The Last Word: A bridge to nowhere

The new establishment cannot be trusted with Brexit, writes Robert Philpot On Wednesday night, in what is fast becoming a regular feature of the parliamentary calendar, Jeremy Corbyn once again ordered Labour members of parliament not to support a motion to keep...

Carillion collapse should be a watershed moment

We need an approach that places the user at the fore of all decisions on who should provide a service, argues Margaret Hodge MP – and that starts we these four reforms The collapse of Carillion will impact on service users, workers and the taxpayer. The government...

Macron’s bargaining chip

Recognising that Brexit is just a complicating factor for Emmanual Macron is his grand ambitions for European reform is key to understanding this week's visit, argues Alan Lockey The Daily Mail is furious. It seems the devious – and worse, French! – president Emmanuel...

Drawing the line

Most Jeremy Corbyn supporters are not ideologues; the rest are liable to resort to turn on each other, writes Adrian McMenamin The time for holding illusions about where the Labour party is and where it is going are well and truly over. Even if you still thought that...

Equal work for equal pay

Men have a vital role to play in promoting gender pay equality, writes Ellie Groves  The revelation that John Humphrys has said something sexist is hardly ground-breaking news. However, in this case, it does highlight an interesting perspective in the discussion of...

The real problem with the Office for Students

Toby Young's resignation does not change the fundamental problems with the Office for Students, writes Robbie Young  If there is one thing that reaffirms any speculation about how weak Theresa May is, you only have to look at the fact the Toby Young resigned instead...

The silent crisis in Britain’s justice system

Disarray in the justice system is less visible than in other areas – which is why it is so important we do not let the Tories sweep the problems under the carpet, argues Chris Evans MP Every day there seems to be another crisis in our prisons. Stretched to breaking...

No longer just a winter crisis

The NHS cannot afford to ignore social care any longer – but adding the phrase to Jeremy Hunt's job title is not a solution, writes Joanne Harding This is not just about ‘winter pressures’ – there is no such thing any longer. This time, the crisis in the health...

Keeping Britain open

In the debate about post-Brexit migration, Labour’s progressives must keep making the case for the immigration we need, writes Jack May It is a luxury of sorts being in opposition. You get to spend almost all of your time complaining, which is vastly easier than...

Diversity challenge

Labour's future success is dependent on its diversity, writes Christabel Cooper Earlier this month, Professor Tim Bale published findings showing that members of political parties are considerably whiter and more middle class than the population in general....

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Carillion collapse should be a watershed moment

We need an approach that places the user at the fore of all decisions on who should provide a service, argues Margaret Hodge MP – and that starts we these four reforms The collapse of Carillion will impact on service users, workers and the taxpayer. The government...

Macron’s bargaining chip

Recognising that Brexit is just a complicating factor for Emmanual Macron is his grand ambitions for European reform is key to understanding this week's visit, argues Alan Lockey The Daily Mail is furious. It seems the devious – and worse, French! – president Emmanuel...

Drawing the line

Most Jeremy Corbyn supporters are not ideologues; the rest are liable to resort to turn on each other, writes Adrian McMenamin The time for holding illusions about where the Labour party is and where it is going are well and truly over. Even if you still thought that...

Equal work for equal pay

Men have a vital role to play in promoting gender pay equality, writes Ellie Groves  The revelation that John Humphrys has said something sexist is hardly ground-breaking news. However, in this case, it does highlight an interesting perspective in the discussion of...

The real problem with the Office for Students

Toby Young's resignation does not change the fundamental problems with the Office for Students, writes Robbie Young  If there is one thing that reaffirms any speculation about how weak Theresa May is, you only have to look at the fact the Toby Young resigned instead...

The silent crisis in Britain’s justice system

Disarray in the justice system is less visible than in other areas – which is why it is so important we do not let the Tories sweep the problems under the carpet, argues Chris Evans MP Every day there seems to be another crisis in our prisons. Stretched to breaking...

No longer just a winter crisis

The NHS cannot afford to ignore social care any longer – but adding the phrase to Jeremy Hunt's job title is not a solution, writes Joanne Harding This is not just about ‘winter pressures’ – there is no such thing any longer. This time, the crisis in the health...

