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Austerity is not a foregone conclusion

“Austerity is not a foregone conclusion”. In this phrase we are reminded that almost everything in politics, from the sort of economy we have, the nature of our democracy to the quality of our public services are not foregone conclusions....

The Politics of Development

Two years ago, the G20 committed themselves to promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, having argued that ‘for prosperity to be sustained it must be shared.’ Yet as world leaders prepare to attend the next G20 Summit in Mexico next...

Labour's Missing Five Million

Between 1997 and 2010, Labour lost votes in all directions: understanding exactly where they all went is key winning them back.

Between 1997 and 2010, Labour lost five million votes. The electoral coalition Labour had carefully nurtured in their 18 wilderness...

Jobs for the boys

The preoccupation of both Tory strategists and Labour feminists with women voters can’t disguise Labour’s challenge: we’ve got man trouble.



Reversing the historic Tory lead with women was, of course, crucial to New Labour’s political project: a party cannot be a...

Achieving a progressive majority

Labour’s route back to power lies in coalition with other parties that share our values.



This piece was first published in Spring 2012 edition of the Fabian Review

An alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats; who on earth, after their treachery,...

Allow organisers to organise...

Election night in 2010 was full of surprises. The defeat itself was not one of them; the steady loss of Labour support since the fateful ‘election that never was’ in 2007 became a torrent by 2009 from which it was...

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