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Ross Nugent

What should Labour’s trade policy look like?

“We’ll now have a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach” Yesterday, in perhaps the most significant speech of his premiership, Rishi Sunak articulated his new net zero approach. Disguised as ‘realistic’ and ‘pragmatic’ it has instead added to confusion and uncertainty for businesses, investors and voters. Nobody is now sure

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Gary Kent

Fighting Goliath: The Global Stakes in Ukraine

The 19th century French writer Victor Hugo wrote that “We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.” We have so much more information at our fingertips today that it’s increasingly difficult to see the wood for the trees.

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Martin Yuille

There’s hope in our pragmatism

“The missing ingredient is hope,” commented The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley recently while discussing Labour’s “recipe for power”. He may have a point. At least, there is a perception that hope is not front and centre in our recipe. Why is this and what do we do about it? No more

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William Lord

Governing for the whole country: Labour’s regional policy

Labour’s five missions are national in scope, but success hinges on what happens locally. Britain’s challenges cannot be understood without the deep inequalities in prosperity and opportunity facing different parts of the country. Recent analysis from the Financial Times found that without London, the UK would be poorer per head

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Keir Starmer on the left looking optimistic, Francois Hollande on the right with head in his hands
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Jade Albas

The trouble with being ‘Mr Normal’

The victory of the Labour Party at the next general election is by no means a ‘fait accompli’ but as it draws closer, and the party rides high in the polls, it is only rational to look ahead.  Labour is currently grappling with how to be a progressive party in

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Electric vehicle charging point
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Sam Alvis & Ben Westerman

The Net Zero debate: Early wins make mission zero possible

For a minor by-election, Uxbridge has caused major ripples. Pro and anti-climate advocates are out swinging, united in a chorus of “it was ULEZ what won it”. Labour, meanwhile, has been cautious not to pick a lane. Yet some commentary would have us believe this is unacceptable; that any attempt

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World map in pink with UK in blue
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Gary Kent

The internationalisation of domestic policy

The Labour leadership is preparing itself for the external challenges of the future with a suite of foreign policies endorsed at the National Policy Forum and outlined in speeches by David Lammy and John Healey.  However, we also need to nurture more informed thinking about foreign and security policy in

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