Many Labour politicians, commentators and academics marked St George’s Day this year. We’ve summarised some of our favourite contributions below:
The Labour Party has put out a St George’s Day video, thanking key workers who have helped us through the pandemic. You can watch it here. The video also features Angela Rayner, David Lammy and Steve Reed.
Sadiq Khan recorded his own video, about his pride in England’s values and achievements, and the privilege of being mayor of England’s capital.
I’ve written for LabourList on why England and the English are so important to Labour, and how the pandemic has revealed Tory leadership failures which have in many cases hit England hardest.
Like it or not, Keir Starmer will not win without England, write Richard Wyn Jones and Ailsa Henderson for Prospect Magazine.
The Young Fabians published a series of blog post about England’s governance which you can read here.
And “Who will speak for England?” asks John Denham.
The growing debate around Labour and England
There had been plenty of other valuable recent contributions on England, Englishness and England in 2021 so far.
- Watch David Lammy brilliantly defending his English identity on LBC.
- Read the Guardian’s Rafael Behr on why England matters to Labour.
- Read this Matthew Parris article for the Times on how “England does exist, and so do the English”.
- Read Polly Billington on getting the devolution conversation right for England.
- Listen to John Denham on BBC Radio 4 talking about why success in England is critical for Labour.
- Read John Denham’s Open Democracy piece on why Labour must turn the patriotic heat on the Right.
- Read Julian Coman’s Observer article: “Proud to be English: how we can shape a progressive patriotism”.
- Learn about Labour’s ‘Rural England Policy Review’, led by Luke Pollard.
Devolution within England: take our survey
Finally, you can watch all the videos from our recent conference on devolution within England on our website. Speakers included Rachel Reeves, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham. You can also take our survey and share your views on what devolution in England should look like.