Theresa May

Mayexit means Mayexit

Renie Anjeh  |  24 July 2017

Whoever the next Tory leader is, they will not share Theresa May’s deficiencies. Renie Anjeh assesses the runners and riders A few months ago, Theresa May was queen of all she surveyed. She was high on hubris, drunk with power and worshipped by sycophantic journalists in the right-wing press. No one could have predicted the sharp vicissitudes …

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Politics is not a game

Alison McGovern MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories have lost their mandate for their assault on public services, a hard Brexit and the divisive politics they pursue ‘Politics is not a game’. As Theresa May soundbites go it certainly looks to have a better shelf life than ‘strong and stable’ and it is as resonant today as ever. Not just because …

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A catalogue of failures

Siobhain McDonagh MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories called it wrong on all the big necessities of a 21st century campaign, finds Siobhain McDonagh Why did the Tories lose? Indeed, did they? Certainly against expectation. In reality, they still got the most votes and most seats. So how has the outcome of the election been Labour euphoria and Tory despair? Hope …

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The Last Word: A year of failure

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2017

There are five modest changes that would improve the manifesto, writes Richard Angell in his Last Word The prime minister has been in post for one year and one day. Theresa May’s style is a strange mix of shyness and arrogance. Her ‘stiff upper lip’ looks cold and heartless but her actions wreak of a …

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A new establishment

Editorial  |  7 July 2017

There are lessons for all sides from this general election Just weeks ago Labour looked consigned to the opposition benches for decades. The Tories had a lock on older voters, a prime minister with impressive personal ratings, and talented campaigners in the back rooms. They had plans to use the levers of power to manipulate …

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The broad church is under threat

Conor Pope  |  3 July 2017

Ian Lavery’s comments are the latest representation of the Labour leadership’s hostility towards diversity of opinion within the party, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Almost a month on from the general election, the first in which both major parties both got more than 40 per cent of the vote since 1970, and Labour and …

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Two Tory Brexits

Seema Malhotra MP  |  21 June 2017

Theresa May has been undermined by her chancellor. There are now two Brexit strategies at the heart of government, writes Seema Malhotra MP This week at Mansion House, the chancellor Phillip Hammond gave an extraordinary speech that made it quite clear that he had given up the pretence that the government approach of a hard …

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The ‘just about managing’ prime minister

Conor Pope  |  19 June 2017

Labour has the opportunity to change things despite being out of government – but only if it makes use of every constitutional mechanism within its power, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour party should not have been surprised that he had a good general election campaign. After strolling to …

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The Last Word: More in common

Richard Angell  |  16 June 2017

Remembering Jo Cox, Labour’s post-election unity, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and #TipLondon – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The anniversary of Jo Cox’s brutal murder brings mixed emotions. For all of us that knew Jo there is the obvious loss and sense of pain. Each of us who did …

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Downing Street squatter

Richard Angell  |  13 June 2017

Theresa May has unified not just the Labour party, but the whole country, writes Progress director Richard Angell Stunned that Labour gained 30 seats and the Tories have lost a majority, the Labour family is applauding its leader for a better-than-expected personal performance, 40 per cent of the vote and the first net gain in …

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