Who we are
Out of the terrifying chaos of the Second World War, Labour’s great generation demanded a better, kinder, more just politics. They came together and changed the course of the last century. The challenges facing working people today are immense and Labour must rise to meet them. But we can only do this if we build a new political culture that’s kinder but can find strength through our difference. This is why Labour Together exists.
We are a group of committed Labour members, supporters and politicians who believe that “by the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we achieve alone.” With over half a million members, the Labour Party is in a unique position to seize the moment. But, we can only do this if we’re willing to face one another in all our complexity.
The answers to the deep and difficult questions won’t be found at a political podium but rather around tables. Our aim is to create a space for people to have difficult but necessary political conversations face-to-face, in living rooms and around kitchen tables with people they might not ordinarily speak with. We need a space within the Labour movement for all of us to step forward, to be heard and to listen.
We’re inviting Labour members and supporters of every tradition to build a new political culture which can prepare the country for the next century and to shape it for everyone.
The UK is living through a time of extraordinary change. No part of the old political settlement, including what was the centre, remains unaffected. The three political creeds of Liberalism, Conservatism and Social Democracy which dominated politics in the last century have lost their power to explain the world and to offer solutions to the problems our country faces.
Labour Together was formed in 2015 to address Labour’s political crisis in this broader context. We are a network for people from all traditions of the Labour movement, organised to explore new ideas and thinking on the left. Our purpose is to help build a winning Labour coalition. We believe that the answers to the deep and difficult problems we face won’t be found at a political podium or through name-calling on Twitter. Our aim is to create the opportunities for people to have difficult but necessary conversations face to face. It is only by talking together that we can make the changes we need.
Labour Together has supported analysis and debate about why Labour lost the 2015 general election. We have helped to form networks of activists to rethink the practice of campaigning in the light of new technology. In 2020 we published our analysis of Labour’s 2019 electoral defeat, supported by a broad coalition that reached across the whole of the Labour Party. Our work with thinkers, social entrepreneurs, campaigners, Labour politicians and policymakers is contributing to renewing Labour’s politics for the decades ahead.
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We are a network of committed Labour Party members, supporters and politicians. Some of the MPs who are helping to co-ordinate our projects include: Jon Cruddas, Lisa Nandy, Steve Reed, Shabana Mahmood, Jim McMahon, Bridget Phillipson, Wes Streeting, Marsha de Cordova, Alex Norris, Thangam Debbonaire, Darren Jones, Holly Lynch, James Frith and David Lammy.
We are not a membership body or a faction so we are funded by donations small and large from Labour supporters, activists, trade unions and members who recognise our network needs to exist. You can find out more about our donations on the electoral commission's website here.
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