Whether the next general election is sooner or later, it will be hotly contested. Is Labour’s surprise showing in June 2017 a base to build from or a high watermark? Should the party go for a one more heave approach to get over the line or adopt a more hegemonic and alliance-based approach? This new thinkpiece by Matthew Sowemimo examines the evidence and suggests Labour may have reached a glass ceiling. This, he argues, combined with a new level of voter volatility, demands a fresh electoral strategy.

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Whether the next general election is sooner or later, it will be hotly contested. Is Labour's surprise showing in June 2017 a base to build from or a high watermark? Should the party go for a one more heave approach to get over the line or adopt a more hegemonic and alliance-based approach? This...

Few issues divide progressives more than Brexit. There is a progressive case for Brexit, for Remain and for respecting a democratic decision. Somehow we have to find our way between all of them – and quite fast. Compass doesn’t have a line on Brexit, although we have always been...

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In recent decades, we have seen a sharp polarisation emerge between communitarian and cosmopolitan concerns. While recognising cultural and material differences between different sections of society, Compass is keen to explore what unites and binds people and how we manage the tensions between...

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In this new publication, Ken Spours examines the strengths and weaknesses of May's Conservatism, and sets out a case for a countervailing progressive alliance.

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In this article Liberal Democrat Paul Pettinger argues that Liberals have long been a part of a historical Progressive alliance, and should continue to be a part of it. A Progressive Alliance is the quickest way to reset our electoral system, whilst preventing a Conservative hegemony.

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The Progressive Alliance: why the SNP needs it

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By Anne McLaughlin and Tommy Sheppard

SNP politicians Tommy Sheppard and Anne McLaughlin were elected to Westminster in 2015, part of the political tidal wave in Scotland that saw the SNP return 56 out of 59 MPs. This frank piece shows how the SNP can play a decisive role in shifting politics in the entire UK, whilst standing firm...

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The progressive alliance, or indeed alliances, is based on a series of local and national agreements to cooperate to secure the most progressive outcome at and after the next general election. For this to happen support for such alliances must be built within and across all the progressive...

This is one of two papers which attempt to explore the purpose, structure and culture of the modern political party. Ken Spours draws on Gramsci and Laloux to analyse the party in its 21st Century context.    

In the second of two papers examining the 21st Century Party, Indra Adnan explores how the meeting of the horizontal and vertical necessitates a fundamental shift in the structure, culture and leadership of modern parties.

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‘The context for a world without poverty’ is a paper that is part of series for a project that the Webb Memorial Trust (WMT) and Compass conduct together to develop a Theory and Practice of Change for a World Without Poverty. The aim with this project is to look at how poverty can be ended...

We're really delighted to announce that nominations are open for you to stand for the Compass Management Committee for 2016 - 2018 and hope that members will consider putting yourselves forward - you'll get to work with us (what a team!) to help Compass continue doing great work in the coming 2...

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Howard Reed and Stewart Lansley discuss the growing demands for a UBI and how it could be introduced in the UK.

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