local government

Representative communities

Gordon Matheson and Joanne Harding  |  12 December 2017

Is it time for English local government to be elected by single transferable vote? Gordon Matheson and Joanne Harding debate

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‘Reminding people that we’re not in government’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  22 September 2017

The shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne takes Richard Angell and Conor Pope behind the scenes of the surprise election ‘I’m infamous now’, Andrew Gwynne declares. He was ‘walking along the Embankment’ to parliament recently when he noticed two people shiftily looking over their shoulder at him. ‘They turned around and said, “You’re that guy that took …

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Labour members must muck in

Sheila Gilmore  |  22 March 2017

Labour’s ‘mass membership’ must be more than a shield for Jeremy Corbyn to hide behind when criticised, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore Dissension in the Labour party is often portrayed as ‘members v the parliamentary Labour party’. However ‘the members’ are by no means all of one view. There is a real and …

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The Last Word: May in meltdown

Richard Angell  |  17 March 2017

May’s weakness exposed, leadership in local government and an impressive start for Open Labour – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The Tories in 2015 told Britain not to vote Labour because Ed Miliband would be a disaster for the economy and he would be pushed around by Nicola Sturgeon. If it …

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People Shaped Localism

James Derounian  |  27 February 2017

Too often policymakers overlook the potentially transformative potential of the United Kingdom’s 10,000+ parish and town councils, writes James Derounian in response to an RSA report on localism There I was, minding my own business at a Regional Studies Association conference on localism a couple of years ago, when I was woken from torpor by an …

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Faith in the broad church

James Beckles  |  16 November 2016

The Labour party has long been seen as a broad church political movement attracting and absorbing political ideologies from across the left with the unified belief that only Labour could deliver the social change needed to build a fairer and more equal society. This belief still holds true, Labour is still the home of strands …

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Nostalgia is not enough

Samantha Jury-Dada  |  24 October 2016

23 and under, what an age group to be in. Things have not been looking great for us for a while, have they? Educational Maintenance Allowance scrapped, university fees tripled and a struggling further education sector in a number of regions. Not only that, but the prospect of owning a home is now a distant fantasy.  …

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In defence of local campaign forums

Nick Forbes  |  14 September 2016

In 2003–4 I was elected as the secretary of Newcastle local government committee. It was a profoundly depressing experience; I rapidly found that the meetings were cumbersome, bureaucratic and detached from the reality of campaigning on the ground for Labour. Month after month I would type up minutes, wondering what we had actually achieved other …

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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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Governing Britain

Michael Payne  |  2 August 2016

Devolution needs to be at the heart of our party —While the debate rages about the future of our party and its route back to national government, we run the risk of making a catastrophic mistake: ignoring the hundreds of examples that already exist of how Labour in communities up and down the country has rebuilt …

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