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Yvette Cooper today makes helping families the focus of her leadership offer today – and says that Labour need to win back support with women. She argues Labour must become the ‘party of early years and party of families’ in order to succeed. Cooper lambasts the decision by the Government to sideline children and families in their reforms to the Department for Education, which was renamed from the Department for Children, Schools and Families after the 2010 election. The Shadow Home Secretary […]Read more →
In the coming weeks, leadership candidates aren’t just hoping to get endorsement from their fellow MPs, the four potential leaders will surely welcome the backing of high profile names to help them along with their campaigns. John Prescott is latest person to give his support to one of the candidates. In his column for the Mirror he has announced that he is backing Andy Burnham. The former Deputy Prime Minister draws comparisons between Tony Blair and Burnham, while also highlighting Burnham’s […]Read more →
We now know the result of yesterday’s referendum in Ireland about equal marriage – and it is a landslide in favour of equal rights for the LGBT community: Ireland says #YesToEquality by a huge 62.1%. Yes: 1,201,607 – No: 734,300. Only one area says no. #landslide pic.twitter.com/wvWE30rI1F — LGBT Labour (@LGBTLabour) May 23, 2015 As Labour peer and veteran LGBT activist Michael Cashman points out, it is days like today where you can reflect on how far we’ve come: Think […]Read more →
Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper has written an article for the Huffington Post today, blaming Labour’s political strategy as the foremost reason for the defeat on May 7th. She identifies the inability the mistaken belief that former Lib Dems would automatically vote Labour, as well as failure to deal with the electoral threat of UKIP, as primary causes of the heavy defeat. “The political strategy of the Parliament failed. And we cannot repeat the same mistakes again. “We lost votes […]Read more →
Commentators and potential leadership contenders are, understandably, anxious to arrive at conclusions about why Labour did so badly in the general election. As is always the case at this stage, however, all such conclusions are predominantly intuitive, rather than based on meaningful evidence. But, come conclusions are inescapable. First, Scotland aside, the results were different according to regions and, in some cases within regions. Labour won 51 seats in the North West, up four from 2010. Our share of the […]Read more →