2016

14th December 2016, NewStatesman: Jeremy Corbyn: The last comrade

13th December 2016, Conservative Home: Anand Menon: May is arming her Party to challenge Labour in its heartlands

11th December 2016, The Guardian: Don’t think the sound of silence means the end of Labour’s war

7th December 2016, Labour List: Regional arm of Momentum demands all Labour MPs face re-selection

6th December 2016, The Independent: After my conversations this week with their MPs and Momentum, I’m finally starting to feel optimistic about Labour’s future

6th December 2016, Labour List: Momentum’s internal rows now tipped over into ‘hard-left warfare’

5th December 2016, Media.com blog: Momentum vs. Inertia

30th November 2016, Huffington Post: Ed Balls warns Labour won’t win unless its members better reflect the public – and ‘Strictly’ viewers

21th November 2016, The Guardian: Labour shelves plans for more power for party members

21th November 2016, The Times: Benn at risk as vengeful hard left seizes seat (pdf)

17th November 2016, Financial Times: Labour engulfed in ground war as unions reinforce rebel MPs (pdf)

11th November 2016, Labour List: Momentum launches new drive for more grassroots places on Labour’s ruling body

31st October 2016, Labour List: Momentum chiefs accused of “coup” over adoption of all-member ballot

30th October 2016, Conservative Home: Patrick Sullivan: Why we need an election…to choose our Party Chairman

25th October 2016, Huffington Post: Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign director Sam Tarry warns Labour not ‘fit’ to fight General Election

24th October 2016, Conservative Home: Andrew Kennedy: The pluses and minuses of national membership of the Party

22nd October 2016, The Times: Labour splits up local party after dispute over bullying (pdf)

19th October 2016, Labour List: Luke Akerhurst: My blueprint for CLP unity – based on what I got right and wrong

8th October 2016, Labour List: As we celebrate our first birthday, the only people who should feel threatened by us are the Tories

6th October 2016, British Politics and Policy: Why both camps in Labour’s internal struggle may be wrong about electability

3rd October 2016, Conservative Home: Garry Heath: At this conference our new leadership has a chance to show our members a little bit of love

27th September 2016, The ramblings of a former DWP civil servant blog, Too many officers #Corbyn in #Labour not enough other ranks? #JC4PM???

26th September 2016, Conservative Home: Andrew Kennedy: it will be no use training more activists if the training isn’t right

25th September 2016, Labour List: Corbyn: it’s time to hand “more powers” to members

22nd September 2016, The Conversation: Why do we treat political party members as oddballs and zealots?

19th September 2016, Sky news: Momentum Kids: Jeremy Corbyn’s backer launch children’s wing

19th September 2016, Medium.com: Irrational politics: is it about signalling?

18th September 2016, The Guardian: The new left: don’t call them Corbynistas

15th September 2016, Prospect magazine: Labour’s death by enthusiasm

15th September 2016, The Times: Leaked papers reveal hard-left tactics to deselect Labour MP (pdf)

10th September 2016, The Independent: Theresa May, a seriously old-fashioned politician, is building a bridge to the 1950s

6th September 2016, The Guardian: Labour conference will not vote on mandatory reselection of MPs

6th September 2016, Labour List: Labour MPs vote overwhelmingly to bring back Shadow Cabinet elections

6th September 2016, Huffington Post: Jeremy Corbyn supporters propose new plan to protect him after he wins re-election

6th September 2016, The Guardian: Does the left have a future?

5th September 2016, Red Box – The Sunday Times: Hard left want a baker’s dozens

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5th September 2016, The Times: Tories should have faith in their grassroots (pdf)

4th September 2016, Mark Pack blog: Lib Dem tip #2: a great summary of what the LibDem believe, and why

1st September 2016, Conservative Home: Kieron O’Hara: Conservatives aren’t immune from creating their own Corbyn

1st September 2016, Huffington Post: Revealed: The Racist, Anti-Semitic, threatening abuse that barred applicants from Labour leadership election

31st August 2016, Progress Magazine: Chaos under Corbyn

28th August 2016, The Times: ‘May mania’ surge in Tory members (pdf)

25th August 2016, The Independent: With up to 100,000 now barred, Labour has become less a broad church and more a secret society

25th August 2016

25th August 2016, The Times: Corbynites are more like schoolkids than Trots (pdf)

24th August 2016, Conservative Home: Rebecca Coulson: Ten reflections on a Momentum rally

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22nd August 2016, The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn to bypass critical MPs by polling Labour members on controversial policies

18th August 2016, The Guardian: Intolerable attacks on Labour party staff

18th August 2016, Financial Times: The UK’s Conservative party is facing a grass roots problem (pdf)

