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Sebastian Payne is deputy editor of the Coffee House blog.

George Galloway MP arrives at a Labour Party panel hearing in London. Mr Galloway was suspended from the party earlier this year and is to discover whether he will be expelled from the party for his outspoken criticism of the war in Iraq. 22 October 2003.

Why George Galloway won’t be rejoining Labour anytime soon

1 August 2015 10:18

George Galloway has announced that he would like to return to the Labour party if Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader. The former Respect MP for Bradford West sees Corbyn as… Continue reading


Trade unionists are putting themselves on the path to obscurity

31 July 2015 9:01

Jeremy Corbyn is the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader. From the more militant folks at Unite to the moderates at Unison, the comrades are buying into ‘Jez we… Continue reading


Podcast: the Osborne supremacy and why Labour’s grassroots don’t matter

30 July 2015 20:27

George Osborne reigns supreme over Westminster — how did he end up with all this power? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Isabel Hardman discusses our cover piece on the Chancellor’s… Continue reading


Watch: Nigel Farage on why Ukip is still relevant

30 July 2015 16:38

Nigel Farage emerged from his summer break today to kickstart his party’s No campaign. The Ukip leader hit out at Eurosceptic Conservatives who he believes are lazy and ‘there is… Continue reading

Richard Davies of the Economist is set to join the Treasury. Photo: BBC World News.

George Osborne hires Economist journalist to chair Council of Economic Advisers

30 July 2015 13:32

George Osborne has recruited Richard Davies, The Economist’s economics editor, to replace Rupert Harrison as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Coffee House understands. This position is essentially the Chancellor’s top… Continue reading

John McTernan (L), Director of Political Operatiosn, Prime Minister Tony Blair and author Ian Rankin (R) sit on a train from Barrhead to Kilmarnock, on April 26, 2007 in Scotland.

John McTernan: if Corbyn wins the Labour leadership, he should be deposed immediately

29 July 2015 16:01

John McTernan is a Blairite who is not afraid to speak his mind. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the former Labour special advisor discusses the state of Labour’s… Continue reading

New Liberal Democrat Party Leader Tim Farron gives a speech as he becomes the new leader of the party at Islington Assembly Hall on July 16, 2015 in London, England.

Nick Clegg turns down Lib Dem job as new spokesmen announced

29 July 2015 12:04

The Lib Dems have announced their 22 strong ‘spokesperson team’ — or what other parties would call its frontbench. During the leadership election, Tim Farron said the party wouldn’t ‘bother… Continue reading

George Osborne and French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) listen to explanations during a visit of the French start-ups incubator and accelerator TheFamily in Paris on July 27, 2015.

George Osborne: Britain must work with France to build a trade relationship with the EU

29 July 2015 8:41

George Osborne has revealed the aim of Britain’s EU renegotiation: to move our relationship back towards a trading partnership. The Chancellor has told the Daily Telegraph he would like to see a paired… Continue reading

Yvette Cooper (R) listens to Jeremy Corbyn during a Labour Party leadership hustings event in Warrington, north west England on July 25, 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn 20pts ahead in leaked poll — while Cooper heads into second place

28 July 2015 20:23

Jeremy Corbyn is still on track to be the next Labour leader, according to leaked private polling. Tomorrow’s Daily Mirror reports that this poll puts Corbyn on 42 per cent… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn poses for a portrait on July 16, 2015 in London, England

What if Jeremy Corbyn wins?

28 July 2015 17:31

A Jeremy Corbyn victory was once a hilarious joke but now it seems possible, even likely according to some. If the Labour party wakes up on September 13 and the… Continue reading

Members of House of Lords in robes at State Opening of Parliament, House of Lords, England, United Kingdom.

