The faces of our 2015 majority

Jacqui Smith  |  7 April 2014

Today I want to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of our prospective parliamentary candidates and to consider their pivotal role in achieving a Labour majority. There have been some great selections over the weekend and in recent weeks and those very able candidates have got a lot of work ahead in the coming …

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Time for NEC reform to strengthen members’ and councillors’ voices

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2014

The events of last weekend were historic and unifying. The changes will be meaningful and, let us hope, lasting. Giving 2.7 million trade unionists the chance to step closer to the party their forebears helped create is no small thing. And asking the nine million people who stayed loyal in 2010 when the party got …

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Power surge

Adam Harrison  |  4 March 2014

It could be the week that marked the beginning of the end for ‘Labour’s institutional statism’ as Ben Lucas of the RSA suggests on page 9, following keynote interventions last month by Ed Miliband and by Jon Cruddas, the latter addressing the New Local Government Network. The shift to decentralisation has been foreshadowed in centre-left …

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Voting with their feet

Felicity Slater  |  27 February 2014

Fewer members take part in longer selection contests —Barely one in two Labour party members have voted in selection contests for the party’s candidates in its top 106 target seats, according to new research carried out by Progress. The findings suggest that we can at last put to bed the much-touted myth that members join …

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Is Cable alive to cities?

Adam Harrison  |  16 February 2014

Vince Cable reprised his now-familiar Jeremiah act at the end of last year, lamenting that London ‘is sucking the life out of the rest of the country’ as he reiterated his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport near his Twickenham constituency. The virtual inevitability of the third runway aside, his negative tone stood …

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Time for ‘people power’ in public services

Jacqui Smith  |  10 February 2014

I had begun to worry that the panda which represented the public service elements of our policy review wasn’t just not pregnant, but had taken a vow of chastity. However, this week we can welcome a flurry of activity and ideas on the role of the state and public services. Ed Miliband’s Hugo Young lecture …

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Breaking the silence

Robert Philpot  |  7 February 2014

Since its defeat in 2010, public service reform has been the black hole in Labour’s internal debate. Next week, at last, we can expect some colour, with Ed Miliband’s first major speech on the subject, Jon Cruddas entering the fray, and Liz Kendall launching the IPPR’s report on the ‘relational state’. Over the past three …

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Battleground Britain

Editorial  |  5 February 2014

Forty years ago this month, Harold Wilson led Labour back to power and ejected Edward Heath from Downing Street. It was hardly a resounding victory: Labour won fewer votes but a handful more seats than the Tories, and Wilson was 17 seats short of a majority, forcing him to call a second general election only …

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Let’s talk about tax

Robert Philpot  |  16 January 2014

Tomorrow Ed Miliband will make his much-trailed pitch to Britain’s middle classes. Its presentation by some in the media – as a panicked response to Labour’s falling poll ratings – is a little unfair. The plight of the nation’s ‘squeezed middle’ was front and centre of Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010 and it has been …

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Get the party debate started

Editorial  |  3 December 2013

The special conference which will meet to debate Ed Miliband’s proposed party reforms in March is potentially the most significant gathering of the Labour party since it met in Wembley in January 1981 and adopted a series of measures which triggered the departure of four former cabinet ministers and the formation of the Social Democratic …

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