Posts under ‘Labour’

A left approach to Brexit

by Peter Rowlands.

Paul Mason and Chuka Umunna would normally be expected to come up with radically different proposals with regard to Labour’s policies, yet they are putting forward more or less the same solutions to the most pressing problem underlying Brexit, that of Free Movement of Labour (FML), Mason in an article in the New Statesman, Umunna in […]

What can we learn from the by-elections in Witney and Batley and Spen?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Is the new normal the same as the old normal? As previously argued, the 2012 Corby by-election called so former Tory MP Louise Mensch could spend more time trolling 17 year olds on Twitter was the last political contest in England and Wales where UKIP wasn’t a factor. For every parliamentary by-election after, they were. They […]

NEC did not agree “rule package” before it was put to Conference

by Newsdesk.

The Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) did not agree a rules “package” for conference as was previously believed, as sources from the NEC claim that no decision was taken to submit the NEC’s rule changes as a single item. Sources claim that at the nine-hour NEC meeting before conference, a range of rule changes […]

We’re all socialists now. But what does it mean?

by David Pavett.

After a year of left leadership the word “socialist” is in vogue again. Not so long ago even the word “equality” had become suspect. Few now would be “intensely relaxed” about people getting “filthy rich so long as they pay their taxes” (Peter Mandelson, 1998). Nearly everyone agrees that massive inequality reveals a deep social fault […]

Jeremy Corbyn delivers another strong performance at PMQs

by Newsdesk.

Following on from his grilling of Theresa May on grammar schools, Jeremy Corbyn won a further round of plaudits for his performance yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions. Corbyn’s opening salvo against Amber Rudd’s policy to “name and shame” workers received a flat denial from May, who claimed that public lists of which companies hire large amounts of […]

Labour forces U-turn on Brexit debate as it sets government 170 questions on the terms of leaving the EU

by Newsdesk.

Labour piled the pressure on the Tories over Brexit yesterday, winning the right to debate Article 50 from Theresa May while also submitting 170 questions to her government on leaving the EU. This represents a significant climbdown from the government’s previous position that there would be “no running commentary” on negotiations. May accepted Labour’s case for a parliamentary debate […]

The Return of Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

You can’t keep a good man down. Or, depending on preferences, a bad stench always lingers. Yes, Saint Tony has pre-announced a possible comeback. Caught between the rock of ruinous Toryism and the hardplace “ultra-leftism” of the Labour Party, His Blairness has identified a yawning gap where the centre ground should be. We’ve been here many times before, including quite recently. […]

Hard on the ‘Progressive Alliance’, hard on the causes of the ‘Progressive Alliance’

by Ewan Gibbs and Laura Dover.

In recent months the question of whether Labour ought to consider a “progressive alliance” with other anti-Tory parties has become a major talking point on the left. Clive Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has come out in favour of the position as has influential pro-Corbyn journalist Paul Mason. The […]

Understanding Jeremy Corbyn’s Reshuffle

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Groundhog Day. Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but hasn’t Labour just gone through a ruinous and utterly unnecessary leadership contest that saw the party leader reconfirmed in his position? Please tell me the spectacle of sundry MPs appearing on Sunday politics television playing the unity card and positioning themselves as the paragons of such wasn’t […]

Corbyn sets out opposition to immigration controls

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn has made further comments in support of immigration, in particular support for refugees, contrasting those in the party who want to end freedom of movement after Brexit. 

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