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Milifandom founder backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader

1 August 2015 10:10
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Although the Milifandom wasn’t enough to lead Ed Miliband to victory at the polls, the cult movement did at least bring the former Labour leader’s lagging campaign some momentum in the… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘British Obama’

31 July 2015 17:04
The magazine Red Pepper have mocked up an image of Jeremy Corbyn in the style of Shepard Fairey's famous 'Hope' poster

Ahead of the election, Ed Miliband’s senior advisor David Axelrod was asked if the Labour politician had as much potential to succeed as his former client Barack Obama. His reply? ‘I think… Continue reading

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Guardian journalist enjoys wild night on David Cameron’s private jet

31 July 2015 15:28
David Plane

With the newspapers frequently filled with tales of former public schoolboys misbehaving abroad, Mr S was unsurprised to hear reports that a Westminster School alumnus had enjoyed a rather lively flight from Asia to… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham (finally) wins an endorsement

31 July 2015 11:29
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Although Andy Burnham started out as the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race, according to the latest polls he is now struggling to even remain in second place behind Jeremy… Continue reading

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The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

31 July 2015 10:50
SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters are kool-aid drinkers, just that, on balance, they’re more likely… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham: I don’t like biscuits

30 July 2015 16:20
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham poses for a photograph prior to delivering a State Of The Leadership Race speech at the Royal Armouries Museum on July 28, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Labour leadership candidates have been canvassing the yummy mummies on Mumsnet and today it was Andy Burnham’s turn. Steerpike was shocked to learn from the Q&A that he has never bought… Continue reading

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Karen Danczuk comes to Lord Sewel’s aid: ‘Why are we to judge?’

30 July 2015 15:25
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Yesterday Lembit Opik spoke out in defence of Lord Sewel after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the Labour peer snorting cocaine in the company of prostitutes over the weekend.… Continue reading

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Conspiracies, hookers and bombs – welcome to the Odessa Film Festival

30 July 2015 13:16
Chernobyl's radar station, Duga-3, is the star of Chad Gracia's documentary 'The Russian Woodpecker' about what really happened in Chernobyl in 1986. Photo: Sundance

Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea, is one of the most charming port cities you can imagine, the centre of the city mainly 19th-century Italian and French architecture. Like… Continue reading

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Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

30 July 2015 11:05
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This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity of the liberal London middle class. It now exists in… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Nigel Farage caught in the ladies’ loos

29 July 2015 15:52
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Although Ukip is said to have a ‘women problem’ thanks to low ratings from females in comparison to other parties, their leader does at least seem keen to reach out to… Continue reading

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Lembit Öpik comes to Lord Sewel’s defence: ‘He can help to clean up Parliament’

29 July 2015 14:09
Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Yesterday Lord Sewel stepped down from the Lords after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the former deputy speaker snorting cocaine through a five pound note in the company of… Continue reading

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Ivan Massow: Was Section 28 the reason the Tories did not pick me for mayor?

29 July 2015 11:59
IvanM

Over the weekend, CCHQ selected the four Tory candidates for London mayor who will proceed to an open primary in September. Playing it safe they opted for experience over celebrity, with… Continue reading

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There’s only one person who can save the Queen’s corgis

29 July 2015 11:16
Georgi

The Queen, we learnt earlier this month, has decided not to take on any more corgi pups as, at the age of 89, she is worried about leaving any young… Continue reading

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Labour: Derek Hatton’s membership application has been rejected

28 July 2015 17:19
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Last night Derek Hatton claimed that he has successfully rejoined the Labour Party 29 years after they expelled him. Hatton — who joined Labour with the Trotskyist group Militant — boasted about… Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn takes part in Mumsnet chat: ‘I do not have a rare skin condition’

28 July 2015 14:02
Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn take part in a Mumsnet chat (Credit: Mumsnet)

This morning Jeremy Corbyn told Radio 4′s Women’s Hour that a thread on Mumsnet in which he was described by one user as being ‘attractive in a world weary old… Continue reading

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Friends reunited: how George Galloway hopes to ‘work closely’ with Jeremy Corbyn

28 July 2015 11:45
British politician George Galloway celeb

Things could start to get very strange indeed if Jeremy Corbyn is successful in his bid to be the next Labour leader. Corbyn’s old chum George Galloway has today voiced his… Continue reading

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Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52
The Annual Cowal Highland Games

So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China, makes news without saying anything new about the circumstances in… Continue reading

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Revealed: the Andy Coulson joke that Nick Clegg cut from his conference speech

28 July 2015 10:46
Former News of the World editor and Down

Although Nick Clegg is under increasing pressure in some quarters to write a tell-all book about his time in coalition, the closest he has got to this so far is… Continue reading

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‘Prosecco socialist’ Charlotte Church backs Jeremy Corbyn

26 July 2015 9:17
People's Assembly Against Austerity Hold Demonstration And Festival

As Jeremy Corbyn edges closer to victory in the Labour leadership race, his critics grow more vocal with both Tony Blair and John McTernan attempting to thwart his campaign this… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: ‘Come friendly bombs, and fall on those/ Who clip their nails or pick their nose…’ (plus: pets dish the dirt on their owners)

25 July 2015 9:30
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Transport for London’s efforts to use verse to encourage Tube users to mind their manners produced poems whose rhyme and scansion would have made William McGonagall blush. So it was… Continue reading

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Financial Times staff live blog the sale of their paper: ‘we’ll be sent to Canary Wharf’

23 July 2015 15:38
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After much speculation, the Financial Times has today been purchased by Nikkei, the Japanese media group, for £844 million. Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei is buying Financial Times from U.K. publishing group… Continue reading

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Slash at 50: why is this rock god so underappreciated?

23 July 2015 15:27
Slash in full flow. Photo: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Saul Hudson, more commonly known by his childhood nickname ‘Slash’, turns 50 today. It is safe to say that the next 50 years of his life are unlikely to be quite as hectic… Continue reading

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Tony Hall: the BBC is like James Bond

23 July 2015 13:24
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As staff at the BBC face cuts and budget tightening following the Government’s plans to reform the Corporation, their director-general Tony Hall has offered his own defence of the licence fee.… Continue reading

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Was Yvette Cooper ‘inspired’ by Mhairi Black’s maiden speech?

23 July 2015 12:13
Taking a leaf out of the SNP's book? (Photo: Getty)

Last week the SNP MP Mhairi Black gave her maiden speech to Parliament. The young politician inspired the nation with her story of a man in her constituency who came to her crying… Continue reading

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Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57
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I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why? Simple: the… Continue reading

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