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Friends reunited: how George Galloway hopes to ‘work closely’ with Jeremy Corbyn

28 July 2015 11:45

Things could start to get very strange indeed if Jeremy Corbyn is successful in his bid to be the next Labour leader. Corbyn’s old chum George Galloway has today voiced his… Continue reading

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‘Prosecco socialist’ Charlotte Church backs Jeremy Corbyn

26 July 2015 9:17

As Jeremy Corbyn edges closer to victory in the Labour leadership race, his critics grow more vocal with both Tony Blair and John McTernan attempting to thwart his campaign this… 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

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Who in Labour will fight to bring back sanity and honesty and dignity? Not John Prescott

23 July 2015 14:10

When I heard John Prescott was going on the Today programme, I must admit that I expected him to urge Labour members to be sensible — and stop this damaging… Continue reading

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The hatred directed at Tony Blair shows just how big Labour’s problem has become

23 July 2015 8:16

I know that the comments beneath online newspaper pieces aren’t exactly where you go if you want sane, balanced opinion, but the forum which followed the Guardian’s news story about… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

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

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Margaret Beckett: I’m a ‘moron’ for nominating Jeremy Corbyn

22 July 2015 14:39

Last night Tony Blair’s former adviser John McTernan said MPs who offered their nominations to Jeremy Corbyn to ‘broaden the debate’ in the Labour leadership race were ‘morons’ after a poll… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

‘Tories for Corbyn’ isn’t just a bit of fun. It’s an effective political weapon

22 July 2015 12:00

Is the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to defend it in the media, I’ve been doing my best to rebut… Continue reading

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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

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Jeremy Corbyn reunites with his old ‘comrade’ Gerry Adams in Parliament

21 July 2015 18:04

Jeremy Corbyn just can’t help making friends wherever he goes. He previously described Hamas operatives as ‘friends’ and now he has found time out of his Labour leadership campaign to… 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

Durham Miners Annual Rally And Procession

Jeremy Corbyn’s extraordinary success is a coup for the Tories

15 July 2015 16:38

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get the support of the 35 MPs he needed to enter… Continue reading

Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

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


What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet

14 July 2015 17:17

The Shadow Cabinet has split all ways on what to do about welfare. Andy Burnham says he wants a reasoned amendment to the second reading of the welfare reform 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


Stella Creasy’s deputy leadership campaign is hit by online glitch

13 July 2015 9:27

Given that Labour’s next deputy leader will need to take on a pivotal role when it comes to both campaigning and communicating on behalf of the party, Stella Creasy’s campaign took… 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


Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate

29 June 2015 18:27

Never let it be said that Jeremy Corbyn is the most anti-business of the four Labour leadership candidates. The left-wing politician appeared to endorse BT today on Twitter: So, is… Continue reading


Labour’s response to #ToriesForCorbyn shows they really have lost the plot

24 June 2015 15:39

There’s a lot to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. For one, you can’t fault his conviction. While his entire party falls over itself to adopt as many Tory policies as possible,… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Miliband welcomed back to Twitter

22 June 2015 16:11

Ed Miliband is clearly struggling to find his place in a post Ed Miliband world. Despite MPs from his own party suggesting the former Labour leader was ‘hanging around like an… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn (image: PA).

Jeremy Corbyn is definitely not what Labour voters want

15 June 2015 14:20

The clock struck noon and it was if the past 32 years had never happened. Veteran Left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn had, with seconds to spare, got the necessary 35 nominations… Continue reading

Ed Miliband returns to the backbench

Coffee Shots: Ed Miliband returns as a backbencher

1 June 2015 15:17

With Ed Miliband’s leadership hopes well and truly over, the Labour MP returned to the backbench today: Miliband could be spied on the BBC’s Commons cam in the corner of the… Continue reading

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Team Burnham (finally) distance themselves from Dr Éoin Clarke

1 June 2015 15:05

Oh dear. The love in between Dr Éoin Clarke and aspiring Labour leader Andy Burnham appears to be over. Mr S’s colleague Sebastian Payne noted last week that Burnham has attracted ‘an online… Continue reading

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Labour leadership race touches a sore spot for Andy Burnham

1 June 2015 13:24

Andy Burnham may be the odds-on favourite for the Labour leadership but that doesn’t mean it’s all plain sailing for the politician. Mr S notes that Burnham has been sporting a… 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