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The Union needs balance

16 December 2014 13:45
(Photo: Carl Court/Getty)

Today’s Guardian long-read on the Scottish referendum is a great piece of journalism. Both Alistair Darling and Danny Alexander argue in it that when David Cameron stepped out of Downing… Continue reading


Four things we’ve learnt from the leaked Labour/Ukip paper

15 December 2014 10:49
Will Labour take on Ukip over immigration?

How will Labour respond to the threat from Ukip? Thanks to today’s scoop by the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith, we now know. A leaked internal memo (pdf here) singles out immigration as the biggest… Continue reading


It’s beginning to feel a lot like a General Election

15 December 2014 10:27
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

David Cameron is talking about the ‘great, black, ominous cloud’ that Labour’s economic plans would put over the British economy. Labour is talking about its immigration policies while trying not… Continue reading


Jim Murphy wins Scottish Labour leadership contest

13 December 2014 10:44
(Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour party. He defeated his more left wing rival Neil Findlay with 55.59 per cent of the vote to Findlay’s 34.99… Continue reading


Labour briefs MPs on the Ukip threat in their constituencies

12 December 2014 8:54
UKIP leader Nigel Farage delivers his keynote speech at the annual UKIP (UK Independence Party) party conference. Image: Getty

Unfortunately for Labour, it cannot dismiss Nigel Farage as a ‘pound shop Enoch Powell’ quite so easily as Russell Brand did last night. The party knows that Ukip can take… Continue reading


What we learnt from Miliband’s Big Speech, with no Big Announcement

11 December 2014 14:41
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks to business leaders on December 11, 2014 in London, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Ed Miliband’s speech on reducing the deficit has attracted a fair bit of criticism for not telling us very much that’s new. It was supposed to be a Big Speech,… Continue reading


Labour now thinks it is safe to reject the Tory narrative on the economy

11 December 2014 7:58
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

Labour has returned to a bit more of an even keel in the past few wintry weeks after a torrid autumn. Plotters are resigned to letting Ed Miliband fight the… Continue reading


Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

10 December 2014 17:06
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the parties about who cares more/privatised the most are turning into… Continue reading


The Tory voters who are still vulnerable to Ukip

9 December 2014 8:53

Today’s conclusion from the British Election Study that Ukip will hurt the Tories far more than it will damage Labour at the General Election is unsurprising, but still important as… Continue reading


Rachel Reeves goes for tribal politics over hard questioning on food banks

8 December 2014 17:03
Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves delivers her keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester

Most people went into Work and Pensions Questions expecting Iain Duncan Smith to be in a tetchy fame of mind following this morning’s report on food banks. As a matter… Continue reading


Should politicians grumble about awkward stories?

5 December 2014 16:27
Chancellor George Osborne Visits Bentley Motors

A lot of political types are very cross with the ‘biased media’ today. Ukip is currently the most aerated because some journalists ‘fabricated’ (which is today synonymous with ‘transcribed’) some remarks… Continue reading


Ed Balls survives tricky Autumn Statement response under intense heckling

3 December 2014 15:06
Ed Balls responding to the Autumn Statement.

Labour has had a poor run of Autumn Statement and Budget responses for a couple of years now, and with only today’s statement and the 2015 Budget to go before the… Continue reading


George Osborne’s Autumn Statement choreography makes life doubly difficult for Labour

2 December 2014 8:59
Picture by Carla Millar

George Osborne is choreographing his autumn statement week to make things as difficult as possible for Labour. At present senior ministers are travelling the country handing out nice things to… Continue reading


The best and the worst of Gordon Brown

1 December 2014 21:56
Gordon Brown Speech At Scottish Labour Headquarters

Tonight Gordon Brown announced he will stand down as an MP at the next election. Current political leaders have been paying tribute, with Ed Miliband calling his old boss a ‘towering… Continue reading


Class war at Education questions

1 December 2014 17:13

Labour is very pleased with the amount of attention it garnered for its new private schools policy when Tristram Hunt unveiled it last week. So it was natural that the… Continue reading


The Labour MPs who deny planning to defect to Ukip

26 November 2014 15:00
Kate Hoey. Image: Getty

Ukip are desperate to build on the momentum from their Rochester win as the general election looms ever closer. At the very top of the party figures including leader Nigel… Continue reading


The fight for the soul of the Labour party

24 November 2014 13:33
Image: Getty

Fight! Two senior Labour MPs locked horns yesterday over the Scottish leadership contest. Ivan Lewis and Tom Watson scrapped after the latter wrote a piece endorsing left-leaning Neil Findlay for… Continue reading


No breathing space for Miliband and Labour

23 November 2014 10:06
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

This was meant to be the weekend when Ed Miliband got some ‘breathing space’, a chance to recover after the last torrid few weeks. But his—and his party’s—troubles are still… Continue reading


Nigel Farage: I would love a Labour defector to join Ukip

21 November 2014 18:25
Nigel Farage outside Rochester Castle in Kent, after Mark Reckless won the Rochester and Strood by-election last night.  Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ukip’s victory in Rochester has lead to the inevitable question of ‘what next?’ for the party. Now that Nigel Farage has two representatives in the House of Commons, his main… Continue reading


Ed Miliband reveals he ‘feels respect’ whenever he sees a white van

21 November 2014 15:21

The fallout from Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobbish’ photo of a flag-furnished house in Rochester looks like it still has plenty of gas. The house’s owner, Dan Ware, has travelled to Thornberry’s… Continue reading


Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour

21 November 2014 13:50
The real losers (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty)

Walk round the Commons today and it is striking that Tory MPs are in relatively good spirits while Labour ones looks distinctly more downcast. At first this seems odd, after… Continue reading


Ukip on course for victory in Rochester – but no Tory panic

21 November 2014 0:23
UKIP Hold A Public Meeting  Before Rochester And Strood By-Election

Counting is underway in the Rochester and Strood by-election and the early indications are that Ukip has won the seat on a turnout slightly over 50%. The result is expected… Continue reading


Podcast special: was Emily Thornberry right to resign?

20 November 2014 23:50
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Just a few hours ago, Labour’s Emily Thornberry was protesting that she had no idea why anyone would take offence at her Tweeting a picture of a Rochester house with three St… Continue reading


Emily Thornberry resigns over Rochester Tweet

20 November 2014 22:32
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Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow Cabinet for sending a Tweet that appeared to mock a Rochester voter who was flying several St George’s Cross from their window and… Continue reading


Emily Thornberry exposes Labour’s agony in Rochester

20 November 2014 16:49
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The Tories expect to lose in Rochester tonight – and blame Labour. Had it not been imploding, they argue, the Ukip vote would not be so big. And why is… Continue reading