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Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century

Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century

Liz Kendall & John Woodcock (eds)

21 September 2014


There is an enormous opportunity for social democracy in the years and decades ahead if change is faced head on by matching long-term national leadership with a commitment to building capacity and resources within individuals, families and communities.

This collection of essays by a new generation of Labour MPs brings together ideas on how the centre-left can maintain its electoral appeal and remain an effective force for progress amidst the major economic and political challenges of our times.

From the decline in trust and engagement in political institutions, the rise of emerging economies, increasing global instability, to dazzling technological change making existing jobs redundant, Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century argues that Labour needs to harness the unstoppable forces of change for good rather than attempting to reverse them.  

The essays point strongly to the need to give more power to individuals and communities as a way to renew our democracy after the seismic shock of the Scotland vote.

Ahead of the launch at Labour party conference, the editors John Woodcock and Liz Kendall said: "The point is “people power” - giving people themselves the tools to change their own lives rather than simply handing control to new institutions or politicians that could be as remote from the public as Westminster currently seems."


Jenny Chapman is shadow minister for prisons and probation and Labour MP for Darlington
Stella Creasy is shadow minister for competition and consumer affairs and Labour Co-operative MP for Walthamstow
Gloria De Piero is shadow minister for women and equalities and Labour MP for Ashfield
Stephen Doughty is an opposition whip and Labour Co-operative MP for Cardiff and Penarth
Gemma Doyle is shadow minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans and Labour Co-operative MP for West Dunbartonshire
Tom Greatrex is shadow energy minister and Labour Co-operative MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Liz Kendall is shadow minister for care and older people and Labour MP for Leicester West
Alison McGovern is shadow international development minister and Labour MP for Wirral South
Catherine McKinnell is shadow economic secretary to the treasury and Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North
Toby Perkins is shadow minister for SMEs and Labour MP for Chesterfield
Lucy Powell is shadow minister for childcare and early years and Labour Co-operative MP for Manchester Central
Steve Reed is shadow home office minister and Labour Co-operative MP for Croydon North
Emma Reynolds is shadow housing minister and Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East
Jonathan Reynolds is shadow energy and climate change minister and Labour Co-operative MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
John Woodcock is Labour Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness and chair of Progress. 

Media contact and inquiries:
Emma Kinloch (ekinloch@policy-network.net/ 02073402205)

The publication is kindly sponsored by Usdaw

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