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After Ed Miliband became leader of the Britain's opposition Labour Party in 2010, a debate over its policy began under the term 'Blue Labour'. It now has its own website http://blue-labour.blogspot.com/ and an eBook, Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox, edited by Maurice Glasman, Jonathan Rutherford, Marc Stears and Stuart White. The issues raised are of great intrinsic importance, in political terms the thinkers and politicians involved are trying to lay the basis for a way forward for the Labour Party that breaks for Blairism and New Labour, renews its appeal to its traditional supporters and provides a credible electoral framework for the next general election.

Hobsbawm’s legacy for Labour

Despite all the compliments, we are entitled to ask: what has Britain’s current Labour Party really learned from Eric Hobsbawm?

Blue Labour's controversial ideas are good for Miliband and his party

The Labour party would be the losers if they cut the Blue Labour project adrift due to misjudged comments on immigration. The controversy provoked by Blue Labour ideas is healthy for the party, and a sign that Labour may be able to regenerate itself

Blue Labour: is there a baby in the bathwater?

The star of Blue Labour, a key project influencing the re-shaping of the Labour party, appears to be waning, after controversial remarks made by its informal leader on immigration. But we must hold onto the valuable aspects of Blue Labour thinking, which have already made their mark on the party

What is Blue Labour? An Interview with Jonathan Rutherford

In the second of a series of interviews on Blue Labour, Jonathan Rutherford tackles some common misconceptions with the approach, explaining why the left cannot afford to ignore issues of race, national identity and the emotional need for belonging.

What is Blue Labour? An Interview with Marc Stears

In the first of a series of interviews on "Blue Labour", Marc Stears argues that the UK Labour party must recover a democratic culture, connecting with progressive social movements outside the Party to forge a politics of the common good.

Blue Labour: a bad name for some good ideas

The Labour Party is rightly undergoing a wholesale review of policy, and Blue Labour has done more than any other idea to prompt this debate. Labour MP David Lammy discusses the idea, it's impact on his party and influence on the political landscape

Blue Labour and immigration: a Sky News debate

A transcript of a Sky News debate on Blue Labour, an idea gaining traction as a guide to rejuvenating the Labour party. The founder and two members of the shadow cabinet debate the relationship of Blue Labour to immigration, racism and the right-wing

Old, new, borrowed or blue... Has Blue Labour been duped by conservatism?

Blue Labour is based on a problematic understanding of conservatism, which takes working class conservatism at face value, and omits the commitment to an unequal social order

Blue Labour Realism

Blue Labour is not a vision of how the world should be, nor is it nostalgic. Through recognising the importance of relationships to human existence, over and above abstract values, it is describing the way people live their lives

The British centre-left, Blue Labour and tradition: a response to Stuart White

In response to Stuart White's critique of Blue Labour, Robert Tinker proposes that the centre-left adopt a dynamic understanding of tradition

Blue Labour: a Republican critique

How does Blue Labour fit into the ideological landscape of Britain? Stuart White follows Alan Finlayson in an OurKingdom series that asks whether the Left should go Blue

Should the left go Blue? Making sense of Maurice Glasman

As the figurehead of 'Blue Labour', Maurice Glasman is being hailed as an intellectual guru for the Labour Party. In this Friday Essay, Alan Finlayson engages with Glasman's vision of the common good
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