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Blue Labour.

Our politics is about renewing the institutions of


our nation so they nurture a sense of common
endeavour and mutual obligation, allowing
everyone to achieve a decent standard of living
and create a meaningful life for themselves.
We are guided by Labour values of equality and
social justice. But we think that, to be meaningful
these must begin with our responsibility to those
we are closest to, to our families, neighbours,
communities, and colleagues.
The change we seek can’t be achieved by electing
one leader who will solve all our problems. Blue
Labour calls for a radical redistribution and power
and responsibility, to people in our communities
and workplaces so we can work together for the
common good.
Read on to find out what that means in practice...

An introduction to
BLUE LABOUR
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Work Family
Britain’s economy is stuck in a low-skill, low-wage trap. The family is the fundamental social institution. It
Unemployment is low but so is the quality of work, and nurtures us from the start of our lives. It is where we
so incomes are low. At the centre of Blue Labour’s vision learn about love, relationships, and the give and take
is an economy with good well-paid work for all. That needed to live good lives. Inspired by the effort of
needs enterprise to flourish. But it also needs business feminism to broaden our idea of worthwhile work,
to recognise that prosperity depends on its responsibility Blue Labour recognises the struggle families face to
for its employees and neighbours. We believe the combine work and care. Politics can’t guarantee the
freedoms of the market economy offer the best basis for quality our emotional lives, but it can ensure our
the wellbeing of people in Britain. But our market institutions support family life; and that a secure
economy needs to be reformed so scope for managers, affordable home is within everyone’s grasp.
workers and consumers collectively shape the way
We support:
businesses work, so they are guided by the long-term
interests of the community not short-term value. • a move away from means-tested welfare system
to a contributory system in which people have more
We support:
of a stake.
• workers on company boards. Firms employing more
than hundred people electing one-third of their executive • the renewal of SureStart, as a system of locally-run
board from employees. institutions which support people with children
• a network of local and regional investment banks, whether they choose to work or not.
providing finance for small and medium enterprises • more democratic control for our healthcare
throughout the UK to grow. The will be at the centre of a institutions, with the extension of local
renewed set of regional economic institutions. mutually-owned providers.
• the Living Wage. A Labour government and Labour
• expansion of community-owned housing,
councils only procuring goods and services from firms
community land trusts for example, with the
which pay the Living Wage.
extension of affordable homes to buy which takes
• a national economic strategy, developed through
the speculative value of land out of the cost.
negotiation with businesses, unions and citizens
throughout the country, targeting support for particular
sectors to particular regions.

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Community Vocation
We want Britain to be a nation of energetic cities, towns A society where everyone takes responsibility needs
and villages, each of which is free to develop its distinct everyone to have a role. It is our education system’s
identity. When people feel rooted they can achieve their purpose to help find and develop what that is. We
potential; if power is dispersed, we have the freedom to believe education should be built around the
take greater responsibility for our communities. Blue principle of vocation – even the most academic
Labour supports an environmentalism driven by our subjects prepare people for the world beyond the
desire to protect the places we love. It believes that, as classroom. Education needs to tap into people’s
far as possible, resources and services should be owned enthusiasm, unlock their creativity, but also prepare
and run by the local community, so their value remains people for work in Britain’s economy.
with those who nurture and use them.
We support:
We support:
• technical Colleges in every city and town,
• the large-scale devolution of financial and rule-making focusing on high-level skills, governed by local
power to local authorities, together with the extension of business and unions in collaboration, to replace our
people’s capacity to democratically challenge their local current FE colleges.
councils.
• encourage former Polytechnics to become centres
• growth of local and regional mutually-run services and of excellence in technical skills once again.
utilities – energy companies, internet service providers,
• schools to be freed from detailed management
bus and trains for example.
through central government guidelines, held to
• the protection of our landscape through common account instead by parents, business, and citizens
ownership of key features by community trusts. in local community.
• support for growth in ownership and management of • renew our universities as centres of local and
football clubs by supporters’ trusts. regional civic life, not multi-national firms in a
rootless global education market.

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Britain, Europe and the World Labour and the Nation
Blue Labour involves those who supported working to reform Our country’s renewal isn’t the responsibility of one man
the EU from inside, and those who campaigned to leave. We or woman, yet our politics is dangerously focused on the
believe the views of the majority of voters need to be personality of party leaders. Blue labour believes that our
respected and that Britain should leave the EU. We should try politics needs to change so responsibility is shared
to get the best deal; but we are optimistic about the future of amongst us all. The divided interests of our country –
the UK whatever the terms of leaving. What matters most is workers and businesses, leave and remain, city and
the we govern our own society and economy. The ownership country – need to be brought together, with more scope
of Britain’s economy is uniquely globalised, with large sectors for debate and then agreement on a common way
owned by interests that have no stake in the UK. Despite the forward. That will take the development of new forms of
obvious costs, leaving the EU gives us the opportunity to representation and decision-making. The example of
rebuild British politics and Britain’s place in the world on a community organisations like London Citizens, as well
new basis. as the history of our own movement show how that can
Blue Labour recognises the contribution migrants from across be done.
the world have made to this country, and is fiercely supportive We support:
of the well-being of those who choose to settle here for good. • big decisions in public institutions made by public
We do, though, believe that a society in which people take assemblies, where people are organised around their
responsibility needs people living in our towns and cities to interests not just their ability to marshal the greatest
get to know one another: the continual movement of people number. For example: the curriculum for our schools
corrodes the sense of community the good society relies on. could be decided by a national educational convention.
We support: • reform of the House of Lords, so it represents
• limits on the free movement of people between Britain and different communities and interests. One idea is a
the EU, and the development of a migration policy based on vocational chamber with representation from economic
the careful identification of sectors that needed skilled sectors.
workers, and on our historic links to other parts of the world.
• greater restrictions on overseas capital buying UK-based
businesses and property, together with greater efforts to
secure domestic capital to own firms.
• a tougher stance supporting freedom of association across
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