New Times,
New Thinking.

  1. Election 2024
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

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

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

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.

Content from our partners
Peatlands are nature's unsung climate warriors
How the apprenticeship levy helps small businesses to transform their workforce
How to reform the apprenticeship levy