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With spending cuts ahead Labour must be honest with the electorate and follow three guiding principles to set us apart from the Tories

First published on Progressonline in the Young progressives column

The result in Norwich North is yet further confirmation that Labour’s Mr 10% campaigns and the investment vs cuts message is going down like a lead balloon. It finally appears that Lord Mandelson and others are trying to manoeuvre a new message, so what should it be?

The public have a strong sense that the public finances are in bad way (whether we got there for good or bad reasons) and that someone will need to make the difficult choices to put them back on track. Cameron plays to the reality for most British families who have to live within their means and resonates with those who personally borrowed too much and feel punished as they desperately try and bring their personal debt into manageable and sustainable measures. Their view is that the government should do the same. (more…)

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This was an impressive display of our Youth Movement – now, GoFourth and win!

First published on LabourList

The Youth Movement of the Labour Party has shown itself to be dynamic, progressive and keen to GoFourth – and win the next election. Whether on the pages of LabourList or the workshops at Young Labour Conference, ideas have flowed, strategy has been forged and a vision debated.

The diversity of posts have shown the breath of Young Labour members – both politically and as individuals. Young members come from all different communities, 13 of the 29 posts have been from young women and Labour’s best ideas have come from those young and young at heart. (more…)