Andy Burnham


Milifandom founder backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader

1 August 2015 10:10

Although the Milifandom wasn’t enough to lead Ed Miliband to victory at the polls, the cult movement did at least bring the former Labour leader’s lagging campaign some momentum in the… Continue reading


Andy Burnham (finally) wins an endorsement

31 July 2015 11:29

Although Andy Burnham started out as the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race, according to the latest polls he is now struggling to even remain in second place behind Jeremy… Continue reading

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham poses for a photograph prior to delivering a State Of The Leadership Race speech at the Royal Armouries Museum on July 28, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Andy Burnham: I don’t like biscuits

30 July 2015 16:20

The Labour leadership candidates have been canvassing the yummy mummies on Mumsnet and today it was Andy Burnham’s turn. Steerpike was shocked to learn from the Q&A that he has never bought… Continue reading

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While Labour panics, the Lib Dems are keeping their cool

29 July 2015 16:22

After May’s general election, both Labour and the Lib Dems needed a new leader, but the contrast between their leadership elections could not be starker. Labour is in the midst… Continue reading

Yvette Cooper (R) listens to Jeremy Corbyn during a Labour Party leadership hustings event in Warrington, north west England on July 25, 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn 20pts ahead in leaked poll — while Cooper heads into second place

28 July 2015 20:23

Jeremy Corbyn is still on track to be the next Labour leader, according to leaked private polling. Tomorrow’s Daily Mirror reports that this poll puts Corbyn on 42 per cent… Continue reading

There is a clear ‘Progress faction’ within the PLP (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

The rival factions at war over Labour’s leadership contest

Which factions have the most influence in the Labour leadership and deputy leadership contest? The biggest split in the party is between the pressure group Progress and those with links… Continue reading


The second preference conundrum and why Liz Kendall shouldn’t drop out

23 July 2015 14:45

Is Liz Kendall about to quit the Labour leadership race? The Times reports comments from Labour sources who say Kendall’s time is up — given her poor showing in the recent YouGov poll… Continue reading

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Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband

22 July 2015 17:23

Well, look, it’s Ed Miliband’s fault isn’t it? Thrice over in fact. First for winning the Labour leadership, then for leading the party in the way he did and, finally,… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

‘Yvette is dead in the water’ – Team Burnham on the YouGov Labour leadership poll

22 July 2015 15:26

The YouGov survey might be ‘just one poll’ in a notoriously tricky race to predict, but it has sent shockwaves throughout the Labour party. Tristram Hunt and Tony Blair have been activated to plead with the… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: Getty)

Will this Jeremy Corbyn poll break the Labour fever?

22 July 2015 10:12

It is hard to overstate the level of shock in moderate Labour circles at last night’s YouGov poll showing Jeremy Corbyn heading for victory in the Labour leadership race. Regardless… Continue reading

Andy Burnham and Harriet Harman at the Labour Party conference on September 25, 2013 in Brighton, England

Andy Burnham opens fire at Labour’s ‘current leadership’ over the Welfare Bill

21 July 2015 16:12

Relations between Andy Burnham and Harriet Harman must be disintegrating quickly. After the leadership favourite abstained during last night’s vote on the Welfare Bill, Burnham attempted to his logic on the World at… Continue reading


The 48 welfare rebels demonstrate the ‘Miliband effect’ on the Labour party

21 July 2015 9:13

One in five members of the Parliamentary Labour Party voted against the party whip last night. Although the second reading of the government’s Welfare Bill passed, it shows that the… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

Is the Guardian about to endorse Jeremy Corbyn?

20 July 2015 12:34

Despite frequent claims from both sides of the political spectrum that Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn is ‘unelectable’, he has so far managed to win the endorsement of Unite as well… Continue reading

The candidates for Labour leader on the Sunday Politics. Photo: BBC.

Five things we learnt from the Sunday Politics Labour leadership hustings

19 July 2015 14:14

The four Labour leadership contenders took part in another televised hustings today, this time chaired by Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics. With just over 50 days left of this contest,… Continue reading


Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how a fear of Isis is… Continue reading

Lord Adonis delivers a speech at the 'Policy Network Conference' held in the Science Museum on July 3, 2014 in London, England.

Government signs up Labour’s Andrew Adonis to oversee HS2 delivery

15 July 2015 22:01

In an impressive cross-party signing, the government has appointed Lord Adonis, the former Labour transport secretary, to oversee delivery of the HS2 railway. Lord Adonis gave birth to the idea… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

Labour in chaos: what are the party’s options?

15 July 2015 17:45

Labour is in an almighty mess at the moment. Those involved in the leadership campaigns are surprised by how the mood in the party has changed from quite open acceptance… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham: how Arthur Scargill inspires me

15 July 2015 13:55

When Martin Freeman endorsed Labour ahead of the election, his credentials were called into question after Steerpike reported that Freeman was a former supporter of Arthur Scargill’s far-left Socialist party. So… Continue reading

An anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy (Photo: Atta Kenare/Getty)

The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be few greater demonstrations of this than our country’s lack of… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway

14 July 2015 15:08

Andy Burnham has been vociferous in his opposition to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and made his views clear at a stormy meeting of the Shadow Cabinet this morning.… Continue reading


The BMA’s sugar tax would be (another) tax on the poor

13 July 2015 17:38

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He feeds his children bread and pasta instead of quinoa and… Continue reading


Has Andy Burnham’s wife kissed a Tory?

13 July 2015 14:09

When Andy Burnham attended London Pride, the Labour leadership hopeful proudly sported a t-shirt which read ‘never kissed a Tory’. While Mr S is yet to track down a Tory… Continue reading

Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Andy Burnham talks equality at £1400 private members’ club

10 July 2015 13:20

Throughout his career, Andy Burnham has been keen to point out that he is not one of the ‘metropolitan elite’. The Labour leadership hopeful says that ‘for too long there… Continue reading

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