Plaid Cymru

Beware fringe parties bearing pacts

Conor Pope  |  2 May 2017

When fringe parties talk of forming a ‘progressive’ alliance, their aim is to weaken the Labour party and help themselves, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope There are only two political parties in Britain. The culture in this country means that for the most part, the political bubble pretends that it is not the case, while …

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Letter From … Cardiff

Vaughan Gething AM  |  20 July 2016

It is a difficult time at present, with uncertainty about the country’s future following the European Union referendum, and uncertainty about our party’s leadership at a United Kingdom level. These are some of the lessons I have learned from governing in Wales where we still have a Labour government. First, leadership matters. In Wales, we have made good …

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No time for complacency

Nia Griffith MP  |  11 May 2016

Last Thursday voters in Wales gave Labour a clear mandate to form another government in Cardiff Bay. We always knew this would be a tough election, but our strong local campaigns and our inclusive message meant that we kept all but one of our seats to remain by far the largest party in the assembly. …

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Together for Wales

Mary Wimbury  |  29 April 2016

As Labour’s lead North Wales regional list candidate I have been campaigning across the nine constituencies in the region: from the industrial North East to the Welsh language heartlands of the North West. We were narrowly beaten to the final seat by the Liberal Demmocrats in the last assembly elections and given the collapse in …

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A progressive alliance of the centre-left?

Robert Ledger  |  26 October 2015

One of the key warnings from a number of Labour grandees during the leadership race was that a victory for Jeremy Corbyn would make the party unelectable. Without the capacity to gain and use power, so this line of argument went, a drastic change of direction to the left would be forlorn for Labour. A …

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A lighter shade of red

Gareth Williams  |  3 June 2015

Labour continues to reel from one of its worst general election performances in Wales in decades, while the Conservatives can still justifiably celebrate one of their strongest. Publicised losses in Gower and the Vale of Clwyd, in addition to the failure to retake the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff North are ultimately signs of pervasive …

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Nationalist posturing over Trident gets us nowhere

John Woodcock MP  |  20 January 2015

The UK’s nuclear deterrent will always be a controversial issue for the country and its politicians. That is understandable: the prospect of nuclear holocaust is so grotesque that many simply will not countenance their taxes being spent on a system that could – even in theory – inflict it. Some members of all parties, including …

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On the frontline

Lewis Baston  |  4 June 2013

Last month saw the launch of Progress’ Campaign for a Labour Majority. Lewis Baston profiles the 40 seats which will determine the size of Ed Miliband’s majority ———————————————- While it will only take a small swing to make the possibility of a Labour coalition or minority government a reality, to win a working majority that …

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Teach First: Welcome to Wales

Geoff Wells  |  21 March 2013

It is nearly a year since Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews announced the plans to develop a Welsh version of Teach First in the Senedd. Ten months on and Teach First is eagerly attracting young, ambitious, and successful graduates from top Welsh and English universities to participate in the programme. It is at a time …

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Target practice

Nick Smith MP  |  1 March 2013

With a string of marginal seats, Wales can be at the forefront of electing a Labour government in 2015, says Nick Smith The 2010 general election marked the low point of a period of poor election results for Labour in Wales since 2007. Although we won the most seats, Labour’s share of the vote was …

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