Tessa Jowell

How does Labour win in London in 2015?

Tessa Jowell  |  27 November 2013

First we must understand the characteristics of voters in our 12 marginal seats. They are made up of a high proportion of liberal opinion voters – well educated, tolerant, and politically opinionated – who deserted Labour mostly to the Liberal Democrats in the aftermath of Iraq. The other significant group are young professionals. What these …

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Winning a mandate for London

Stephen Bush  |  26 November 2013

When is a hustings not a hustings? Well, when the only declared candidate for the office in question – the Labour nomination for mayor of London – hasn’t been invited, and the matter at hand is an entirely different election. That said, while Progress’ latest event in the Campaign for a Labour Majority series wasn’t …

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Campaign for a Labour Majority: How can we win a mandate from London in 2015?

Progress  |  21 November 2013

Monday 25 November, 6-7.30pm Grand Committee Room (off Westminster Hall), Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA Diane Abbott MP Former shadow minister for public health and member of parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Andrew Adonis Member of the House of Lords Tessa Jowell MP Former minister for the Cabinet Office, and member of …

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Our ambitions must not stop at a pay increase

Tessa Jowell  |  9 November 2013

At the close of Living Wage Week, it is important we look forward towards how we continue to grow the campaign for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. But first, I want to look back. We know how to use the procurement power of the state to secure better living standards for …

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Events, Dear Boy, Events

Sally Gimson  |  22 February 2013

Events, dear Boy, Events: A Political Diary of Britain from Woolf to Campbell is a very enjoyable book. Edited by Ruth Winstone who also edited Chris Mullin’s diaries it takes you back to the most amusing parts of a century of politics in the words of diarists from Beatrice Webb to Piers Morgan. When you …

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Primary colours

Tessa Jowell  |  7 December 2012

Running a primary for Labour’s London mayoral candidate would be a powerful signal of change, suggests Tessa Jowell The Socialist party in France has held one. The Australian Labor party in Sydney has held one. Will Labour in the UK be the next centre-left party to hold a primary to elect its politicians? It should …

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Rallying for Labour

Rachel Hodson  |  1 October 2012

Yesterday evening, through the less-than-welcoming weather, hundreds of activists came together at the Manchester Comedy Store to listen to what can only be described as a superstar line-up of our most inspiring progressive voices at the annual Progress Rally. The rally took place against the backdrop of an ill-judged, and terribly timed intervention from Len …

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A Progressive Women’s Network

Mandy Telford  |  30 August 2012

When you join the Labour party, you know you’re not going to agree with every other party member about everything. I like a tough debate where people say what they mean – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have survived as a Labour president of NUS in the early noughties or as an adviser to Tessa …

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Olympics in retrospect

Rupa Huq  |  16 August 2012

From the political party that gave us the expression ‘watermelon smiles’, during the Olympics we got ‘leftie multicultural crap’ tweeted by Aidan Burley MP – a contrary opinion of the praised-to-the-rooftops opening ceremony. From the same end of the political spectrum came the Daily Mail’s expression ‘plastic Brits’, a snidey claim that many of the …

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Learn from Team GB to change Britain

Denis MacShane MP  |  6 August 2012

Soon this glorious summer of medals will turn into a winter of three discontents – no growth except in poverty, cuts in public services that will bite, and poisonous politics as Tories and Lib Dems bicker while Boris plans Dave’s ousting. There is Team GB everywhere except where we it need most – in the …

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