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John McDonnell and Diane Abbott on where next for the Labour Party?

25 May 2010
John McDonnell In the election I managed to increase my majority to 11,000 thanks to all of the hard work put in by campaigners like yourselves.

Is the party over for New Labour?

18 May 2010
The Labour Party is in flux. Following its defeat in last week’s general election, arguments are raging within the party about why it lost—and what it needs to do to win again.

After the election - can the Labour left get change?

18 May 2010
Some on the left of the Labour Party hope that they can mobilise working class anti-Tory sentiment to transform the party.

Brown was an architect and inheritor of Blairism

18 May 2010
Gordon Brown reaped what New Labour sowed.

Labour must feel heat from the unions

11 May 2010
Gordon Brown’s notice of resignation was a last-ditch attempt to enable the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition with Labour and keep his party in government. It presents many questions to trade union leaders.

Face of Labour in Southwark refuses to be seen with Gordon Brown

03 May 2010
Gordon Brown took Labour’s campaign to the streets of south London on Sunday – but prominent local Labour supporters refused to be seen with him.

The party leaders' TV debate: a lot of spin but not much argument

16 April 2010
The media went into overdrive over the party leaders’ first televised debate. There were many inanities, including Liberal MP Chris Huhne being asked if the debate was shallow, responding with "Yes it’s shallow but less shallow than what went before." And ex-Labour MP Oona King offering, "The problem with television is that it's very televisual".

Holes in Labour’s safe seat parachutes

06 April 2010
Labour has hit trouble as it parachutes last-minute candidates into "safe seats".

Keir Hardie: Labour’s Greatest Hero? - Workers’ liberation means breaking with reformism

23 March 2010
KeIr Hardie was one of the key architects of the Labour Party, as Bob Holman’s book makes clear.

Old Labour's Hero - Keir Hardie

23 March 2010
What did Keir Hardie represent within the early Labour Party?

Lack of politics at the cynical heart of Labour

09 March 2010
The End of the PartyAndrew Rawnsley, Viking £25

Michael Foot and the left

03 March 2010
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.

Who do you vote for?

09 February 2010
The prospect of the Tories in government rightly fills many workers with horror. The party of Eton boys and bonus-grabbing bankers, the party that openly celebrates capitalism, could soon be in Number 10.

Failed Labour coup shows crisis at the heart of government

12 January 2010
Labour is in chaos. The Brownite and Blairite wings of the party are still at each others’ throats as their election strategy collapses in slow motion.

Gordon Brown's conference speech gets nasty in his desperate ‘fightback’ bid

29 September 2009
The media trailed Gordon Brown’s Labour conference speech this week as being about the prime minister fighting for his political life.

Democracy in the Labour Party is not revived

29 September 2009
That Lord Mandelson was the darling of Labour conference this week is one sign of party’s decline.

Is the Labour Party finished?

29 September 2009
Elected on a wave of revulsion with the Tories in 1997, New Labour today is in crisis. The party faces wipeout at the next election. Opinion polls predict it could lose 17 of its 44 MPs in London alone.

Gordon Brown unleashes new wave of cuts at TUC

15 September 2009
Gordon Brown announced that he will cut public services and jobs at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Liverpool this week.

A View From The Foothills: The Diaries of Chris Mullin

18 August 2009
If A socialist prime minister was ever elected the establishment would do everything it could to prevent any real change. That was the sensible premise of A Very British Coup, the novel by Sunderland Labour MP Chris Mullin.

Has the Labour left lost its Compass?

16 June 2009
New Labour’s devastation in the European and county council elections has led some commentators to speculate whether the party is finished as a political force in Britain.

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