It is increasingly clear that the coalition Labour built in 2017 was a rare blip amid decades of decline – but from the beginning, right-wing forces in the Parliamentary Labour Party wanted to tear it apart.
In recent months, No Holding Back has spoken to thousands of Labour activists in communities left behind by deindustrialisation. Their message is clear: the party must rebuild at its grassroots.
Years of funding cuts and a relentless drive to outsource have left councils across the country unable to serve their communities. It’s time for Labour to build a national campaign to fight back.
The safe reopening of schools has been undermined by the government’s failure on test and trace – but also by a decade of cuts which have left our schools disgracefully under-resourced.
Almost half of the women workers who have lost their jobs during Covid-19 cite lack of childcare as a factor. It’s time to recognise childcare as a public good – and make it available to everyone.
Across Britain, high streets are dying as decades of decline are accelerated by Covid-19 – it’s time to organise not only to save town centres but to transform them into genuine public spaces.
We don’t have to choose between being a small left-wing subculture or a weathervane for the right-wing press – the alternative is doing the hard work of rebuilding Labour’s roots in working-class communities.
Former Labour MP Laura Smith, who lost her seat in December’s election, responds to the Labour Together report – and argues that those who saw the disaster coming in Red Wall seats were ignored.