Connect’s round-up of the 2015 Party Conferences

Connect’s round-up of the 2015 Party Conferences

Over the past three weeks the Connect team have been in Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester attending the first party conferences after the 2015 General Election. Our Conference Round-up reviews the conferences, gives our take on the mood, a review of the Leader’s Speeches, and a light-hearted look at the conference fringe. We have also included a summary of the party policies and key announcements, which should be a useful resource as you think about how to engage with the parties in the months and years ahead. Read more

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Jeremy Corbyn’s new team

Jeremy Corbyn’s new team

Jeremy Corbyn has now appointed his full Shadow Cabinet, started developing policies and begun leading Labour’s response to the Government in Parliament.

Click here to download Connect’s analysis of the new Shadow Cabinet. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

A number of factors are propelling Jeremy Corbyn towards success in his Labour leadership bid.  So what started as an attempt to shake up Labour’s policy orthodoxy – an accommodation with austerity – looks increasingly likely to result in outright victory for Corbyn’s anti-austerity pitch.   Read more

Lora Shopova
The Next Shadow Chancellor: Slim Pickings for a Tough Position

The Next Shadow Chancellor: Slim Pickings for a Tough Position

Jeremy Corbyn is storming ahead in the Labour leadership opinion polls. But little attention has been paid to the question of who is likely to be the long-term replacement to Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor.

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Fabians reveal the lack of debate amongst Labour leader candidates

Fabians reveal the lack of debate amongst Labour leader candidates

Of all the speakers at the Fabian’s Summer Conference, it was the President of YouGov, Peter Kellner that provoked most controversy. His argument that Labour must modernise, building on the best of the Tony Blair years, while rejecting the worst, split the room. Read more

Lora Shopova
Lessons from the Fabians: The problems run deeper than Ed

Lessons from the Fabians: The problems run deeper than Ed

Saturday saw the annual Fabian Conference take place and in amongst the panel sessions and policy discussions, a few important insights into the state of the Labour Party became clear.

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Lora Shopova
Can Labour capture the rural vote?

Can Labour capture the rural vote?

Connect Chief Executive Gill Morris was a panellist at the Countryside Alliance’s Labour Party fringe meeting on Labour and the rural vote. This blog is based on her opening comments.

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Lora Shopova
The big six questions which may or may not be answered at Labour Party Conference next week

The big six questions which may or may not be answered at Labour Party Conference next week

Ahead of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester next week, Connect’s Steve Barwick looks at the big six questions which may or may not be answered.

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Lora Shopova
Labour’s National Policy Forum: A missed opportunity?

Labour’s National Policy Forum: A missed opportunity?

Ed Miliband is a man of surprises. Standing against his brother – and winning. Delivering his hour-long 2012 Conference speech without notes. Single-handedly changing the political agenda from the economy to the cost of living at Conference in 2013.

So what rabbit out of the hat will he pull in just 60 days in Manchester?

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