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  • Labour and the new realities of UK politics

    Commentators and potential leadership contenders are, understandably, anxious to arrive at conclusions about why Labour did so badly in the general election. As is always the case at this stage, however, all such conclusions are predominantly intuitive,...

  • Don’t narrow our leadership bid

    As the Labour Party licks its wounds after our worst General election defeat for 100 years we could be about to step into an abyss. Labour MPs have the power to stop this happening. Under the new leadership rules Labour MPs’ final vote in the election...

  • No more abstract nouns, we need to start talking about the real world

    At rapid pace since Labour’s catastrophic defeat a fortnight ago, my inbox has been pinging with explanations about why we lost and what we should do next. I wonder if one of our problems isn’t that it’s too easy to do just what I’m doing now,...

  • Cameron’s cynical immigration proposals will only benefit UKIP

    David Cameron’s announcement of yet another immigrant “crackdown” is beyond cynical. In 2010 he made a pledge to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands. We now know that the last official quarterly net migration figures revealed net...

  • The last thing Labour needs is a two year interim leader

    When Ed Miliband’s leadership faced a wobble last Autumn (or, at least, at the wobbliest bit of his leadership), LabourList published this editorial, calling on anonymous rebels to “put up or shut up”. I stand by that piece, and believe...

  • Poetry and prose please!

    “As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread. Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew. Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!” Bread...

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  • Stella Creasy doesn’t rule out running to be Deputy Leader

    Yesterday Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said she’d consider running to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Creasy appeared on Newsnight alongside Neal Lawson from Compass to discuss what went wrong for Labour during the past 5 years and what...

  • Liz Kendall confirms she’s standing to be leader

    Liz Kendall has become the first person to confirm that she is standing to be leader of the Labour party. Since Ed Miliband’s resignation on Friday, Kendall has been tipped as one of the people who would throw her name into the hat. It’s clear...

  • Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader: full speech

    “Thank you for your kindness, friends. Friends, this is not the speech I wanted to give today because I believe that Britain needed a Labour government. I still do, but the public voted otherwise last night. Earlier today I rang David Cameron to congratulate...

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