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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • ‘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...

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How would a Good Society look and feel? And how do we move towards it? Read our blog, comment, share and get involved in the debate.

  • Together We Win

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    This has to be a General Election fought like no other. If we fight it the old way, the Tories will win a massive victory – not just for themselves and the interests they represent, but for the hardest of Brexits. We have to fight differently. We have to fight together. We have to fight...

  • Read the full publication 'The Progressive Alliance: why the SNP needs it' here The refusal of the May government to countenance any differential deal for Scotland post Brexit now means we are counting down to the next referendum on Scottish independence. Winning that will be our top...

  • Our Past and Present Reality

    Although the Labour Party has existed for over a century, only once have we actually come from opposition to win a convincing parliamentary majority. No, it was not in 1945, when Labour had been part of the wartime coalition government for 5 years already. The only...

  • This article is aimed at outlining a strategy to create authentically progressive communities, and help them to spread values such as social justice within society. Through the creation of progressive communities, individuals would have the possibility to perform social roles that are consistent...

  • Most misunderstandings concerning basic income arise from exaggeration about what a basic income can or ought to achieve. This is illustrated in reasonable points raised by Ruth Lister in her recent piece in this series. For me the basic income addresses some fundamental problems in...

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Taking action where you are to make a Good Society a reality

  • Good London

    Friday, 01 April 2016

    Good London is a non-partisan Compass project funded by the Trust for London to start a conversation about the kind of city londoners want to live in as we head for elections in May and hold the next Mayor to account after the elections. Find out more below or check out our website for...

  • The new Mothers for a Progressive Alliance group is being launched by Compass and Jane Chelliah, the blogger 'ambitiousmamas', to push for issues that affect mothers to be adopted as a cross-party effort. ' Mothers for a Progressive Alliance will put forward issue areas and make a case using...

  • In the second of our two events focussing on the new Metro Mayor and the City Region, we get our chance to put our ideas to City-Region Mayoral candidates: Steve Rotheram MP (Labour) Councillor Tom Crone (Green Party) Tabitha Morton (Women's Equality Party) Councillor Carl Cashman...

  • Come and discuss the prospects for building progressive alliances to counter society's shift to the right. We will be joined by speakers: Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass Ruth Lister, Labour member of the House of Lords Helen Flynn, Chair of the Social Liberal Forum Tim Goodall, PPC...

  • Progressive Politics Moving Forward

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    As a follow-on from October's packed meeting on "Where Now for Progressive Politics?", we're holding another public meeting with local and national speakers with an opportunity for questions and discussion. Speakers include: Clive Lewis MP, Former Shadow Secretary of State for Business,...

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