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  • Labour has a self-inflicted gene pool problem

    The Labour leadership hopefuls represent what Diane Abbott last week called a ‘spadocracy’. Three of the four declared candidates have previously been Special Advisers (SpAds) to various ministers over the past two decades. The argument for the prosecution...

  • Neither the Tories or the SNP are effectively dealing with FOBTs

    As the last Parliament closed, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) remained one of the “barnacles” on the Tory boat that they failed to remove in advance of the general election. In the final two weeks before recess Sajid Javid and his junior minister...

  • Five lessons for 2020

    I joined our party four and a half years ago, having realised that Labour alone can deliver a government that marries social justice with economic stability, and aspiration with equality of opportunity.   It was unquestionably one of the best decisions...

  • When trade unions are weakened, the rights of all working people become compromised

    Let’s talk about the proposals in Wednesday’s Queen’s speech for trade unions. First there was the proposal to limit strike action. The government is demanding a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in...

  • Aspiration is a story, not a slogan

    As Labour soul-searches for new leadership and policies, the word ‘aspiration’ has swirled around ever more densely. Though John Prescott rightly took to task its over-glib use, aspiration has always been central to Labour’s storybook. Having high...

  • What is Labour for?

    We, Labour, are doomed unless we recognise that a second election defeat in five years, against a party which no-one has any enthusiasm for, forces a serious debate about what our party is for. Labour faces an existential crisis. As Jon Cruddas puts...

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