Monday 11 February 2019

British politics beyond Brexit: Where are Labour heading?

Brexit is dominating our politics, but there will be politics beyond Brexit. New domestic policy issues will force their way back onto the agenda, and old ones – including those driving aspects of the Brexit vote – will return to national debates. Our biggest political parties will shape – and be shaped by– these debates just as they wrestle with the lasting effect of Brexit on their identities and coalitions of support.

So where are our politics and our parties heading? Who and what are they for? What should a post-Brexit Britain’s domestic reform agenda be?

To debate these questions, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event at its Westminster offices. Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Jon Trickett set out his vision for tackling Britain’s big political economy challenges. He was joined by leading Labour thinkers, including Bridget Phillipson MP, Ayesha Hazarika and Stephen Bush, to discuss what the priorities should be as they prepare for the next general election, whenever that may be. An audience Q&A followed.

Speakers for the Labour event:

  • Jon Trickett, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister
  • Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South
  • Ayesha Hazarika , Political commentator and former Labour Party advisor
  • Stephen Bush, Political Editor of the New Statesman
  • Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation (Chair)