About No Holding Back
Our political intentions are clear. We must build a movement to change British politics forever, by organising, empowering and increasing the representation of working class communities.
Jon Trickett MP, Laura Smith and Ian Lavery MP
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By Ian LaveryCommunity organising is a vital part of rebuilding the Labour Party at the grassroots – but it will take time and shouldn't be expected to produce immediate results, argues Ian Lavery. This leadership election is primarily about the people who lead us...
– It’s Time to Fight Back By Laura SmithYears of funding cuts and a relentless drive to outsource have left councils across the country unable to serve their communities. It's time for Labour to build a national campaign to fight back. Local government really matters...
By Jon TrickettOn this day in 1647, in the midst of civil war, the Putney Debates sought a new constitution for Britain – their arguments over the nature of freedom and democracy still resonate today. Imagine! It’s October 28th today. In England, parliament is held in...
Northern Discomfort was the report that started the No Holding Back initiative off. It was in response to the 1992 pamphlet “Southern Discomfort” which was the catalyst for the Labour Party’s reorientation towards middle class southern areas and away from working class communities
The challenge for Labour
Labour has a huge challenge on its hands: how to win back working class communities that turned away from us in 2019. In this, our latest report, we listened to thousands of Labour members, trade unionists and community activists to find a way to renew our class politics and build a mass movement rooted in democratic socialism.
How No Holding Back Started
Earlier this year we published Northern Discomfort which contested the shift in the Labour Party towards more southern, middle class voters. The pamphlet was actually written in Summer 2019 before the general election was even on the cards. It warned the Party about a forthcoming election defeat if it did not start to listen to working class communities. Unfortunately, the Party did not listen.
After the election defeat in 2019 we wanted to continue to rejuvenate class politics for the 21st century. With this in mind we began a tour of our movement’s grassroots. We went to every region and nation, listened to thousands of people and drafted a report giving a platform to our communities with their views about what the Party needs to do to move forward.