Andy Burnham

The House of Lords, 'whose ornaments and chandeliers seem to drip off the gilded ceiling  like stalactites'. Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images

There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park

1 July 2015 11:35

The Houses of Parliament are falling down. According to the Independent Options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme - a group of engineers and project managers commissioned to… Continue reading

Liz Kendall has warned that Labor should avoid Einstein's definition on insanity and change its stance on fiscal responsibility.

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

30 June 2015 15:50

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

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 finally confronts Labour with the hard truth about Tony Blair

24 June 2015 14:02

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

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

Yvette Cooper attacks David Cameron for a ‘blind spot’ on women

18 June 2015 18:01

Yvette Cooper addressed a lobby lunch today and put on an impressive performance. In contrast to her slightly wooden performance during last night’s debate, Cooper came across as straightforward and… 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

Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham during a live television showdown on BBC2's Newsnight from Nuneaton.

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

18 June 2015 12:32

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

Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis  (L) listens to Prime Minister addressing his MP's and ministers, next to Syriza lawmaker Konstantinos Tsoukalas (R) at the Greek Parliament in Athens on June 16, 2015,

Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Channel 4’s Paul Mason discusses this week’s Spectator leading article… Continue reading


Labour’s ‘attack dog’ turns on Laura Kuenssberg over BBC debate

18 June 2015 8:40

Last night’s Newsnight Labour leadership debate proved to be a rather dull affair with all four hopefuls failing to make a strong impression. While many were quick to suggest that this was… Continue reading

Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham at the Newsnight leadership hustings. Photo: BBC.

Labour’s first televised leadership hustings were dull and achieved very little

17 June 2015 21:39

The first televised debate in the Labour leadership contest was a rather dull affair. None of the candidates shone and no one stumbled. Although there were a few moments of… Continue reading

Labour's Leadership Candidates Take The Stage At Irish Hustings

Liz Kendall on safe ground for Newsnight debate

17 June 2015 12:07

Tonight’s Newsnight debate will see the four Labour leadership hopefuls – Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn — head to Nuneaton in a bid to boost their campaigns. Given that… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn,Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin.

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

17 June 2015 9:28

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

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin,

Jeremy Corbyn makes Labour leadership ballot paper

15 June 2015 13:45

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

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

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

15 June 2015 12:35

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

Labour's Leadership Candidates Take The Stage At Irish Hustings

The Labour leadership contest is about to get nasty

15 June 2015 9:10

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

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn address delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin,

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

12 June 2015 16:48

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

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

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

10 June 2015 17:19

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

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham speaks on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Andy Burnham booed for dodging answer on £23k welfare cap

9 June 2015 20:21

Andy Burnham’s Labour leadership bid hit a rough patch at the GMB hustings today. When asked by the moderator Kevin Maguire if he supported the £23,000 a year benefits cap, unlike the… Continue reading

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Labour’s role in the EU referendum campaign dominates party hustings

8 June 2015 15:14

‘There’s a sense that no one is hitting it out of the park right now’, commented one Labour MP after this lunchtime’s Parliamentary Labour Party hustings. I’m told that all… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall, Mary Creagh, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham at the Fabian Society's summer conference.

Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall put in strong performances at Fabian hustings

6 June 2015 19:21

The Fabian Society hosted a hustings for the Labour leadership this afternoon, featuring all five of the declared candidates: Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Mary Creagh and Jeremy Corbyn.… Continue reading

Labour leader contender Liz Kendall speaks at De Montfort University Leicester, where she made a pitch for party votes in the party's leadership contest.

Liz Kendall: the ‘change everything’ Labour leadership candidate?

5 June 2015 13:43

The Labour leadership contest will heat up in the next few days. Tomorrow, the Fabian Society will host a hustings with all of the declared candidates. Liz Kendall is set… Continue reading

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Labour, Prince Charles and homeopathic quacks: Andy Burnham has some explaining to do

5 June 2015 13:13

Obfuscation is an important tool in the kit of any snake oil salesman, which helps to explain why the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital has changed its name. It’s now known… Continue reading

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Podcast: the high priests of health and the collapse of Andy Coulson’s perjury trial

4 June 2015 9:02

Is the NHS bossing around the British people too much? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Douglas Murray and Christopher Snowden discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the high priests of health and how the NHS… Continue reading

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Can MPs really refuse a pay rise anyway?

3 June 2015 11:34

If you’re a Labour leadership contender, or keen for other reasons to look in touch with people – or perhaps you really do disagree with MPs getting a 10 per… Continue reading


Labour leadership contenders make their case at health questions

2 June 2015 13:15

The odd thing about the Labour leadership contest is that while it runs, two of the most different candidates, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham, must work together in the Shadow… Continue reading

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Team Yvette: We are setting the agenda in the leadership contest

1 June 2015 17:00

Now that the three main candidates in the Labour leadership contest have established themselves, they are vying to be the ones who set the agenda and the terms of debate.… Continue reading