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Labour in rural England and Wales

Tobias Phibbs

The Fabian Society is carrying out a research project into Labour’s discomfort in rural England and Wales. For Labour to win a majority in a general election it must make significant gains in rural and semi-rural constituencies yet it is out of touch with rural concerns. Labour’s general election defeat in 2015 saw Labour win…

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Gordon Brown’s English problem

John Denham

On Thursday Gordon Brown called for the Brexit settlement to deliver greater powers for UK nations and the English regions, rather than to Whitehall. The speech has strong points but at its heart is a fatal weakness that cannot deliver for Britain or England but could undermine Labour and feed its enemies. Not for the…

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Labour’s English challenge

John Denham, Michael Kenny

The soap opera of Labour’s leadership election has absorbed a good deal of the party’s emotional energy and political attention for the past few months. Above all it has distracted Labour from some of the increasingly important questions about nationhood and state that are now pressing on the UK in the wake of the EU…