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14 January 2016

Labour to publish report into party’s defeat

A secret report into Labour's defeat will be published next week.

By Stephen Bush

Labour will publish Margaret Beckett’s report into the 2015 defeat, Learning the Lessons, next week, the BBC’s Iain Watson reveals. Watson has also obtained a leaked copy of the document.

The BBC summarises the conclusions of the report into Labour’s loss as follows:

1) Labour failed to shake off the perception that it was responsible for the financial crisis

2) The party failed to deal with issues of “connection” over welfare and immigration

3) Ed Miliband was believed not to be as strong a leader as David Cameron

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4) Fear of a Labour government propped up by the SNP.

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The report offers contradictory analyses over whether the

The publication of the report is a victory for Dan Jarvis, who called for the report to be published in an article in this week’s New Statesman, and Caroline Flint, who has been caling for the report’s publication for many weeks.

However, the report is unlikely to cause ructions in the leader’s office. The finding that individual policies were highly popular in the polls will be cited as support for the Corbyn approach, while previous inquests into the defeat, which came to similar conclusions, have not resulted in a change of mindset among Labour party activists.