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Labour Party

Which way now for the left?

20 May 2008
The collapse of the Labour vote and the resurgence of the Tories in the recent local elections sent a shiver down the spine of millions and should have sounded the death knell for New Labour.

New Labour lurches right towards a deeper crisis

13 May 2008
"Soft on yobs" is how New Labour is attacking the Tory frontrunner in the Crewe & Nantwich by-election campaign.

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.

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

The failed strategy of reclaiming Labour for the left

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

Nature of Labour is at root of crisis

06 May 2008
Every previous Labour government has provoked a major rebellion from the left after it betrayed the hopes that had led to its election.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Turmoil leads to growing debate in Labour

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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