The election of a new Labour Leader will define the Labour party for the next 10 years. This is the time where the party has to progress from the New Labour years and subsequent election defeats..
"I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell" ― Harry S. Truman As more and more people discover the truth on ...
Too much of our time was spent speaking to Labour voters and not enough to those undecided. We need to listen to voters on the doorstep not just ask the odd voter ID question or spout party lines at them, our approach must be tailored based on the needs and concerns of the individuals we meet and the things they tell us.
Jeremy Corbyn secured the backing of 35 fellow parliamentarians for the Labour party leadership contest on Monday, in what was a nail-biting race to get his nomination in on time. Or at least, nail-biting for anyone who cared whether his name appears on the ballot sheet - of which there are few enough.
Running the government budget is fundamentally different from running a household budget. Simplistic dogmatic wheezes, such as enshrining budget surpluses in law, could cause real damage to Britain's economy. Mr.Osborne, please listen to the advice of experts and bin the policy.
Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.
We've had war-mongering Blair, pro banker Brown and fair but bland Miliband, Labour members deserve better. We need a party to be proud of. Jeremy is popular and will gain votes. As leader he'd re-claim our roots and rekindle Socialist values; values that are as important today, with inequality endemic, as they ever have been.
"Never trust a man with a beard" goes the ridiculous and unfair stereotype. Still, it is one Jeremy Corbyn MP will be familiar with, so you might think he would have more sense than to resort to desperate attempts to pigeonhole people himself. Apparently not. In an interview with Newsnight earlier this week, he suggested the 3.8million who voted Ukip at the General Election were "motivated by racism". It was as accurate an observation as his beard is duplicitous.
The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.
There should be no hesitation in backing the basic human right of workers who collectively and democratically decide to withdraw their labour in the face of injustice. Disgracefully this fundamental right is under attack by the new Conservative government, which seeks to impose a 50% threshold on all union strike ballots. These are laws that do not apply to any other organisations or to any other ballots. Whether or not we make the Labour leadership ballot paper, that struggle goes on - just as it does for those strikers today at the National Gallery, and many more in the months and years ahead. Labour must be firmly on their side.
We've got to become as ruthless as the Tories and stop pretending that it's a bad thing to say that if you're in politics you have to want to win more than anything else because if you don't win you end up where we are now - powerless to do anything for the people we claim to speak for and who we know are going to have five years of crap ahead, possibly more. It is evidence of the ludicrous mindset of some of our people that somehow we should look at the most successful election winning leader we ever had as a problem. I am all in favour of learning lessons about defeat. But there are a few lessons from victory too.
The Labour Leadership campaign is in full swing and all the Labour stars are lining up for a shot at the big time, including Blairite, Brownite, Thunderbird Puppet and Retired Geography Teacher. But if Labour are going to win in 2020, they must take away the eight valuable lessons from their election catastrophe.
If passed, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, will be the biggest trade deal of its kind, shaping the rules governing a quarter of all global trade.
If we must have a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, the least we can do is to make sure that it's conducted to a higher standard than this Bill provides for. It's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on the EU referendum.
A strong role for trade unions in the 21st Century is essential, and as a proud trade unionist I will fight to my last breath to defend the existence of effective, free and independent trade unions... The Labour Party and the trade union movement once again face big challenges together. To re-establish our relevance, reflect the era in which we live and fight for our values in unforgiving times. These are battles that, I as a lifelong Trade unionist and as a Labour woman will relish. And it's a battle that Labour and the trade unions can win together.
What concerns me is that the fulfilling of potential that many of mine and older generations have benefited from is becoming more and more difficult, not just in London but across the country. That's why, as Mayor, I will ensure more affordable homes are built, and establish a Living Rent, why I will push the Living Wage and encourage enterprise, and why I will make sure people can afford to get to and from work on reliable affordable public transport. Without these things, aspiration simply gets crushed from the reality of living in London.