New Labour’s Employment Policy (1997 to 2010): Lessons for the Future of Work

Date / time: 5 November, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Please note that registration for this event will close on the 2 November 2022.

Under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, New Labour was in power longer than any previous Labour government. However, its economic and employment policies have remained controversial. These include ‘third way’ concepts like the enabling state and flexible labour markets, as well as a new emphasis on individual employment rights and the National Minimum Wage. A decade on, this event explores some policy lessons from the New Labour experience, read in three historical contexts: the prior experience of Thatcherism and the UK’s transition to a service economy; the earlier history of Labour in power; and wider trends in European social democracy. The day will also consider New Labour’s influence on the Conservative-led governments that followed and current political debates about work, from a variety of perspectives.

Event Programme

11 am – New Labour at Work: Framing the Debate

Peter Ackers (Industrial Relations historian)

11.30 am – Witness Panel: New Labour’s Contested Legacy

Jon Cruddas (Labour MP)
Ian McCartney (former Labour Minister)
John Monks (former Gen Sec TUC & ETUC)
Chair: Helen Hague (journalist)

1 to 2 pm – Lunch

2 pm – New Labour in History

Stefan Berger (German Social Historian)
Patrick Diamond (Historian of New Labour)

3 pm – Coffee break

3.30 pm  – After New Labour: Wider Policy Lessons

Anne-Marie Greene (Industrial Relations academic)
Sarah Veale (former TUC head Equality and Employment Rights)

Close at 4.30 pm

Ticket cost: £20 (includes lunch & refreshments). This is an in-person only event:

The Chancellor’s Hall
Senate House
Malet Street