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Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  11 April 2017

The last Labour government is one we can all be proud of, write Richard Angell and Conor Pope. This is the introduction for the Record pamphlet, marking the 20th anniversary of the 1997 election victory ‘If we don’t say the last Labour government was good, why would anyone vote for the next one?’ That question …

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Celebrating success

Editorial  |  4 April 2017

There is no going back to New Labour, only going forward with its ‘attitude of mind’ The Labour party finds success a challenge. It is much more au fait with failure – it expects it. The Conservative party ran Britain for 57 years of the last century. This century started with an attempt to change those numbers. However, …

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Labour is a national party or it is nothing

Peter Mandelson  |  3 April 2017

Full text of the opening speech of the second day of Progress political weekend 2017, given by Peter Mandelson: Our situation is bad, not for the first time and not yet terminal. Labour’s whole history is one of set backs and resets, the first couple of which didn’t wait long after our first taste of …

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Building a Labour alternative

Renie Anjeh  |  27 March 2017

Chuka Umunna’s ‘The Labour alternative’ essay sets out broadly the right direction for Labour, but there are several glaring omissions, writes Renie Anjeh It is a great shame that Chuka Ummuna is no longer a member of the shadow cabinet. The telegenic and talented member of parliament for Streatham was a rare voice of sanity during …

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Refounding New Labour

John Woodcock MP  |  6 March 2017

Ten years have been wasted but New Labour’s instincts and approach remain relevant The iron curtain fell, Thatcherism was defeated, our schools and hospitals were rebuilt, equalities were enshrined in law and communities became ever more tolerant. My political generation grew up assuming that progress at home and across the world was inevitable. Shocks and …

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Such riches and such poverty

Conor Pope  |  6 March 2017

The Labour party’s successes do not come by chance, and nor does its failures, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope ‘If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor,’ sang James in their most famous single, Sit Down, which was released 26 years ago next week. Four minutes of jangly pop guitar …

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Owning the past

Conor Pope  |  21 February 2017

Labour’s ‘modernisers’ must be willing to look to the past in order to build for the future, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope In their feature for this month’s Progress magazine, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay lay out a few rules for progressives to start winning again in 2017, following the 2016 omnicock-up. One of …

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The return of the ‘nasty party’

Grace Skelton  |  10 February 2017

In closing the scheme brought about by the Dubs amendment, Theresa May has confirmed that the ‘nasty party’ is well and truly back, argues Grace Skelton After her Lancaster House speech setting out the government’s aims for the Brexit negotiations, we expected that Theresa May was going to push for a hard Brexit and she …

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The Corbynite ideology

Richard Carr  |  3 February 2017

Brexit reveals the Labour leader’s longstanding worldview as a paradox of open borders and a closed shop economy, writes Richard Carr We live in uneasy political times. If Whitehall might be ‘muddled’ on Brexit, Labour is currently mystifying on the issue. This largely emanates from the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has been handsomely re-elected as Labour leader while holding opinions …

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Owning the northern powerhouse

Alexander Adranghi  |  16 December 2016

The northern powerhouse is one among the latest wave of political narratives attempting to spark the imagination of the electorate. Other than ‘austerity’, no narrative has as successfully captured the public mood since the days of New Labour. This aspiration can become a substantial rallying call for the long-neglected residents of the north – one around …

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