This event is part of the Fabian fringe at Labour party conference 2016.
The Labour party does not have a right to exist and after the referendum vote there is no guarantee of its long-term survival as a national political force. The referendum has divided the nation in two, delivering a more socially and geographically polarised result than any election in recent times. And that division has split Labour supporters right down the middle, in spite of the party’s clear support for ‘remain’.
For Labour to prosper it must rebuild trust and connections with the millions of people who voted ‘leave’, but without walking away from its ‘remain’ supporters. It must unite everyone who shares its commitment to economic and social justice, wherever and whoever they are – be they cultural ‘liberals’ or ‘conservatives’. Some of that can be done by changing policies, but the greater challenge is for Labour to change how it sounds, looks and feels, so that it offers a natural home for people from every background and walk of life.
This event will examine the key themes around the next steps for Labour, and what must happen next to ensure electoral success in 2020.
Speakers include: Kate Green MP (Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston), Polly Toynbee (columnist, The Guardian), John McTernan (commentator), James Schneider (national organiser, Momentum). Chaired by Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society).