Labour needs to confront UKIP’s agenda

31st May 2015 Socialist Action 0


The following article by Barry Gray, on Labour’s response to UKIP’s rise, originally appeared on Left Futures.

In the wake of UKIP’s electoral advance, both at this year’s General Election and last year’s European Parliament election, the Labour Party has come under growing pressure, from inside and outside its own ranks, to adapt to UKIP’s anti-immigrant and English nationalist agenda.

Tactical victory for Cameron – unnecessary defeat for Labour

10th May 2015 Socialist Action 0


The outcome of the 2015 general election was a tactical triumph for David Cameron but it was achieved by destroying his own political allies the LibDems. For Labour this was a huge missed opportunity. There is now a Tory Prime Minister with a majority in Parliament with the lowest share of the popular vote ever, who presided over the longest decline in living standards, yet Labour lost seats. The rise of the SNP, the other big winner from the election, being due to the greater distance it places between itself and Tory policies.

Labour’s economic policy won’t work

26th July 2014 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey

Labour’s recent National Policy Forum was a missed opportunity on economic policy, one with potentially grave consequences. There was no attempt to address the economic crisis that Labour will inherit in 2015. As a result, the Labour leadership has also made it harder to win an overall majority next May, even when the Tories are flat-lining close to 30 per cent in the polls shows they cannot possibly win.

Austerity Labour will reap reaction

6th June 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Nicky Dempsey and Jane West

The announcement by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls that the Tories’ spending plans would be the ‘starting point’ for Labour’s own budget post-2015, and Ed Miliband’s endorsement of a continuing ‘benefit cap’, clarify the nature of the coming Labour government.

UKIP and the stakes for the left

7th May 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Jane West

The results of the local elections were above all a devastating blow to the Tories.

But while they confirm Labour is on course for a win at the 2015 General Election, this at present is not due to a significant turn to the left in the population.