18th August 2016, The Conversation: The battle for Labour: MP must surrender to Corbyn or leave

15th August 2016, Middlevision: A sense of Public Service

14th August 2016, Sunday Times: Labour blacklists 1,000 a day (pdf)

13th August 2016, Huffington Post: Jeremy Corbyn thinks Labour’s 500,000-strong membership can win the party the next general election

13th August 2016, The Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn interview: ‘There are not 300,000 sectarian extremists at large’

August 2016, LSE British Politics and Policy blog: Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

11th August 2016, Little Atoms: Impromptu in Corbynia – Islington Labour debates leadership race

11th August 2016, London Review of Books: We are Many – Tom Crewe goes among the Corbyn supporters

3rd August 2016, New Statesman: Explaining the love for Jeremy Corbyn

31st July 2016, Diary of a Conservative: The party should fix its own roof whilst the sun is shining on Theresa May

28th July 2016, Labour List: Richard Burgon: In defence of Labour party members

26th July 2016, Conservative Home: Spencer Pitfield: We need a new, Conservative, trade union

26th July 2016, The Guardian: This Labour battle isn’t Blairites v Corbynistas. It’s over progressive change

26th July 2016, Labour List: Blunkett and Dean: We must look beyond the leadership if Labour is to be a party of government once again

25th July 2016, The Independent: Labour MP Sarah Champion who quit Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench last month ‘unresigns’ and gets her old job back

25th July 2016, The Guardian: Labour sued by members barred from leadership vote

24th July 2016, Conservative Home: Jake Berry: The Conservative Party must double its membership – It’s time for Maymentum

23rd July 2016, The Times: Corbynistas have the blind faith of a cult; My chance encounter with Angela Eagle convinced me that a brave and decent woman is being destroyed by fanatics

22nd July 2016, The Conversation: Labour leadership election: meet the candidates

22nd July 2016, The Guardian: Labour’s rebel, unable to get their act together, are part of the problem

21th July 2016, Mark Pack blog: Over 3,000 Lib Dem members have already taken part in manifesto consultation

21th July 2016, Huffington Post: Jeremy Corbyn warns every sitting Labour MP will face reselection under boundary change

21th July 2016, The Conversation: It’s Roundheads and Cavaliers as Labour battle lines are drawn

21th July 2016, Huffington Post: Labour MPs are Tory ‘Sleeper’ agents Jeremy Corbyn rally told as leadership campaign begins

20th July 2016, New Statesman: How Jeremy Corbyn won Facebook

20th July 2016, Democratic Audit: Disappointed? That’s a sign you’re doing democracy

19th July 2016, The Guardian: Owen Smith to face Corbyn in Labour leadership challenge

19th July 2016, The Guardian: Eagle and Smith ‘reach a deal’ to allow single Corbyn challenger

18th July 2016, NewStatesman: Anti-Corbyn campaigners are recruiting lapsed Labour members – but is it legal? (Progress – “Seven days to save Labour” pdf document here)

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18th July 2016, Labour List: Saving Labour tells supporters it is “last chance” to sign up and topple Corbyn

18th July 2016, Labour List: “Don’t be silenced”: Momentum’s anger over reforms to Labour leadership election

17th July 2016, Labour List: Corbyn calls for u-turn over six-month cut off in leadership election

15th July 2016, The Guardian: Labour suspends Brighton branch amid accusations of improper ballot

15hth July 2016, Huffington Post: Jeremy Corbyn thanks party members for support after unofficial ‘gathering’ in Angela Eagle’s Constituency

14th July 2016, The Canary: Working class Britain is taking its power back, and the establishment is freaking out

14th July 2016, Medium.com: The terrifying hubris of Corbynism

14th July 2016, The Guardian: Ukip immigration spokesman launches bid for party leadership

13th July 2016, The Guardian: Labour executive rules Jeremy Corbyn must be on leadership ballot

13th July 2016, New Statesman: Will Labour’s new leaders rules really help the rebels?

13th July 2016, The Times: It’s Owen or Angela or oblivion for Labour; There is only one way for the party to survive intact and that is for a centre-left candidate to oust the disastrous Corbyn (pdf)

12th July 2016, The Guardian: Angela Eagle’s constituency office vandalised after leadership bid launch

11th July 2016, The Guardian: Theresa May says she will make success of Brexit as Prime Minister – as it happened

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11th July 2016, The Guardian: Andrea Leadsome’s statement withdrawing from Tory leadership

7th July 2016, Labour List: Elections chair Trickett telss Momentum rally “we will not be broken”

5th July 2016, The Guardian: Five candidates in running for Green party leadership

5th July 2016, Labour List: Luke Akehurst: NEC analysis shows Momentum thriving in unwinnable seats

5th July 2016, The Spectator: How the rural vote could decide the Conservative leadership race

4th July 2016, Parliamentlive.tv: Home affairs committee – Anti-Semitism inquiry in the Labour Party

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1st July 2016, Labour List: “United we stand, divided we fall” – Jeremy Corbyn’s email to Labour members

29th June 2016, The Constitution Unit blog: What if Labour splits?

