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Compass annual position paper 2017


By Compass MC

This paper was circulated to Compass members in advance of the AGM in November. It was then debate and passed, along with any accepted amendments at the AGM on Saturday 4th November 2017.

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What is the Progressive Alliance?


By Sue Goss

After the vote for Brexit, interest in the idea of a ‘Progressive Alliance’ accelerated. It became The Progressive Alliance during the Richmond Park by-election almost a year ago when some progressive parties and thousands of progressive voters combined to see the defeat of Zac Goldsmith....

This is an extended version of a contribution to a Compass session at The World Transformed at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in September 2017 with Clive Lewis MP, Lisa Nandy MP, Hilary Wainwright and Jeremy Gilbert, on One more heave or hegemony? It forms part of Compass’ thinking...

Compass Annual Report 2016-17


By Frances Foley

Our year 2016/17 in review! Look back over Compass' work over the past few months, as we reflect on our biggest year yet. Includes a report on all our projects, campaigns and our local activities.

The way we think about and relate to the state has altered little in over a 100 year. It is a machine to be controlled, largely from London, so we can do good things to people. Almost 100 years ago the radical feminist and management theorist Mary Parker Follett published her seminal text The...

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


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...

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