The Elections in the North of England: Where Now for Labour?

by Ryan Swift Ryan Swift is a member of the Centre for Democratic Engagement at the University of Leeds. In this article he reflects on the implications for Labour following the recent election results in the north of England. He warns that the national level Labour leadership would be wise to embrace the party’s local and regional leaders more,Continue reading “The Elections in the North of England: Where Now for Labour?”

Press Release: Labour needs to rediscover its Northern roots

PRESS RELEASE 10 May 2021, 18.45 Labour needs to re-discover its Northern roots The Hannah Mitchell Foundation has called for the Labour Party to re-discover its historic roots in the North of England and drive forward a progressive agenda which would include further – and more radical – devolution and voting reform, local procurement byContinue reading “Press Release: Labour needs to rediscover its Northern roots”

Welsh Lessons for Northern Labour

by Paul Salveson I’m writing this from the perspective of the North of England, and my particular place in it – Bolton. The results within the region, but also in other parts of the UK, have some important messages for progressive politics in the North. As the election results come in, a number of thingsContinue reading “Welsh Lessons for Northern Labour”

Flags of the North: a St George’s Day special

One of the objectives of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation is “to improve knowledge and understanding of the past, present and potential future socio-economic, cultural and political identity of the North and its constituent parts”.  Flags were probably not front of mind when that objective was drafted, but flags are certainly all the rage at theContinue reading “Flags of the North: a St George’s Day special”

Regional Democracy and PR go hand in hand

Regional Democracy goes hand in hand with Electoral Reform Jenny Cronin and Ying Ho, Hannah Mitchell Foundation, posted February 13th 2021 To achieve prosperity and equality in Northern England, it is imperative that central government funding is more equally distributed among the regions, and that the priorities of development are controlled at the regional level.Continue reading “Regional Democracy and PR go hand in hand”

Another England is Possible

Another England is possible: a Northern response to ‘The English Question’ Paul Salveson (in a personal caapcity) This paper argues that the quest for a ‘progressive English’ politics that doesn’t recognise the nation’s regional diversity is a dead-end. It makes the case for an ‘England of the Regions’ with a new democratic settlement founded onContinue reading “Another England is Possible”

A journey that ends in Northumbria?

by Ian Martin (Same Skies) Summary I knew that we’d been let down. I knew that our talent and our ideas and our potential was being wasted. I knew that things were starting to change in Scotland so I thought I knew what I wanted – a Yorkshire assembly elected by PR on the ScotlandContinue reading “A journey that ends in Northumbria?”