Lord Sewel resigns from House of Lords — here comes the inevitable calls to scrap it

28 July 2015 9:05

Lord Sewel has announced he has resigned from the House of Lords this morning. 48 hours after the first stories and videos about his alleged use of drugs and prostitutes… Continue reading

Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lord Sewel takes leave of absence from Lords

27 July 2015 18:14

Lord Sewel has announced he is taking a ‘leave of absence’ from the House of Lords. In a statement sent to the Parliamentary authorities this evening, Sewel says he will… Continue reading


The old Labour right tells the new right to pull its finger out

27 July 2015 15:51

Keeping Labour grounded to the centre is proving a tough battle for the moderates. Labour First, a pressure group of the old right within the party, has penned a public… Continue reading


Lord Sewel’s greatest crime is damaging the House of Lords’ reputation

27 July 2015 8:20

Lord Sewel’s career is well and truly over. His alleged participation in illicit activities involving drugs and prostitutes, as reported by The Sun, has caused fatal damage to his little-known reputation. It’s… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s legacy: 140,000 new hard-left members sign up to back Corbyn

26 July 2015 13:55

If Jeremy Corbyn becomes the next Labour leader, there will be a lot of finger pointing at Ed Miliband. Today’s Sunday Times reports that 140,000 new members are projected to sign up to… Continue reading

Alex Salmond on the Andrew Marr Show. Photo: BBC.

Alex Salmond explains how a second Scottish independence referendum will happen

26 July 2015 13:27

He once said that the independence referendum was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity but Alex Salmond has brushed aside any illusions that the SNP are not desperately hoping, and… Continue reading

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visits the Stewarts Lane Train Depot in Battersea,  July 30, 2013.

Ministers go on the offensive in rail pause row

24 July 2015 13:51

The government is upping its attacks on Labour’s railways legacy, as the war of words over electrification continues. Coffee House has seen a letter from the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin… Continue reading

Barack Obama and David Cameron shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Barack offers David some assistance to keep Britain in the EU

24 July 2015 9:02

Barack Obama has given his perennial reminder that Britain should stay in the European Union. In an interview with the BBC, the President of the United States has said it is… Continue reading


The second preference conundrum and why Liz Kendall shouldn’t drop out

23 July 2015 14:45

Is Liz Kendall about to quit the Labour leadership race? The Times reports comments from Labour sources who say Kendall’s time is up — given her poor showing in the recent YouGov poll… Continue reading


Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy online. On this View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind discusses this week’s… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

‘Yvette is dead in the water’ – Team Burnham on the YouGov Labour leadership poll

22 July 2015 15:26

The YouGov survey might be ‘just one poll’ in a notoriously tricky race to predict, but it has sent shockwaves throughout the Labour party. Tristram Hunt and Tony Blair have been activated to plead with the… Continue reading

Tony Blair speaking at a Progress event in London this morning.

Tony Blair advises Corbyn supporters to get a heart transplant

22 July 2015 11:13

Tony Blair has made his predictable intervention in the Labour leadership contest. At an event with the Progress think tank in London this morning, the former Prime Minister made his… Continue reading

Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, makes a speech in which he announced he will not run for the Labour Party leadership on May 20, 2015 in London, England.

Labour will become a ‘pressure group’ if Corbyn wins, says Tristram Hunt

22 July 2015 8:30

Labour is waking up this morning to the news that Jeremy Corbyn might stand a chance of actually become Labour leader. The question many are asking is how genuine this… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn poses for a portrait on July 16, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Corbyn on track to be next Labour leader, according to new poll

21 July 2015 22:57

Could Jeremy Corbyn actually win the Labour leadership race? A new poll from The Times/YouGov suggests that he will. The new poll of eligible voters in the leadership contest — party members, registered… Continue reading

Andy Burnham and Harriet Harman at the Labour Party conference on September 25, 2013 in Brighton, England

Andy Burnham opens fire at Labour’s ‘current leadership’ over the Welfare Bill

21 July 2015 16:12

Relations between Andy Burnham and Harriet Harman must be disintegrating quickly. After the leadership favourite abstained during last night’s vote on the Welfare Bill, Burnham attempted to his logic on the World at… Continue reading