The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Author: Eunice Goes

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781784998059

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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By charting the ideas that informed and shaped Ed Miliband’s attempt to re-imagine social democracy this book shows that he tried but failed in that task. This failure is one of the several reasons why ‘Milibandism’ was so overwhelmingly rejected by voters at the 2015 general election.

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

Author: Tim Bale

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780198702962

Category: History

Page: 320

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This is the saga of Ed Miliband's attempt to put Labour back into power after just five years in opposition. It details the challenges he has faced, the difficulties - and the colleagues - he has had to deal with, some of the mistakes he has made, and the successes he has occasionally enjoyed along the way. Tim Bale tells the story of how a man whose leadership credentials and credibility were questioned from the outset has managed to hold together a partynotorious for in-fighting, and asks whether, in spite of this, he has managed to put together a platform that might still persuade voters to give Labour a chance to return to office in 2015.

The British Labour Party in Opposition and Power 1979-2019

The British Labour Party in Opposition and Power 1979-2019

Author: Patrick Diamond

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317595373

Category: Political Science

Page: 422

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This book provides a novel account of the Labour Party’s years in opposition and power since 1979, examining how New Labour fought to reinvent post-war social democracy, reshaping its core political ideas. It charts Labour’s sporadic recovery from political disaster in the 1980s, successfully making the arduous journey from opposition to power with the rise (and ultimately fall) of the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Forty years on from the 1979 debacle, Labour has found itself on the edge of oblivion once again. Defeated in 2010, it entered a further cycle of degeneration and decline. Like social democratic parties across Europe, Labour failed to identify a fresh ideological rationale in the aftermath of the great financial crisis. Drawing on a wealth of sources including interviews and unpublished papers, the book focuses on decisive points of transformational change in the party’s development raising a perennial concern of present-day debate – namely whether Labour is a party capable of transforming the ideological weather, shaping a new paradigm in British politics, or whether it is a party that should be content to govern within parameters established by its Conservative opponents. This text will be of interest to the general reader as well as scholars and students of British politics, British political party history, and the history of the British Labour Party since 1918.

Nostalgia and the post-war Labour Party

Nostalgia and the post-war Labour Party

Author: Richard Jobson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526113337

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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This book examines the impact that nostalgia has had on the Labour Party’s political development since 1951. It argues that nostalgia has defined Labour’s identity and determined the party’s trajectory. Nostalgia has hindered policy discussion, determined the form and parameters of party modernisation, shaped internal conflict and cohesion and made it difficult for the party to adjust to socioeconomic changes. It has frequently left the party out of touch with the modern world. In this way, this study offers an assessment of Labour’s failures to adapt to the changing nature of post-war Britain and will be of interest to both students and academics and to those with a more general interest in Labour’s history and politics.

The Candidate

The Candidate

Author: Alex Nunns

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 9781682191057

Category: Political Science

Page: 390

View: 287

Drawing on first-hand interviews with those involved in the campaign, including its most senior figures, Nunns traces the origins of Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable ascent in British politics.

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

Author: Tim Bale

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191007484

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 962

In May 2010, Labour suffered one of its worst ever election defeats. A few months later it chose Ed Miliband as its new leader. His task? To win back power after just one term in opposition - a tall order given how many voters had come to blame Labour for the economic mess the country was in, and to see the party as a soft-touch when it came to immigration and welfare. Even those who were more sympathetic had their doubts. Was Ed Miliband really leadership material? Would he be able to overcome defeating his elder brother to get to the top? Would he have to do as he was told by the trade union leaders who had helped him win? Could he resolve the tensions between Blairites and Brownites, Blue Labour and New Labour? Might his desire to keep his colleagues united mean Labour stayed stuck in its comfort zone? Would he, in seeking to break from the party's recent past, take it too far to the left? Could he offer the electorate something really radical in 2015 or would he instead choose something safer but ultimately less inspiring? And what should twenty-first social democracy look like now that the money had run out? This book, by one of the country's foremost experts on party politics, seeks to answer all those questions and, in the run up to the 2015 general election, to ask one more: will Ed Miliband's five year mission turn out to be 'mission impossible'?

Leadership and the Labour Party

Leadership and the Labour Party

Author: John Gaffney

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137504982

Category: Political Science

Page: 267

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The relationships between narrative and leadership, between rhetoric and performance, between doctrine and its voicing, are crucial to party politics and are underrated by both practising politicians and scholars. This study analyses the ‘performance of leadership’ in the UK Labour Party, and what this means for a new approach to understanding politics. The main focus of this study is the five-year leadership of Ed Miliband, 2010-2015. The fortunes of the party and the party leadership can be apprehended as a series of performed rhetorical events. A political leader’s persona is a construction that performs – rather like an actor – in the political space. The author identifies and analyses the architecture and the modalities of leadership persona construction and performance in contemporary politics.

