Labour Students, set up in 1971 as a campaigning organisation for student supporters of the Labour Party and social democracy, has now got a broad, diverse membership of young people who work together to help create a fairer society for us all. From Liberation to Living Wage, from Democracy to Social Justice, Labour Students has always been on the forefront of winning for Labour and winning for the country.
Now that we are a couple of weeks past the initial shock it is time to start looking at the detail of the General Election results, as in the anatomy of our defeat we will find useful pointers about how to recover. Here are some initial useful snippets to consider: Geography The House of Commons library had published its usual excellent statistical breakdown by region: Here is the change in Labour’s vote share by region: London +7.1% (3.4% swing from […]Read more →
Update: Unite have said that there is no truth in these claims. They will take no position on whether to back a candidate until after the Tulo hustings. Andy Burnham has been pegged as the leadership candidate that the unions will back since he announced he was entering the contest. Although in terms of financial backing, Burnham has said he would rather unions gave their money directly to the party to help the rebuilding process instead of his campaign. However, […]Read more →
John Healey is joining the race to become Labour’s deputy leader, making him the 7th MP to do so. Healey, who was a housing minister under Gordon Brown, made this announcement in an article in the Guardian. He said that he hadn’t planned on standing but has been “dismayed at how narrow and shallow Labour’s debate has been so far.” He also wrote: “I know I’m a late entrant when others have been up and running for some time. But […]Read more →
Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has announced that he’s backing Liz Kendall to be the next Labour leader. In an article for the New Statesman, Lewis dismisses terms such as “Blairite” (a label that has been applied to Kendall) and says that although he thinks that “Tony Blair did more good than bad for Labour” neither “Liz Kendall or I believe that Labour’s route back to Government can be charted via the New Labour handbook.” He gives […]Read more →
So we lost a General Election. Rather badly. I start with this uncomfortable observation as it seems already to have been brushed aside by many in the party delirious with the fever of electing a new Leader. The thinking of too many seems to be: “The previous Leader was weak or wrong on too many issues for the British electorate. All we need to do is find the right spearhead and everything will be fine”. Yet this is the most […]Read more →