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Labour sets out conditions for supporting intervention against Isis in Syria

2 July 2015 16:12
Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon was very careful indeed to push the issue of military action against Isis in Syria in as gentle a fashion as possible when he came to the Chamber… Continue reading


How the three stages of the Labour leadership race could benefit Liz Kendall

30 June 2015 15:50
Liz Kendall has warned that Labor should avoid Einstein's definition on insanity and change its stance on fiscal responsibility.

Liz Kendall is continuing to push herself as the ‘change everything’ candidate for the Labour leadership. During a speech at Reuters this morning, Kendall called for the party to make a big… Continue reading


Labour’s response to #ToriesForCorbyn shows they really have lost the plot

24 June 2015 15:39

There’s a lot to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. For one, you can’t fault his conviction. While his entire party falls over itself to adopt as many Tory policies as possible,… Continue reading


Alan Milburn finally confronts Labour with the hard truth about Tony Blair

24 June 2015 14:02
Gordon Brown and Alan Milburn who is leading Labour's election campaign, stand together during the unveiling of Labour campaign posters in London, 11 January  2005

Alan Milburn has told Labour something it does not want to hear: Tony Blair was as great for the party as Margaret Thatcher was for the Tories. At a breakfast… Continue reading


Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33
(Photo: Getty)

On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why not, she said, treat the young like the old. If… Continue reading


Labour’s Blair problem

20 June 2015 10:41
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Ed Miliband believed that after the financial crisis, Britain had moved to the left. He argued that there was no need to adopt all the Blairite positions to win. The… Continue reading


The ‘In’ and ‘Out’ EU referendum campaigns begin to take shape

19 June 2015 9:24
David Cameron seen during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not seen) after their talks in Berlin, Germany on May 29, 2015.

The campaigns to keep Britain ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of the EU are keen to begin their work. The Times today reveals details of a cross-party Eurosceptic group, which is expected to morph into the Brexit… Continue reading


It has to be Liz Kendall, doesn’t it?

18 June 2015 16:44

The most revealing moment in the Labour debate last night came when a questioner asked ‘what qualities do you share with Nicola Sturgeon that could make you as successful as… Continue reading


Team Burnham: Liz Kendall’s ‘country should come first’ remark was a ‘cheap point’

18 June 2015 12:32
Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham during a live television showdown on BBC2's Newsnight from Nuneaton.

The one memorable moment from last night’s Labour leadership debate was Liz Kendall’s remark that ‘country should come first’, with regards to another leadership contest before 2020. It was a… Continue reading


The ‘anyone but Tom Watson’ campaign has its first success

17 June 2015 13:11
Labour MP Tom Watson arrives at the High Court in London on June 4, 2015 to challenge the government on emergency suveillance legislation passed last year.

Five candidates have made it onto the ballot paper for deputy leader of the Labour party. Tom Watson and Caroline Flint have long had the 35 nominations required to make… Continue reading


When will the Labour leadership contenders realise it’s the 2020 election they’re fighting?

17 June 2015 9:28
Jeremy Corbyn,Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin.

Tonight’s Newsnight Labour leadership debate is a sink or swim moment for Liz Kendall. So far, there has been a lot of talk about Kendall’s candidacy and her potential to be a… Continue reading


Forget Jeremy Corbyn, I’m backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader

16 June 2015 22:43
Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall addresses delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin, June 9, 2015.

I daresay some of you lot are amusing yourselves by joining the Labour Party for three quid so as to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the forthcoming leadership election. Can’t… Continue reading


‘Purdah’ amendment to EU referendum bill defeated — but only thanks to Labour

16 June 2015 18:53
British Conservative member of parliament Bill Cash poses for a photograph in central London on November 16, 2012.

The government has defeated Bill Cash’s rebel amendment on the changes to the ‘purdah’ rules during the EU referendum campaign, but only thanks to Labour abstaining. The actual vote was… Continue reading


Yvette Cooper is trying to distance herself both from ‘Taliban New Labour’ and Andy Burnham

16 June 2015 18:30
Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper speaks during a meeting in London, United Kingdom, on June 15, 2015.

Yvette Cooper is attempting to put as much distance as possible between her and the anonymous ‘Taliban New Labour’ comments. In an article for the Huffington Post, Cooper’s campaign chair Shabana Mahmood… Continue reading


Jim Murphy: second independence referendum is inevitable

15 June 2015 17:16
Jim Murphy submits resignation. The Scottish Labour leader holds a press conference and submits a report on the future of the party. Scottish Labour HQ,Glasgow.13.06.2015.

Jim Murphy is quitting frontline politics with a bang. The outgoing leader of the Scottish Labour party addressed Policy Exchange this afternoon, offering his thoughts on why Labour lost the election… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is definitely not what Labour voters want

15 June 2015 14:20
Jeremy Corbyn (image: PA).

The clock struck noon and it was if the past 32 years had never happened. Veteran Left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn had, with seconds to spare, got the necessary 35 nominations… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn makes Labour leadership ballot paper

15 June 2015 13:45
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin,

Thanks to a last minute rush of nominations, Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the Labour leadership ballot paper. Corbyn had 30 MPs backing him at 11am this morning and it seems… Continue reading


Team Burnham: ‘Taliban New Labour’ remarks came from Cooper’s campaign

15 June 2015 12:35
Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall speaks on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Who described the folks backing Liz Kendall as the ‘Taliban New Labour’? The Telegraph’s story this morning attributed the vituperative comments to a ‘sources close to Burnham and Cooper,’ but both campaigns are distancing themselves… Continue reading


The Labour leadership contest is about to get nasty

15 June 2015 9:10
Labour's Leadership Candidates Take The Stage At Irish Hustings

Today is the last call for nominating candidates in the Labour leadership contest. At noon, the nominations will close and we’ll know then whether it’s going to be a three or… Continue reading


The government has found new momentum for NHS reform

15 June 2015 8:00
Prime Minister Gives Keynote Speech On The NHS

The PM’s first policy speech in this Parliament was devoted to the NHS and marked a big shift in tone compared to the election.  The campaign message was somewhat defensive,… Continue reading


Mary Creagh drops out of Labour leadership contest

12 June 2015 20:39
Labour leadership candidate Mary Creagh speaks on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Mary Creagh has announced she is withdrawing from the Labour leadership contest. The shadow international development secretary has explained in tomorrow’s Guardian that she is quitting the race but won’t be backing another candidate. Given… Continue reading


Labour’s left and right wings want Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper

12 June 2015 16:48
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin,

Jeremy Corbyn is adding some unlikely excitement to the Labour leadership contest. Although he does not have enough MPs yet to make it onto the ballot paper — he needs… Continue reading


John Prescott: David Miliband should ‘shut up’

11 June 2015 14:22
John Prescott Is The Latest Labour Heavyweight To Visit The Northeast

David Miliband is falling rapidly out of favour with his former colleagues, thanks to his constant critique of Labour. John Prescott spoke for many in the party on the Daily Politics today,… Continue reading


How Jeremy Corbyn could still make it onto the Labour leadership ballot

10 June 2015 17:19
Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Mary Creagh at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Nominations for the Labour leadership contest may have only been open for 24 hours but Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall already have enough to support to make it onto… Continue reading


Five things we’ve learnt from The Times’ Ed Miliband investigation

10 June 2015 16:21
Ed Miliband and Lord Mandelson at a press conference at Millbank Tower in central London, on January 8, 2010.

The dissection of Labour’s election defeat continues with a very thorough series of pieces in today’s Times by Rachel Sylvester and Michael Savage. Describing Ed Miliband’s tenure as leader as a ‘five-year suicide note’,… Continue reading