Nye Bevan

Avoid a sectarian slugfest

Editorial  |  19 September 2017

Labour conference could be about policy, not procedure In his book, The Road to Brighton Pier, the political writer Leslie Hunter describes the atmosphere inside a Labour party languishing in opposition, and riven with factional animosity, in the months leading up to the party conference in Brighton: ‘Except on the most formal occasions there was no social …

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Bevan and back again

Alan Lockey  |  1 June 2017

Britain will have to recapture its decentralising spirit to secure a post-Brexit settlement that works for everyone, argues Alan Lockey  Early in his political career, Nye Bevan had a stump speech about power in Britain. ‘When I get older’, the young Bevan would say, ‘the place to get to is the council. That’s where power is. …

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I won’t be quitting Labour, and neither should you

Lewis Parker  |  24 September 2016

There we have it. As most people expected from the moment he was allowed on the ballot, Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour party – securing an even larger percentage of the vote than last year’s election. For many Labour members it feels like game over. Labour has a leadership that …

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A Very Private Celebrity: The Nine Lives of John Freeman

Greg Rosen  |  3 September 2015

Of all Labour’s ‘great resignations’, arguably the most celebrated is Nye Bevan’s in 1951. Bevan famously refused to accept the introduction of NHS charges for teeth and spectacles. Hugh Gaitskell, Clement Attlee’s chancellor and Bevan’s then rival, insisted charges were necessary to pay for massive rearmament for the Korean war. For those asking today ‘What …

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‘I will give my life to this party’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  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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Where is the kerosene?

Mike Katz  |  13 August 2015

‘Where is the kerosene?’ was the question posed at a Q&A session with Liz Kendall I attended a couple of days ago. What the questioner wanted to know from her moderate, centre-left platform was going to light up our imagination and put fire in our bellies – suggesting that ‘sound public finances’ as a rallying …

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UK and Israeli Labour: strengthening ties

Hilik Bar  |  11 April 2014

The British and Israeli Labour parties are sister parties and founding members of the Socialist International. The parties share core values in their commitment to social democracy. The time has come to rejuvenate the historic links between the parties for the sake of social democracy in both countries and for the cause of peace in …

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David Cameron the Bevanite

John McTernan  |  11 April 2014

Political management has had a bad name. ‘Control-freakery’, ‘Spin’, ‘Stalinism’. I know, I know – I don’t get, they’re not insults to me either, but they have been to the political classes at large. It was one of David Cameron’s oddest ambitions to be both the ‘heir to Blair’ but also the ‘anti-Blair’. Perversely for …

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The myth of the modern Labour party

Stephen Bush  |  25 February 2014

If Clement Attlee was so great, then why is This Boy so sad? Alan Johnson’s memoir – out in paperback later this week – is a book of almost unbearable sorrow. Reading it was like unpacking a series of heavy crates; I kept having to stop and take a breath every few pages. Billed as …

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Reassessing Foot

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP  |  13 August 2013

Three weeks ago today, Tuesday 23 July 2013, marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Michael Foot. It provides an ideal opportunity for considered reflection on Foot’s long parliamentary career. Unfortunately, after the general election of 1983, Foot’s reputation hit an all-time low. To a certain extent this was inevitable. After all, he was …

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