Posts Tagged ‘ Parliament ’

Jack Lawson: A Man’s Life

Oct 31st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Harry Barnes’s review of Jack Lawson’s autobiography, A Man’s Life, has been re-published on the North East Labour History website. Like many of his era, Lawson first became politically active through the ILP which he joined in 1904.



The Big Conversation

Sep 1st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Local campaign group Sheffield for Democracy is hosting one of many public events in MP Paul Blomfield’s annual Big Conversation.



The Progressive Alliance and a War of Position

May 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Is the Progressive Alliance an idea whose time has come? GERRY LAVERY thinks so after reading a new Compass pamphlet on the election initiative.

The call for a Progressive Alliance starts from the idea that our electoral system gives the Conservatives a built-in advantage and enables them to govern nationally even though most people do not vote for them. With some co-operation between ‘progressive’ parties, we could counter this injustice and ensure a candidate from a non-Tory party takes the seat.



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 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: 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.



Pigs, PR and Politics

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

GERRY LAVERY reviews Call Me Dave, the recent very unauthorised biography of the prime minister, and asks what Labour and the left have to learn from his and the Tories’ electoral success.



Can Labour win in England?

Feb 8th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

England, Labour and the notion of a progressive patriotism will be under scrutiny at a series of high-profle seminars organised by Winchester University’s Centre for English Identity and Politics.



The Syria Debate: When Will We Learn?

Dec 15th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

Personal experience of RAF bombing in the Middle East meant ERNIE JACQUES paid close attention to the Commons debate on Syrian airstrikes. He didn’t much like what he heard.



The Corbyn Effect

Nov 24th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Converting supporters and new members into active campaigners is the challenge for Labour today, but will Momentum help? asks MIKE DAVIS.

Democratic socialism is back on the agenda. For the first time in 30 years members and supporters are talking about what socialism means in the 21st century. If the Corbyn leadership can be sustained then we are likely to be campaigning on a range of policies which put both clear red water between us and the Tories and give members something positive to campaign for. So is Momentum, the new extra–parliamentary group, part of the solution?