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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, 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.



Axing the ILF will be ‘Catastrophic’ for Disabled People

Mar 7th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The government’s decision to axe the Independent Living Fund will have ‘catastrophic’ consequences for disabled people, according to the Unite union.



Rally Against Racism

Mar 7th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Unite and the TUC are organising a march and rally in London to mark the United Nation’s Anti-racism Day on Saturday 22 March.



WWI: ‘Workers, Stand for Peace’

Feb 28th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

On 31 July 1914 the ILP’s Keir Hardie and Arthur Henderson signed an ‘Appeal to the British Working Class’ on behalf of the British section of the International Socialist Bureau, which called for them to ‘act promptly and vigorously in the interests of peace’.

‘There is no time to lose,’ they said. ‘Men and women of Britain, you have now an unexampled opportunity of showing your power, rendering a magnificent service to humanity and to the world. Proclaim that for you the days of plunder and butchery have gone by. Send messages of peace and fraternity to your fellows who have less liberty than you.’