Blue Labour

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Writing in March 2011 in the Independent, David Goodhart noted that" "A new group has emerged in the party – called Blue Labour – which thinks it has an answer, and Miliband is listening. Blue Labour, whose best known backer is Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, proposes an unusual mix of "flag, faith and family" social conservatism and economic interventionism, an odd marriage of the Mail and The Guardian." Maurice Glasman is "the leading Blue Labour thinker and former speechwriter to both Milibands." "Leading Blairite James Purnell, who resigned from Gordon Brown's cabinet, is also sympathetic." [1]


  • Rowenna Davis, Tangled up in Blue: Blue Labour and the Struggle for Labour's Soul (Ruskin Publishing, 2011). Foreword by Steve Richards.

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  1. independent Labour can have its own coalition too, organizational web page, accessed October 2, 2012.