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Can Labour Win?

Can Labour Win?

Patrick Diamond & Giles Radice

09 September 2015

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The Hard Road to Power

After its disastrous defeat in 2015, Labour is at risk of throwing away the next general election. Why did it suffer such a devastating loss of support and can it learn crucial lessons in order to recover the trust of voters?

The reasons for defeat appear obvious enough: the British public did not believe that Ed Miliband was a credible prime minister; people feared that a Labour government would plunge the British economy back into chaos and they perceived that the party was out of touch on issues like immigration and welfare. As of today, there are few signs that the party grasps why it lost and, in particular, why swing voters in marginal seats were not prepared to vote Labour.

This book examines why Labour so overwhelmingly lost the trust of voters, and crucially how the party can win them back – charting Labour’s hard road to power. Exploring exclusive polling data alongside qualitative research that delves into public perceptions of each party, it shows how the Labour party must change in order to avoid further electoral defeat and the risk of permanent irrelevance.

About the authors:

  • Patrick Diamond is vice-chair of Policy Network. He is a lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. Until May 2010 he was head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the prime minister.
  • Giles Radice is a Labour member of the House of Lords and former MP. He is the author of numerous successful political and historical titles including the original Southern Discomfort series and, most recently, Odd Couples: The Great Political Pairings of Modern Britain.​


Launch event:

Policy Network will be hosting a launch event for Can Labour Win? on 29 September at Labour party conference in Brighton.

Can Labour Win? is now available to purchase from Rowman & Littlefield International

This book is published by Policy Network and Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN: 9781783485444

September 2015

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