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Schools will continue to protect the vulnerable even if the government won’t

By Tom Clements | October 28, 2020

Alec Shelbrooke didn’t vote to extend free school meals to children during school holidays because he was wary of “adding [an] additional administrative burden to schools”. Whilst it is always nice to hear concerns about teacher workload from a Member of Parliament, especially one that has consistently voted in favour of real term cuts to…

Labour must learn to speak the language of aspiration once again

By Progress | September 24, 2020

Ollie Middleton In 2015, when campaigning as a parliamentary candidate, I remember several conservations with voters who were concerned by Ed Miliband’s proposal to introduce a tax on ‘mansions.’ Despite living in homes that fell well short of the £2 million thresholds, meaning they stood to gain from the policy, the voters said the ‘mansion…

A British Basic Income: Developing a ‘New Labour’ version

By Steve Macey | September 8, 2020

The election of Sir Ed Davey as new Leader of the Liberal Democrats means the UK’s traditional centre party is likely to endorse a version of a universal basic income (UBI), given their new leader’s previous public support. Formal support of a UBI by the Liberal Democrats will help to further ‘mainstream’ the concept of…

The anatomy of a conspiracy theory, or why Keir Starmer was right

By Progress | June 29, 2020

By Peter Bradley It’s one thing to criticise a government, an organisation, a group on the evidence of their misdeeds. We ought to do so. It’s quite another to indict without evidence. No reputable justice system could convict on that basis.  But in the twilight zone of conspiracy theory, as in primitive religion, belief trumps evidence.…

Cerys Howell

Misogyny doesn’t just come from the hard left – facing up to Labour party sexism cannot be an obstacle to victory.

By Progress | June 22, 2020

By Cerys Howell When I recently told a male officer of my local Labour party that I was tired of being patronised by Labour men, three men came to his defence. One of them, a former Labour MP, told me I had picked ‘the wrong target.’ Another said that he’d never been to a Tory…

We cannot wait for schools to reopen in order to restart our education system

By Emily Wallace | June 16, 2020

I was politicised by my experience of inequality in the education system, by the stark differences between my friends’ private schools and mine. I went to school in London in the 1980s, in middle of the battle between Ken Livingstone and Margaret Thatcher as she abolished, first the GLC, then the Inner London Education Authority. …

The government’s mishandling of the lockdown easing is creating new resentments and divisions: The Brexit wounds are resurfacing

By Tom Wilkinson | June 1, 2020

The divisions of the Brexit battles have resurfaced during the Dominic Cummings coronavirus row. Brexit had largely disappeared from the public spotlight during the pandemic. Those divisions had been put on the backburner. By refusing to understand why the public are angry about Cumming’s actions and accepting such double standards, Boris Johnson has chosen to…

How to advance in an unwinnable area

By Martyn Sloman & Jasper Haywood | May 7, 2020

A fiftieth anniversary that falls on June 18th is unlikely to be a cause of celebration in North Norfolk. The General Election of 1970 saw the defeat of our last Labour MP, the former Agricultural Workers’ Union official Bert Hazell. He had followed a line that had stretched back to 1922; before the loss of…

It’s time for Labour to build a new political consensus with the British people

By Emily Wallace | May 6, 2020

What is becoming clear is that when this health crisis is finally over, the trail of economic destruction and social deprivation it leaves behind will continue to rip through our communities and impact lives for many years to come. Just as every published Covid -19 death is a visible tragedy, there are hundreds of thousands…

Early Years: Investing where it really matters

By Oliver Parsons | April 28, 2020

I rejoined the Labour Party on the 1st January this year as my New Year’s resolution, inspired by being able to vote for Keir Starmer and move on from five years of Corbyn. After leaving the party in frustration, when it turned its back on electability, I now feel hope again after a decade of…