29th June 2016, The Guardian: This is not Labour MPs vs Corbyn. They’re at war with party members

28th June 2016, The Conversation: Labour leadership contest rules explained

8th June 2016, The Canary: Labour MP throws a tantrum live on the BBC, because Corbyn might actually win the next elections

1st June 2016, Labour List: Unity project Labour Together launches £40,000 fund for grassroots initiatives

1st June 2016, Labour List: Labour Together will rebuild the historic link between our party and the communities we aim to serve

24th May 2016, Labour List: Luke Akehurst: My blueprint for how moderates can seize the Labour leadership next time around

22nd May 2016, Election Data: Response to the Cruddas inquiry

22nd May 2016, The Guardian: Labour activists in 2015 ‘were like middle-class Ryanair passengers’

19th May 2016, Labour List: Tony Lloyd: We must give members a voice – that means rethinking the selection process for Greater Manchester mayor

11th May 2016, Labour List: Let’s make it easier for people from every walk of society to get involved in the Labour party

10th May 2016, Politics Home: John McDonnel praises Momentum role in Labour election campaign

9th May 2016, New Statesman: Thursday’s elections show Labour is on the right trajectory

9th May 2016, Conservative Home: Andrew Kennedy: Too many of our local councillors are pale, male and stale. Here’s how to do better

5th May 2016, Labour List: Momentum: We are here to stay and here is how we’ve been campaigning for Labour

3rd May 2016, New Statesman: Justin Trudeau points the way forward fro European politics?

27th April 2016, New Statesman: Heidi Alexander’s lukewarm response to the junior doctors’ strike shows she doesn’t understand Labour members

24th April 2016, The Telegraph: Nigel Farage plans a rebrand of UKIP to appeal to 18-30 year old to exploit post-referendum Eurosceptic surge

24th April 2016, Voting and Boating blog: The difference we make…

23rd April 2016, The Times: New-look Ukip threatens Cameron’s legacy; 
By rebranding itself as a movement, not a party, Ukip would become a virus that could destroy moderate Conservatism (pdf)

15th April 2016, Progress: Straight-talking, street-walking politics

12th April 2016, The Telegraph: Is the Labour Party now actively funding its own members?

12th April 2016, The Sun: Labour members could be suspended for ‘eye-rolling’ during meetings

5th April 2016, Mark Pack blog: Justin Trudeau plans mean “there would no longer be any party members”

1st April 2016, Labour List: Constituency Labour Party suspended after bullying probe

26th March 2016, Labour Party Marxists: CLPD: Advancing but taking heavy casualties

26th March 2016, Political Quarterly blog: Labour’s experiment in expanding party affiliation

24th March 2016, The Guardian: Labour MP Stella Creasy attacks Momentum movement

24th March 2016, Mark Pack blog: Think you are a good leaflet deliverer? Think again

22nd March 2016, Conservative Home: Interview: Nicholas Soames compares Brexiteers to an Alsatian that must be kicked “really hard in the balls”

21th March 2016, The Telegraph: Half of Tory party associations could be culled despite grassroots rebellion, under Lord Feldman Reforms

21th March 2016, Financial Time: Conservative chairman proposes headhunters and ‘gold’ membership (pdf)

17th March 2016, Community on BuzzFeed: 10 things I Learned on Labour’s NEC

17th March 2016, Mark Pack blog: How Marco Rubio lost – helped by failing to get his grassroots campaign right

17th March 2016, Conservative Home: Andrew Rosindell: Party members should have greater choice of candidates in the next leadership election. Here’s a plan for reform.

15th March 2016, Huffington Post: I would not tolerate mistreatment of women in any other community – I won’t tolerate it in my own

15th March 2016, Labour List: Here are some of the rule changes Labour Conference could debate this year

14th March 2016, Independent: Labour neck-and-neck with Tories in poll for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn became leader

14th March 2016, Conservative Home: Andrew Kennedy: Why we need Multi-Constituency Associations – and why it is wrong to water down plans to introduce them

10th March 2016, Vice: ‘People are just not turning up’ Why Labour’s new members aren’t engaging with the party

6th March 2016, The Telegraph: Twice as many Tory local chairmen back Brexit than staying in EU, BBC survey reveals

6th March 2016, Public Policy and the Past blog: So just how left wing are Labour’s members?

