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Leading Labour figures re-examine traditional Labour ideas to come up with fresh policies for the party’s revival. The Purple Book calls for the Labour Party to rediscover the non-statist strand of its history and thought and develop a progressive agenda, with the redistribution of power to individuals and local communities at its heart. This agenda stretches beyond the state and public services, to the economy and the workplace. With contributions from some of leading lights of the New Labour movement The Purple Book identifies four strands of renewal for the party, positing a new role for the state, new models of capitalism and growth, and new ways to build a fairer society and stronger communities. It calls for policies that meet the challenges of restoring growth to the British economy, increasing the number of high-value jobs, addressing the stagnation in real incomes for working families, ensuring value for money and accountability in public services and keeping the tax burden as low as possible. The Purple Book takes the Labour Party back to its roots in an attempt to show a progressive and winning way forward.


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