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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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