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New Labour: Did It work?


About this ThinkIn

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

The legend goes, when Margaret Thatcher was asked to name her greatest achievement, she replied: “New Labour”. The story may be apocryphal, but now is a good time to ask whether New Labour succeeded in its mission to change Britain? What, in the end, did it get right? Electorally-speaking, New Labour won three consecutive General Elections – something the Labour Party, had never come close to achieving before or since. Successive Labour leaders have sought to distance themselves from New Labour, but with the interventions made by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown at key moments during the pandemic, are the underlying principles of New Labour, and its government, now coming back into the mainstream? Has the dysfunctional politics of the Brexit era cast the legacy of New Labour in a new, more favourable, light? 

editor and invited experts

Ceri Thomas
Editor and Partner

Alan Johnson
Former MP and Labour Minister

Andrew Rawnsley
Author of Servants of the People: The Inside Story of New Labour, and The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour

Darren Jones
Labour MP for Bristol North West, Chair of the Business Select Committee