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Right wing policies to blame for Gordon Brown’s rout

06 May 2008
New Labour was thrown into disarray last week after polling its worst election results in 40 years in local council elections in England and Wales and losing the high profile election for London mayor to Tory candidate Boris Johnson.

The failed strategy of reclaiming Labour for the left

06 May 2008
The alternative of "reclaiming" Labour has proved a dead end.

Wales: more disaster in Labour’s heartlands

06 May 2008
In an echo of the general trend, Labour lost over a quarter of the seats it was defending in the elections in Wales.

Tony Blair’s malign influence

06 May 2008
Time magazine has just revealed a list of who it believes are the 100 most influential people in the world.

Who Says?

06 May 2008
‘Labour has become the stupid party – dumb, directionless, depressing.’Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee gives her take on the election aftermath

Eleven years on from Labour's 1997 victory - how hope turned to despair

06 May 2008
The appalling election results last week have sparked a refreshing, if slightly panicked, debate inside the Labour Party.

Backlash hits New Labour

06 May 2008
Simmering anger at years of New Labour policies that promote war, privatisation and inequality boiled over last week as Gordon Brown presided over his party’s worst local election results in decades.

New Labour takes a hammering in council elections, May 2008

02 May 2008
Local council elections across much of England and Wales yesterday saw Labour’s worst electoral results for 40 years. The party polled just 24 percent of the vote and came in third, losing around 300 councillors.

Labour in crisis as anger rises at government's attacks on workers

22 April 2008
Class politics returned to Britain this week as 450,000 workers prepared to take strike action against Gordon Brown’s 2 percent pay limit.

Turmoil leads to growing debate in Labour

22 April 2008
The growing Labour rebellion is adding to the government’s crisis.

Government's corruption problems come from backing the rich

15 April 2008
The government has illegally attempted to cover up corruption – not over donations to the Labour Party, but over a huge arms deal to a vicious dictatorship.

Are Labour in Scotland Keir Hardie’s heirs?

01 April 2008
There is a land where New Labour stands for socialism, a land where the party’s founder Keir Hardie is held up as an icon.

What was Peter Hain's GMB money spent on?

12 February 2008
Socialist Worker has previously reported that disgraced MP Peter Hain took over £15,000 from the GMB union and then decided to slash jobs for disabled workers at the Remploy factories, many of them represented by the GMB.

Race for NHS contracts

12 February 2008
Alan Johnson, the health secretary, seems to have given special access to a private NHS contractor owned by one of the biggest donors to his deputy leadership campaign.

Innovative use made of public help with MPs' housing costs

12 February 2008
For those having trouble meeting their housing costs there is over £20,000 available to help. The only catch is you have to be an MP.

Roots of reformism

12 February 2008
Since Gordon Brown became prime minister in June last year it seems as if the Labour Party has lurched from one crisis to another. The crisis at Northern Rock and the funding scandals engulfing Brown’s allies are just a couple of the deep problems he faces.

Peter Hain: radical activist turned sour

29 January 2008
It may be easy to dismiss Peter Hain, who was forced to resign last week over donations to his deputy leadership campaign, as just one more sleazy politician with his nose in the trough. Was he just one more sharp suited ambitious greedy product of the New Labour era?

Gordon Brown’s missing £32,355

15 January 2008
Gordon Brown broke the Labour Party’s own donation rules after his campaign to become Labour leader last year.

Peter Hain should get a taste of his own medicine

15 January 2008
Peter Hain, still New Labour’s secretary for work and pensions as Socialist Worker went to press, should take advice from the adverts his department runs on benefit fraud. They have the slogan "No Ifs, No Buts".

Peter Hain forgets to put donations in the Picture

08 January 2008
The work and pensions secretary Peter Hain started the week calling for ordinary people to "take responsibility" for pensions.

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