Welcome to the era of emoji politics, where debate and rationality are suffocated

4 September 2015 14:23

I break off the family holiday to campaign for my colleague Liz Kendall in the Labour leadership election. In Ipswich and Colchester, I found party members not so smitten by… Continue reading

Memorabilia supporting British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is offered for sale ahead of his arrival to address party supporters as part of a nationwide leadership campaign at the Town Hall on August 18, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England

Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result

4 September 2015 11:32

Anti-Corbynite planning for the aftermath of what looks like certain victory for the Islington socialist in the Labour leadership contest is still in disarray. Though Chuka Umunna’s intervention calling for ‘solidarity’… Continue reading

Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, makes a speech in which he announced he will not run for the Labour Party leadership on May 20, 2015 in London, England.

Tristram Hunt stands firm on Corbyn despite threat of ‘Labour purge’

3 September 2015 14:00

Yesterday Channel 4′s Michael Crick reported that a pro-Corbyn Unite official had told him ‘careerist’ MPs will be purged from Labour if Jeremy Corbyn gets in. Among those on the list of targets for… Continue reading


What a Corbyn victory will mean for the Tories

3 September 2015 12:07

A Jeremy Corbyn victory in the Labour leadership race now seems like a racing certainty. The consequences of this for Labour have been much discussed but in the magazine this… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign.

Podcast: what Jeremy Corbyn’s Britain looks like

3 September 2015 8:52

What will Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership contest mean for Britain and the Labour party? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth, Dan Hodges and Ellie Mae O’Hagan discuss this week’s Spectator cover… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Labour’s centrists have held up the white flag of surrender

2 September 2015 13:46

Smart political operators are often the stupidest people. In conventional Westminster terms, it was smart of Labour’s Chuka Umunna to say last night that everyone in Labour should work with… Continue reading

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are finally starting to show political nous

2 September 2015 12:23

Chuka Umunna’s call for Labourites to unite around their new leader and show ‘solidarity’ does show a growing acceptance that Jeremy Corbyn is on the brink of being installed as… 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.

Andy and Yvette — a tale of two ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ strategies

1 September 2015 17:13

Who has the best chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn: Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper? The Burnham and Cooper camps are vying to be the clear ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ candidate, and… Continue reading

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Yvette Cooper attacks ‘cowardly’ government and says Britain should take 10,000 refugees

1 September 2015 11:46

Yvette Cooper has just given a rather fine, bold speech on the refugee crisis. Some reading will disagree with her plea for Britain to take 10,000 refugees, rather than 200.… Continue reading

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Jeremy Corbyn is Britain’s Donald Trump (and vice versa)

31 August 2015 15:07

The silly season is supposed to end tomorrow. September sidles in and normality replaces August’s frivolity. The reality of winter will be with us soon enough, too. That, at any rate,… Continue reading

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for supporters at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on August 25, 2015 in Southampton, England.

Has Jeremy Corbyn ever bothered to speak to ‘the other side’?

31 August 2015 12:53

I had a piece in the Sunday Times yesterday about Jeremy Corbyn and the dodgy excuse he and his spokespeople use whenever he is caught with another IRA terrorist, Holocaust-denier,… Continue reading

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Appears Before The Committee Investigating The On The Runs Scheme

Tony Blair has given up on Labour’s leadership election

30 August 2015 9:58

It’s not entirely surprising that Tony Blair fancied one last chance to plead with his party not to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader. And it’s not particularly surprising that his… Continue reading


All hail Lord Livermore, king of Labour campaigning

28 August 2015 12:54

It’s fair to say that the appointment of Ed Miliband’s ex-campaign director Spencer Livermore to the House of Lords hasn’t gone down well in Labour circles. Harriet Harman was said… Continue reading


It is un-socialist to support Jeremy Corbyn

28 August 2015 11:35

A quick disclaimer: I am a socialist and I share much of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. I believe that austerity is unjustifiable ideological warfare; I believe in renationalising the railways, I… Continue reading

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Labour needs to up its game on the EU renegotiation

28 August 2015 10:16

Most people in the Labour Party may want to stay in the EU, but few think there is no scope to improve the way the EU operates or our terms… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

What if Jeremy Corbyn has a successful start as Labour leader?

28 August 2015 9:41

Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the Times to defend his Labour leadership campaign and attack both the press and his critics within his own party. He writes: ‘Despite the barrage… Continue reading

The Evening Standard's Labour mayoral hustings at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Could a row with Uber be taxi for a London mayoral candidate?

27 August 2015 16:48

One of the striking things about the contest in Labour for the mayoral candidacy is how many of the candidates are keen to admonish private taxi firm Uber. Sadiq Khan… Continue reading

Andy Burnham arrives for a football match between Labour Members of Parliament and journalists in Salford, north-west England, on September 30, 2012.

As a northerner, I’m fed up of Andy Burnham’s northern stereotypes

25 August 2015 17:55

Northerners are easy to stereotype: working class, beer, flat caps, Labour, trade unions and football. In the same way all southerners aren’t stuck-up opera-goers and every Scot isn’t a miserly… Continue reading

Harriet Harman Sits Down With Labour Leadership Candidates

Harriet Harman: we are not purging Corbyn supporters

25 August 2015 15:05

The summit on the integrity of the Labour leadership contest is over and interim leader Harriet Harman described it as a ‘routine’ and ‘useful’ meeting. Although she is ‘confident that there won’t be… Continue reading

Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party Harriet Harman Meets With Labour's Candidate For The Eastleigh By-election John O'Farrell

New poll shows challenges for all Labour leadership candidates

25 August 2015 13:42

ComRes has released a new poll which outlines Labour’s present plight (as with all post-election opinion polls, treat these numbers with some caution). Just 20 per cent of the public say they… Continue reading

A Labour Party leadership ballot paper is displayed on August 19, 2015 in London.

It is too late to stop a shadow hanging over the Labour leadership result

25 August 2015 8:59

Concern about how the Labour leadership contest has been run is spreading throughout the party. The former home secretary Charles Clarke, who has voted Kendall 1st, Cooper 2nd and Burnham… Continue reading

Andy Burnham addressing at Q&A at St Pancras Parish Church in London, 24 August 2015.

An evening with Andy Burnham and his conventional Labour supporters

24 August 2015 22:10

Andy Burham’s rally this evening had only one similarity with Jeremy Corbyn’s last week: it was held in a place of worship. At the St Pancras Parish Church in London, close… Continue reading

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper (L) meet staff as they visit a Job Centre Plus January 20, 2010 in Marylebone, central London, England

Gordon Brown appoints Yvette Cooper as his political heir

24 August 2015 17:39

Gordon Brown has announced he is backing Yvette Cooper in the Labour leadership contest. In a statement on his website, the former Prime Minister has revealed Cooper will be his first… Continue reading

Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Labour leadership contenders to demand details of party’s efforts to block infiltrators

24 August 2015 17:19

Labour is holding a meeting tomorrow morning with the different leadership camps to discuss how the party is dealing with infiltrators into its membership. The campaigns are particularly keen to… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn signals the return of Labour’s Heathrow wars

24 August 2015 15:37

Quelle surprise, Jeremy Corbyn has come out against a third runway at Heathrow. The Labour leadership favourite has indicated in an interview with the FT that under him, the party… Continue reading