Tony Blair

Vote Labour – and do it proudly

Louis Rynsard  |  17 May 2017

Britain needs as many Labour MPs as possible to survive the election if Britain is to remain a liberal, open and tolerant country, writes Louis Rynard Every moderate, every ‘Clause one socialist’, anyone in the Labour party who thinks we exist to get inside Downing Street rather than shout at its gates, can attest to how …

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Preventing populism

Ben Dilks  |  3 May 2017

Another day, another thinktank. Tony Blair has announced he is to launch the Institute for Global Change. The project will bring together his existing initiatives under one roof, including work on African governance, fighting religious extremism, and Middle East policy. But piquing the most interest is a new dedicated unit for ‘renewing the centre’. The 25-strong team’s specific remit …

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The Last Word: Be counted

Richard Angell  |  21 April 2017

Join the Progress team this weekend out on the #labourdoorstep in the West Midlands, Hove, Wirral and across London – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word This is going to be one of the strangest general elections ever. We all know how 2015 went when Labour started the campaign ahead in the …

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Stand for something

Conor Pope  |  21 April 2017

If Tony Blair and Gordon Brown could stand on the ‘longest suicide note in history’ in 1983 – you can stand for Labour now, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope The 1983 intake saw three future Labour leaders take their seats in parliament for the first time, including two future prime ministers. For all we talk …

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What has changed?

Stella Creasy MP  |  20 April 2017

How do the policy challenges of 1997 compare with the ones we face today, asks Stella Creasy Tony Blair did not send a single email in office. The 1997 manifesto pledged to get rid of outside toilets in schools, such was the condition of our public services. Back then people went into shops to book …

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Limehouse – A review

Matthew Doyle  |  7 April 2017

Matthew Doyle is (mostly) impressed by Steve Waters’ compelling drama Politics and theatre have long fed off one another and the attempt to ‘break the mould’ of Britain’s two dominant parties has been turned into a rewarding tale at the Donmar Warehouse by Steve Waters. Inevtiably the parallels with today will be the focus, but …

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Where did it all go right?

Peter Mandelson and Spencer Livermore  |  6 April 2017

Peter Mandelson and Spencer Livermore exchange reflections on 20 years of running Labour’s election campaigns Dear Spencer, The Labour party still (just about) retains a lot of institutional memory about how we have fought elections since 1997. We had a good run until 2010 and it is worth recalling why this was so. 1997 was …

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Celebrating success

Editorial  |  4 April 2017

There is no going back to New Labour, only going forward with its ‘attitude of mind’ The Labour party finds success a challenge. It is much more au fait with failure – it expects it. The Conservative party ran Britain for 57 years of the last century. This century started with an attempt to change those numbers. However, …

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‘We’ve got to make
 them fear us’

Ruth Smeeth MP and Wes Streeting MP  |  3 April 2017

Labour only ever wins when it is at the cutting edge of modernity, Tony Blair tells Ruth Smeeth and Wes Streeting   Neither of us voted in the 1997 general election; we remember it well enough, as teenagers, but were not old enough to cast a ballot. This takes Tony Blair, who we have met to …

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Labour is a national party or it is nothing

Peter Mandelson  |  3 April 2017

Full text of the opening speech of the second day of Progress political weekend 2017, given by Peter Mandelson: Our situation is bad, not for the first time and not yet terminal. Labour’s whole history is one of set backs and resets, the first couple of which didn’t wait long after our first taste of …

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