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Labour for a European Future
41 minutes | May 4, 2022
64: Local elections 2022 with Emma Burnell and Christabel Cooper
What do the local elections mean for Labour, national politics and the country? With Emma Burnell, Christabel Cooper and Mike Buckley.
51 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
63: Work and the digital future
Mike is joined by Chris Locke from Caribou Digital to talk about the digital future of work, why we all need to respond, and what it means for Labour's policy offer.
46 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
62: Universal Basic Income - with Simon Duffy
Mike is joined by Simon Duffy from the Centre for Welfare Reform to talk about universal basic income, how it works and how the country could benefit if it were brought in.
39 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
61: How economic crises create dark politics - with David Harrison
Mike is joined by David Harrison to talk about his new book, 'Capitalism and the Dark Forces of Time and Ignorance: Economic and Political Expectations'. The book looks at the political impact of economic crises like the 2008 financial crash, and how it shapes our current times.
49 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
60: UK politics and Labour at the end of 2021
Mike is joined by commentator Emma Burnell and pollster Christabel Cooper to talk about the state of the Labour Party and UK politics at the end of 2021.
52 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
59: EU citizens in Britain - with The3Million
Mike is joined by Lara Parizotto and Alexandra Bulat from The3Million, who campaign for EU citizens rights in the UK post Brexit. They discuss the settlement schemes, what happens to people left out, and what we can campaign for now.
80 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
58: Constitutional reform - with Simon Duffy
Mike is joined by Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform to discuss the need for constitutional reform in the UK - from devolution to proportional representation, localism and more.
69 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
57: A People's Vaccine - with Nick Dearden
Mike Buckley is joined by Nick Dearden, Director of Global Justice Now, to talk about their campaign for true global access to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments
58 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
56: Labour for a New Democracy
Mike Buckley is joined by Laura Parker and Owen Winter from Labour for a New Democracy to talk about the push for Labour to adopt proportional representation as official policy at party conference.
57 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
55: Labour Conference 2021
Join Mike Buckley, Emma Burnell and Christabel Cooper to talk about the coming Labour Conference, public opinion, the state of British politics and what Labour needs from Conference to convince voters it is a government in waiting.
71 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
54: Dianne Hayter - Labour, the Lords and Europe
Dianne Hayter is the Shadow Deputy Leader of the Lords. She was formerly on the NEC, Chair of the Labour Party, General Secretary of the Fabian Society and Chief Executive of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. She joins Mike to talk about Labour in the Lords, the future of Labour and Europe and the state of British politics.
72 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
53: How to fix social care - with Simon Duffy
Simon Duffy is the founder and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform and the international coordinator of Citizen Network. The Centre has published a range of materials offering progressive innovations in welfare reform. He speaks with Mike about the crisis in social care and what a progressive, fair solution would look like.
73 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
52: Tim Dixon - More in Common
Tim Dixon is the co-founder of More in Common, an international initiative to strengthen democratic societies by countering social division and polarisation. He speaks with Mike Buckley about their work in the UK and overseas, and how we can work in and beyond politics to counter division and strengthen democracy.
59 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
51: Safeguarding democracy - with Shauna Dillavou
Mike talks with Shauna Dillavou of Security Positive about how to make politics a safe space for women, minorities and vulnerable groups. Shauna works to make politics a safe space in the US and overseas. She tells us what the challenges are - and how we can work together to improve things for all of us.
60 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
50: Northern Ireland, the Protocol and workers rights - with Owen Reidy
Mike is joined by Owen Reidy, Assistant General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), to talk about the NI Protocol, how Brexit has affected workers rights in Northern Ireland, and what Labour can do to support peace and workers from this point on.
37 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
49: Support for workers during the pandemic - with Keith Webb
Keith Webb is part of ForgottenLtd, a campaign group representing workers excluded from furlough support since day one of the pandemic. He speaks to Mike about how ForgottenLtd are representing workers, and what Labour can do to help.
48 minutes | May 28, 2021
48: Is EFTA a good model for the UK - with Patrick Lohlein
Mike is joined by Patrick Lohlein from EFTA4UK to talk about the EFTA model, why it could be a good option for Britain, and how we could move towards EFTA membership.
47 minutes | May 13, 2021
47: Brexit, Windrush and Grenfell: the UK's connected disgraces
Our guest today is Professor Tom Selwyn, who is Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and Visiting Professor at Breda University, the Netherlands, and Bethlehem University, Palestine. His article “Brexit, Grenfell, Windrush, and the mooring, un-mooring, and re-mooring of home” argues that those three events, which have all shaped the consciousness of British people, derive from closely related sources deep in the foundations of British political culture, one source being contempt by the British ruling class for the working class and migrants. The article also discusses how we conceive of home and how this has played a part in these seismic events of the last few years. He joined us to discuss his article and issues related to it. Articles discussed in this podcast: Tom Selwyn, 2019, "Brexit, Grenfell, Windrush, and the mooring, un-mooring, and re-mooring of home", Ethnoscripts, Volume 21, Issue 1. Tom Selwyn, 2021, "Foreword", in Hazel Andrews, Tourism and Brexit: Travel, Borders and Identity, Bristol, Channel View Publications. If you'd like to be involved in the movement for a closer relationship with Europe and for a Labour government, join Labour for a European Future today: https://donorbox.org/lef-membership
52 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
46: How does Labour navigate the Brexit divide - with Paula Surridge
Professor Paula Surridge (UK in a Changing Europe, Bristol University) joins us to speak about Labour's electoral challenge and how it can navigate the Brexit divide. She speaks about the importance of Labour having both an economics offer and an appeal based on values. Essential listening!
47 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
45: One Year of Keir
It's been a year since Keir Starmer first took the reigns of the Labour Party. In that year, so much has happened: Covid, multiple waves of internal party strife and ongoing Brexit damage are just a few of the things that will have been occupying the leader's inbox. Meanwhile, Starmer has come under increasing pressure - not just from the left, but from people who may be seen as politically closer to him as well. Critics point to polls which show his and Labour's numbers slipping back, particularly important, they say, given he was elected on a promise to win. What have the defining moments of the leadership been so far? Where's the project going? What did we expect when Starmer won the leadership, and have those expectations been fulfillled? Discussing all this and more are Christabel Cooper, Emma Burnell and Ben Duncan-Duggal, with host Mike Buckley. If you want to become part of the home for pro-Europeans in the Labour Party, join us as a member and get access to our member-only webinars, a say in our direction and much more besides. Click here to join: https://donorbox.org/lef-membership.
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