The Labour Leadership

Tom Hampson


As part of the Fabian Society’s work during the Labour Leadership contest, we commissioned all five candidates to write Fabian Essays. We then asked each of them five short questions which were submitted by Fabian members and contributors online.

In the essays:

  • Diane Abbott argues that, without ideology, the Labour front bench would be in danger of becoming ”freelance management consultants”
  • Ed Balls says that 2010 voters thought Labour no longer “championed a fair society”
  • Andy Burnham admits that ”we seemed dazzled by power, glamour and big business”
  • David Miliband argues that despite Osborne’s “masochism”, Labour mustn’t deny “economic reality”
  • Ed Miliband claims that “old-fashioned New Labour is now an obstacle to winning next election”.