At the 2019 General Election, the Conservative Party achieved 43.6% of the popular vote - the highest percentage of any party since 1979. This electoral coalition has been decades in the making. The Conservatives have increased their share of the vote in every election since 2005. In contrast, Labour’s vote share declined considerably between 1997 and 2015.
Although Labour’s surge at the 2017 General Election seemed to point to the possibility of building a social majority for radical socio-economic reforms, the result in December revealed the fragility of Labour’s electoral coalition. What groups does Labour need to win? What are the tensions between these different groups and what politics will it take to unite them?
Chief of Staff of Unite, advisor to Jeremy Corbyn and author of The Fall and Rise of the British Left
GMB Scotland organiser. Prior to working for GMB, Hazel was the National Organiser for HOPE not hate. While working for GMB Scotland Hazel led on the successful Glasgow Equal Pay Campaign, & the worker occupation Battle for BiFab
Sonali Bhattacharyya is an activist and award-winning playwright. Her work for the stage includes Megaball (National Theatre Learning), 2066 (Almeida Theatre, Participatory), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker), and The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre). She’s currently under commission to Kiln Theatre and Fifth Word and is writer in residence with National Theatre Studio. She was elected to Momentum’s National Coordinating Group in July.