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  • John McDonnell MP on Labour's New Economics Policy, 16 February 2016.
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    Can Labour convince the electorate that their New Economics is credible?

Can Labour convince the electorate that their New Economics is credible?

In Lent Term 2016, Mr John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, discussed Labour’s economic policy as part of the British Government @ LSE public lecture series. Second year undergraduate Joshua Manby assesses ‘The New Economics,’

  • Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally in Coventry (credit: CiaranNorris)
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    Labour’s new leader: what led to Corbyn’s ‘unlikely coup?’

Labour’s new leader: what led to Corbyn’s ‘unlikely coup?’

On Wednesday 3 February, Rosa Prince, Assistant Political Editor for the Telegraph, discussed her new book, ‘Comrade Corbyn: a very unlikely coup’ as part of the British Government @ LSE public lecture series. Third year Government student Tim Rogers gives his analysis of the event, and considers how Jeremy Corbyn rose from political outsider to Leader of the Labour Party.

  • Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon and Peter Whittle at the LSE's 28 January Mayoral hustings event.
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    Opening hustings promises an engaging London Mayoral contest

Opening hustings promises an engaging London Mayoral contest

On Thursday 28 January, the LSE hosted the first hustings event of London’s 2016 Mayoral election. Third year LSE Department of Government undergraduate Barnaby Perkes assesses the debate as Sian Berry, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon and Peter Whittle lock horns over the key issues facing the capital.

How did social media help Corbyn win the Labour leadership?

On 12 September 2015 Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, a result which would’ve been dismissed as mere fantasy in the days after the general election four months earlier. Rosa Prince – who speaks about her new book, Comrade Corbyn, at the LSE on February 3 – explains why her subject is no accidental leader.

Enter our writing competition!

The Department of Government is running a competition and we want you to get involved! We invite Government students to share your research, put forward your views and improve your public profile as a political scientist, theorist and writer by entering the LSE Government Blog competition.

Oldham: post-election analysis

On 3 December Labour candidate Jim McMahon won the Oldham West and Royton by-election. After his prediction that Labour were likely to hold the seat but face a UKIP surge, Martin Rogers discusses the result and suggests that any findings should be treated with caution.

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on the Oldham By-election

Thursday’s Oldham West and Royton by-election was the first electoral test of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, which came under even further scrutiny in the wake of events surrounding this week’s parliamentary vote on Syria.

Labour likely to hold Oldham but face UKIP surge

Martin Rogers discusses the possible outcome of the Oldham West & Royton by-election, suggesting that although Labour is likely to hold the seat, a decline in overall majority and UKIP gains may weaken Corbyn’s position as party leader.

Changing the Centralist Culture

The relationship between central and local government remains a key debate in British politics and public policy. Whilst focus is often on failure at a local level, George Jones writes that change to the centralist culture is necessary and achievable, but only through substantial reform.

  • Mrs. Flora Drummond and Miss. Annie Kenney
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    Confronting Gender Inequality: how far have we come in the UK?

Confronting Gender Inequality: how far have we come in the UK?

On Tuesday 13 October the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power will present their Final Report at a public debate. Professor Anne Phillips, a contributor to the Commission, reflects on the group’s findings below and considers how far the UK has come in confronting gender inequality since the early twentieth century.