective opposition

Paul Richards  |  23 March 2012

The Labour party has become an effective opposition. As someone who desperately wants to see our party back in office, that’s a terrifying prospect . Every step we take towards being an effective opposition runs the risk of taking us further away from being a government-in-waiting. An effective opposition does what Labour has achieved in …

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Did they cancel International Women’s Day?

Victoria Powell  |  8 March 2012

It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March – a time to celebrate progress toward economic and political gender equality. Or that’s the aspiration at least. However, there’s bad news for British women I’m afraid. In the UK the current picture is bleak for gender equality and it seems as if Tory-led governments, economic gloom and …

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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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A tale of two bills

Editorial  |  28 February 2012

On health, Labour has opposed well but is yet to present an alternative. The inverse is true on welfare While neither have yet run their course, the two major political battles that Labour has fought against the coalition so far this year – to defeat the health and welfare reform bills – appear to be …

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The men behind the men

The Insider  |  27 February 2012

It is a new year in Westminster, so it must be time for new chiefs of staff. Labour’s top two, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, have found themselves new men, and their choices for chief consigliere say as much about each man as their policy announcements. Miliband chose the cerebral, thoughtful ex-diplomat Tim Livesey who …

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