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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.

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.

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.

Alistair Darling's fundraising breakfast hosted by Deutsche Bank

11 December 2007
New Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling appeared at a Labour fundraising breakfast last week hosted by a bank involved in the takeover bid for Northern Rock.

Labour funding row: green light given for fast track planning applications

11 December 2007
The Newcastle businessman at the centre of the Labour party donations scandal had a planning application fast tracked under a scheme the government is now pushing across the country.

Peter Hain’s funding headache

04 December 2007
On Tuesday Peter Hain admitted to a set of donations which should have been declared previously. They arise from a fundraising dinner in April organised by Huw Roberts who became Royal Mail’s director of Welsh affairs in June.

Scandal threatens Labour Party in Scotland

04 December 2007
The situation for New Labour is even worse in Scotland. The party’s new leader Wendy Alexander has broken laws introduced by the Labour government banning the receipt of proxy donations and donations by non-British residents.

David Abrahams' 1976 election leaflet

04 December 2007

David Abrahams, Labour and property development in the North East

04 December 2007
Across the north east of England people are asking questions about property developments and the role of the Labour Party.

Sleaze allegations grow as crisis engulfs Gordon Brown

04 December 2007
Gordon Brown’s fundraiser, Jon Mendelsohn, sits in the centre of the crisis over donations to the Labour party.

Should unions be stopped from funding Labour?

04 December 2007
While scandals about rich businessmen’s relationships to the Labour Party unravel, it has been trade unions that have come in for attack in sections of the media.

New Labour’s shabby scrabbling for cash

04 December 2007
It’s possible that the David Abrahams funding scandal will come to be seen as an important stage in the long, slow death of the Labour Party.

Gordon Brown’s government: liars, cheats and thieves

04 December 2007
Gordon Brown is facing a crisis over donations to government ministers and their various election campaigns – it is a crisis that goes to the very heart of the New Labour "project".

New Labour sleaze: A shabby history of 'friends in the north'

27 November 2007
The shady funding of the Labour Party by rich business bosses was thrown into the spotlight this week.

Chasing funds from millionaires… New Labour is up for sale

27 November 2007
This is a government which touts for cash from big business – and a government which acts on behalf of big business.

Surrey councillor Peter Longhurst hands in his Labour Party membership card

27 November 2007
Longstanding Surrey councillor and postal worker Peter Longhurst this week resigned from the Labour Party after more than two decades of membership.

The tangled history of Labour and the trade unions

02 October 2007
Why do trade union leaders echo widespread anger at the Labour government, yet also seem determined to support a Labour Party that is hell-bent on attacking working people?

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