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Review: Red Ellen

Bettrys Jones’ fiery portrayal of Ellen Wilkinson in Red Ellen, at the Lyceum this May, presents both the achievements and the failures of the remarkable Labour MP in the 1930s and 40s. Red Ellen manages to perfectly balance its portrayal of Ellen’s political passion and commitment without shying away from her failures and messy personal life.  Ellen […]

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The Labour Party: Dead In The Water?

Editors note: This article was originally submitted for publication on 13th October. Eighteen months into Keir Starmer tenure as leader of the Labour Party, he remains an anathema to the majority of the public. With very few definable policies and a lack of political mettle that has been consistently exposed in interviews, those who believe […]

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Labour must adapt to survive

As discontent grows around Keir Starmer’s reluctance to increase corporation tax it seems that, almost a year after he was elected leader, his honeymoon period is over. Despite starting promisingly in the polls, recent weeks have seen Labour steadily lose their margin as many left-leaning party members fear for the radical proposals on which Starmer […]

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The life of Jennie Lee: an Edinburgh alumna worthy of praise

Ever since I read Patricia Hollis’ excellent biography of Jennie Lee, the pioneering Labour MP who founded the Open University, I haven’t been able to stop talking about her. I just cannot understand why there isn’t a feature length film about her life, or better yet, an eight-part Netflix series. So I’m using The Student […]

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Ian Murray: Interview with the MP for Edinburgh South

Ian Murray, the MP for Edinburgh South, speaks to The Student about his current campaign for deputy leader of the Labour Party, as well as his views on Scottish independence, the climate crisis debate, and the cost of attending university. Murray was first elected in the 2010 general election and has held his seat through […]

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The crumbling of the Labour red wall

The ‘Red Wall’ sounds like something out of a fairy tale, right up there with the yellow brick road. While it held for decades, its recent collapse means it now occupies a similar place in reality. This long-held bastion of Labour support broke with voting tradition in a move which undoubtedly helped propel Boris Johnson […]

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We need a new ‘New Labour’

Let me begin this by saying, Labour cannot win an election this decade if they maintain leadership on the traditional Left wing of the party; they must move back towards the centre of the spectrum if they wish to have electoral success. Four successive Tory victories in amongst some of the most volatile economic times […]

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Edinburgh’s Ian Murray running for Deputy Leader

In less than a month, members of the Labour Party will vote for a new party leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn after the party’s catastrophic loss in the December general election. Local branches and fringe groups of the party have until 14 February to nominate candidates for the leadership before polls open on the 21st […]