Jim McMahon

Richard Angell talks to LBC about Oldham West and Royton

Richard Angell, director of Progress talks to LBC’s Theo Usherwood about the Oldham West and Royton by-election and the eventual winner Jim McMahon.

12.30am, Friday 4 December 2015

Jim McMahon is a man to watch

Council leader and Labour’s byelection candidate

First published on the Times Redbox

“Labour’s recovery will come through local government,” remarked Liam Byrne in his speech to Policy Network on Tuesday, predicting a 1930s return to “municipal socialism” and the days when Herbert Morrison clawed Labour back to credibility as leader of the London county council.

For those despondent about a Labour recovery, there is good news. We do not need to wait. Since Labour left the Whitehall stage, a generation of exceptional local government leaders have come to the fore. They are dynamic, innovative and charting an exceptional path for Labour. In the most challenging fiscal environment they are creating jobs, transforming services and winning powers from central government. However, the parliamentary party has yet to find a way to harness this energy. (more…)