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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…

Labour has a leader that all progressives can get behind

By Ollie Middleton | April 24, 2020

Labour members have handed Keir Starmer a significant mandate to take the party forward, following a difficult five years in which Labour lost two elections and moved backwards in every possible sense. This support will prove essential as he takes tough decisions to reshape and reform the party, turning it back into an election-winning force.…

Constructive criticism is the right approach to the coronavirus crisis

By Christabel Cooper | April 23, 2020

To judge by social media, the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has been self-evidently disastrous. But it has never been truer that “Twitter is not Britain”. The Tories stand at over 50% in the polls— according to an opinion poll last weekend, 57% approve of the government’s response. Even amongst Labour supporters, there is…

Labour’s lockdown response

By Martin Edobor | April 22, 2020

Now in the fourth week of the United Kingdom’s lockdown, many of us remain apprehensive about the future. There is a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), the UK remains far behind testing targets and the high mortality rate, that we have become solemnly accustomed to, persists. The news that Royal Air Force planes were…

Older people, not ‘the elderly’

By Val Stevens | April 20, 2020

Where should I start? At the end perhaps, with the recent statements in the news that older people self isolating will not only be at the end of the queue for ventilators, but excluded from them altogether. Sign your do not resuscitate form here. Yes, I know there are often sound medical reasons why CPR…

Why we must resist the hard left’s ‘stab in the back’ narrative over antisemitism

By David Hirsh | April 16, 2020

The recently leaked, 860-page Corbynite report into the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism aspires to be the founding myth of the left as it re-groups. It is a classic ‘stab in the back myth’. It claims that the reason the Corbyn movement didn’t win in 2017 was because it was betrayed by its enemies within…