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Winning public trust

Stephen Burke

Labour should remember that first and foremost we are all patients and users of the NHS. That means we all have experiences – good and bad – of our health service. How Labour talks about the NHS must resonate with those experiences and reflect how patients interact with the NHS. For example STPs (sustainability and…

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Promises, promises

Deborah Mattinson

After the ‘longest suicide note in history’ back in 1983, Labour, on its journey towards modernisation, latched on to the idea of the ‘symbolic policy’: a policy that illustrates a party’s long term values and vision while also connecting strongly with voters. The sale of council houses, introduced by the Conservatives around this time was…

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The right to a decent home

Kate Murray

Elections used to be won and lost on housing. From 1918 when Lloyd George promised homes fit for heroes to 1945, when the Labour manifesto proclaimed that housing was ‘one of the greatest and one of the earliest tests of a government’s real determination to put the nation first’, and from 1951, when the Conservatives…

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