Labour Party


Making the most of the momentum

14 December 2015 A new kind of politics needs a new kind of Labour Party, writes Andrew Dolan

What the Corbyn campaign did next: meet Momentum

13 October 2015 James Schneider writes on the launch of Momentum, the grassroots network building on the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader campaign

Conventional wisdom: our chance to redraw the British state

5 October 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has said that he wants to organise a constitutional convention. We should seize the opportunity, writes Dan Hind

After Corbyn’s victory: time for a new kind of politics

18 September 2015 Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters now face the huge task of opening up the Labour Party and putting members genuinely in control. How can they do it? Michael Calderbank gives some ideas

Event: After Corbyn’s victory: what next for social movements?

15 September 2015 Join us, Global Justice Now, Fuel Poverty Action and Compass in Brighton on the 27 September

The Corbynomics of energy

11 September 2015 Behind the media smokescreen, how green is Jeremy Corbyn? Alan Simpson digs deeper into Corbyn's energy policies

1983: the biggest myth in Labour Party history

6 September 2015 Labour's 1983 election campaign has long been used to say it is impossible for a leader like Jeremy Corbyn to win any election from the left. Alex Nunns digs out the truth

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the Labour leadership

1 September 2015 'The highlight began when it looked as though Corbyn could win, and continued thereafter'

How Labour lost the 1992 election: an alternative to the ‘official wisdom’

25 August 2015 Michael Calderbank revisits Defeat from the Jaws of Victory, by Mike Marqusee and Richard Heffernan, first published 1992

Editorial: Triumph over disaster

25 August 2015 Whatever the outcome of the Jeremy Corbyn campaign, it has shown that anti-austerity arguments have a wide resonance, writes Michael Calderbank

Labour selling rights to the city?

21 August 2015 Donations from private developers to Labour London mayoral candidates further implicate politicians in the capital’s housing crisis and highlight the chasm between Corbyn and many of his party colleagues, writes Andrew Dolan

The changing face of Labour

3 August 2015 Josh Holmes speaks to some of the new intake of Labour MPs about a fresh left focus for the party

My support for Jeremy Corbyn is about much more than ‘reclaiming Labour’

17 July 2015 Hilary Wainwright says she is backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader as part of a transition to organisation beyond parliamentary politics

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about Tony Blair

8 June 2015 'No, it’s not time to rehabilitate Tony Blair.'

Higher aspirations: politics beyond the ballot box

8 June 2015 As with the Scottish referendum, electoral defeat can be transformed into political success. A new movement is rising, says Hilary Wainwright

O rose, thou art sick

8 June 2015 The Labour Party's general election defeat has much deeper roots than the failings of its leader, writes Andrew Dolan

How a hung parliament could lead to a new anti-austerity alliance

21 April 2015 The right is horrified by the rise of the SNP – because it raises the prospect of a progressive coalition, argues Hilary Wainwright

Inside New Labour’s rolling coup: the Blair Supremacy

1 December 2014 Alan Simpson, a backbench socialist MP throughout New Labour’s time in office, describes his experience of what a new book calls the 'Blair Supremacy'

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about what makes politicians tick

1 December 2014 'I haven’t socialised with senior politicians, but I’ve hung out with the insane and I can reveal that they believe their own lies completely'

Labour once again refuses to break with ‘business as usual’

20 November 2014 Labour's links to PricewatehouseCoopers is yet another sign of a party unwilling to break from 'business as usual' and of a political system captured by corporate interests, writes Andrew Dolan

The myth of the 1970s

23 October 2014 In the 1970s, they say, the dead lay unburied, greedy unions held the country to ransom and a divided country was impossible to govern, John Medhurst asks: was it really so bad?

Young people the latest target in Labour’s lurch to the right

19 June 2014 Labour's austerity-inspired welfare proposals will penalise young adults for circumstances beyond their control, writes Andrew Dolan

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about characters

17 February 2014 'Today’s politicians are boring. Perhaps that’s why they get away with so much'

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about voting

19 December 2013 'The thing that surprises me is not that Westminster politics are found to be boring, but rather that so many journalists find them so interesting'

Debate: Is the ‘co-op council’ really co-operating with cuts?

