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.
After a year of listening to Labour members, voters and supporters across the country, we've found four areas where changes are taking place that will transform our society: Belonging, Power, Work and the Economy. We believe that this is where we need to start asking the deeper and more difficult questions.
Our country is deeply divided. Immigration and unprecedented demographic change has led to widespread cultural insecurity and anxiety over where people belong in the world. A populist mood divides the country into ‘us’ versus ‘them’: rich against poor, young versus old, London against the rest of the country, our big cities against our towns, the North versus the South, Leavers versus Remainers.
People are angry. They work hard but the economy is failing them. 20 per cent live in poverty and most of them are working. Over 300,000 are officially recorded as being homeless. Incomes have stagnated for years and the National Living Wage does not even cover a family’s basic cost of living. For those in need, the welfare system humiliates rather than helps.
Across Europe there has been a collapse in social democracy. Voters have lost trust in our public institutions. One in three ‘almost never’ trust the government. Three in five conclude that no individual or political party represents them. Our democratic process no longer represents the concerns and interests of millions of its citizens. The old political settlement has failed and we need an alternative.
We believe that Labour is the only party that can rise to meet these urgent challenges. To do so we believe we must create a democratic politics that can build a broad national coalition. It must be based on a reconciliation of our internal differences. Reconciliation does not mean avoiding the real political conflicts that exist. Unity cannot be forced. Consensus has to be worked for. Labour needs to create at all levels of its organisation, the kind of political leadership that can build bridges, respect difference and reconcile opposing interests.
We can't do this alone, so please explore our site and help us to start thinking about these challenges.
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, David Lammy and Jack Dromey.
We are not a membership body or a faction so we are funded by donations small and large from 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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