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.