Posts under ‘Labour’

Disband Momentum? Alan Johnson is as forgetful as he is hypocritical

by James Elliott.

Despite now being out of Parliament, Alan Johnson doesn’t seem to want to stay out of politics. This weekend he made a typically unastute intervention into Labour’s post-election debate, saying, “Momentum, by now, should have disbanded. Jeremy Corbyn by now is very safe”, and that, “I don’t see the point of a separate organisation which […]

General Election 2017: For the many, not the few

by Bryan Gould.

The British general election has produced an impressive list of casualties.  Theresa May may survive for the time being but her gamble on a snap election so as to increase her majority – and her authority, especially in the forthcoming Brexit talks – has spectacularly misfired.  Even with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party […]

Two key reasons for Corbyn’s stunning advance

by Tom O Leary.

This post first appeared on Socialist Economic Bulletin. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership the Labour Party has staged a stunning revival, prevented Theresa May achieving a landslide which she would have claimed as a mandate for ‘Hard Brexit’ and has caused a crisis of Tory government which will make it harder to make new cuts in […]

Labour MPs to table Queen’s speech amendment for votes at 16

by James Elliott.

Labour peers and MPs are planning to table a range of amendments to the Queen’s speech. Due to the government only having a majority of 13, a rebellion of 7 Tory or DUP MPs on a specific issue would give Labour a victory. The Queen’s Speech itself is expected to be “wafer thin”, as Andrew […]

The Conservatives have opened candidate selection early – Labour should too

by James Elliott.

The Conservative Party have opened candidate selection unusually early, it has been reported, in order to ensure that as many candidates are in place in the likely event of an early General Election either in the autumn or in 2018. On Wednesday CCHQ Head of Candidates Gareth Fox is said to have emailed previous candidates asking them […]

A nation divided

by Ewan Gibbs.

The June 2017 general election will be remembered as an occasion where the political map of the UK was dramatically and unexpectedly redrawn. This was the case no more than in Scotland where the outcome indicates the birth of a three-party system. The major headline was the SNP losing its hegemonic status, going from 56 […]

Reflections on the General Election in Scotland

by Dexter Govan.

After last nights results, pundits from across the political spectrum will today be racing to produce their analysis. In that vein, here’s mine: Scotland last night represented a victory of sorts for Labour. It was a vindication for the left of the party and in particular the Campaign for Socialism. The result means the decline […]

Labour and 21st century class politics

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s taken me almost a week to write about Labour’s result, that’s how shocked I was. Just as that exit poll plunged millions of Labour supporters into gloomy depression in 2015, the one from last Thursday was an occasion of such jubilation that it will live on in the party’s collective memory forever. I know […]

What has Yvette Cooper ever done to deserve Diane Abbott’s job?

by Huda Elmi.

In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s triumph, Yvette Cooper is said to be eyeing up the position of Shadow Home Secretary in the upcoming reshuffle. This comes after resigning from the Shadow Cabinet almost two years ago, as a rebellious sign of discontent with Corbyn’s leadership. In 2016, Diane Abbott was appointed to serve in that role […]

Labour has a six-point lead against a weak minority government propped up by extremists – we just need another election 

by James Elliott.

The first poll after the General Election has put Labour ahead by six points, while Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were tied on ‘who would make the best prime minister’. Survation, who along with YouGov were one of the closest pollsters to predicting the result, had Labour on 45% (+5), Conservatives on 39% (-3), Lib Dems […]

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