Next Saturday Labour activists and trade unionists from across the country will come together with members of the shadow cabinet, local government and trade union leaders and political commentators at the TUC Congress Centre in London for Progress annual conference to examine what the notion of a ‘new centre-ground’ means and how Labour can win it.
LabourList is a media partner and will be reporting live from the conference all day next Saturday.
Ed Miliband will be giving his first speech after the elections and taking questions about the results and his plans to build on the successes and learn from any defeats.
Other speakers confirmed include Progress chair Andrew Adonis, shadow cabinet members Douglas Alexander, Mary Creagh, Caroline Flint, Liz Kendall, Ivan Lewis, Stephen Twigg and Chuka Umunna.
Also speaking will be: Phil Collins, Will Hutton, Peter Kellner, Mary Riddell, David Aaronovitch, John Denham, Meg Hillier, David Lammy, Chris Leslie, Denis MacShane, Gisela Stuart, Stephen Timm, Andrew Harrop, John Hannett, Jacqui Smith, Joan Ryan, Kitty Ussher, Maurice Glasman and local government leaders Cllr Steve Reed and Cllr Sharon Taylor.
The morning sessions will focus on the question of, in a time of shrinking budgets, what policies Labour can offer that hold true to our progressive values and help the people we seek to represent. What does this massively constrained spending mean for welfare, public services, business and the role of the state?
In the afternoon the politics of winning will be the centre of attention. Does the likely success of Francois Hollande and Barack Obama suggest the tide could be turning for the centre-left? How will the results of the upcoming local elections, especially those in the south, affect the build up to 2015? And what should a modern union link look like?
To have your say in the debate, book your place at www.progressonline.org.uk/pac12