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Planning for Power

Fabian Society general secretary Andrew Harrop launches a new series of articles on the challenges facing a future Labour government.




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This blog series by Fabian Society general secretary Andrew Harrop looks at the key challenges that will face the next Labour government. It extends and develops our 2023 pamphlet Plans for Power, which was a compilation of some of the key ideas developed and championed by the society in recent years. The report was a ‘mixtape’ of some our best proposals: from early years to pensions and from the future of work to public service reform.

We called the pamphlet ‘plans for power’ because many of its recommendations are things that Labour should do only after winning power, rather than things to commit to while in opposition. In particular, it includes ideas that are too long-term, technical or expensive to feature in an election programme, but could prove vital in the first term of a Labour government.

In the same way, this series of posts will not dwell too much on what should or should not be in Labour’s 2024 manifesto. Most of the key promises have already been announced, and any additions will likely be responses to the electoral politics of the moment. These articles will instead examine the governing dilemmas that will face an incoming Labour government and focus on issues that would rarely be at the forefront of an election campaign.

Read the rest of the series:

1. Change in the Time of Scarcity: ways to fix Britain without spending public money

2. Trials of Separation: Labour and Britain’s relationship with Europe

3. Navigating Well: the uncertain world that awaits Labour

4. The Case for Care: policies to help unpaid carers

Andrew Harrop

Andrew Harrop is general secretary of the Fabian Society.


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