Draft position paper 2017-18

At each annual conference, Open Labour’s Management Committee will present a draft ‘position paper’ for the year for debate and voting. The paper will contain a set of political positions for the organisation. Using these positions, the newly elected MC are given a set of guidelines and principles outlining how Open Labour should take part … Continued

Management Committee Candidate Statements

The following 9 nominations are for the contested 5 open places on the committee and balloting is by electronic ballot using Opavote. If you have not received a ballot please email admin@openlabour.org Name: Fraser Amos Constituency: Taunton Deane Statement Having become the Youth Officer for Taunton Deane CLP I have established a new active and … Continued

Could Britain re-enter a reformed EU?

Open Labour Brexit debate By Hannah Dadd At a recent event organised by Labour South-West on the subject of the European Union and women’s rights, a clear divide amongst the MPs and MEPs in attendance emerged on the issue of Brexit. The divide could broadly be characterised as between ‘if and ‘when’ factions. That is, … Continued

Identity or class politics? It doesn’t have to be a choice.

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ There has been much excitement recently among some lefties about the death of “identity politics”. Let me correct that sentence. There has been much excitement recently among some straight, white so-called left wing men about the so-called death of “identity politics”. Finally, it seems, with the vote to Brexit and … Continued

Social care – so what do we do?

By James Jacobs / @jameswjacobs Social Care is in crisis. We know this as a certainty. The pressures of not only an ageing population but the ever-increasing consensus that people have individual and acute needs are growing. This means that it’s not just extra staffing that would help, but specialist staffing. And because there isn’t … Continued

Solid Modernity – A personal and political reflection on Zygmunt Bauman

By Alex Sobel / @alexsobel My family’s journey mirrored that of Zygmunt Bauman’s: from Poland to Israel then to Leeds. However it wasn’t until the last, the City we both share, that our families came into contact. My father was a friend of Leon Sfard from Poland who married Zygmunt’s eldest daughter Anna, my father … Continued

Polling and Labour’s prospects

By Owen Jones / @owenjones84 Labour’s current position in the opinion polls is disastrous. This isn’t written as a counsel of despair, but because we have to recognise political reality if we are going to turn it around. In the latest YouGov opinion poll, the Tories are on 42%; Labour languish at 26%. In this … Continued

After Theresa May’s transformation of the Tory party, what’s left for the centre-left?

By Jeevan Jones / @JeevanJones On 5th October in Birmingham’s ICC, you’d be forgiven for thinking something sounded familiar. It wasn’t Ed Miliband talking about “tackling unfairness and injustice and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people” or of “building an economy that’s fair, where everyone plays by the … Continued

Editorial: McDonnell is wrong, this is not our moment

“This week”, John McDonnell wrote last week in the New Statesman, “the left finally defeated free market ideology”. This, after a government just advocated for the deportation of NHS staff, just targeted international students, and is considering legislating for firms to publish a ‘list’ of foreign employees. This isn’t a victory. If there is even … Continued