Well the votes were in this weekend and in defeating the favourite (and his brother), Ed Miliband steps up to lead the Labour Party. Following a general election when its coalition of support has been fractured and its traditional voters have deserted it in their tens of thousands, the question is: will he be able to steer the party back to power?
Paul Richards, the founder of and columnist for Progress magazine, provides some guidance in his new book Labour's Revival: A Moderniser's Manifesto. He analyses Labour's strategic errors and the debilitating bumps in the road, plots against Gordon Brown’s leadership, poor election results and policy U-turns. He outlines the task ahead for Labour and calls on it to adopt a new agenda on public service reform, local ownership and control, a green economy and a renewed democracy.
As the Labour Party, with its new leader Ed Miliband at the helm, searches its soul and debates the future, Labour’s Revival provides a wake-up call for anyone who wants to see it come back as a serious party of government.
Labour's Revival: A Moderniser's Manifesto by Paul Richards is available to buy from the Biteback website priced £12.99