Learning the lessons from the key parliamentary seats that Labour needs to win back to achieve victory in 2020.
About the project
Published by the Fabian Society, and with an introduction by Lord Andrew Adonis, this booklet is about making sure that Labour wins in 2020, drawing lessons from the key marginal parliamentary seats that hold the balance of power in England.
Labour's hopes of transforming people's lives were dashed by our defeat in 'key seats', like Rossendale and Darwen, Northampton North and Thurrock, which we narrowly lost in 2010. We lost others, like Southampton Itchen, which we had held narrowly five years ago. We wanted to achieve so much, scrapping the bedroom tax, reversing NHS privatisation, cutting tuition fees. Yet in these seats the electoral pendulum swung further away from us. Understanding the dynamics of that defeat and the organisation and policy challenges it poses are a first step to making sure the party can fightback to success in 2020.
Campaigning in these seats was political trench warfare. The candidates fought for several years, many of them full time, contacting thousands of voters, delivering millions of leaflets, and backing this up with community action. In this publication they bring the insights from their campaigns, into the lives of people who hold the key to election victory, their hopes, aspirations - and what stopped them voting Labour this time.
Lord Andrew Adonis is writing the introduciton to contributions from Jessica Asato (Norwich North), Polly Billington (Thurrock), Rowenna Davis (Southampton Itchen), Sally Keeble (Northampton North), Luke Pollard (Plymouth Sutton and Devenport), James Frith (Bury North) and Will Straw (Darwen and Rossendale).
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