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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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Labour and the politics of belonging

Labour and the politics of belonging

One Nation

(p.146) 6 Labour and the politics of belonging
The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Eunice Goes

Manchester University Press

Ed Miliband’s One Nation narrative was used to address issues related to the politics of belonging-such as the growing popular opposition to immigration, the rise in salience of an English national identity as well as the ascendancy of UKIP as a party that could destabilise the party system-which Labour could not afford to ignore. This chapter examines Labour’s politics of belonging and starts by mapping the different normative and cognitive ideas as well as the debates that were taking place in the party at the policy level and which influenced Miliband’s thinking on the matter. Next it shows how Miliband’s narrative on the politics of belonging was transformed into policy proposals in three main strands: 1) immigration; 2) managing diversity; 3) and the English question. Along the way, the chapter also identifies the main political and institutional constraints Miliband confronted when developing his politics of belonging.

Keywords:   One Nation, Radical Patriotism, Liberal Patriotism, Englishness, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Blue Labour

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