2017

Labour’s Top 40 Conference Moments: Everything you always wanted to know but…

Conference can make or break a party leader and has been the scene of some of the most extraordinary moments in the Labour's history. Here is a rundown of the 40 most important conferences since 1900.  This weekend, the party faithful will head down to Brighton for the annual Labour conference. We can trace its… Continue reading Labour’s Top 40 Conference Moments: Everything you always wanted to know but…

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2017

Book review: Things Can Only Get Worse? Twenty Confusing Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter by John O’Farrell

The sequel to 1998’s bestselling Things Can Only Get Better takes us through a crazy twenty years with the decline of New Labour through to Corbyn, Brexit and Trump. When Things Can Only Get Better was released in 1998, it propelled its author John O’Farrell into the world of minor political celebrity. In 2010, The… Continue reading Book review: Things Can Only Get Worse? Twenty Confusing Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter by John O’Farrell

2017

An “absurd denial of self-interest” – The lost Blair speech that backed the Euro…but was never given

On the morning of September 11th 2001, Tony Blair was on his way to the TUC conference in Brighton, for a dramatic showdown with the trade unions. Emboldened by another landslide just 3 months earlier, the prime minister was determined to make the most of his second term by pushing through with controversial public service… Continue reading An “absurd denial of self-interest” – The lost Blair speech that backed the Euro…but was never given

2017

Waiting at the church: Why Callaghan failed to call the 1978 general election

By the summer of 1978, Jim Callaghan had a big decision to make. After four tumultuous years in power, his party had finally nudged ahead in the opinion polls. An election was expected, but to the shock of the world, Callaghan abandoned his plan. It became the most significant miscalculation in Labour's history For most of 1976… Continue reading Waiting at the church: Why Callaghan failed to call the 1978 general election

2017

Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment

Tony Blair had been prime minister for just four months, when he was thrown into the glare of the world's media, following the death of Princess Diana. With they eyes of the world turning towards Britain, the nation underwent an unprecedented period of public grief. But as the public turned on the Windsor's, Tony Blair… Continue reading Show Us You Care! Blair, Diana & The Seven Days That Shook The Establishment

2017

Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

Part One: Homes Fit For Heroes The Wheatley Housing Act of 1924 allowed central government to provide subsidies for social housing. The aim was to create employment in a shattered construction industry and provide quality homes at affordable rents. Ten years later, over half a million council homes had been built in the UK.  It… Continue reading Let’s Build The Houses Quick! How Labour tackled previous housing crises

2017

1945 King’s Speech – On behalf of the people

"It will be the aim of my Ministers to see that the national resources in labour and material are employed with the fullest efficiency in the interests of all and that the standard of living is progressively improved." The 1945 election marked a watershed in British political history. Labour had shocked the world by ousting… Continue reading 1945 King’s Speech – On behalf of the people