New Labour

Discarded Labour rose

We need to talk about … losing

Editorial  |  2 November 2015

‘In May we lost everywhere to everybody’, remarked Jon Cruddas, member of parliament for Dagenham and Ed Miliband’s former policy chief, in a speech in September. Referring to Labour’s three worst defeats – 1931, 1983, 2010 – Cruddas said, ‘2015 was worse still’. Yet this defeat has gone largely without mention from then leader Miliband and …

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Modernising modernisers

Richard Angell  |  25 September 2015

The result of the Labour leadership election was hurtful – to pretend otherwise would be untrue. I think the candidate that I supported did a brilliant job – tough though her task was. As Jeremy Corbyn said, Liz Kendall ‘absolutely stands up for what she believes in’. Yvette Cooper came out and changed government policy on refugees. …

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Into the unknown

Into the unknown

Editorial  |  24 September 2015

It is a Next Left project on New Labour’s scale, not its blueprint, that must be built A chapter has closed. The era of New Labour is over. It is living history to some, but history nonetheless. A Next Left chapter must now be written for Labour. The last Labour government was a great success socially, economically and culturally. …

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Jeremy Corbyn

Right first time

Stuart Hudson  |  24 September 2015

Stuart Hudson presents five steps to regaining Labour’s economic credibility Dear Jeremy, It would be churlish not to start with congratulations. After the painful election defeat in May, and all those subsequent exhortations to tack to the centre, the way the leadership campaign unfolded must have felt like a vindication of a leftwing strategy. As you travelled …

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David Cameron speaking

Familiar story as Tories put Labour in a spin

Robert Ledger  |  21 August 2015

There is currently much speculation and excitement around the Labour leadership election and what vision or platform each candidate is offering. Jeremy Corbyn, for instance, will reheat Michael Foot’s ‘longest suicide note in history’ manifesto of 1983 or offer an inclusive message of hope depending on whether you listen to opponents or supporters. What is …

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Keir Hardie

Hardie’s inheritor

Renie Anjeh  |  19 August 2015

Liz Kendall offers the New and blue that Labour needs One of the missed opportunities of the ancien regime was an alliance between New Labour and blue Labour. The potential was there. Maurice Glasman, the blue Labour godfather, wrote an e-book called Labour’s Radical Tradition which included contributions from New Labour luminaries such as James Purnell, Tessa Jowell, Philip Collins, …

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Liz Kendall

‘I will give my life to this party’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  17 August 2015

‘Mine is the real anti-austerity politics, because it will help Labour win and stop the vile things the Tories are doing’, Liz Kendall tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Straight from a terrible defeat – one arguably worse than the nadir of 1983 – Labour plunged into a leadership contest that has been gripped by Corbynmania …

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Harriet Harman Sunday Politics

The choice before Labour

Nora Mulready  |  24 July 2015

The single most important foundation stone for Labour’s recovery is a renewed commitment to a strong economy, and that means governing in facts, not in wishful thinking. Harriet Harman did Labour a massive favour by shaking the party from its dream state over welfare and thrusting it back into the brutal reality of our predicament: …

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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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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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