Posts Tagged ‘ The Labour Party ’

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.



Under Siege: The ILP in the Interwar Years

Oct 20th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Despite its decline, the Independent Labour Party preserved the values of democratic socialism during the interwar years, according to ILP historian Ian Bullock in his new book, due to be published by Athabasca University Press.



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.



The World Transformed

Sep 11th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Momentum is promising “the largest fringe event ever” at Labour Party conference in Brighton this month when it hosts a four-day festival called The World Transformed 2017.



What Next for Labour?

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

‘Labour – Preparing for Power’ is the title of Chartist’s annual open meeting and AGM to be held at the University of Westminster in London on Saturday, 8 July.



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?



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.



The Age-Old Roots of Labour’s Current Crisis

May 9th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour is facing an existential crisis, and parallels with the 1980s are painfully obvious. But the roots of the current crisis go much deeper, writes MARTIN WRIGHT.

The Labour Party is the child of hope and compromise. Its political DNA was made from two main elements more than a century ago. One was the counter-cultural, revolutionary enthusiasm of the late-Victorian socialist movement. The other was the pragmatic realism and political muscle of a trade union movement that wanted its own political party.



Election 2017: The Choice is Simple

Apr 27th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

For A-level student student ROBIN EDEN, the Tories’ attack on the National Health Service makes the choice at the coming general election a straightforward one.



Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

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

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID CONNOLLY.

Plans by the Labour controlled Durham County Council to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then ‘re-engage’ them with term-time only contracts, involving a 23 per cent wage cut, has led to a long-running and bitter dispute…