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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…

The old politics is over – my priorities for the new Labour leadership

By Progress | March 31, 2020

Peter Hain If the Coronavirus crisis teaches us anything, it is that the old politics is over. Our Get Brexit Done government spraying money in every direction, state intervention in myriad unimaginable ways, a belated, blinking recognition that untrammelled global capitalism leaves billions of ordinary, hard-working people one shove away from poverty.   And this tragedy,…

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…