Five Year Mission: The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Hardcover | May 2, 2015

byTim Bale

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In May 2010, Labour suffered one of its worst ever election defeats. A few months later it chose Ed Miliband as its new leader. His task? To win back power after just one term in opposition - a tall order given how many voters had come to blame Labour for the economic mess the country was in,and to see the party as a soft-touch when it came to immigration and welfare. Even those who were more sympathetic had their doubts. Was Ed Miliband really leadership material? Would he be able to overcome defeating his elder brother to get to the top? Would he have to do as he was told by the trade union leaders who had helped him win? Could he resolve the tensions betweenBlairites and Brownites, Blue Labour and New Labour? Might his desire to keep his colleagues united mean Labour stayed stuck in its comfort zone? Would he, in seeking to break from the party's recent past, take it too far to the left? Could he offer the electorate something really radical in 2015 orwould he instead choose something safer but ultimately less inspiring? And what should twenty-first social democracy look like now that the money had run out? This book, by one of the country's foremost experts on party politics, seeks to answer all those questions and, in the run up to the 2015 general election, to ask one more: will Ed Miliband's five year mission turn out to be "mission impossible'?

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In May 2010, Labour suffered one of its worst ever election defeats. A few months later it chose Ed Miliband as its new leader. His task? To win back power after just one term in opposition - a tall order given how many voters had come to blame Labour for the economic mess the country was in,and to see the party as a soft-touch when it...

Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, having taught previously at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Sussex University. He has published widely on party politics, particularly in Britain and Europe, including The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron, which won the WJM McKenzie Pri...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702965

ISBN - 13:9780198702962

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Kid Brother: Spring - Autumn, 20102. No Honeymoon: Autumn 2010 - Spring 20113. Predators: Spring - Autumn 20114. Omnishambles: Autumn 2011 to Spring 20125. One Nation: Spring - Autumn 20126. Benefits of the Doubt: Autumn 2012 - Spring 20137. Warming Up: Spring - Autumn 20138. Final Bend: Autumn 2013 - Spring 20149. Home Straight: Spring - Autumn 201410. Conclusion: Mission Accomplished?

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"Excellent. Tim Bale rises above the daily political frenzy with this extremely shrewd, insightful and considered assessment. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Labour's journey under Ed Miliband." --Andrew Rawnsley, Associate Editor and Chief Political Commentator, The Observer