Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Power to the People by Caroline Lucas, Lisa Nandy and Chris Bowers.
The shifting sands on the left of British politics may shift some more with the publication of Power to the People, a book that has the potential to reshape the challenge to the Conservatives at the 2020 general election.
This extraordinary collection of essays compiled and co-edited by Green MP Caroline Lucas, Labour MP Lisa Nandy and former Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Bowers argues that, for all their legitimate differences, the progressives in British politics need to find ways of cooperating if they are to present a viable alternative to the Tories.
The book will feature a spread of political opinions and ideas from both politics and think tanks. Among the politicians writing are Peter Hain, Mhairi Black, Steve Reed and Norman Lamb. Among the other contributors will be Neal Lawson of Compass, David Boyle of the New Economics Foundation and Katie Ghose of the Electoral Reform Society, as well as a number of social and political journalists.
Caroline Lucas said: ‘Waking up on 8 May to discover a majority Tory government had been elected was a bitter disappointment for everyone who hopes for a fairer, greener and more caring society. Since this was achieved on the basis of the votes of just 24% of the electorate, it also highlights the importance of progressives finding new ways to work together. In many cases, we can be more effective through cooperation than by fighting each other – hence this book. In it, we explore both the values that unite us and the possible ways of working together where doing so makes sense.’
Iain Dale said: ‘I am delighted to be publishing this timely collection of forward-thinking essays by some of the most important names in contemporary progressive politics.’
Power to the People will be published in summer 2016, and will be supported by a major press campaign.
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