The English Labour Network has launched a briefing for Labour Party activists called For Labour, England and St George. It is a draft and we welcome comments, ideas and improvements.
To form a government, Labour needs to win England, and Labour needs to win more votes from people who have a strong sense of English identity. We need to demonstrate the strong links between building a better society for the people of England and Labour’s radical policies ‘for the many, not the few’.
In the process, we can strengthen a progressive, inclusive English identity and help to marginalise the far-right groups who want to appeal to a racist and xenophobic Englishness.
Labour is proposing four new national bank holidays, including a St George’s Day bank holiday. Party activists will want to promote this popular policy and take a leading part in St George’s Day celebrations.
We know that not all activists are familiar with or instinctively comfortable with English identity or the patriotism expressed by many voters. This briefing explains why national identity is important and why the left has much to gain and nothing to lose from progressive patriotism. It suggests some topics for discussion in party meetings and practical suggestions on ways of engaging with English identity, including the celebration of St George’s Day, in ways that reflect Labour’s principled progressive values.
The English Labour Network has published this as a draft for consultation. We’d really value feedback from across the party on ways of improving the guide for future years. We’d also value local examples of good practice.
You can download a copy from the link below..