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If it’s not ok to hound Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan, why is it ok to hound Nigel Farage?

24 March 2015 9:56

Faragephobia reached dizzy new heights on Sunday afternoon, when a bunch of thespians and circus freaks invaded Nigel Farage’s local pub and hounded him and his family out. Behaving with… Continue reading

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Labour launches scary NHS attack poster

20 March 2015 11:05

The post-Budget attack lines for Labour were clear in Ed Miliband’s speech on Wednesday: his party will allege that the Tories have a ‘secret plan that dare not speak its… Continue reading

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PMQs: Was Ken Clarke snoozing? If so, he missed nothing

18 March 2015 12:33

The PMQs before the Budget is always pretty pointless, and David Cameron turned up clearly determined to trivialise his exchanges with Ed Miliband as much as possible. He came armed… Continue reading

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Budget 2015: The challenges for Labour

18 March 2015 11:02

Ed Miliband will respond to the Budget today (the Shadow Chancellor responds to the Autumn Statement, and has a Budget speech the day after the main event). In the past… 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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The Attorney General Applies To Judges At The High Court To Quash The Original Hillsborough Inquest Verdicts

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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The Tories must commit to spending 2 percent of GDP on defence

12 March 2015 12:39

At a time when Russian fighter jets are forcing civilian flights into UK airports to be diverted, you would expect defence to be one of the big issues of the… Continue reading

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Exclusive: the NHS report that Labour tried to block

11 March 2015 18:12

It emerged this morning that Labour MPs took the extraordinary step of blocking the publication of the Health Select Committee report into the NHS – because the conclusions backed up… Continue reading

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Who signed off on this piece of rubbish?

This idiotic NHS ‘calculator’ can’t predict heart attacks. But it might well give you one

9 March 2015 17:13

I can understand why the Tories have ring-fenced the NHS, but if they do want to indulge in a little trimming I know just where to start – with the moron who signed… Continue reading

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Why is the NHS ring-fenced but the justice system isn’t?

6 March 2015 10:24

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan MP ‘admitted Labour could not reinstate £600m of legal aid cuts imposed by the government’. These are cuts which continue to have a very real impact… Continue reading

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Has a Tory MP been editing his Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament?

5 March 2015 14:12

Thanks to the internet, it has become increasingly difficult for politicians to hide any past indiscretions. However, this hasn’t put some MPs off from trying. Mr S has noticed some edits… Continue reading

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National parties no more

28 February 2015 14:10

All the election forecast models agree, the next election result is going to be remarkably tight. On these models, neither Labour nor the Tories are going to come close to… Continue reading

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The footprint of Britain’s immigrants – and emigrants – is important

26 February 2015 14:46

Half a million people. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I mean, half a million here, half a million there, why, soon you’re talking a million, which is even more… Continue reading

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Why are the Lib Dems spending so much time talking about mental health?

26 February 2015 13:03

Nick Clegg is to hold an hour-long phone-in next week on mental health. The Deputy Prime Minister will host the session himself on LBC on Monday. This is part of… 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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To reform the NHS, use the politics of envy

6 February 2015 9:58

‘Let’s make the rich pay more.’ Does that sound so right-wing? To me it has a positively socialist ring. It should appeal to egalitarians: to those who call themselves socially… Continue reading

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Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

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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Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading

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No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

The coalition government is not blame for the latest NHS ‘crisis’

18 January 2015 11:29

Of all the accusations thrust at the Conservatives by Labour over the NHS in recent weeks, their weakest has been the attempt to blame the Government’s reforms to the NHS… Continue reading

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Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A true disability — degenerative neurological disease, for instance — involves… Continue reading

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The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

15 January 2015 10:18

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local surgery, what with one thing and another, sitting among the… Continue reading

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The Tories are likely to ‘weaponise’ in the lead up to the election

14 January 2015 17:46

David Cameron did, as James says, manage to avoid debating the rather more electorally damaging issue of the A&E crisis at Prime Minister’s Questions today because Ed Miliband chose to… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

Tories drop weak policy areas for ‘six election priorities’ launch

12 January 2015 8:24

Why have the Conservatives left out immigration and the NHS – two of the three issues that voters consistently cite as the most important in forming their decision about who… Continue reading

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