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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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Building a Labour alternative

Renie Anjeh  |  27 March 2017

Chuka Umunna’s ‘The Labour alternative’ essay sets out broadly the right direction for Labour, but there are several glaring omissions, writes Renie Anjeh It is a great shame that Chuka Ummuna is no longer a member of the shadow cabinet. The telegenic and talented member of parliament for Streatham was a rare voice of sanity during …

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The centre ground attitude

James Wood  |  27 March 2017

For as long as Labour considers centrism to be ‘boring, managerial politics’, the public will continue not to listen to it – and they will be right not to, argues James Wood It is a truth universally acknowledged that any political party seeking to be elected must wish to find the centre ground. Though many in …

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Refounding New Labour

John Woodcock MP  |  6 March 2017

Ten years have been wasted but New Labour’s instincts and approach remain relevant The iron curtain fell, Thatcherism was defeated, our schools and hospitals were rebuilt, equalities were enshrined in law and communities became ever more tolerant. My political generation grew up assuming that progress at home and across the world was inevitable. Shocks and …

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Our Rorschach test

The Progressive  |  2 March 2017

Emmanuel Macron stands the best chance of beating Marine Le Pen but offers no hope for Labour’s modernisers Twenty years ago, the centre was radical, popular – even, at times, exciting. The Third Way was ascendant. Wim Kok, Gerhard Schroder, and Lionel Jospin were in power. When Bill Clinton sat down in 1997 to dine with Tony Blair at …

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Excuses, excuses

Conor Pope  |  27 February 2017

Progress deputy editor Conor Pope takes a look at some of the most egregious excuses for Labour’s performance in Copeland and Stoke The byelection results in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central should not set alarm bells ringing for the Labour party. The alarm has long since been silenced; ignored until the flames it warned against melted it …

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The Last Word: Byelection disasters

Richard Angell  |  24 February 2017

Corbyn’s project claims another victim, Macron’s clarion call and Daily Mail hypocrisy – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Congratulations to Gareth Snell on holding Stoke-on-Trent Central for Labour. Commiserations to Gill Troughton who ran a brilliant campaign in Copeland. They both did us proud and Labour activists from all wings of the …

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