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Believing in leaders

Conor Pope  |  16 March 2017

The ‘McDonnell amendment’ is the ultimate rejection of Clause One socialism, writes Conor Pope ‘Let’s be clear, we don’t believe in leaders,’ John McDonnell told Vice in a joint interview with Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the 2015 general election. In the same interview, McDonnell also said that ‘you can’t change the world through the parliamentary system’. The shadow …

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The role of unions today 

Ibrahim Dogus  |  15 March 2016

Last months saw two important anniversaries pass for the Labour party – neither received the attention they might have done. 27 February is an important day for Labour people. This year, the date marks 106 years since a group of working-class representatives and trade union organisations met together to vote for the establishment of the …

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The week the mask slipped

Richard Angell  |  8 January 2016

It has been a rocky few months for the new leadership and for all us who worry this experiment in anti-West statism will fall flat with the voters on whom we rely to deliver for those we came into politics to serve. I for one wanted to return in the new year with the good …

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The Last Word: On logic, loyalty and lying

Jamie Reed MP  |  8 January 2016

Bright eyed optimists and seasoned hacks alike are now becoming weary of the chaos engulfing the Labour party, and this week’s tantric reshuffle represented the latest self-inflicted disaster in what now feels like an internal war without end. I’ve never attacked Jeremy Corbyn personally – in common with scores of Labour members of parliament. I …

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The Last Word … Solidarity requires more than words

Jamie Reed MP  |  20 November 2015

David Cameron is right. The fight against Islamism is a generational struggle. This struggle will not be resolved under his tenure in office. When the Conservatives eventually leave office, the fight against Islamism will remain. In reality, the fascists who committed the atrocities in Paris and Beirut last weekend will not be defeated by any …

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Whipping it up

Jacqui Smith  |  16 July 2012

Last week was a bad week for the government whips’ office: a big ‘rebellion’; the prime minister shouting at backbenchers; people in tears. These are the Westminster stories which mean very little to most people outside, but they do represent a serious problem for a government’s programme. When I was chief whip, we had an …

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Watts happening at the PLP

The Insider  |  29 March 2012

Congratulations to Dave Watts, the new chair of the parliamentary Labour party, elected by 138 votes to 88 in a race against leftwinger John Cryer. Cryer, a Morgan-driving parliamentary retread, achieved an impressive vote for a candidate associated with the parliamentary left. Your insider would attribute this to respect and affection for Cryer himself, rather …

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Labour’s most successful leaders

Luke Akehurst  |  8 February 2012

As a Labour history buff and an enthusiast for election stats I thought I’d devote this week’s column to the vexed question of who our most successful leaders have been. The problem is that the answer changes depending on which measure you look at. Here are just some of the ways of measuring it. Labour’s …

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No-women shortlists?

Sarah Hayward  |  3 August 2011

Women will lose out in Labour’s response to the boundary changes, as new internal rules and changing demographics inadvertently conspire against them. I want to start by saying that the Labour party has been put in an invidious position. The reduction in MPs and ensuing boundary changes are going to create such upheaval there was …

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111th anniversary of the Labour party

Denis MacShane MP  |  27 February 2011

What was it like for you, Brother? How one wishes to have been the proverbial fly on the wall 111 years ago today, on Tuesday 27 February 1900 in the Memorial Hall in Clerkenwell. It was one of those meetings we all know and love or hate according to taste.

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