Keeping Britain open

In the debate about post-Brexit migration, Labour’s progressives must keep making the case for the immigration we need, writes Jack May It is a luxury of sorts being in opposition. You get to spend almost all of your time complaining, which is vastly easier than...

Diversity challenge

Labour's future success is dependent on its diversity, writes Christabel Cooper Earlier this month, Professor Tim Bale published findings showing that members of political parties are considerably whiter and more middle class than the population in general....

A star-spangled ballot?

Following praise for her Golden Globes speech, should television star Oprah Winfrey run for United States president in 2020? Sam Bright and Henna Shah debate the topic that has gripped American politics this week [column-group][column] YES There are few things more...

Includes articles from the Web Exclusive category 2010 – 2018.

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A year in review

Richard Angell on all the ups and downs from the last 12 months Copeland byelection The Progress team started the new year as we meant to carry on: knocking doors. The byelection in the Labour stronghold of Copeland had been called after member of parliament Jamie...

Leonard’s three big challenges

Scottish Labour should be unambiguously pro-union and anti-hard Brexit, argues Blair McDougall After a bruising, unexpected and unnecessary leadership contest Scottish Labour’s new leader Richard Leonard will have the whole party behind him as he faces three big...

Wanton destruction

Brexit’s impact on the NHS is already proving devastating, writes Ben Bradshaw My most memorable doorstep encounter during the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was in the last week, with an elderly Exeter couple, solidly Labour, with...

My Life, Our Times

Gordon Brown is likely to be remembered as Labour's greatest chancellor. Will his reputation as prime minister improve with time too? Spencer Livermore thinks so Gordon Brown’s memoir has so far largely been viewed through the prism of his relationship with Tony...

Representative communities

Is it time for English local government to be elected by single transferable vote? Gordon Matheson and Joanne Harding debate [column-group][column] YES Last year I stepped down after 17 years as a councillor, including more than five years as leader of Glasgow city...

A matter of deep shame

I remember when Labour was part of the solution, not the problem, to tackling antisemitism, writes Jennifer Gerber When I was growing up 20 years ago, antisemitism in Britain was rarely a topic of conversation among my family, friends and school mates. When we spoke...

Neglect at the heart of Beveridge

The one ‘missing giant’ from the founding text of the welfare state was how we deal with care in our society, argues our editorial Tackling inequality is at the very heart of the centre-left and Labour project. It is what has driven our movement since its foundation....

A fundamental rethink needed

New funding, reformed commissioning and a proper industrial policy are the basic requirements of a resilient social care system, argues Matt Dykes Social care matters. It is an essential service that all of us stand a high chance of requiring one day for ourselves or...

A new Marshall plan for the working class

Idleness: Where the right offers grievance, the centre-left needs to offer an answer – and honesty, writes Pat McFadden Take back control’. ‘Make America great again’. Two winning slogans from campaigns that have changed the face of politics in the United Kingdom and...

No less revolutionary

Want: The food bank has replaced the soup kitchen and look permanent as Tory cuts persist When William Beveridge identified ‘want’ as one of his five giants, the memories of soup kitchens, dole queues and children with rickets were fresh in the collective mind. The...

Includes articles from the Progress Magazine category, 2010 – 2018

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This issue is one of equality

If people into the habit of voting from early on they will continue to do so throughout their adult lives, writes Sarah-Jane Smyth. This article is part of a guest edit on #VotesAt16. Two years ago, in 2015, as a politically engaged young woman, I was keeping up to...

The long journey to political education in schools

Reducing the voting age is important – but we should also campaign for political education in schools, writes Marian Craig. This article is part of a guest edit on #VotesAt16. In 1832, men aged 21 and over who met the correct property criteria were given the right to...

Democracy is about franchising people

Young people have earned their right to have a greater say in our politics, writes Jim McMahon.  This article is part of a guest edit on #VotesAt16. The campaign to lower the voting age is not a new one. But there is a point in history when the time comes. We have...

The time has come

It is time politicians put some faith in the future of the country by allowing votes at 16, writes James Cleverley. This article is part of James' #VotesAt16 guest edit. The future of our country is currently in its most uncertain point in generations. With a weak and...

