Warring Fictions — London book launch
Join us for one of the first conversations about the future of the Labour Party in the aftermath of a devastating general election defeat
Mary Sumner House
24 Tufton Street
December 2019 was a catastrophe for Labour. After nearly ten years in opposition, the party has suffered its fourth straight defeat and is approaching fifteen years since it last won.
As the soul searching begins, Labour’s broad church will have to ask: at what level do we disagree? Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader this has been a central question for the two sides of the left. There is constant discussion of ‘splits’, ‘coups’ and ‘purges’. Anger and impotence are felt on both sides. Everyone seems to hate each other, but no one can agree on why.
Writing from a centre-left perspective, Chris Clarke points to where the guts of the dispute lie. He argues that disagreements come down to narrative, not core values. Belief or otherwise in the central myths which drive left populism – conflict, insurgency and decline – represents the true dividing line between pro- and anti-Corbyn factions.
Combative but constructive, Warring Fictions makes the case for pluralism and questions the premise of Corbynism. Rather than a call for ‘faux harmony’, it’s an attempt to break the deadlock – providing a route-map for the centre left, an explanation to the far left, and the foundations for a genuine debate between the two.
- Chris Clarke, author, Warring Fictions
- Gaby Hinsliff, writer and columnist, The Guardian
- Peter Kellner, pollster and former president, YouGov
- Margaret Prosser, Labour member of the House of Lords
This event is held in partnership with Progress.
Attendance is free and open to all. Please note, although parliament was the original venue for this event, due to overwhelming demand we have moved to nearby Mary Sumner House in Westminster.
For more information, please contact event convenor Josh Newlove.