Natascha Engel

Natascha Engel was Labour MP for North East Derbyshire 2005-17 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons

The party that misunderstands what hanging baskets mean to communities is already planting the seeds of its failure

Starting a new political party is not as easy as it looks

The Freedom of Information Act was supposed to guarantee honesty and transparency in government, but has ensured that controversial decisions will be forever shrouded in secrecy

The former inaugural chair of Parliament’s Backbench Business Committee recalls its first ever meeting

Labour needs to learn to use the new hybrid arrangement to their advantage

The reality of localism, planning reform and house building

Natascha Engel reviews How Innovation Works, by Matt Ridley

Natascha Engel reviews Difficult Women, by Helen Lewis

If Labour appeals primarily to young progressive urban supporters, can it win back traditional working class communities?

It’s organisation and closeness to community, not a magic policy solution, that will rejuvenate Labour