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The Origins of Jeremy Corbyn

Sep 7th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is only the latest in a long line of left-wing ‘corrections’ to a rightward drift in the Labour Party, which date from before it was even founded, argues GRAHAM TAYLOR.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, was unexpected, but not unprecedented. The party has customarily been divided into a right wing (close to Liberals and Conservatives), a left wing (close to Marxists but not Marxist) and a reformist or social democratic core, and since its beginnings there have been drifts to the right interrupted by sudden left-wing corrections.



Ada Salter Honoured in her Home Town

Sep 5th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

Until recently, pioneering ILPer Ada Salter was little known in her home town of Raunds. GRAHAM TAYLOR reports on the first event ever to celebrate her legacy in the Northamptonshire town.



Don’t abolish the National Policy Forum – transform it

Aug 16th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s National Policy Forum may be flawed, but it needs to be reformed, not abolished, argues HUGO RADICE.



Accessing the ILP Archives

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The ILP archives at the London School of Economics is regarded as a “key heritage collection” by the library’s politics curator, DANIEL PAYNE. It contains a huge variety of fascinating material dating from the organisation’s birth 125 years ago, and covering much of its rich history as a significant force in shaping the outlook and development of the Labour movement. Here, Payne provides an overview of what’s available and explains how to search and access the archives.

At the LSE Library we consider the ILP archives one of our key heritage collections. It is highly significant and over the past 10 years has been consulted more than 2,200 times…



Transforming Labour’s National Policy Forum

Jun 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour policy-making needs to be more open and democratic, argues HUGO RADICE. And party members need to be fully involved. Could an online College of Labour provide the answer?



Between the Wars

Mar 13th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The period between the two world wars was one of the most turbulent in political history. The events of that time had a profound impact on the ILP and the development of British left-wing politics, as Ian Bullock describes in his important new book, Under Siege, reviewed here by HARRY BARNES.

After setting the scene in a brief and useful introduction, Ian Bullock takes us straight into his topic – the role and activities of the ILP between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the start of the Second World War in 1939. He covers an action-packed and complex period falling between these massive military conflicts, which profoundly affected the party political scene and had a major impact on the activities of the ILP.



Striking for a Higher Purpose

Mar 8th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The lecturers’ strike, affecting more than 60 Universities and more than one million students, has thrown up new challenges to an increasingly dysfunctional university system. HAZEL HEAD reports.

As the lecturers’ strike by the University and College Union enters its third week, pressure is mounting on the well-heeled leaders of higher education to give ground. The strikers are opposing proposed changes to the long-established pension scheme which will transfer risk from employers to employees.



Ways Forward Through Co-operative Solidarity

Feb 19th, 2018 | By David Connolly | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DAVID CONNOLLY reports from last week’s Co-operative Solidarity conference in Manchester.

“Co-ops are at the heart of Labour’s economic programme.” That was the key message from Shadow Business Minister Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Co-operative Solidarity conference. Drawing attention to the ‘right to own’ commitment in Labour’s election manifesto last year, she said that a Labour government would give workers a legal right to buy their own company if it was put up for sale by existing owners.



For the Many: Is Labour Prepared for Power?

Feb 12th, 2018 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER reviews a new volume of essays that analyse and criticise Labour’s much-heralded 2017 election manifesto, concluding that much more now needs to be done.

With a Preface by Ken Loach, an Afterword from Jon Lansman, and a dozen lively and informative essays evaluating Labour’s 2017 General Election Manifesto, For the Many does an impressive job.



Labour and the Corbyn Effect

Feb 3rd, 2018 | By David Connolly | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DAVID CONNOLLY reviews a recent collection of essays that examine Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and seek to map out a possible future for the Party.

I recently overheard a conversation in a café in Chester-le-Street that illustrated an on-going problem – namely that despite the many and varied travails of the May government, Labour and the Tories are still neck-and-neck in the opinion polls. The Corbyn Effect seeks to understand the potential and limitations of Corbynism.