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Tuesday 26 May 2020

Labour Can Never Win From The Left

Politics &
Economics

How many times must it be said: a left-wing Labour leader cannot win an election. It’s been proven over and over, most recently when Jeremy Corbyn led the party to catastrophe in its most humiliating defeat since 1935, presiding over a near total wipeout in Labour’s industrial heartlands. The public have made it clear – again – that they simply have no appetite for the economics of the loony left, with its pledges for 1970s-style nationalisation, silly spending splurges on student fees and expensive follies like taxpayer-funded broadband for all. Only one Labour leader has been able to win a parliamentary majority in the last 50 years, and his name was Tony Blair. Labour’s chance at victory will only come when the party drops the left-wing fantasy politics of Corbynism and returns to the pragmatic centre ground. Otherwise the party risks being permanently locked out of power, unable to serve the voters who need it most.

So say the centrist Blairites. But what about the fact that pollsters have repeatedly shown left-wing policies to be popular with the electorate? From renationalising the railways to higher taxes on the rich, the public is much more supportive of socialist initiatives than the right-wing press would have you believe. Long gone are the days of cuddly cross-party consensus that we saw under Blair, Brown and Cameron – in an age of rising populist sentiment, voters are crying out for a real alternative to the neoliberal economics of the last thirty years. And let’s not forget the real reason Labour lost the 2019 general election: Brexit, and the divisions it caused in Labour’s electoral coalition. Forget a return to the stale centrism of the past – if Labour wants to win, it must embrace true radicalism.

Event Name

Labour Can Never Win From The Left


Choose Tickets

SPEAKERS FOR THE MOTION
  • Philip Collins

    Former chief speechwriter for Prime Minister Tony Blair

  • Margaret Hodge

    Labour Member of Parliament for Barking

SPEAKERS AGAINST THE MOTION
  • Diane Abbott

    Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

  • James Schneider

    Head of Strategic Communications and spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn from 2016 to 2020

 

 

Chair

To be announced.

 

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Cadogan Hall
  • 5 Sloane Terrace
  • Belgravia
  • London
  • SW1X 9DQ
Time
  • Tuesday 26 May 2020
  • 7pm to 8:30pm



Speakers

SPEAKERS FOR THE MOTION

Philip Collins

Former chief speechwriter for Prime Minister Tony Blair


Former chief speechwriter for Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is a columnist on The Times, and is the author of two political books, When They Go Low, We Go High and Start Again. He is also the founder of The Draft, a writing, communications and strategy consultancy. Between 2000 and 2004, he was Director of the Social Market Foundation, an independent think-tank and charity.

Margaret Hodge

Labour Member of Parliament for Barking


Labour Member of Parliament for Barking. As the Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts committee from 2010 until 2015, she was well known for her work scrutinising companies avoiding tax. She is a prominent critic of Jeremy Corbyn, calling for a motion of no confidence in his leadership in 2016 and criticising him over his handling of antisemitism in the Labour Party. She is the author of Called to Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine to Cost us Millions.
SPEAKERS AGAINST THE MOTION

Diane Abbott

Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington


Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. She was Britain’s first black female MP and is the longest-serving black politician in the House of Commons. Her political posts have included being on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Treasury Select Committee and National Executive of the Labour Party. She is a prominent figure on the left of the Labour Party.

James Schneider

Head of Strategic Communications and spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn from 2016 to 2020


Head of Strategic Communications and spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn from 2016 to 2020. He also worked on both of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election campaigns and was a co-founder of Momentum, the grassroots left-wing movement borne out of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 leadership campaign. Before entering politics, he was a journalist focusing on Africa.

 

 

Chair

To be announced.

 

Speakers are subject to change.