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The Labour Party under Ed MilibandTrying but failing to renew social democracy$
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Eunice Goes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090707

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090707.001.0001

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The road to somewhere

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The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Eunice Goes

Manchester University Press

This chapter will identify the main institutional constraints Ed Miliband faced throughout his leadership of the Labour Party, and will explain how they influenced his behaviour, transformed his initial vision and impacted his chances to win the 2015 general election. In order to do so, the chapter will start by contextualising the election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader. Next, it will briefly outline the main planks of his vision, and map out the main ideas that influenced the Labour leader’s agenda. From here the chapter will identify the two main institutional factors–the party and the media–that influenced the development of Miliband’s programme of party renewal. It will become clear that these two institutional factors worked as a constraint to the development of his programme in a variety of ways, however they have also led to a change to the party’s relationship with the trade unions and to its approach to the media.

Keywords:   Labour Party, New Labour, Leadership, Media, Trade Unions

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