Apart from the loose connotation it had with left-wing politics, the term progressive was always quite vague, even to begin with. The conservatives’ decision to position themselves as progressives has served to mystify the term further. However, out of the mainstream political parties in the UK it must be said the Labour Party and the Greens have the most credible claim to that mantle - even if, in the case of the Labour Party, this is in spite of its leaders and some of the policies they uphold.

The Socialist and Environmentalist movements share a great deal in common and can learn a lot from each other. Firstly is a belief in equality. On the red side this means ensuring that the objective social conditions are in place for each individual to enjoy freedom in practice. The environmentalist movement adds a further dimension to this ideal, stressing the need for equality between present and future generations in our ability to live comfortably on this planet

The development and eventual collapse of the New Labour Project has caused an identity crisis in the Labour Party. Due to this, the question has become not if but when and by how much the Tories will win the next election. Nevertheless, a vacuum for new ideas is present which could be filled with social democratic policies for the 21st century.

The fact that the conservatives felt the need to adopt progressive language shows there is fundamental support for left of centre ideas – it is an admission that there is, indeed, a “progressive majority” to be tapped into. However, it is also clear they are disenchanted with New Labour.

So with an uncertain future ahead of us, what will the left in Britain look like? There are a huge number of possibilities. In this seminar we will look at the prospects for ‘Reds’ and ‘Greens’ to cooperate, not just in opposition to the Conservatives, but also constructively forming a broad left-of-centre coalition which could do justice to the beleaguered “progressive majority” in Britain.

Adrian Bua-Jones, Compass Youth Norwich Coordinator

Come and join us on 16th October at "The Future of the Left - A Red/Green Alliance?" with an amazing panel of speakers:

  • Dr Rupert Reed, Green Norwich North PPC & City Councillor
  • Samuel Tarry, National Chair of Young Labour
  • Gavin Hayes, Compass General Secretary
UEA Congregration Hall - Room 1.07

For more information, contact Adrian Bua, 07824825241 or


Chris said...

I think this likely to end up as essential after the election which seems likely now to be a Tory landslide.Let's make it so we keep the right out of power for generations and not just 12 years. That will mean a realignment of left/Greens to carry forward policies with a commitment to changing the voting system and updating our system of government.