Ray Collins

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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Now, win the peace?

The Insider  |  28 February 2014

When Ray Collins agreed to lead the party reform process, he was, your insider is reliably told, the third person to be offered the job. The first two grandees declined, hinting that their skills were inadequate to the challenge of peacefully changing Labour’s structures. Quietly, they were avoiding a job that looked like it could …

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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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Rage against the machine

Robert Philpot  |  26 February 2014

The Collins reforms are welcome but machine politics may yet strike back When Ed Miliband launched his attempt to reform Labour’s relationship with the trade unions last July, he set himself a huge challenge: to put an end to the closed, machine politics that had been exposed in Falkirk. With this month’s special conference that …

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History in the making

Stephen Twigg MP  |  26 February 2014

Collins helps make Labour fit for the 21st century I attended my first Labour party annual conference 30 years ago. I was the 17-year-old delegate from Enfield Southgate CLP, conference was in Blackpool, and Neil Kinnock had been party leader for just a year. At that conference, he proposed the adoption of One Member, One …

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‘Time to end stitch and fix’

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  20 September 2013

Machine politics has had its day, Chuka Umunna tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Labour must ‘kick machine politics out of the party’, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has argued. In a passionate defence of Ed Miliband’s party reform plans, the shadow business secretary calls for an end to ‘the politics of stitch and fix’ …

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A new Labour party

Editorial  |  5 September 2013

Labour’s history of special conferences is not an entirely happy one. While the conference which formed the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 was one such – triggered by Thomas R Steels, a member of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, proposing in his union branch that the Trades Union Congress call a special conference to …

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Remaking Labour

Anthony Painter  |  4 September 2013

There are two futures for political parties. Only one will save Labour After the last election, Labour was a broken party. Very little thinking had been done at a senior level about models of party organisation – it is hardly stuff to set pulses racing. So a timid report, Refounding Labour, was rushed out. There …

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Prescott the bean counter?

Adam Harrison  |  17 August 2010

John Prescott gives an exclusive interview to Progress on why he is standing to be Labour's treasurer, how he'll turn the post into a bastion of campaigning, change membership subs and say 'no' to the leadership

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London calling

  |  1 July 2010

Labour needs a candidate with broad appeal, who can bring London together and demonstrate an appeal which goes beyond the party's inner London heartlands

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