3rd March 2016, Business Insider: MOMENTUM: The inside story of how Jeremy Corbyn took control of the Labour party

2nd March 2016, Mail Online: Dave, his tennis buddy and their contempt for grassroots Connservatives

2nd March 2016, The Times: Tory activists back Boris to become their next leade

1st March 2016, The Telegraph: Don’t wipe out the Tory ground troops

26th February 2016, The Telegraph: Boris Johnson pulls ahead of George Osborne among grassroots Conservatives
[see also 2 August 2013, The Telegraph: Gove or May as Tory leader? No, Boris is still the grassroots’ favourite – and by a country mile by Tim Bale & Paul Webb ]

26th February 2016, The Times: Only you can stop the swivel-eyed activists (pdf)

25th February 2016, Conservative Home: How Trump (and Corbyn) could kill off the democratic reform of the Party

21th February 2016, The Guardian: Scale of Tory grassroots divide on Europe exposed

21th February 2016, The Guardian: Revealed: how Tory grassroots split over EU could see party implode

19th February 2016, Conservative Home: Meanwhile, the Feldman Review’s Message to Associations is: it’s all take from us, it’s all give from you

17th February 2016, The Times: Social media monster could devour Corbyn (pdf)

12th February 2016, Conservative Home: Five tests for the Feldman Review

12th February 2016, The Telegraph: David Cameron warned he risks destroying Tory party if he ignores grassroots ahead of EU referendum

8-11th February 2016, Conservative Home:
Ideas for Party Reform 1) Elect the Chairman of the Board
Ideas for Party Reform 2) Ring-fence spending for the longer-term
Ideas for Party Reform 3) Party conference: lower-costs, more debate
Ideas for Party Reform 4) Reforming candidate selection

10th February 2016, The Telegraph: Conservative MPs should listen to the EU concerns of grassroots activists, says Nick Herbert

8th February 2016, Labour List: Momentum leak: Six things we learned

7th February 2016, The Telegraph: Labour civil war: Momentum’s ‘Militant-style’ blueprint for gaining influence for Jeremy Corbyn

7th February 2016, Conservative Home: Party members give Cameron’s renegotiation an unequivocal thumbs-down in our survey. Over two-thirds likely to back Brexit.

7th February 2016, BBC News Politics: EU referendum: PM accused of ‘disrespect’ to activists

6th February 2016, Mark Pack blog: More details of plans for Lib Dem “all-women shortlists” released and they’re not just about women

6th February 2016, The Telegraph: EU referendum: show us respect, local Tory party chiefs tell David Cameron

27th January 2016, Mark Pack blog: Good news on letting new members vote in party selections

27th January 2016, Mark Pack blog: Making a success of Liberal Democrat Action Days

27th January 2016, Labour List: We must do more to make sure our members have an equal footing

25th January 2016, The Guardian: How middle class are Labour’s new members?

23rd January 2016, The Times: Labour is the new hobby for the idle rich (pdf)

22nd January 2016, The Guardian: Plans to give Labour’s NEC more say over policy attacked as ‘political and divisive’

22nd January 2016, The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is posher than Tony Blair’s

21th January 2016, The Guardian: Disproportionate number of Labour’s new members are wealthy city dwellers

20th January 2016, Opposition Studies: Sir Lynton Crosby Lecture
[“every member of a political party is one of God’s children. People who join and are active in political parties, and give their time, effort and money should be acknowledged, respected and thanked for what they do (…), but having said that, a political party that wants to be elected and governed consistently cannot do so simply in the image of its own members”] (35:28)

20th January 2016, LSE British Politics and Policy blog: Labour’s “three-quid voters”: the challenges and opportunities of opening up the party

15th January 2016, Conservative Home: Corbyn’s critics are starting to hit at the hard left’s most sensitive spot – its poshness

14th January 2016, The Times: Blue-rinse brigade is going to pick next PM

13th January 2016, Mark Pack blog: What do the academics say? Delivering lots of leaflets works

13th January 2016, New Statesman: If it wants to be a force for radical change, Labour must face up to why it lost

12th January 2016, Labour List: It feels like there are two Labour Parties – but not in the way you think

10th January 2016, The Guardian: Labour expecting £6m loss in funding through trade union bill

10th January 2016, The Guardian: Labour division reopen over plans to drop support for Trident (new “consultative process”: ballot for Labour party members)

2nd January 2016, Conservative Home: Can Cameron honour his pledge to reselect every Tory MP?