The Art of Opposition series

Lucy Snow

Political cross-dressing: Tess Lanning says the revival of compassionate conservatism means that Labour will have to move out of its comfort zone.

Show and tell: Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, and member of the Communities and Local Government select committee, says that Labour must show it has better solutions on housing.


A new Beveridge report: Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn, says that in order to win the welfare debate, Labour must come up with a new Beveridge report fit for the 21st century, rather than opposing Osborne’s tinkering with a broken system.

The fightback should start with our local councils: Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, argues that the creativity local government has shown in the face of cuts can show voters what Labour is capable of.


Our fractious party can unify around Europe: Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and shadow foreign minister, says there is a clear division between Labour and the Tories on Europe – the party must capitalise on it.

‘Tanks on our lawn’: Ruth Davis and Ed Wallis write on how Labour can establish a new identity in opposition as the Conservatives seek to occupy the centre ground.


Osborne’s ‘living wage’: Donald Hirsch, Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, on how Labour should respond to the Chancellor’s audacity.

Lessons from the frontbench: Following his move to the backbenches, Ivan Lewis MP tells Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow team that simply exposing the Tories’ nastiness won’t be enough.


Labour has never been pacifist – let’s not star now: Mike Gapes MP says Labour can play an important role in shaping the security, defence and international policies of our country.

The opportunity of opposition: Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, on how the next five years can be put to good use.

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