Articles tagged with Labour Party
by Sadie Smith / 02 Oct 2011 13:09
There are few things I feel more strongly about than young people in politics, and seeing Master Rory Weal on the stage at Labour Party conference this week confirmed to me something I’ve always held to be self-evident: they really shouldn’t be.
God knows, the Labour Party is obsessed with all things youthful, whether it’s our leaders or the interminably cyclical debates about votes at sixteen. And I didn’t think young Rory did
by Holly Smith / 27 Sep 2011 11:44
Another party conference, another leader’s speech; this afternoon Ed Miliband will make his keynote speech at Labour Party conference. Here’s an early indication of what he’s expected to say.
• Target irresponsible businesses and neighbours
• Criticise asset strippers, such as Southern Cross
• Applaud wealth creators, who contribute to the economy through training and job creation
• Call for businesses
by Lewis Baston / 19 Sep 2011 09:48
The May 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) was a humiliating defeat for electoral reform. By a majority of 68 per cent to 32 per cent, the electorate voted No. Autumn 2011 may therefore seem an unlikely moment to be optimistic about the future prospects of changing the electoral system, but I believe the prospects are bright, provided some hard lessons are learned from what happened in 2010-11.
by Holly Smith / 13 Sep 2011 11:32
‘Strikes are always a consequence of failure’ said Ed Miliband this morning as he carried on his crusade to distance himself from Trade Unions.
The Labour leader is painfully aware that he was elected to the position of Labour leader on the back of the union vote. Above all, he wants to avoid the nickname ‘Red Ed’. In June Miliband refused to back Union strike action in the now infamous BBC interview
by Gareth Thomas MP / 09 Sep 2011 14:20
The Co-operative Party truly has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Our membership is increasing and at its highest for twenty years. Our parliamentary group of 29 Labour & Co-operative MPs and 15 peers is the largest it has ever been, with three in the shadow cabinet including Ed Balls as shadow chancellor, and Co-operative politicians hold cabinet positions in the Welsh government, as deputy leader of Scottish Labour and as key
by Sadie Smith / 02 Sep 2011 10:51
An honest writer always admits their prejudices, and in the interests of full disclosure I do so here. From the moment I took delivery of the A Very British Coup, I am afraid I was eyeing the DVD with suspicion. As a rule of thumb, I tend to find that any film or series whose blurb talks extensively about the dread hand of the CIA and the unseen evil “Establishment” bringing down a plucky,
by Fern Tomlinson / 22 Aug 2011 15:51
Comedian Matt Forde not only managed to get away with asking Tony Blair where the toilet was in Downing Street, he landed an invitation to Blair’s private resignation speech after doing so. Forde worked for the Labour Party in the East Midlands and is a self-confessed “huge Blairite” with an infectious love of all things political. He has “no shame in admitting that when the East Midlands Labour Party offered me a job it
by Nik Darlington / 10 Aug 2011 13:59
“Ladies and gentlemen, the reading rooms will be closing at five o’ clock today. Please begin to return all borrowed items to the issue desk. Thank you.”
The British Library was not the only place shutting up early for the evening. The London Eye also closed ahead of schedule, to allow staff to get home. A friend in the City, returning to their home in Brixton after 7.00pm, described London as a “ghost
by Amber Elliott / 21 Jul 2011 11:35
This is the full transcript of Amber's interview with Ronnie Campbell on 26 May 2011 for the 'What's left of the Labour left?' article
Where do you put yourself in the Labour spectrum?
A lot of people don't like the Left/Right definition.
I am proudly left. Always have been. When I started politics, I wasn't left I must admit that. But I think being in the miners' union
by Tom Harris / 05 Jul 2011 16:29
Today, the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) will vote on Ed Miliband’s proposal to scrap elections to the shadow cabinet. Alas, I will not be present – I’ll be taking part in a Transport Select Committee trip to Europe to look at their experience of high speed rail – but I will vote by proxy. And yes, of course I will support Ed’s plan.
Last autumn, as I made my ultimately fruitless attempt to
by Dr Éoin Clarke / 29 Jun 2011 11:56
Dear Ed Miliband,
At GEER, we are very aware of the dangers of Thursday’s strike, Osborne and co. must be rubbing their hands in glee at this new opportunity to frame the country’s economic ills at the feet of the trade unions…. And we have posted to that effect. It is also true that the so-called ‘free’ press will overwhelmingly promote the coalition case. There is even a grain of truth in
by Peter Hain / 22 Jun 2011 11:33
When I first started working on Refounding Labour in November of last year, we made clear that if reform of the Labour Party was to be successful and meaningful, there could be no sacred cows, no area or idea that we couldn’t critique or explore.
The extent of Labour’s defeat in 2010 meant that nothing less than a root and branch review of the party’s structures would help it to re-engage with the