Published: 13th Jul 2011

Maurice Glasman wants to make Labour the party that puts ‘real people’ at the heart politics and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the process. Clare Goff meets him ‘If you want a barney you’ve come to the right people,’ said Lord Maurice Glasman in the opening speech of this year’s CLES summit. Propelled into political life when he was appointed a Labour peer in November last year, he has already rubbed managed to rub people up the wrong way. He called Locality ‘well-intentioned busybodies’ when the organisation was awarded the government’s community organisers contract, and he has blamed multiculturalism for ossifying communities. He’s learning to put across his views in ways that will leave them less open to interpretation but makes no excuses for wanting to bring conflict back to public life.