James Purnell, who has occupied his time since standing down from the cabinet and then parliament with Demos and London Citizens, is to chair the Institute for Public Policy Research.

UPDATE Purnell’s quote in the press release:

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of chair at ippr, an organisation I know well and once worked for. Ippr has always been at the heart of the debate about progressive politics in Britain, and has a vital role to play in the new political landscape … ┬áThis is a critical time in our politics. Following election defeat, Labour is choosing a new leader and starting the process of coming up with new policies. Ippr will be central to the debates about how the centre left rebuilds and becomes a stronger force for change. At the same time, the new Coalition government has made much of its commitment to progressive ideas. ippr has good relations with the new administration and we continue to aim to develop ideas that are adopted as policy, in Westminster and beyond.”

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