Hardie’s ‘Sunshine of Socialism’ Speech

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

One hundred years ago this month, members of the ILP gathered in Bradford for its ‘Coming of Age’ 21st anniversary conference. In his address to delegates, KEIR HARDIE, the ILP’s guiding spirit and the Labour Party’s first leader, outlined how far the organisation had come since it was founded in the same city in 1893.

“The past 21 years have been years of continuous progress, but we are only at the beginning,” he said. Here we reproduce Hardie’s speech in full as an addendum to our series of historical profiles of ILPers published throughout 2013 to mark our 120th anniversary.

Unmasking Austerity, Finding Alternatives

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new book from Dexter Whitfield exposes how austerity policies in Europe and North America have fuelled the fire of recession rather than stimulated growth.

From Manchester to Madrid

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A collective of Manchester-based artists have organised a special evening of prose, song, poetry and exhibition to tell the story of the city’s unsung heroes and heroines who went to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

Can Labour Learn to Trust People?

Mar 26th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Left of centre think tanks Compass and Progress are joining forces at the end of April to host a discussion on Labour’s approach to public sector reform with Jon Cruddas, coordinator of the party’s policy review process.

Want to Escape Austerity? Move to Scotland

Mar 26th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The political mood is changing north of the border, says ERNIE JACQUES. A win for the Yes campaign could have profound consequence for the Labour Party in Scotland, and the rest of the UK.

Although polls on the Scottish referendum campaign show contradictory trends, and still indicate a victory for the Better Together campaign, Tuesday’s Scotsman (25 March 2014) is reporting increasing movement towards the Yes campaign and signs of alarm in the pro-union No camp.

Co-op Resource Centre Opens in Sheffield

Mar 25th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new information hub, library and resource centre for the Yorkshire co-operative movement opened its doors in Sheffield last month.

Tony Benn: The Left’s Flawed Figurehead

Mar 15th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The sad death of Tony Benn has prompted comments and reflections from across the political spectrum. JONATHAN TIMBERS argues that while he was a hero to many, he was also a disastrous leader of the British left whose naive optimism and socialist nostalgia contributed to its decline.

I am saddened by news of the death of Tony Benn. He played a significant role in the Labour Party from the 1950s to the 1980s and was an inspiration to many. Indeed, he continued to inspire people until his death.

A Tale of Two Speeches

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour leader Ed Miliband and the party’s policy review chief Jon Cruddas made separate but complementary speeches recently that merit thoughtful consideration, says BARRY WINTER.

Labour MP Calls for Greater Role for Co-ops

Mar 14th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Labour and Co-op Party MP Jim Dobbin this week called for community co-ops to be given a greater role on local enterprise partnerships and better understanding and support the business community.

Labour’s Policy Proposals Published

Mar 11th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The Labour Party has published its final set of policy documents for consultation and amendment by CLPs before they are adopted for its ‘One Nation manifesto’ next year.

Produced by its National Policy Forum (NPF) following Labour’s policy review process, the eight papers are available on the party’s Your Britain website, and represent its current thinking on the economy; work and business; living standards and quality of life; community, housing and local government; education; health; politics; and foreign policy.