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Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44
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If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading


Not all the worriers in Labour are from a previous ‘era’

28 January 2015 8:50
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Makes A Speech In Defence Of His Leadership

The papers are full of Blairite warnings to Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham about the way Labour is campaigning on the NHS at present. Alan Milburn’s World at One interview… Continue reading


100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen

27 January 2015 12:17
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Today marks 100 days till the election — so how is the race looking? Still very close, according to the most recent opinion polls. In three polls released over the… Continue reading


Labour signs up to debates as broadcasters threaten an empty chair

23 January 2015 15:15
We have a repeat of this spectacle to look forward to in 2015.

So the broadcasters have done what many thought they’d be too afraid to do and have threatened to empty chair David Cameron – or anyone else who refuses to take… Continue reading


Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP

23 January 2015 15:07

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading


Labour rising star: Party cannot afford to sound like ‘the moaning man in the pub’

22 January 2015 20:59
Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party Harriet Harman Meets With Labour's Candidate For The Eastleigh By-election John O'Farrell

Liz Kendall is a real rising star in the Labour party. Few colleagues have a bad word to say about her, and indeed many have a great deal of good… Continue reading


Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11
No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading


Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49
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With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now and 7 May. The starting gun has been fired and the… Continue reading


Are the Blairites sitting comfortably for Labour’s election campaign?

20 January 2015 18:26
Gordon Brown Tours East Midlands

Lord Mandelson likes to think he knows a thing or two about Labour winning elections. So it’s odd that the man so keen on message discipline should start sticking his… Continue reading


Could Labour limit its tuition fee cap to ‘useful’ subjects?

20 January 2015 13:29
Ed Miliband's Speech On The Cost Of Living at Battersea Power Station

One of the really big policy areas that Labour has yet to resolve before the General Election is how it can lower the cap on tuition fees to £6,000. University… Continue reading


Chuka Umunna shouldn’t have lost his temper on TV. But he was right to refuse to comment on something he hadn’t read

19 January 2015 16:39
The Labour Party Conference Continues

Chuka Umunna’s fit of pique at the end of his Sky interview was unnecessary. One of the skills of a politician who fancies being a leader is to look calm… Continue reading


Labour’s energy price trap for the Tories

14 January 2015 11:23
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This afternoon Labour has its debate on forcing energy companies to pass on lower oil prices to their customers. The potency of the political attack has been blunted rather by… Continue reading


Has anyone seen Nigel Farage?

13 January 2015 11:16
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‘Ukip seems to have imploded,’ one ‘mainstream’ politician remarked to me yesterday. ‘We haven’t heard anything from them.’ True, Ukip have been rather quiet since Christmas, but anyone in the… Continue reading


Why Labour needs to step back from the hunting debate and look at the facts

12 January 2015 17:20
Image: Getty

The public can always tell an election is near when the photo opportunities start to increase. Just such an occasion occurred on the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act in… Continue reading


Why Cameron doesn’t want any TV debates

11 January 2015 11:11
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Dav

Before Christmas, David Cameron tightened up the rules about ministers going overseas. He wanted them in this country campaigning as much as possible. But, unsurprisingly, his visit to President Obama… Continue reading


Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

7 January 2015 10:15
Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question, which the Speaker has yet to decide whether or not… Continue reading


Jim Murphy vs. Diane Abbott: will Miliband rein him in?

6 January 2015 17:51
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Hackney MP Diane Abbott. Photo: Getty.

How far will Jim Murphy be allowed to go? Yesterday, the Scottish Labour leader proposed funding extra nurses through the Mansion Tax — something his colleagues south of the border… Continue reading


Labour only hurts itself by whinging in public

6 January 2015 17:34
Miliband speech at University of London

Ed Miliband’s office has complained that no-one told them about Angela Merkel’s visit to London, which takes place tomorrow. They are apparently very irritated about no-one telling them, even though… Continue reading


Will any party really offer an election message of ‘hope, not falsehood’?

5 January 2015 17:11
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Delivers A Speech Setting Out Key Election Issues

Ed Miliband today promised that Labour will offer ‘hope, not falsehood’ in its General Election campaign. It’s a bold pledge given the party is making so much of the claim… Continue reading


Read the two election campaign dossiers from Labour and the Tories

5 January 2015 14:57
The economic dossiers released by the Tories and Labour today.

There’s 121 days to go till the General Election and the two main parties have released reports attacking each others plans for the economy. You can read them both here:… Continue reading


Team Tory unite (but refuse to answer any questions about their own leadership bids)

5 January 2015 14:47
Team Tory (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

The Tories’ front of house team turned up today to try and stoke up a row about Labour’s spending plans. The Tory aim was twofold. First, to try and cement… Continue reading


Parties launch onto General Election roller coaster

5 January 2015 9:01
The roller-coaster gathers speed and momentum at Palisades Park, New Jersey. Photo: Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images

It’s the first day back for MPs and even though we are still months, not weeks, away from the General Election, the parties are all already launching themselves down the… Continue reading


Cameron avoids a New Year slip-up

4 January 2015 13:50
Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

In 2010, David Cameron stumbled in his first New Year broadcast interview over the Tory plans for a married couple’s tax allowance. This slip-up knocked him and his party off… Continue reading


What the first 2015 election posters tell us about the campaign

4 January 2015 9:13

If you want a glimpse of the sort of election campaign we’re facing for the next few months, these posters from Labour and the Conservatives tell you everything you need… Continue reading


Tony Blair, master of communication, claims his warnings about Labour were ‘misinterpreted’

31 December 2014 10:39

Politicians really are quite unfortunate people, aren’t they? Always being misinterpreted. It’s almost as though they speak another language (some Commons debates suggest they do, anyway) and journalists wilfully translate… Continue reading