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One nation: Labour’s political renewal

Anthony Painter  |  10 September 2014

Labour’s policy review led by Jon Cruddas became an argument for transformation of the party – and the nation – rather than a simple list of policy ideas. In a newly published e-book, One nation: Labour’s political renewal, Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford present their core argument for change in 50 or so pages. It is a …

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The inaugural Philip Gould Lecture

Tony Blair  |  21 July 2014

Check against delivery, and listen to the lecture here. Philip was not just an inventor of New Labour and the third way. At its best and at his best, he personified it. Facing life, he was brilliant. Facing death he was magnificent. In both, he was an extraordinary fusion of principle, passion and purpose. Not …

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How New Labour built one nation

Giles Radice  |  18 July 2014

Labour needs to remember its considerable achievements in power, believes Giles Radice When on the morning of 12 May 1994 the tragic news broke of John Smith’s death, it became almost immediately obvious that the charismatic shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, then only 41, would become his successor. Under Blair’s leadership, the Labour party went …

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Summer of ‘94

Paul Richards  |  18 July 2014

The birth of New Labour was an electrifying ride into the future, recalls Paul Richards Before Iraq, before the ludicrous calls for impeachment and citizens’ arrests, before the avalanche of hate, there once was a leader of the Labour party who did a most incredible thing. He created a political force which dominated politics for …

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Jon Cruddas: Chicken soup for Labour’s soul

The Insider  |  10 July 2014

Labour’s bout of post-election hangover came heavy and hard. The outbreak of briefing was less a revolt than a nervous shudder, with different prescriptions and solutions competing for the ear of the leader, and offering a path forward to victory. There are those around Ed Miliband and in the shadow cabinet who want more ‘boldness’, …

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Reconditioning Britain

Kayte Lawton  |  8 July 2014

The central challenge for a prospective Labour government is how to pursue a radical social agenda within limited budgets. A major new IPPR report, The Condition of Britain: Strategies for social renewal, published last month, argues that the centre-left must not allow fiscal realism to constrain our ambitions for society. Rather, our new circumstances provide …

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Present at the creation

Robert Philpot and Richard Angell  |  7 July 2014

Twenty years after Tony Blair’s election as party leader, Peter Mandelson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell why winning the centre-ground is more important than ever Peter Mandelson’s autobiography bills him as the ‘third man’ of New Labour, an indispensable part of the modernising triumvirate which, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, built the foundations of …

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Progress: Bigger and bolder in the years ahead

John Woodcock MP  |  8 May 2014

When I asked Progress’ new strategy board to elect me as the organisation’s chair this week, I made clear I thought we had to move on from our longstanding label as ‘the New Labour pressure group’. I have spoken about the need for change in the Independent newspaper today. New Labour’s instincts are alive and …

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Home and away

Editorial  |  14 April 2014

There have been few electoral bright spots for the centre-left internationally since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Social democratic parties in Britain, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Portugal have all gone down to defeat. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Labour has been eager to seek enlightenment from the experiences of those of its sister parties …

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22 years on: remembering 1992

Paul Richards  |  9 April 2014

For those of us who lived through it, the election held on 9 April 1992 had a profound impact on our politics. Labour entered the campaign ahead in the polls. At the very least, a Lib-Lab coalition was on the cards. In 13 Tory years we had been through two major recessions, the poll tax …

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