New Labour

Andy Burnham

‘We’ve lacked emotional connection’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

The question for Labour is who is best placed to win in 2020, says Andy Burnham As someone who held positions as a special adviser, a minister and a secretary of state in the last Labour government it might be tempting for Andy Burnham to distance himself from New Labour’s record – for example, by …

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Plague

The Last Word … Bring out your dead

Jamie Reed MP  |  19 June 2015

Labour cannot afford to waste this defeat Despite a Conservative media attempting to frame the Labour leadership contest as a stale and uninspiring process – the race is hotting up as the candidates put forward their arguments and priorities for the party and the country. Colleagues turned competitors always meant that the race would endure …

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Labour roll of stickers

Pro-business, pro-wealth and fighting poverty

Tom Scholes-Fogg  |  21 May 2015

As the Labour party embarks on its path back to power following a second general election defeat, it has to do so by embarking on a pro-business and pro-aspiration agenda. Labour should embrace the achievements of its most electorally successful leader ever, Tony Blair, and build upon New Labour by creating a progressive party which …

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Cascade of disadvantage

James Bloodworth  |  28 April 2015

For a Labour government, improving social mobility must start with reducing inequality, writes James Bloodworth Social mobility is in reverse in Britain and a large number of the best jobs are increasingly snapped up by those from privileged backgrounds. Things have got so bad that even the former Conservative prime minister John Major, hardly a …

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New Labour New Britain

Past imperfect

Editorial  |  31 October 2014

Labour has had seven leaders since Harold Wilson stepped down as prime minister in 1976. Allowing for John Smith’s premature death, only one of these – Tony Blair – has thus far succeeded in securing the party victory in a general election, a feat which he achieved on three consecutive occasions. But 20 years after …

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Discarded Labour rose

Time for Labour to stop trashing its own record

Jacqui Smith  |  20 October 2014

‘What is your greatest weakness’? – an idiotic interview question in my view, but nevertheless apparently a popular one. Suggestions for answering it include ‘I’m just too much of a perfectionist/workaholic’ and other lies. Despite the possibility of this question, preparation for a job interview should involve quite a lot of combing through our CVs …

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Manuel Valls

Letter from … Paris

Gérard Grunberg  |  2 October 2014

Ideological divisions within the French Socialists are nothing new for a party whose refounding moment in 1971 saw it seek to make a clear break with capitalism. But, today, these divisions have taken on new gravity, for three main reasons. The first is that, up until now, these divisions have been expressed above all when …

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Labour party conference 2014

In defence of New Labour

John McTernan  |  26 September 2014

I, for one, was grateful that Ed Miliband didn’t read the whole speech that the office intern mistakenly loaded on the Labour party’s website. (It was the intern, and it was a mistake, right?) The reason? This passage: ‘One Nation Labour has changed from New Labour – businesses have a responsibility to pay their taxes, …

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Berlin Wall

After the fall

James Bloodworth  |  25 September 2014

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall came down, James Bloodworth on why New Labour was the natural next chapter for the left Next month marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of eastern Europe from Soviet communism. The wall was erected in 1961, ostensibly to protect the population of …

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One_Nation

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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