The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party

The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party

Author: Batrouni, Dimitri

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781529205084

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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Using interviews with key thinkers in the party, this book gives a lively account of the ideological developments and dramas in the Labour party in recent decades. It delves into the totemic battles between hard and soft left, examines key periods of Labour’s ideological exhaustion and ideational confusion, and analyses the impacts of Corbynism.

Searching for Socialism

Searching for Socialism

Author: Leo Panitch

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781788738521

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 928

A new and essential history of the Labour new left from Tony Benn to Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn’s rapid ascent to the leadership of the Labour Party, driven by a groundswell of popular support particularly among the young, was met at the time by a baffled media. Just where did Jeremy Corbyn come from? In Searching for Socialism, Leo Panitch and Colin Leys argue that it is only by understanding Corbyn’s roots in the Bennite Labour New Left’s long struggle to transcend the limits of “parliamentary socialism” and democratise the party, as a precondition for democratising the state, can you understand his surge to become leader of the party. Closely analyzing the forces inside the party aligned against Corbyn’s leadership, Panitch and Leys explain what happened between the validation of the Corbyn project in the 2017 election, while advancing an ambitious programme of democratic socialist measures unmatched anywhere since the 1970s, and the electoral defeat amidst the Brexit conjuncture of 2019. They argue that while this defeat marked the farthest point to which the generation formed in the 1970s was able to carry the Labour new left project, it seems unlikely that the new generation of activists will quickly see any other way forward than continuing the struggle inside the Labour Party, so as to fundamentally change it. In the face of the contradictions being generated by twenty-first-century capitalism, and the need for discovering and developing new political forms adequate to addressing them, this book is required reading for democratic socialists, not just in Britain but everywhere.

Political Parties in Britain

Political Parties in Britain

Author: Matt Cole

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748669035

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 179

An introduction to political parties in Britain which offers an examination of the main parties' individual characteristics (including policy, organisation and support) and explains the impact of smaller parties.

Rise

Rise

Author: Liam Young

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471171352

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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‘Liam is one of Britain’s most brilliant young writers. He was ridiculed for believing a Corbyn-led Labour party could inspire people – but ultimately completely vindicated. If you want to know why the youth surge happened, this is an absolute must-read.’ Owen Jones The 2017 general election saw Jeremy Corbyn inspire young people to demand a new kind of socialism. Now, from the heart of the Labour Party, Liam Young asks how this new movement can help secure a fairer and better society for all. When Jeremy Corbyn decided to stand for the Labour leadership in 2015, Liam Young - then just 19 years old - knew this was a watershed moment for the party and for young people across the country. He joined Corbyn's campaign and was soon writing for the Independent and the New Statesman, explaining how the new leader would energise the youth vote and bring forward a new kind of politics. While many commentators questioned Corbyn's actions, Young wrote about how his policies would work and be hugely popular. He harnessed the power of social media and is emerging as one of the most influential voices on the left for his generation and beyond. When the general election results of 2017 came through, he was not surprised by the surge in support for Corbyn's Labour. Rise is not only a superb insider account of how the youth movement in the Labour Party galvanised a nation that will appeal to readers of books by Owen Jones and Paul Mason, but it is also a manifesto for the future and a call to action for anyone who believes it should be possible to create a better Britain.

Chaos with Ed Miliband

Chaos with Ed Miliband

Author:

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781409195979

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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'Uncannily accurate ... a total page-turner.' ED MILIBAND 3 May 2015: 'Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice - stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband' David Cameron 7 May 2015: David Cameron (Conservative) defeats Ed Miliband (Labour) in the United Kingdom general election, winning by 330 seats to 232. As Mr Cameron predicted, the following years for the UK were a period of incredible stability, growth and common-sense thinking, with very little bad news to report. Mr Miliband was not so lucky. In Chaos With Ed Miliband, we follow the main news stories and issues that have arisen since that election, in stark contrast to the turmoil, hardship, and downright anarchy that has occurred in Ed's life. From returning his overdue books to the library (£1.22 fine, paid in full), to drinking an espresso at 9.39pm at a dinner party to be polite (he was still awake at 2.13am), and visiting three different branches of Waitrose to find the right type of balsamic for his favourite niçoise dressing, I'm sure you'll agree, we can all be very thankful that Mr Cameron helped secure this period of stability and rock-solid government, and that we were all spared from what can only be described as chaos with Ed Miliband...