Articles tagged with Labour Party
by Amber Elliott / 11 Jun 2012 15:04
General secretary of the GMB Paul Kenny this morning announced that a resolution will be delivered to the Labour Party seeking to “outlaw Progress as part of the Labour Party".
To be clear: the trade union did not pass a motion to outlaw Progress, but it appears that a resolution at this summer’s party conference in Manchester will seek to do that.
by Emma Burnell / 29 May 2012 13:22
The Labour Party has – except for a few stragglers – largely got over the battles around the leadership. The result that was announced in the autumn of 2010 has finally been accepted in the spring of 2012 as Ed has had a good year and capitalised well on the government having a worse one.
This is probably a relief to all sides (again except for a tiny handful of stragglers). Not because
by Chris Bruni-Lowe / 29 May 2012 10:45
This post is part of a series of diaries from Chris Bruni-Lowe, co-founder and campaign director at the People's Pledge campaign. You can read others in the series here
It’s been a hectic first week. We now have a local office set up, have printed our first leaflet and are preparing canvassing data for our first official week of door-knocking. After two months of pounding the pavement in Thurrock with the bitterly
by Amber Elliott / 14 May 2012 15:49
It's not going to be a major reshuffle, more of a mini shuffle on the Labour frontbench, but some potential movements are worth examining.
The hot chat in town is what will happen to Liam Byrne. MPs are divided over whether he will keep his work and pensions brief, but consensus is growing that he may lose ownership of the policy review.
Some Labour backbenchers fear that his line on welfare is
by Caroline Crampton / 04 May 2012 10:24
There can be no doubt about it - last night was Labour's night. So far, Miliband's party has held onto the 28 councils they already controlled and taken a further 28. At the time of writing, with 99 of 181 councils declared, they have an additional 469 councillors to their ranks. The Conservatives have lost 277 seats so far, and to add to their woes, Nottingham, Manchester, Bradford and Coventry have voted against having
by Emma Burnell / 01 May 2012 13:25
Ok, let’s start with the obvious: Siobhan Benita is not going to be Mayor of London. Everyone knows this, including Benita herself. Whatever she does next (and my money is on a lucrative career as a pundit) it won’t be the difficult grind of being the Mayor of one of the largest and most complicated cities in the world.
The response to Benita’s candidature has been astonishing though. According to Mary Ann
by Caroline Crampton / 30 Apr 2012 12:09
The chemistry between Ed Miliband and Ed Balls at their joint Q &A today was the strongest I’ve seen it in a long time – they were slapping each other on the back, finishing the other’s sentences, making jokes together – a veritable bromance. They had ostensibly set up the event to talk about falling living standards and the news that the UK is now in a double-dip recession, although usual form with these
by David Torrance / 17 Apr 2012 13:21
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Glasgow to the Labour Party. Since the (arguably mythical) days of 'Red Clydeside', the city has almost formed part of the Labour movement’s central nervous system. Scottish Labour’s HQ is in Scotland’s largest city, while for decades majorities – in local authority, Scottish Parliament and Westminster elections – have been taken for granted.
At least, that is, until recently. From a Labour vantage
by Max Burman / 11 Apr 2012 14:13
Eric Pickles has today declared England's new enterprise zones operational. But, a year after the Chancellor unveiled the plans, it remains unclear what impact they have had.
On the surface there seems little to argue with. Tax breaks, reduced planning restrictions and ‘superfast’ broadband aren’t exactly dramatically contentious issues. Indeed, local councils have spent the last year queuing up to get in on the regeneration the policy promises.
At a national level,
by Emma Burnell / 10 Apr 2012 15:49
It was 20 years yesterday since the Tories managed to win an election in the UK. Even against a battered and weary Labour overnment, whose leader had become so unpopular and whose time was clearly up, they failed to secure a victory in 2010. But despite this, the shadow of the 1992 election hangs far heavier over both Labour and the Conservatives.
The devastatingly unexpected loss crippled Labour in ways we are still
by Amber Elliott / 02 Apr 2012 10:49
The Daily Mail has a golden nugget of a story today. Jon Trickett, shadow Cabinet Office minister and "personal friend" to Ed Miliband, has described rising unemployment and inflation as "an orgasmic wet dream" for the left.
At a Leeds Civic Hall meeting, Trickett said: "We’re living through amazing times. For anyone who’s on the left – perhaps with some Marxist training, perhaps not – it’s like an orgasmic wet dream.
by Emma Burnell / 31 Mar 2012 12:16
"...well this just confirms what I've been saying all along."
Barely was the shocking result out of the mouth of the Bradford West returning officer, than the pundits were rushing to tell us what it all meant and how it confirmed what they had been saying all along (despite none of them predicting this result at all). Saying about what? About Miliband, about Iraq, about the core vote, about policy on