Rachel Reeves

Poor John Robert Clynes

Conor Pope  |  20 March 2017

Labour’s forgotten leader deserves better than to be airbrushed from the annals of the party’s history, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope  New YouGov research published this weekend asked Labour members to choose their top three party leaders of all time. JR Clynes, who led the party for around 20 months from February 1921 until November …

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Redressing the gender balance

Joyce Gould  |  6 December 2016

There has, until recently, been a dearth of books about Labour’s women parliamentarians. Alice in Westminster, a new book by Labour member of parliament Rachel Reeves, redresses that imbalance and shines a new light on the life story and achievements of her subject. Alice Bacon made her introduction into politics at the age of 16 …

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‘Never more relevant’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  1 December 2016

Rachel Reeves tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope the subject of her book, Alice Bacon, would have a clear message for today’s moderates The Labour party is full of people whose stories never get heard. Who put in the hours, sit in the rooms where decisions are made and make sure that change happens. They make …

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Terror of the Trotskyites

Rachel Reeves MP  |  1 December 2016

Exclusive extracts from Rachel Reeves’ book on the first woman MP for Leeds reveal Alice Bacon as a fiercely loyal reformist Alice [Bacon], a young woman, a miner’s daughter and teacher, was elected as a member of parliament at the age of 35. The first female MP in Leeds, the first (with Muriel Nichol), in fact, …

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Time to put May on the back foot

Jerome Neil  |  3 November 2016

It is official. Parliament will be given a say on Article 50, thanks to the High Court ruling in Gina Miller’s court case. There are some that have leapt on the ruling as an affront to democracy – Suzanne Evans, one of the frontrunners in the Ukip leadership election, complained that ‘activists judges’ have attempted to …

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Did Labour’s centre-left revival begin in Liverpool?

Joe Jervis  |  4 October 2016

Following Jeremy Corbyn’s second victory it may be all too easy to assume that ‘things can only get worse’ for the centre-left. While walking past the ‘Cool Britannia’ shops that mark Liverpool’s tourist hotspots, just minutes from Labour’s conference venue, it was difficult not to hark back to an era when Labour oppositions were in …

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Taxing questions for the chancellor

Rachel Reeves MP  |  15 April 2016

The leaked Panama Papers shone a light on the murky world of tax havens and will have far-reaching implications across the world. People are rightly angered that a super-rich elite strive to avoid or evade paying their taxes. David Cameron’s use of an offshore trust was eventually dragged out of him when he published his …

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What is the point of a Northern Powerhouse if it is under water?

Rachel Reeves MP  |  6 January 2016

This week, I returned to parliament from my constituency of Leeds West where for many people the Christmas period has been dominated by floods which have ruined their homes and businesses. On Boxing Day night, the River Aire which runs through the Yorkshire Dales to Leeds and then on to East Yorkshire, showed its tremendous …

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Marshalling for the ‘missing million’

Richard Angell  |  19 October 2015

The priority of every Labour politician on television, radio and local media must be to make clear that the government has made a choice on tax credit cuts, that there is still time to change their minds, and that just a two year delay – elequently pointed out by Rachel Reeves yesterday – could limit the impact …

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British Labour and Conservative Leaders

Richard Carr  |  2 October 2015

At the last five general elections the British public has voted in favour of a prime minister who offers centrism, charisma, competence and confidence. Labour’s response to this has been to replace Ed Miliband with Jeremy Corbyn. For some it may be difficult to know where to begin with that. Fortunately BiteBack’s edited volumes on …

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