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Andy Burnham

Controversial High Speed Rail Link Given Government Approval

Will HS2 become an election issue?

6 March 2014 17:15

In an interview with The Spectator this week, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admits that HS2 will not have been approved by parliament before the next election. This invites the… Continue reading

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Gavin Shuker: ‘I’m just one of life’s winners, I suppose’

19 November 2013 14:11

Congratulations to Labour’s Gavin Shuker for some spectacular brown nosing. The Luton MP has thrilled readers of his blog with an account of him playing the ‘Who Wants to Be… Continue reading

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David Cameron And Jeremy Hunt Visit A Hospital To Mark The 65th Anniversary Of The NHS

Jeremy Hunt calls for a ‘profound transformation in the culture’ of the NHS

19 November 2013 14:01

Jeremy Hunt has delivered his response to the Francis Report. It was as expected: monthly staffing figures on a ward-by-ward basis, minimum standards of safety for staff levels, a national… Continue reading

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Physician talking to patient

The return of the family doctor?

15 November 2013 9:13

Ministers have described the deal on GP contracts, negotiated by the government and the British Medical Association (BMA), as a return to the days when GPs were family doctors. Certainly,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks About The NHS

David Cameron prepares for winter of discontent in A&E

11 November 2013 8:31

There are two important NHS stories in the papers today. First, the Times reports (£) that A&E departments are facing severe pressures because of historic staff shortages. The paper notes: ‘Half… Continue reading

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Labour and the Tories continue their political Super Mario fight for the 'party of the NHS' crown. Picture: Carla Millar

The next bitter battle over the NHS is looming

1 November 2013 15:46

It’s been a while since we had a nice big fat NHS row, but those who enjoy watching Andy Burnham and Jeremy Hunt fight over the ‘party of the NHS’… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Annual Conference

Andy Burnham’s last stand

7 October 2013 8:49

The details of the government reshuffle are currently being hammered out at the 8.30 Downing Street meeting. But as MPs and ministers nervously wait for the call from the Number… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

The knives are out for Andy Burnham

4 October 2013 13:03

When David Cameron first addressed Parliament on the Francis Report, he told MPs that he didn’t want to seek scapegoats. Some of his MPs were disappointed that the Tory leadership… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt aims for the moral high ground on the NHS

1 October 2013 15:21

Jeremy Hunt has an unusual way of delivering a forceful speech. He pulls a worried, frowny face, and speaks in a special growly sort of voice when he wants to… Continue reading

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Andrew Lord Adonis is not universally respected in the Labour shadow cabinet.

Is Lord Adonis the right man to lead Labour’s Growth Review?

12 August 2013 15:17

One of the things we know about Labour’s policies is that the Adonis Growth Review is meant to produce a fair few of them. Launched by Ed Miliband last month,… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham says Labour has until the spring to sort itself out.

Ed Miliband is caught in Andy Burnham’s crossfire

10 August 2013 10:41

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has given an interview to the Guardian which has excited the Tories. Tory chairman Grant Shapps has said: ‘This shows that even senior members of… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Shapps’s trinity of Labour weaknesses

31 July 2013 7:00

Grant Shapps’ latest broadside against Labour shows how keen the Tories are to frame the next election not as a referendum on their performance in government but as a choice… Continue reading

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Hunt prods Burnham for NHS policy details

19 July 2013 17:43

One of the many problems that Andy Burnham has encountered this week is that he has had to spend more time defending his record in the last Labour government than… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

The bloody tussle for the moral high ground

17 July 2013 9:01

Alan Johnson and Stephen Dorrell have just conducted an impressively reasoned debate on the NHS on Radio 4. This was all the more impressive given both their parties have boxed… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Conference 2012

NHS political football, full-time report: Hunt and Burnham’s fouls and fury

16 July 2013 14:58

Jeremy Hunt’s statement on the Keogh review marked one of the uglier Commons sessions in this parliament. Amid shouting, muttering and angry pointing from the Opposition benches, the Health Secretary… Continue reading

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NHS political football, half-time report: Crosby and warnings ignored

16 July 2013 14:29

Labour and the Tories played the first half of NHS political football this morning at health questions. The scrap began with Opposition MPs asking what influence Lynton Crosby had over… Continue reading

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Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for E

Angry Burnham hits back

16 July 2013 9:24

listen to ‘Andy Burnham defends Labour's record on Health’ on Audioboo Andy Burnham was in a furious mood this morning when he toured the broadcast studios. It was hardly surprising:… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham

Conservatives ramp up the pressure on Andy Burnham

15 July 2013 13:28

One of the striking things about politics at the moment is how the Tories are behaving like an opposition, campaigning against Labour with even more intensity than they managed in… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-POLITICS

Tories must tread carefully in NHS battle

24 June 2013 8:55

It is clear now that we have reached a tipping point where it is no longer enough to repeat ‘I love the NHS’ or swear allegiance to Danny Boyle’s Olympic… Continue reading

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Labour has attacked the Conservatives for increasing waiting times at A&E. Photo: Getty Images.

There’s more to fixing the NHS than chasing A&E waiting times

20 June 2013 16:00

NHS workers used to enjoy hearty backslaps for their ‘jolly hard work’ to bring down accident & emergency waiting times. Such praise was delivered by the Labour government’s chief nursing… Continue reading

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The political battle over A&E will get nastier before the problem is solved

4 June 2013 8:47

Today’s row about Accident and Emergency has little to do with the issue itself, and far more about one party trying to prove a point about the other. Those rows… Continue reading

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General Views Of The UK's Major Hospitals

Jeremy Hunt attacks Labour for A&E crisis

21 May 2013 14:02

Andy Burnham summoned Jeremy Hunt to the Commons this afternoon for a shouty hour about who loves the NHS more. The Health Secretary’s answer to Labour’s urgent question on the… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham

The question Labour won’t even consider on the NHS

22 April 2013 18:07

Labour’s new independent commission on health and social care aims to draw up plans on bringing together health services and social care so that the NHS can be financially sustainable.… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham

Mid-Staffs scandal: The Tories must beware focusing solely on Andy Burnham

14 March 2013 17:17

MPs were debating accountability in the NHS following the Mid-Staffs scandal today, and as part of that, the argument about who – if anyone – should be held responsible continues… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham arriving at the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Trust. Tory ministers and MPs have been pinning the blame for the scandal firmly on the former Health Secretary and his Labour colleagues. Picture: Getty

Tories set Labour in their crosshairs over Mid-Staffs

6 March 2013 16:53

After today’s slightly confusing PMQs line from the Prime Minister about unidentified ‘people’ who ‘should be thinking of their positions’ after the Mid-Staffs scandal, ministers and loyal backbenchers have gone… Continue reading

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