Talk of crisis

Not even the most senior family court judge in the country can get patients a mental health bed, argues Luciana Berger Mental health is on the lips of prime ministers and future kings. Mental health has gone mainstream. We must celebrate that, because the more we talk...

Prevention, not arrest

Greater cooperation between the emergency services, social services, doctors and schools is needed to avoid a person's struggle with mental health spiralling into criminality, writes former police officer Dan Heley Policing is in crisis. It has been for years and...

Empty words on mental health

Theresa May promised to tackle the 'burning injustice' of mental health. For the sake of employees, their families and businesses, she must turn that promise into action, writes Lizzy Dobres Today is World Mental Health day, and we are reminded once again that one in...

No parity

The government’s empty words on mental health resources are being exposed, explains Joanne Harding As a mental health professional, I support people in crisis every day. As a local councillor and health scrutiny chair, I have read countless strategies outlining the...

Creating a cohesive society

Britain must assume a proactive and strategic approach to social integration if it is to become a more inclusive nation, reflects Chuka Umunna MP In this year’s general election we saw age trump other demographic factors as the greatest predictor for how someone would...

Protecting advertising after Brexit

Government must ensure that Britain secures a Brexit deal that does not endanger its position as a world leader in advertising, argues Seema Malhotra MP Britain’s advertising industry is a world leader and supports over one million jobs in the United Kingdom – last...

Includes all of the archived hashtag campaigns, #Budget2017, #HMD2017, #IAM2016, #IWD2017, #Lab17, #PAC17, #PSB16, #StayInLabour, #TUC17, #VotesAt16, #WMHD17.

Columns

The Last Word: A bridge to nowhere

The new establishment cannot be trusted with Brexit, writes Robert Philpot On Wednesday night, in what is fast becoming a regular feature of the parliamentary calendar, Jeremy Corbyn once again ordered Labour members of parliament not to support a motion to keep...

Keeping Britain open

In the debate about post-Brexit migration, Labour’s progressives must keep making the case for the immigration we need, writes Jack May It is a luxury of sorts being in opposition. You get to spend almost all of your time complaining, which is vastly easier than...

The Last Word: Depleted moral authority

Even silence from the Labour frontbench on the Iranian protests was preferable to the subsequent vocalised equivocation, argues Robert Philpot Last weekend Emily Thornberry broke the Labour leadership’s virtual silence on the new year protests in Iran. It would have...

A star-spangled ballot?

Following praise for her Golden Globes speech, should television star Oprah Winfrey run for United States president in 2020? Sam Bright and Henna Shah debate the topic that has gripped American politics this week [column-group][column] YES There are few things more...

What will we inherit?

Waiting around for the government to collapse does not inspire confidence, but there is still a reason to have faith in the Labour party, writes Adrian McMenamin I am writing this column instead of attending my Labour party branch meeting. The column offers a chance...

A radical shift in education

A dark cloud looms over our schools – and Labour is well-placed to help them weather the storm, writes Jack May ‘Education, education, education’. In a system left languishing by nearly two decades of Tory neglect, this was not just a mantra but a vital commitment to...

The Last Word: The moderate majority

2018 needs to be the year that those opposed to the degradation of political discourse assert themselves once more, argues Robert Philpot As 2016 drew to a close, the sinister forces of populism seemed to be sweeping all before them. Britain’s vote to leave the...

Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time

David Miliband presents a compelling explanation of the issue that dominates his work, writes Richard Angell In his new book, David Miliband guides the reader between three experiences that shape his views of refugees and displaced people – his parents, the ‘first...

The Last Word: The Alabama surprise

Steve Bannon lost the Republicans a safe seat, writes The Last Word columnist Robert Philpot When the histories of Donald Trump’s presidency are written, Ray Moore’s defeat in the Alabama special election this week may come to be seen as a turning point. Alabama was...

My Life, Our Times

Gordon Brown is likely to be remembered as Labour's greatest chancellor. Will his reputation as prime minister improve with time too? Spencer Livermore thinks so Gordon Brown’s memoir has so far largely been viewed through the prism of his relationship with Tony...

Includes Pat’s Politics and general Columns from 2010 – 2018