Posts Tagged ‘ Parliament ’

Transforming Labour’s National Policy Forum

Jun 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, 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?

Labour membership has increased massively and the party is now realistically looking to win at the next general election. The 2017 Manifesto provided us with a solid basis for widening electoral support, but to win more of our fellow citizens to a transformative and radical programme we need a detailed and concrete set of policies, not just enthusiastic canvassing and effective social media.



A Manifesto for Democracy

Mar 20th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

It is the contention of this brief paper that British democracy is not working, either philosophically or practically. Philosophically speaking, there is no effective representation; practically speaking, no political party is proposing radical reform to break the sclerosis currently evident in the system.



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.



Is Our Democracy Broken?

Jan 12th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The state of British democracy and how we can fix it will come under scrutiny at the Dronfield Labour party Discussion Meeting in north-east Derbyshire this Sunday when Vicky Seddon, coordinator of Sheffield for Democracy, will be the main speaker.



Understanding Corbyn’s Politics

Dec 13th, 2017 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER examines the political origins of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics, asking: what are its ideological roots and what is the nature of his leadership?



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 …