Labour to Win


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Labour has elected a new leader, Keir Starmer. He has our 100 per cent support. His election is a historic turning point in Labour’s fortunes: the opportunity, step by step, to bring about the radical changes necessary to rebuild the party as a credible and successful party of government. 

In response to Keir’s call for unity, Progress and Labour First are today announcing the creation of Labour to Win, a new umbrella organisation that has as its aim to bring together the various groups within the Labour party that share our conviction that the party has now to change – and change radically if we are to regain our ability to win elections and attain power so we can build a fairer society. 

The past four and a half years have been a miserable experience for many of us who have committed their lives to the advance of democratic socialism and social democracy. Many long-standing members and supporters fell away as they could no longer stomach the factionalism brought by the hard-left, the abusive – sometimes vicious – behaviour, antisemitism, and denigration of Labour’s past achievements that have poisoned the party and made it unelectable in the country. 

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Labour must provide compelling and effective leadership, working across the breadth of the Labour movement, within our local communities and across the political divide. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Keir in our commitment to work with government – at all levels, of all political persuasions, and in all parts of the country – to beat this and protect our fellow citizens.

Despite the bleak context of a global public health emergency, there is fresh hope that Labour can play the role it is supposed to. We greet Keir’s election with a huge sense of relief that what has been a lost decade in our party’s history is coming to an end. We must now all focus on ensuring Labour is once again seen as a party of government.

We now need to help him seize the initiative and shape British politics for the decade ahead. We failed to renew ourselves sufficiently in opposition after 2010, allowing the coalition government to pursue increasingly extreme austerity policies untrammelled and unchecked. We cannot repeat this mistake in 2020. We are committed to working with everyone of good will – inside the party and beyond – who believes that a new future is possible for the party and, crucially, for the country. 

Our aims are simple: 

  • To rally support within the party for its new leadership and support them in the mammoth effort now required to bring about fundamental change in the party’s culture and organisation so as to defeat this populist and nationalist Tory government at the next general election;
  • To provide our supporters with the information, arguments and organisational support they need to win internal party debates;
  • To create a forum for the debate and dissemination of new ideas and policies essential to demonstrate that the party has a new popular and winning policy platform to offer the country;
  • To build networks for a new and diverse generation of activists, councillors and parliamentary candidates to gain experience and learn from each other; and
  • To provide a space in which old members, new members, rejoiners and those let down by Jeremy Corbyn can find support and encouragement. 

Nathan Yeowell, director, Progress –

Luke Akehurst, secretary, Labour First –


  1. Peter Mandelson on April 5, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Great news

  2. James Beckles on April 5, 2020 at 10:41 am

    A much needed initiative to move our party and membership forward to together. It’s time we focus on the real issues our country face and that’s this Conservative government, making our party electable again and ensuring we speak to and for the many.

  3. David Webster on April 5, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    The party awakes! Hallelujah. Where do I sign?

  4. Robert Frost on April 20, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Is there any further updates on the progress of setting up Labour to Win?

    Really want to see and support a return of Labour a party of governance mentality. Since 2015, I’ve admittedly had next to no energy or time for campaigning for the Labour Party, which deeply saddened me.

    When discussing politics with fellow CLP members was confronted with Mao sympathisers and arguments that China is a model to look (south east coast).

    I joined the party in the late 2000s seeing that how well the Labour party was a true party of governance as I grew up. How we lost our way and then fell into total disarray by 2016 was shocking.

    I am someone who wants to fight for Labour, but feel very shut out, shut out for having a view that 1994-2007 Labour did have a good idea and grasp of electoral success and governance.

    • Progress on June 9, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Robert – thanks for the question, and sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You should see something over the next two weeks. Nathan.

  5. Bernard Naish on June 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    This is great news – been going since April and I have only just heard of it and of Progress. More advertising on Face Groups might help spread the news.

    The last ten years have been disastrous – a daily trial by tory torture. Then the devastation of the 2019 GE annihilation and the months of grieving. Then a short period of saying why? Intense critical inspection of our Manifesto followed by a close examination of the many studies that all showed very much the same factors. Then a look at our organisation and structures and finally reaching some conclusions. First that our leader was unelectable; second that our Brexit position was a shambles from the day the referendum poll was announced; thirdly that our Policies were widely accepted by the electorate and lastly that our democratic system is too cumbersome, stretched out too long and left members feeling unheard. That all made it too much for members who felt unheard and our electorate who felt neglected.

    The first problem has been resolved and we now have a highly intelligent and competent new leader so I will say no more than that. We have left the EU so the second has also gone and we know that Johnson has no intention of reaching a trade agreement with the EU. That leaves our Policies and had they all been put in place then Britain would be in a very similar position to the social democratic Nordic Nations and more and more EU countries. These have the happiest, most content people with declining income and class differences, falling corruption and much economic and social stability. I conclude that we should stick with these policies although they could not all be put in place in five years – more like fifteen – so they need to be set into a prioritised programme and never have extra policies thrown in at the last minute without being fully costed.

    Last and of critical importance is our organisation and structure that is much as it was in the 1950s. Then we set about increasing our membership and built it up to a million members – now we have a mere half a millions when we should have more like one and a half million. That has meant we have not maintained the work with our electorate at the grass roots. Exeter CLP is an exception as they have turned a safe tory seat into a safe Labour seat and their methods can be repeated across Britain. The use of the internet allows us to greatly improve our communications and shorten the internal democratic procedures.

    We might just be able to have a Labour Government with a small overall majority if we get on with it now or as soon as C-19 allows.

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