We cannot let the Right define patriotism

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ In 2017, it is impossible to avoid thinking about the topic of patriotism. For many on the left, patriotism is synonymous with the darker concept of nationalism. Both are also tinged for many on the left (as actively encouraged by those on the right) with a sense of nativism. This … Continued

Progressive Alliance – A constructive critique

By Paul Thompson Last Monday saw the latest round in the Compass campaign for a ‘progressive alliance’ – a pamphlet from the writer, Jeremy Gilbert. An honest and thoughtful piece aimed squarely at Labour supporters, it didn’t persuade me, a founding signatory of Compass and someone who tries hard not be tribalist. However, let’s start … Continued

A week for commonality

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Last week, we saw the best of ourselves and the worst of ourselves. As we mourn the deaths caused by one appalling individual, we need to look at the events of last week and what we can learn from them. Westminster is so often described in violent terms. We discuss … Continued

Martin McGuinness: struggle, loss, forgiveness

By Bev Waker-Craig / @bevcraig This week we heard the news that Martin McGuinness has passed away following his battle with a rare heart condition. I’d like to think that at the very least one of the legacies of McGuinness was to leave behind a place where all sides of the community could come together and … Continued

Adopted position paper 2017-18

Following some intense democratic debate, Open Labour has adopted a position paper for 2017-18. The paper outlines our basic strategic and policy positions on the big issues  in the country and the labour movement, which we have adopted in the hope of persuading Labour Party to follow. It also roughly outlines a set of priorities for our … Continued

#OpenLabour17 – The Open Labour Panel

Thanks to Open Labour member Hassan Hoque for recording the below session conversation. https://clyp.it/hu0z3t1u Ideas into action: building an open left Panel Speakers: Lisa Johnson – Director of External Relations and Training, GMB Polly Billington – SERA Executive and former Advisor, Sadiq Khan and DECC Clifford Singer – Founder VoteSwap, False Economy and currently Social Spark … Continued

It’s time to decriminalise abortion – and Labour MPs must play a part

By Charlotte Nichols / @charlotte2153   This week, following a Ten Minute Rule Bill introduced by Labour MP Diana Johnson, MPs voted to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales; the Bill passed by 172 votes in favour, and 142 against, with its second reading on March 24th. Fifty years on from the Abortion Act 1967 which … Continued

Secondary schools between a rock and a hard place: a Labour response

Anonymous submission I am chair of governors at a secondary school in a deprived town in Northern England.  We remain, like many schools in our region, a maintained school out of the clutches of the academy system, at least for now. As such, I found the speech on Friday by the new Ofsted Inspector Amanda … Continued