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‘A strong team of five million’ – New Zealand’s response to COVID-19

By Campbell Barry | July 16, 2020

As I write this, New Zealand has three active cases of COVID-19 and gone 69 days without community transmission.  A month ago, our Director General of Health, the Government’s chief health advisor, told us that had we adopted similar measures as other countries, we could have expected to have experienced 3500 deaths at that point,…

A turning point – or just another chapter? Why we must emancipate all our children from the never-ending fight for equality

By Gurinder Singh Josan | June 15, 2020

The last three weeks since the murder of George Floyd have seen a justified rage express itself amongst our communities. The Black Lives Matter movement has seen the black community, supported by others, out on our streets reaffirming that enough is enough and demanding change. But we’ve been here before. Many times. George Floyd being…

The legacy of subjugation corrupts American society – and shows us why we need to put our own house in order too

By Terry Paul & James Beckles | June 9, 2020

As night turns to day, another black man is killed by the police in the United States of America – and his death is ‘televised’. The response from the Minneapolis Democratic Mayor, Jacob Frey, to denounce the killing and sack the four policemen involved in the brutal death of George Floyd, was swift. But this…

Black lives matter. It’s in the name

By Mani Walcott | June 8, 2020

My name is Mani Walcott. I am a 24 year-old environmental engineer living in Maryland. I’ve written this blog in an attempt to convey to you, the supporters and members of Progress in the UK, why we need your support and your solidarity as we say enough is enough – Black lives matter. As a…

When it comes to black lives, it’s not just the thought that counts

By Kallan Marshall | June 3, 2020

I want to start with an admission, I did not watch the video. The one that went viral, that started what The Guardian is calling the ‘worst race riots since [the] 1960s’. Before you rush to judgement, I’d like to ask a question. When was the last time that you had to watch a video…

Labour’s job is to get elected, not be the guardian of a pure and holy socialist flame

By Hugo Collingridge | May 12, 2020

Hugo Collingridge tells us why he joined Progress – and why he spurned his youthful flirtation with the hard left. As any member can attest, the Labour party can certainly be an unharmonious place. Meetings can be fractious and unpleasant events. However, rebuilding the party might well require reaching out to people from different internal…

How Keir Starmer can forge a new chapter in Labour’s internationalist tradition

By Steve McCabe | May 11, 2020

Steve McCabe MP Keir Starmer’s election as Labour leader has already signalled progress in tackling the scourge of antisemitism and rebuilding our relationship with the Jewish community. The roots of the problem are deep as Keir has rightly suggested.The damage done to Labour’s once-close relationship with British Jews won’t be easy to repair. As the…

In the age of identity politics, Keir Starmer must learn from the mistakes of Scottish Labour.

By Progress | April 7, 2020

Daniel Johnson MSP There is a certain ‘reaction’ Scottish Labour Party members know all too well. It arises most frequently at UK Labour events when frontbenchers are asked about how their plans relate to Scotland. It starts with a pregnant pause. A furrowed brow. Then a slow, deep intake of breath. A furtive glance down…

Labour to Win

By Progress | April 4, 2020

Progress and Labour First are creating a new umbrella group. We’re calling it Labour to Win.

Progress submission to the Labour Together general election review

By Progress | April 2, 2020

Read the full election review submission here. Read Nathan and Joseph’s article on Labourlist: ‘Labour’s task of renewal goes beyond its next leader. And here’s the slide show version: The 2019 general election was a catastrophe. It was our 4th defeat on the hoof, losing 60 seats and giving Boris Johnson the Tories’ biggest majority…