8 March 2013 Local Labour councillor Edward Davie says Red Pepper’s recent article on Lambeth’s ‘co-operative council’ was disappointing. Below, council trade unionist Jon Rogers responds

Co-operating with cuts in Lambeth

12 February 2013 Isabelle Koksal reports on how Lambeth’s ‘co-operative council’ is riding roughshod over co-operative principles in its drive for sell-offs and cuts in local services

Labour and the cuts: beyond the ‘dented shield’

31 January 2013 The scale of coalition cuts means the very future of local public services is in jeopardy. Michael Calderbank asks whether Labour councillors can do more than offer verbal protest and practical acquiescence

Refounding the politics of labour

29 September 2011 Ed Miliband's speech had little to say on the unions. Hilary Wainwright urges the Labour leader to embrace a newly political trade unionism

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about Ed Miliband

4 August 2011 'The reason he’s terrified is that he knows in his heart that capitalism doesn’t work'

Being led by Ed

7 January 2011 Alex Nunns asks what it would take for Ed Miliband’s win to mark a real progressive turn

Speaking about the ‘S’ word

5 August 2010 John McDonnell MP assesses Ralph Miliband's socialist vision

Our favourite Miliband

5 August 2010 Hilary Wainwright reveals which Miliband caught her fancy

Don’t vote Labour – they don’t deserve it … do they?

27 March 2010 'Vote Labour to keep out the Tories' has been the default position of most of the left for decades, albeit with clothes pegs firmly affixed to noses. What other options are there? Does Labour deserve to lose? Certainly the Tories don't deserve to win. Michael Mansfield QC and Melissa Benn are both radical socialists with strong records of campaigning for human rights and social justice. But when it comes to how to vote they disagree strongly

Editorial: Parallel worlds

1 February 2009 These days of putting together this issue of Red Pepper have been the days of the Gaza massacre. They have also been a time of two distinct political worlds. On the one hand, demonstrations that grew from one week to the next, bringing together Muslims and Jews to a unique extent; dissenting Jews across Israel, […]

Criticism is not enough

3 January 2009 New Labour did not implement its policies of the past decade in a vacuum, says Jeremy Gilbert. The question now is whether the left has an alternative

Editorial: A place for the left

20 September 2008 Hilary Wainwright says that the pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour

After the party

20 September 2008 In 2004 the Fire Brigades Union disaffiliated from the Labour Party. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack explains what it has meant for the union politically

The irresponsibility of the rich

18 September 2008 Inequality has widened: the child poverty figures are up by 100,000 for the second year running and pensioner poverty is once again on the rise. Faced with these shocking figures, Ruth Lister argues for a radical shift in the terms of the debate

New limbs for the left

4 June 2008 New Labour is dead. The New Tories are in the ascendancy. The left needs to look beyond its existing, inbred networks, writes Hilary Wainwright

Socialism by stealth?

11 November 2007 Dave Osler argues the Green Party can never become a popular front for the achievement of socialism

Green is the new red

21 October 2007 Peter Tatchell argues the Greens are now the only credible radical left-wing alternative and the best hope for advancing a progressive political agenda

Whatever does it take?

2 October 2007 The sooner the left gives up on Labour, the sooner it can begin to organise for real change, says John Nicholson

A new politics of pluralism

28 September 2007 Mark Perryman asks why an effective left-of-Labour opposition has taken so long emerge - and what the prospects for it are now

The good, the bad and the future

27 September 2007 Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury sees a chance to shape a new radical agenda for Labour under Gordon Brown

Still life

24 September 2007 A latent radicalism still exists in the Labour Party, says defeated Labour deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas. Now the left must tap it

Inside and outside left

24 September 2007 The left must build new coalitions of ideas and organisation, inside and outside Labour, that compel leaders to be as radical as possible and encourage the more radical to rise to the top, writes Neal Lawson

Why stay?

16 September 2007 Liz Davies was an active member of the Labour left between 1979 and 2001 and elected as a Grassroots Alliance candidate to the Labour Party's national executive committee between 1998 and 2000. Here she responds to Alex Nunn's essay and opens a debate that continues on the Red Pepper website and forum

What became of the Labour left?

16 September 2007 After more than a decade of a concerted attempt to silence the left in the Labour Party, Alex Nunns inquires into whether there is still life in this vital challenge to the power of the executive

A healthy choice

1 July 2007 Labour's deputy leadership contest has at least revealed one thing - the extent of unease over Tony Blair's market reforms of the NHS. Ministers have made statements that would once have got them sacked but now get them votes. Red Pepper and Keep Our NHS Public teamed up to survey the six candidates' views and see who's best for the NHS. By Alex Nunns

Alan Johnson

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS



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