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Labour Party Conference | The State of the Left: Labour and lessons from across Europe?

  • Date(s)
    2 October 2012
  • Time
    18:00 - 19:30
  • Location
    Manchester Town Hall, Committee Room 2
Labour Party Conference | The State of the Left: Labour and lessons from across Europe?

The current constellation of European politics sees a strongly-backed Socialist president at the helm in France, with centre-left opposition parties enjoying opinion poll bounces in many countries across the political map; not least in the UK, with a resurgent Ed Miliband successfully shifting the terms of political debate in Labour’s favour. At the same time, there are those who point out that Europe’s dominant political trend is the fall of incumbent governments: serious ideological uncertainty clouds Europe’s horizons and faith in the efficacy of mainstream politics is being eroded on all levels.

This fringe event will follow the format of Policy Network’s popular State of the Left bulletin by comparing and contrasting the political moves of different centre-left parties in Europe. Where is the energy? Where are the most virulent political currents on the European left? What lessons do other European centre-left parties offer Labour? And where can Labour lead the way in formulating and occupying a distinctive political space?

Confirmed speakers:
Douglas Alexander, MP and UK shadow foreign secretary
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow
Achim Post, international secretary, German Social Democrats (SPD)
Peter Kellner, president of YouGov
Patrick Diamond, senior research fellow at Policy Network
Ania Skrzypek, senior fellow at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
Olaf Cramme, director of Policy Network (chair)

This event is co-hosted by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).

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