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  • 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...

  • Gatwick’s plan is simpler, cheaper, faster and quieter

    SPONSORED POST At Gatwick, we believe the economic benefits of airport expansion must be balanced with the impact on the environment. Only Gatwick can offer the new runway the UK needs but at a fraction of the environmental cost of other options. Air...

  • Branches are more than just foot canvassers

    One of the few rays of light in this bleak month has been the level of new Labour recruits: 20,000 people joining the Labour Party since the Tories wafer thin win. Considering this represents a 15% increase in overall membership – it’s a statistic...

  • You can’t replace the experiences of millions of workers with ‘aspirational politics’

    Over my long life I have been many things: As a lad I was a child labourer who lived in cheap doss houses with my parents who had been made destitute by the Great Depression. As a young man, I left those warrens and took the kings shilling and served...

  • Attention please: there’s too much politics in our leadership contest

    This is going to sound like a weird thing to say but bear with me: There’s too much politics in our leadership contest. I don’t mean the rather unedifying way that supporters of one candidate or another are slagging off the others. I mean...

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