Posts under ‘Local Government’

NEC elections: nominations show a shift to the left

by Jon Lansman.

The close of nominations for candidates for election to Labour’s national executive revealed that the Left has improved its position compared with two years ago, although fewer nominations were received – 1377 altogether from 288 constituency parties (CLPs) compared with 2105 from 431 CLPs in 2012.  Overall, candidates backed by the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) again […]

Whoever wins in Tower Hamlets, it’s time for Labour to heal the rift

by Jon Lansman.

Until today, I have avoided writing about the hard-fought election in Tower Hamlets in which Labour’s John Biggs, who I backed to be Labour’s candidate in this election, hoped to unseat as Mayor the incumbent, Lutfur Rahman, who I supported as Labour’s candidate four years ago. As a loyal Labour Party member who also wishes to […]

Rotherham election analysis: UKIP win the popular vote in Labour disaster No 1

by Jon Lansman.

The election result in Rotherham declared in the early hours of this morning was a disaster for Labour. UKIP  won 10 seats (+9) to Labour’s eleven, but UKIP won the popular vote with 46% compared with 43% Labour, 10% Conservative, and 6% other. It would take a further swing from Labour to UKIP of only 4.5% for it […]

Four oddities of Labour education policy

by David Pavett.

The Labour Party’s declared aim is to build a “one-nation society” with a “one-nation economy” and a “one-nation education system”. What would a “one-nation education system” look like? Clearly, there can be many different solution to such a complex problem but some general principles would need to apply in all cases. With this in mind […]

Labour still underperforms in selection of women and BAME council candidates

by Jon Lansman.

Figures reported to Labour’s national executive committee yesterday show that, whilst it may be doing better than other parties, it is still failing to ensure that its candidates for English local councils reflect their populations. With selections now having taken place in the vast majority of winnable seats, the proportion of women candidates is as […]

Wolverhampton Council cuts: What are the alternatives?

by John Millington.

Wolverhampton – the home of the once mighty Wolves football team and the former workshop of the world in manufacturing, has been dealt a crushing 21st century economic body blow. Council bosses revealed to their stunned workforce this month that 2000 of them will almost certainly be made redundant following the latest round of cuts to […]

Education for a One Nation Society

by David Pavett.

Labour’s recently issued One Nation Society document is as a clear an indication as one can find about the policies which will be in the election manifesto for 2015. It is a 60-page document of which 8 pages are given to education. In the second paragraph we read “One Nation Labour will put raising the […]

Labour councils must offer more than cliques and cuts

by Thomas Butler.

There was once a great, enchanting, romantic dream of local government. And that’s a dream idealists are prompted to look back to when the reality becomes far too overwhelming. In 2014, that reality is staring at us full force in the face. The present model of local government has run its course. The town halls […]

Boris Johnson: by their outbursts shall ye know them

by Michael Meacher.

The boisterous pantomime that is Boris Johnson may well have taken a step too far in his irrepressible flair for self-publicity. To observe that “as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2% have an IQ above 130″ in order to justify ‘shaking the pack harder so it will […]

Mayoral candidates: a manifesto for London’s women?

by Christine Quigley.

One of the most interesting fringes at Labour conference was a Demos fringe on London after Boris. Given the speaker list (Andrew Adonis, Tessa Jowell, Sadiq Khan and David Lammy), I was fully expecting it to be the first hustings for London’s Labour Mayoral candidate in 2016. And given the large numbers queuing to enter […]

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