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New Labour leader Gordon Brown spurns calls to move leftwards

26 June 2007
Millions of people in Britain will have been pleased to see the back of Tony Blair as prime minister. Many will have greeted Gordon Brown’s start as premier as an opportunity to put an end to the failed New Labour policies of war and privatisation.

Protest at Gordon Brown's London hustings

07 June 2007
Anti-war protesters and workers from the threatened Remploy factories for disabled people lobbied the Labour Party hustings for Gordon Brown and the deputy leader contenders on Thursday.

Growing disillusionment and fury at lack of Labour party democracy

22 May 2007
The failure of John McDonnell to get onto the ballot paper for Labour leadership, and the lack of democracy in the Labour Party, has opened up a big debate among people in and around the party.

Anger as Margaret Hodge’s outburst boosts the BNP

22 May 2007
Labour Party activists and anti-fascist campaigners in Barking, east London, have reacted with fury to comments from their local MP Margaret Hodge that sought to blame the lack of council housing in the borough on immigrants.

George Galloway on Gordon Brown becoming Labour leader unopposed

18 May 2007
Reacting to the news that Gordon Brown will become Labour leader unopposed, Respect MP George Galloway said:

Unions must increase the pressure on Labour

15 May 2007
The question of who leads Labour has opened up a debate in the unions. The leaders of the largest unions are focusing on putting pressure on Gordon Brown to sign up to another Warwick Agreement.

Protests planned as Gordon Brown announces Labour leadership results in Manchester

15 May 2007
The results of the Labour leadership contest will be announced on 24 June at a special conference in Manchester.

Privatisation and cuts wreck the NHS

08 May 2007
Tony Blair’s claim that we had just "24 hours to save the NHS" was one of the finishing touches to New Labour’s crushing victory over the discredited Tory government in 1997.

Beware of Gordon Brown’s scowling menace

08 May 2007
For ten years, the chancellor has been a scowling shadow to Tony Blair’s obscene grin. Whatever the occasion, whatever the policy, Gordon Brown was frowning in the background.

Tony Blair: down and out

08 May 2007
Nothing could be crueller in exposing Tony Blair’s failure as Labour prime minister than the timing of his departure. It invites us to compare May 1997, when he was first elected, with May 2007.

Timeline – ten years of Blair government

08 May 2007
1997 MayNew Labour elected with 179 seat majority. Chancellor Gordon Brown gives Bank of England control over interest rates. Tony Blair declares that he is against public sector monopoly. JulyBrown’s first budget promises to stick to Tory spending limits, but he cuts corporation tax to 31 percent Government says it will scrap student grants and introduce tuition fees. AugustFat cats brought into government. New ministers include BP boss Lord Simon.SeptemberSeven people die in Southall rail crash. Government refuses to renationalise rail.

Michael Foot and the left

17 April 2007
A new biography of Michael Foot, the former Labour leader, lays open the contradictions at the heart of the Labour Party. During his long career Foot was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a journalist and pamphleteer, and a cabinet minister.

Labour to blame for Tories’ revival

10 March 2007
The Channel 4 fantasy programme The Trial of Tony Blair had the next general election culminate in a photo finish between a tongue-tied, terminally indecisive Gordon Brown and a vacuously trendy David Cameron.

Nick Danziger's photos catch Tony Blair in the act

03 March 2007
Tony Blair’s now somewhat haggard features are familiar – too familiar. His made-up face stares at us every day from images in the papers or on television. In this context, the photographer Nick Danziger has done something remarkable – he makes us look at Blair in a new way.

What’s behind the Labour leadership battle?

03 March 2007
The crisis created inside the government over the Iraq war has spilled over into the debate around who will lead the Labour Party after Tony Blair leaves office.

Leaving Labour to join a fighting alternative

17 February 2007
Wayne Muldoon Respect’s campaign for the May local elections in England received a big boost last week when Wayne Muldoon, a Labour councillor in Loughborough, announced he was joining the party.

New Labour, sleaze, police interviews and BAE

16 December 2006
The stench of corruption around the Labour party is becoming overwhelming.

Letting Bush and Blair off the hook

11 November 2006
What a cowardly bunch of timeserving lickspittles Labour backbenchers are. Last week they were offered the opportunity to vote for an official inquiry into the Iraq war.

Labour in cartoons 2: 1924 - The Trojan horse

21 October 2006
The end of the First World War coincided with a huge wave of workers’ uprisings across Europe, fuelled by the Bolsheviks coming to power in the 1917 Russian Revolution.

David Blunkett's dog’s dinner of a diary

21 October 2006
Reading extracts from David Blunkett’s diary took me back to a time when the Labour Party looked very different to the one we see today.

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