One of the key reasons why Labour made critical gains in the 2017 general election was its radical manifesto. But how was it put together, why was it so appealing and, above all, how can it be strengthened as Labour prepares for the next election, which could come at any time?
Mike Phipps’ book For the Many: Preparing Labour for Power assembles twelve expert analysts. They discuss the strengths and shortcomings of the twelve different sections of Labour’s manifesto and look at the ways they have been tested by events since the election, including the government’s floundering negotiations on Brexit, the catastrophic Grenfell tower block fire, and the escalating crisis in the National Health Service.
Contributors include David Beetham, Malia Bouattia, Gregor Gall, Jeremy Gilbert, Stuart Hodkinson, Ewa Jasiewicz, Ruth Lister, Allyson Pollock, Glen Rangwala, Kiri Tunks, Hilary Wainwright and Chris Williamson MP.
Mike Phipps’s introduction, based on discussions with key insiders, looks at the way the manifesto challenged the dominant media narrative and help turn around Labour’s electoral prospects.
“Our manifesto was a key reason for our gains in the 2017 general election. Now its ideas need to be developed and radicalised. This book is a vital contribution to that process.” —Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP.
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