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If Labour want to limit the damage, then Alan Johnson is their best bet

23 May 2008 19:46

One of the reasons that most pundits still think that Gordon Brown will survive is that there is no obvious alternative to him. Personally, I’m sceptical as to whether anyone… Continue reading


Has anyone seen this man?

23 May 2008 16:48

Update: In the comments, Emily points to a BBC interview with Ed Balls that I missed. So, I owe Mr Balls an apology. However, I would be even more impressed if Balls… Continue reading


If Labour need ideas…

23 May 2008 16:30

Clive points out that John Prescott is a late addition to the line-up at the Festival of Ideas in Bristol. Maybe, Prezza is going to reinvent himself as the new… Continue reading


Not so capital

23 May 2008 16:14

Before we get back to discussing Crewe and Nantwich and what happens next, I’m going to have a little rant about London traffic and the price of taxis. This morning,… Continue reading


No more need to worry about Labour’s long term plans

23 May 2008 15:02

I am now in sunny Afghanistan, where we woke up to the Crewe result. This puts thing into a new perspective. It’s becoming rapidly clear that we need not worry about the… Continue reading


What we know now

23 May 2008 10:42

Here are a few things that I think we’ve learnt from last night’s result: 1). The Tories are now the best closers in British politics: In London, the local elections… Continue reading


Does Labour have no alternative to Brown?

23 May 2008 8:59

Considering the size of the swing to the Tories last night, it no longer seems silly to talk about a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown. But Michael White’s analysis this… Continue reading


Crewe goes bright blue, will Labour now dump Brown?

23 May 2008 3:20

If on April 29th, when Labour announced the date of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, you had told people that the Tories would win the seat by 7,860 votes you… Continue reading


If this swing was replicated nationwide at the next election, Labour would be down to 100 MPs

23 May 2008 3:06

John Curtice has just crunched the numbers for the BBC and found that if this swing happened across the country at the next election, there would be 497 Tory MPs and… Continue reading


Tory majority of 7,860

23 May 2008 2:29

The Returning Officer has just declared the official result and Edward Timpson is the new MP for Crewe and Nantwich. This is a massive defeat for Labour and will make… Continue reading


Final result sometime after 2am

23 May 2008 1:46

No one is disputing that Labour has taken a mighty kicking tonight but we are going to have to wait until a little bit after 2am for the formal declaration.… Continue reading


Will the recess save Brown?

23 May 2008 0:07

The one consolation for Gordon Brown about tonight’s result is that the MPs are all leaving Westminster for the Whitsun recess and so the opportunities to plot will be limited.… Continue reading


Labour’s expectations management strategy fails again

22 May 2008 23:56

If there is one aspect where the Tories still feel that they lag behind Labour it is expectations management. Tory staffers feel frustrated that Labour succeeds so easily in getting… Continue reading


It is a now a question of how big the Tory majority will be

22 May 2008 23:46

It appears pretty much certain that the Tories have won tonight’s by-election and reports are that they might have done so by a truly staggering margin. If the margins that… Continue reading


Crewe, we’ll be up until the result comes in

22 May 2008 18:59

The result from Crewe and Nantwich is expected between 2 and 3am. As long as there’s coffee in the Coffee House, we’ll be covering it. So check back in later… Continue reading


Basra, a city filled with hope

22 May 2008 18:52

Basra, Iraq Two years ago when Des Browne came here they wouldn’t let him out of the car. Now, he can do a walkabout in downtown Basra. The liberation on… Continue reading


Hoax calls in Crewe

22 May 2008 16:34

Over on Red Box, Sam Coates has a report of some apparent dirty tricks in Crewe.


More hopeful signs in Iraq

22 May 2008 14:51

There was an important story in yesterday’s New York Times about the apparent success of the Iraqi army’s operation in Sadr City. Here’s how it opens: “Iraqi forces rolled unopposed… Continue reading


Labour is out of ideas

22 May 2008 13:02

Westminster might be waiting for the voters of Crewe and Nantwich to cast their ballots, but we have already learned one thing from the campaign: Labour’s policy cupboard is bare.… Continue reading


Are the Tories in landslide mode?

22 May 2008 11:03

We’ve just uploaded the content from the latest magazine on to the website, and I’d suggest you read Fraser’s politics column ahead of the results from Crewe and Nantwich tonight.  In… Continue reading


Great Expectations

22 May 2008 9:26

Politics Home’s Insider panel’s benchmarks for the Crewe and Nantwich by-election give us a pretty good idea of how the pundit class would treat various results tonight. If the Tory… Continue reading


Brown losing friends. Rapidly

22 May 2008 8:59

You can add another entry to the list of those who don’t like Gordon Brown: the unions.  Over the past few days we’ve been tracking growning union disgruntlement -and the… Continue reading



21 May 2008 23:43

Manchester United defeat Chelsea in the Champions League final, Moscow.


Labour Conference abolishes Britishness

21 May 2008 18:09

I’ve just been filing in an application for credentials to the Labour party conference and was gobsmacked to find that you could not declare your nationality to be British. Instead,… Continue reading


Why the abortion time limit will soon come down

21 May 2008 17:59

Sadly, the abortion vote last night pretty much split down party lines with 83 percent of Tories in favour of a lower limit and 80 percent of Labour MPs supported… Continue reading