Catalyst (think tank)

Catalyst (Think Tank)

Catalyst (think tank)

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Catalyst (later Catalyst Forum) was an independent left wing think tank based in London, United Kingdom, set up in 1998 to promote policies directed to the redistribution of power, wealth and opportunity. Though not aligned to any political party, it was generally sympathetic to the Labour Movement and described itself as "an organisation of the left".

The organisation was founded at the high point of Tony Blair's modernisation of the Labour Party and struggled to attract funding, especially from the trades unions who had originally been expected to be the most sympathetic to its redistributionist platform. Trades unions, concerned at further exclusion from power either by the electorate or the new Labour Party leadership, took a sharp turn away from too deep an association with the Left at this time and only begun in 2005 and 2006 to develop an increased if cautious interest in left-wing thought as a new generation of activist trades union leaders has emerged.

Former right wing but egalitarian Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Roy Hattersley, was an early supporter, as was John Edmonds, General Secretary of the GMB Union, who had a deep commitment to full employment strategies. Hattersley made the point that he had stood still while the Labour Party had moved from the far Left to the Right over his head.

Catalyst attracted intellectuals and academics on the centre-left associated with Tribune, Red Pepper, the Grassroots Alliance, the Full Employment Forum and a...
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