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Kezia Dugdale running for leader of Scottish Labour

22 May 2015 11:06
Jim Murphy, stands with Kezia Dugdale after being announced as the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party on December 13, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kezia Dugdale, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, has announced that she’s running for the leadership of the Scottish party following Jim Murphy’s resignation. With Murphy not being… Continue reading

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Kendall is a hard act to follow for Cooper and Burnham

21 May 2015 16:36
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Liz Kendall is the great unknown Labour leadership candidate. She is the only one who hasn’t been in government or Shadow Cabinet, and as I blogged earlier, she needs to… Continue reading

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Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58
Michael Gove arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor on May 19, 2015 in London, England.

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading

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Labour should now define itself as in favour of both a referendum and the EU

20 May 2015 17:54
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The three main Labour leadership candidates have now all said that they want a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU. But the party’s ‘official’ position – that is, the… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt bows out of Labour leadership race and backs Liz Kendall

20 May 2015 10:42
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Tristram Hunt is not standing as Labour leader and will instead back Liz Kendall, he finally confirmed at the end of a long speech this morning. The party’s Shadow Education… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership checklist

19 May 2015 13:04
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There seems to be a checklist for Labour leadership hopefuls which all of them are very keen to tick off. When launching a campaign, a candidate must say that their… Continue reading

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Dan Jarvis backs Andy Burnham in Labour leadership contest

18 May 2015 20:59
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

As far as endorsements go, Andy Burnham is winning the Labour leadership contest hands down. He has managed to recruit Dan Jarvis – someone who has gained huge respect and… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s fate shows that how you win a leadership contest matters almost as much as winning it in the first place

18 May 2015 18:58
The stakes are raised for Miliband’s speech Photo: Getty

Any new party leader needs legitimacy, an acceptance that they won the contest fair and square. Ed Miliband didn’t have this because he lost in two of three sections of… Continue reading

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Can Tristram Hunt persuade enough MPs to back him for Labour leader?

18 May 2015 17:58
Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey

The Labour leadership candidates are starting to release lists of names supporting them, with more announcements on the way. So far Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham, who reckon they have… Continue reading

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Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26
Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the union Unite (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike you: Labour has just lost an election it could have… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman: Labour needs to let the public in

18 May 2015 10:37
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How does the Labour party recover? Harriet Harman set out how it will try to come back from its latest election defeat in a speech this morning which told the… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey and the trade unions need Labour as much as the party needs them

18 May 2015 9:19
Unite trade union General Secretary Len McCluskey addresses delegates during the second day of the Labour party conference in Brighton, Sussex, south England on September 23, 2013.

Can Labour’s links with trade unions survive the leadership contest? This morning, Harriet Harman will outline in a speech at Labour HQ how the new party leader will be elected… Continue reading

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The next Labour leader should remember the ‘politics of envy’ never work

17 May 2015 19:33
15th September 1959:  A group of women organise election propaganda at the Conservative Party central office in London.

Andy Burnham may be the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader but he is already distancing himself from some of Ed Miliband’s worst populist nonsense. This is what he… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy resigns as Scottish Labour leader and condemns Len McCluskey

16 May 2015 16:36
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale deputy leader arrive at the Labour headquarters Glasgow.Photo David Cheskin.16.05.2015.

Jim Murphy is quitting Scottish Labour. After only narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence from the party’s executive this morning, Murphy announced that after a ‘terrible election defeat’, he… Continue reading

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The simple test Labour’s next leader must pass

15 May 2015 15:41
Liz Kendall (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

With Chuka Umunna out, the choice for Labour party members is simple. If they want to win the next election they will choose Liz Kendall as their next leader. There… Continue reading

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Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading

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The three groups of voters that Labour needs to win back

14 May 2015 15:48
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Labour is in a more difficult position now than it was after its defeat in 1992. In ’92, the electorate had sent Labour a clear message: move to the centre,… Continue reading

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Memo to David Aaronovitch: we’re not all metrosexual now

14 May 2015 12:40
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Still inside that bubble, David Aaronovitch informs us that, regardless of the election result, we are all of a metrosexual mindset, whatever that is. Like it or not, the country… Continue reading

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Pandering to animal rights extremists will get MPs rejected, not elected

14 May 2015 11:47
David Cameron feeds a lamb in April 2015. Image: Getty

The reasons why England and Wales voted so convincingly for a Conservative Government on Thursday will be debated forever, but one of the most obvious is the complete rejection of… Continue reading

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Having a leader won’t solve all of Labour’s problems

13 May 2015 12:11
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The Labour party has decided on a medium-length campaign to elect its new leader, the Press Association reports, with the announcement on 12 September. This is slightly odd, given NEC… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08
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Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09
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And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply cannot believe how you scumbags could have got it so… Continue reading

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Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10
A series of election posters produced by the British Labour Party during the 1950s (Photo:  Getty)

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the party has for too long ignored its traditional base: working-class… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna confirms he will stand for Labour leader

12 May 2015 11:15
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In the last few minutes, Chuka Umunna has confirmed that he will be standing for the Labour leadership. The Streatham MP made the announcement in a video on his Facebook… Continue reading

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Podcast special: the Cabinet reshuffle, David Miliband’s interview and Farage returns

11 May 2015 18:29
David Miliband discussing his brother's leadership of the Labour Party on the BBC photo. Photo: BBC.

In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final appointments in David Cameron’s new Cabinet and what they show about Cameron’s approach to party… Continue reading

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