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Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

Labour could U-turn on the benefit cap

28 May 2015 17:13

The most striking aspect of Labour’s response to the Queen’s Speech yesterday was that it is ‘sympathetic’ to the Tory plan to lower the £26,000 benefit cap for workless households… Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch in the Liberty campaign

Liberty’s ‘Human Rights’ campaign uses luvvies to spread misinformation

28 May 2015 16:35

Does anybody else remember life in Britain before the year 2000?  Despite the distressing increase in the number of walking, talking human beings one meets who were born since the… Continue reading

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Don't you know who I am? (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Peter Mandelson’s ‘but I am a celebrity’ moment

28 May 2015 12:13

When GQ editor Dylan Jones hired Peter Mandelson as a columnist for the men’s magazine in 2001, he was accused of trying to head off criticism that the publication, which… Continue reading

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A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East after eight years in the post. It is tempting to… Continue reading

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Former British Prime Minister and former Labour MP for Sedgefield, Tony Blair gives a speech to waiting party members on April 7, 2015 in Sedgefield, England

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

27 May 2015 16:29

Reports are coming in that Tony Blair is set to stand down as a peace envoy to the Middle East. AP is reporting that the former Prime Minister has tendered his… Continue reading

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Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign

27 May 2015 13:43

Six more Labour MPs have endorsed Yvette Cooper as leader: Coffee House has the names exclusively. Emily Thornberry Ian Austin Jim Cunningham Karen Buck Lyn Brown Steve McCabe They’re an… Continue reading

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Chris Bryant interview: Labour has to speak to voters ‘at the end of the line’

26 May 2015 17:57

Chris Bryant is haunted by Labour’s general election defeat. He has taken his former colleague Douglas Alexander’s office, and Commons staff have been appearing to collect the former Shadow Foreign… Continue reading

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Former foreign secretary David Miliband listens to a speech on the second day of the Labour party conference at Manchester Central on September 27, 2010 in Manchester, England.

David Miliband doesn’t rule out running in future Labour leadership contest

26 May 2015 12:07

Is David Miliband Labour’s prince across the water? The elder Miliband brother appears to be watching the leadership contest closely avidly from afar, without backing any particular candidate. Speaking to… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Chuka Umunna endorses Liz Kendall for Labour leader

26 May 2015 10:39

After pulling out of the Labour leadership contest himself, Chuka Umunna has given his star-studded endorsement to Liz Kendall, along with his leadership team of Emma Reynolds, Stephen Twigg and… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy, stands with Kezia Dugdale after being announced as the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party on December 13, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kezia Dugdale running for leader of Scottish Labour

22 May 2015 11:06

Kezia Dugdale, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, has announced that she’s running for the leadership of the Scottish party following Jim Murphy’s resignation. With Murphy not being… 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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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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Labour should now define itself as in favour of both a referendum and the EU

20 May 2015 17:54

The three main Labour leadership candidates have now all said that they want a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU. But the party’s ‘official’ position – that is, the… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt bows out of Labour leadership race and backs Liz Kendall

20 May 2015 10:42

Tristram Hunt is not standing as Labour leader and will instead back Liz Kendall, he finally confirmed at the end of a long speech this morning. The party’s Shadow Education… Continue reading

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Don’t Labour tax advisers pop up in the funniest places?

19 May 2015 14:10

Remember Jolyon Maugham, the QC who had fifteen minutes of fame during the General Election campaign when he ‘advised Labour on its non-dom tax crackdown’? As the Telegraph reported at the… 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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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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Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey

Can Tristram Hunt persuade enough MPs to back him for Labour leader?

18 May 2015 17:58

The Labour leadership candidates are starting to release lists of names supporting them, with more announcements on the way. So far Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham, who reckon they have… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the union Unite (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike you: Labour has just lost an election it could have… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman: Labour needs to let the public in

18 May 2015 10:37

How does the Labour party recover? Harriet Harman set out how it will try to come back from its latest election defeat in a speech this morning which told the… Continue reading

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Unite trade union General Secretary Len McCluskey addresses delegates during the second day of the Labour party conference in Brighton, Sussex, south England on September 23, 2013.

Len McCluskey and the trade unions need Labour as much as the party needs them

18 May 2015 9:19

Can Labour’s links with trade unions survive the leadership contest? This morning, Harriet Harman will outline in a speech at Labour HQ how the new party leader will be elected… Continue reading

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15th September 1959:  A group of women organise election propaganda at the Conservative Party central office in London.

The next Labour leader should remember the ‘politics of envy’ never work

17 May 2015 19:33

Andy Burnham may be the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader but he is already distancing himself from some of Ed Miliband’s worst populist nonsense. This is what he… Continue reading

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Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale deputy leader arrive at the Labour headquarters Glasgow.Photo David Cheskin.16.05.2015.

Jim Murphy resigns as Scottish Labour leader and condemns Len McCluskey

16 May 2015 16:36

Jim Murphy is quitting Scottish Labour. After only narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence from the party’s executive this morning, Murphy announced that after a ‘terrible election defeat’, he… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

The simple test Labour’s next leader must pass

15 May 2015 15:41

With Chuka Umunna out, the choice for Labour party members is simple. If they want to win the next election they will choose Liz Kendall as their next leader. There… Continue reading

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