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  • Comment The London primary process is a wasted opportunity to engage more people

    The London primary process is a wasted opportunity to engage more people

    The Labour party has made the mistake of treating the primary election process in London as something to be got out of the way, rather than seeing its potential to get people re-engaged in politics. Both the decision to charge potential Labour supporters £3 to take part in the ballot, and the rushed timetable are mistakes that betray Labour’s fears about genuinely opening up the party to a wider audience. The grassroots are the lifeblood of the party and they […]

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  • News Scotland Katy Clark will run for Scottish Labour deputy leader

    Katy Clark will run for Scottish Labour deputy leader

    Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, has announced that she will run for deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party. The position is vacant following Anas Sarwar’s resignation on Thursday night, and the contest will run alongside the race for leader. A timetable for the deputy leadership has yet to be formalised, and Sarwar will remain interim leader until December 13th. Clark has been an MP since 2005, and is seen as a left-winger within the Parliamentary Labour […]

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  • News Scotland “We didn’t listen” – Jim Murphy launches campaign with apology to the Scottish people

    “We didn’t listen” – Jim Murphy launches campaign with apology to the Scottish people

    Jim Murphy will officially launch his campaign for the Scottish Labour leadership with a speech in Edinburgh today. He will focus on the Party’s failure to listen to the public, leading to subsequent defeats in 2007 and 2011. Murphy will use the experiences from his 100 towns tour, where he spent 100 days going around Scotland holding street meetings to campaign for a No vote this summer, to talk about the appetite for change around the country. “I want to apologise […]

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  • Comment Why Miliband’s plans to scrap the Lords should be welcomed

    Why Miliband’s plans to scrap the Lords should be welcomed

    Ed Miliband’s announcement of plans to replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate is welcome on two counts. Firstly, it’s good to see Labour committing once again to reforming the House of Lords after ducking the issue for reasons of low politics earlier in the parliament. Choosing to drive a wedge between the Lib Dems and the Tories on constitutional affairs may well have reaped dividends (not least, the abandonment of the gerrymandering bill), but it was sad […]

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  • Comment Let’s meet London’s housing need

    Let’s meet London’s housing need

    Meeting London’s housing need – it sounds like a simple idea, but it hasn’t happened for decades. If there is one aim politicians of all parties should meet over the next 5 years, this must be it. It is the single biggest thing we can do to improve the lives of ordinary Londoners. And with political will, a good plan and leadership, it’s possible. As any Londoner knows, London is in the middle of a desperate housing crisis. Young Londoners […]

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