The Hard Road to Power
After its disastrous defeat in 2015, Labour is at risk of throwing
away the next general election. Why did it suffer such a devastating
loss of support and can it learn crucial lessons in order to recover the
trust of voters?
The reasons for defeat appear obvious enough: the British public did
not believe that Ed Miliband was a credible prime minister; people
feared that a Labour government would plunge the British economy back
into chaos and they perceived that the party was out of touch on issues
like immigration and welfare. As of today, there are few signs that the
party grasps why it lost and, in particular, why swing voters in
marginal seats were not prepared to vote Labour.
This book examines why Labour so overwhelmingly lost the trust of
voters, and crucially how the party can win them back – charting
Labour’s hard road to power. Exploring exclusive polling data alongside
qualitative research that delves into public perceptions of each party,
it shows how the Labour party must change in order to avoid further
electoral defeat and the risk of permanent irrelevance.
About the authors:
- Patrick Diamond is vice-chair of Policy Network. He is a
lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. Until May
2010 he was head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior
policy adviser to the prime minister.
- Giles Radice is a Labour member of the House of Lords and former
MP. He is the author of numerous successful political and historical
titles including the original Southern Discomfort series and, most
recently, Odd Couples: The Great Political Pairings of Modern Britain.
Policy Network will be hosting a launch event for Can Labour Win? on 29 September at Labour party conference in Brighton.
Can Labour Win? is now available to purchase from Rowman & Littlefield International
This book is published by Policy Network and Rowman & Littlefield International