working class

Selective memory

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2013

New rules will not bring more working-class candidates By Richard Angell —Last year’s conference saw Labour adopt a rule change which pledged it to ‘select more candidates who reflect the full diversity of our society … and to increase working-class representation’. In its first meeting of the new year, Labour’s organisation subcommittee of the National …

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Time to ditch the ‘c’ word?

Kirsty McNeill  |  31 October 2012

Confusing ‘working class’ with ‘trade unionist’ distracts us from the real ways we can attack class-based injustice, writes Kirsty McNeill I once had a boss who used to spend his nights in the underpasses of London helping rough sleepers. After several years doing one of the most dangerous charity jobs in Britain, he got promoted …

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A touch of class

Hopi Sen  |  29 October 2012

Britain may not have become a ‘classless society’ but most political parties have abandoned using broad social groups to develop campaign strategies, argues Hopi Sen Last week, a friend of mine got the bus to his allotment. Another friend decided to visit a museum before going to the shops for some organic vegetables. Can you …

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Winning the workers

Hazel Blears and Owen Jones  |  29 October 2012

What should Labour’s vision for working-class voters be?  Hazel Blears and Owen Jones enter into an exchange of views Dear Owen You and I both care passionately about making sure working-class families get a fair deal and a chance to get on in life, but that must mean looking forward to a brighter future instead …

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A class apart?

Peter Kellner  |  29 October 2012

New polling for Progress shows that working-class attitudes are not what some in the Labour party imagine them to be, writes Peter Kellner Has the time come to reassess the influence of social class on values and voting behaviour? Fifty years ago it was plainly what mattered most to voters when deciding which party to …

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The class issue

Progress  |  29 October 2012

November’s edition of Progress is a special issue devoted to the issue of class. We have exclusive polling by YouGov and a commentary by its president, Peter Kellner, showing that working-class attitudes are not what some in the Labour party imagine them to be. Progress contributing editor Hopi Sen argues that while Britain may not …

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New Year’s resolutions for Labour

Luke Akehurst  |  4 January 2012

If you haven’t already made any New Year’s resolutions, here are my suggestions for collective resolutions that the party, from top to bottom, should make: •    Don’t panic. We have turned into a bunch of neurotics who act like headless chickens whenever the polls move against us. If they move against us permanently, we need …

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A European identity

Josephine Channer  |  17 November 2011

As questions about our role in Europe come up again, it was no surprise that John Cruddas MP voted in favour of a referendum in line with the view of his constituents in Dagenham. We could ask whether or not the Labour party line is out of touch with the nation, but I think the …

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Book review: What next for Labour?

Dianne Hayter  |  4 October 2011

A more disparate group of authors than found in Blue or Purple books, this collection seeks to throw out an eclectic range of ‘lessons learnt’ plus thoughts for the future from activists and parliamentarians. The book’s weaknesses are: firstly, that Europe, the economy and internationalism get hardly a mention despite the ex-Tory contributor’s urgings;  secondly, …

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Brave new world

Graeme Cooke  |  31 August 2011

The defining sociological trends of today are very different from when Labour was last in opposition. The party needs to think boldly to address them, argues Graeme Cooke In the aftermath of the 1987 general election, Labour’s National Executive Committee commissioned a major postmortem into the party’s third consecutive defeat. Combining insights into voting behaviour, public …

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