Progressivism: Past and Present

On 3 July, the Centre for British Politics hosted a conference on Progressivism: Past and Present. The word ‘progressive’ was dismissed as ‘an analytic marshmallow’, attacked as a discredited term, at odds with what people feel and yet revealed to be overwhelmingly popular – if not well understood.

Joe Twyman revealed the results of a new YouGov survey, on public understandings of the word ‘progressive’ and Jon Cruddas MP set out his desire to reclaim the romantic ideals of early New Labour. Other participants included Prof. Michael Freeden, Lord Hurd and Paul Richards.

A full conference report can be read on the Centre for British Politics’ website and further accounts of the day can be read on the Independent blog and LabourList.org.

Emily Robinson

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