Posts Tagged ‘ Labour leadership ’

Standing Without Clapping – Assessing Corbyn’s Labour

Oct 10th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s position now looks similar to its 1945 stance, but we live in an entirely different nation and a much altered world. HARRY BARNES considers what the ’45 government achieved and what Corbyn’s party can learn from those years.

The 1945 Labour government created full employment, a welfare state, the NHS, nationalised industries, the 1944 Education Act, a major council house building programme, and began the shift from Empire to Commonwealth.



Labour Saves Itself, and Restores Hope

Jun 11th, 2017 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s unexpected ‘success’ in last week’s general election has been greeted with relief and joy across the left. But we need words of caution as well as cheers, says WILL BROWN, for there is still much to do to turn this opportunity into a real transformative victory.

Given what seemed possible a few weeks ago, and even as voting closed on Thursday, this was a good result for Labour: a large increase in its share of the vote, an energetic and mostly effective campaign, and no huge loss of parliamentary seats that some, including myself, had feared. But should we be as cock-a-hoop as some Labourites clearly are?



Brexit: Labour’s Fading Red Lines

Jan 14th, 2017 | By willb | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour is in a mess over Brexit and its strategy for the forthcoming parliamentary votes on triggering Article 50 is a shambles. It did not have to be this way, argues WILL BROWN.



New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 2

Nov 15th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

HARRY BARNES continues his investigation of the state of Labour, looking at the failures of the Miliband leadership, the basis for Jeremy Corbyn’s triumph and the prospects for party unity.

I have never met Ed Miliband and only went to hear one or two of his platform speeches. However, I do feel that he was carefully trying to move the party away from New Labourism towards something nearer the old Smith-Beckett stance. Perhaps it was only a start on a much longer road.



New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 1

Nov 6th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In the first of a two-part examination of the state of the Labour Party, HARRY BARNES looks at the roots of Jeremy Corbyn’s rise and the Party’s turmoil. He begins with New Labour’s emergence after the death of John Smith.

I start by referring to a period during my own time as an MP when there seemed to be genuine hope of creating a unity of purpose …



Labour on the Brink: Debating the Party’s Future

Oct 25th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

It seems hard to believe that the 2015 general election was only 18 months ago, so profound has been the change in the political landscape since the Tories’ unexpected triumph.

For Labour, the political and emotional traumas of that defeat have been resonating ever since as it’s reeled from Jeremy Corbyn’s shock victory in last year’s party leadership election, to civil war in the PLP, record low poll ratings and the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, including mass shadow cabinet resignations and a second leadership battle.



Corbyn Urged to Speak Out on Syria

Oct 14th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to speak out against “the ongoing slaughter of civilians by Russian and Assad-regime forces in Syria” by party members, Momentum activists and socialists, including many self-declared Corbyn supporters.

Signatories to the open letter, published online on 3 October, declare their “wholehearted” agreement with Corbyn’s opposition to militarism and nuclear weapons, and call to end British arms exports to countries such as Saudi Arabia, but say they are “concerned” by the Labour leader’s silence – “so far” – on Syria.



Peace in the Party? The Candidates’ Plans for Unity

Sep 14th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

On 22 August, former Labour MP HARRY BARNES wrote a letter to the Guardian posing a challenge to the two candidates for the Labour Party leadership.
He wrote: “Before I fill in my Labour party ballot paper, I would like to know … how (if elected) they will bring about peace and reconciliation within the party.”

Here we publish their responses…



Labour on the Brink: What Future for the Party?

Sep 12th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

With an unprecedented level of uncertainty about Labour’s future, the ILP is organising a conference for members and friends at the Rose Bowl in Leeds on 15 October to discuss the crisis and how to pull the Party together. Book now.



Labour on the Brink: A Statement on the Leadership Crisis

Sep 1st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

A statement from the ILP’s National Administrative Council on Labour’s leadership election and a call for the Party to pull together, whoever wins.