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Why our Labour values must be at the heart of the new political order that will emerge from this adversity

By Progress | March 30, 2020

Florence Eshalomi MP Last Thursday, as we paid tribute to our wonderful national health service and applauded our carers, we stood as a nation of individuals, physically apart, each of us on our doorstep, on our balcony, or at our window. I allowed my five-year-old and two-year-old to stay up later to take part –…

In order to win, Labour needs a popular leader with a purpose

By Progress | January 24, 2020

Chris Curtis Labour seems to be getting into the habit of losing elections, and it is hard to underestimate how devastating December’s result was for the party after nine years in opposition. But rather than dwelling on the past, the party now needs to turn to the future and think about how it can rebuild…

Why it’s time for Labour to take local government seriously

By Progress | January 24, 2020

Joanne Harding This past year, my membership of the Labour party has been hanging by a thread due to the abhorrent stain of antisemitism.  Yet, it is still unfathomable to me that Labour, once the greatest force for good, is now in a position where it faces the threat of never winning power again. While…

Labour has a chance to de-escalate the culture wars – or face the consequences

By Progress | January 17, 2020

David Swift Any hopes that Labour’s election defeat on 12 December would lead to a period of quiet reflection on behalf of the most prominent press and social media advocates of Corbynism proved short lived. Although all the evidence – from exit polls to anecdotes from the doorsteps and focus groups – indicates that our…

Brexit will shape our politics in the 2020s – we need to own the challenges ahead

By Progress | January 14, 2020

Jane Thomas Despite Boris Johnson’s claim that a vote for him last December would ‘get Brexit done’, the reality is that Brexit is anything but done. The truth is that Brexit – the idea, the process, the new state of being – is only just beginning and will define our politics for years to come. …

How do we stop the ‘Long Road Back to Power’ becoming Groundhog Day?

By Progress | January 7, 2020

Chris Clarke If Labour learns the lessons of 12 December 2019 (this is a big ‘if’), then the party is about to begin a familiar trek. Labour’s ‘moderates’ are already looking at the electoral mountain ahead and preparing to embark on the ‘Long Road Back to Power’ (we’ll call this, for speed, the LRBTP). Sadly,…