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The real Yvette Cooper is standing up

26 May 2015 13:01

In many ways, Yvette Cooper has a perfect CV for Labour leader: a wealth of experience in government, not factional, respected by colleagues (except those who had a habit of… Continue reading

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Kendall is a hard act to follow for Cooper and Burnham

21 May 2015 16:36

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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Labour MPs (L-R) Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall address delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London on May 16, 2015.

Kendall, Cooper and Burnham all have perceived weaknesses to overcome

21 May 2015 12:52

Now that Liz Kendall has enough MPs backing her to make it on to the ballot paper for the Labour Party leadership contest, the three main candidates are all starting… Continue reading

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

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

21 May 2015 8:58

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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The Labour leadership checklist

19 May 2015 13:04

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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What should Jeremy Hunt do next to the NHS?

19 May 2015 11:19

The Tories barely talked about the NHS during the election campaign. It was an area of Labour strength, and one Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham were keen to talk about… Continue reading

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Labour MPs (L-R) Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall address delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London on May 16, 2015.

Liz Kendall’s campaign still confident of getting 35 MPs

19 May 2015 10:55

Despite her early entry, Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign is failing to keep up with rivals when it comes to noise and backers. Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham have emerged as… Continue reading

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Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Dan Jarvis backs Andy Burnham in Labour leadership contest

18 May 2015 20:59

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

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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Andy Burnham isn’t just the unions’ candidate, he’s the Tory candidate too

17 May 2015 11:07

“I’m the change candidate,” said Andy Burnham, settling down to the consolidation phase of his leadership bid. Chuka Umunna is out, so he is now the bookies’ favourite. He faces… Continue reading

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The three groups of voters that Labour needs to win back

14 May 2015 15:48

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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Conservative  Chief Whip Michael Gove gives the thumbs up to a jeering labour supporter outside the Old Granada TV studios where the Labour party launched their election manifesto on April 13, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Podcast special: Cameron’s new cabinet and runners and riders for Labour leader

10 May 2015 23:17

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the beginnings of David Cameron’s new Cabinet and how the ministers announced so far demonstrate the Prime Minister’s reticence… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham still can’t answer questions on Mid Staffs

29 April 2015 16:02

Today’s health election debate on the BBC just now was one of the feistiest we have seen in this campaign. Andy Burnham, Jeremy Hunt and Norman Lamb clashed repeatedly —… Continue reading

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Israel Heads To The Polls As The Election Is Too Close To Call

We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

18 March 2015 15:13

The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham burnishes his foreign policy credentials

18 March 2015 10:41

If Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham’s future leadership aspirations were ever in doubt, then take a look at his reaction to the news of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Prime Minister of… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham: I am mainstream Labour

16 March 2015 15:21

Has Andy Burnham really reinvented himself to prepare for a future leadership bid? In this week’s Spectator, I interviewed the Shadow Health Secretary about his rather forthright views on the… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour unsure about health policy its own councils support

25 February 2015 20:25

The announcement today that Greater Manchester will receive full control of health spending – worth £6bn – has left Labour in a rather interesting position. On the one hand, it… Continue reading

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The Burnham message

7 February 2015 9:13

Andy Burnham’s interview in The Times today lays down several markers. He praises Len McCluskey, declares that trade union funding is best for Labour, slates Alan Milburn, criticises Peter Mandelson… Continue reading

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Labour MPs’ minds wander to a post-election contest

1 February 2015 10:20

With the opinion polls so tight at the moment, we’re having to look for other ways to try and work out what the general election result will be. One indicator… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading

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The Attorney General Applies To Judges At The High Court To Quash The Original Hillsborough Inquest Verdicts

Burnham’s bill for hollow Hunt legal threat

17 January 2015 9:00

Ubiquitous Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has had to admit that he ‘spent’ £25,000 in a disastrous and embarrassing threat to sue his counterpart Jeremy Hunt. Burnham has had to… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

7 January 2015 10:15

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question, which the Speaker has yet to decide whether or not… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Delivers A Speech Setting Out Key Election Issues

Will any party really offer an election message of ‘hope, not falsehood’?

5 January 2015 17:11

Ed Miliband today promised that Labour will offer ‘hope, not falsehood’ in its General Election campaign. It’s a bold pledge given the party is making so much of the claim… Continue reading

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Private enterprise has shaped Britain. So why is privatisation thought to be politically toxic?

17 December 2014 11:22

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the ‘P’ word: privatisation. Ed Miliband’s team hasn’t done the hard policy work to revitalise Labour as a party of government, and… Continue reading

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Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

10 December 2014 17:06

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the parties about who cares more/privatised the most are turning into… Continue reading

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