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Whither Labour?

Can Labour win again asks Richard Angell and Maya Goodfellow

The Speakers’ Corner Trust hosts Progress director Richard Angell and LabourList columnist Maya Goodfellow debating the challenges facing Labour and the way forward.

Follow the debate now: http://www.speakerscornertrust.org/10642/whither-labour/

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The week the mods got organised

First published on Progressonline

They said it couldn’t be done, that moderate Labour supporters could never be persuaded to pay £25 for a vote in the leadership election. But this week, from a standing start, Saving Labour – and all those who fell in behind – galvanised the moderate wing of the Labour party and recruited a historic number of Labour voters to the party fold. 183,000 people used the party’s fledgling Registered Supporters scheme to get a vote in the forthcoming leadership election. Reports suggest that between 34 and 40 per cent are those wanting a credible opposition. More than anyone could have hoped for if the number got into six figures. And that was well before reports of 40,000 duplications – much more likely to be Jeremy Corbyn voters – were deducted from that number. (more…)

Workers’ Liberty debates Progress: fighting anti-Semitism in Labour

7pm, 19 May 2016
Shipwright’s Arms, 88 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TF

Director of Progress Richard Angell debates Cathy Nugent, editor of Solidarity newspaper, in this Workers’ Liberty London Forum.

How should the labour movement tackle anti-Semitism within its own ranks? As debate over left wing anti-Semitism has intensified in recent weeks, different solutions and answers have been proposed.

Listen to the debate here.

Director of Progress, Richard Angell, has promoted an “8 Point Plan” within the Labour Party, which calls for a lifetime ban for those judged anti-semitic. It is available here.

Workers’ Liberty have written: “Until the left’s political programme on Israel-Palestine is picked apart and corrected, incidents like these will continue to occur. Labour Party expulsions would have little effect on left anti-semitism; they would explain nothing and educate no-one.”

Cathy Nugent, editor of Workers’ Liberty’s newspaper Solidarity, will debate the issue with Richard Angell. Entry is free; all are welcome.

Facebook event here.

Never forget it’s the public that are in charge

First published on Progressonline

John Woodcock yesterday rightly identified the ‘politburo politics’ that threatens to soon be at the top of the Labour. Jeremy Corbyn, as the chair of Progress highlights, has thrown the gauntlet down to his parliamentary colleagues. In the would-be leader’s comment lies a real insight into what is to come. (more…)

The hard left is not the heart of this party

First published on LabourList

The debate goes that Jeremy Corbyn is the heart, Liz Kendall is the head. He speaks to true Labour values. The latter can convince once-Tory voters – critical to Labour’s future prospects – back to our party. The others split the difference.

Many appear excited at the politics Corbyn’s is giving voice to. But the reality is that what he represents is not pure form of Labour politics but an extreme one.

Corbynistas, neo-Bennites, or just simply Bennites and I want the same ends: a fair and equality society where the postcode you are born in does not determine the achievements of your life. That much we can agree on. (more…)