Andy Burnham

Does Andy Burnham regret his opposition to the ‘Prevent’ strategy?

27 May 2017 14:24

Perhaps we’re now past the moment of shock. Certainly we’ve moved fairly swiftly past the other stages of post-massacre grief.…

Manchester needs a new champion – and it isn’t Andy Burnham

1 May 2017 11:30

Another election that catches my business eye is the one for mayor of Greater Manchester. The winner will have a…

Andy Burnham and ‘posh coffee’ – a brief history

17 April 2017 23:05

This evening, Andy Burnham has whipped social media into a frenzy after the Labour MP decided to wade into ‘barista-gate’.…

Amber Rudd is right, Orgreave is best consigned to the history books

1 November 2016 16:17

So, there will be no public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave in 1984, and no left-wing lawyers making a…

Andy Burnham finally quits the shadow cabinet

28 September 2016 12:42

Andy Burnham has just announced he’s leaving the shadow cabinet. He said he was doing so to concentrate on his…

Labour’s attack dog turns on Andy Burnham

9 August 2016 13:40

What a difference a year makes. Last August, Michael Dugher and Andy Burnham were thick as thieves with Dugher — a…

Andy Burnham named as Labour’s Manchester Mayoral candidate

9 August 2016 11:53

Andy Burnham has won the race to be named as Labour’s candidate in the Manchester Mayoral race. The shadow home…

Can Andy Burnham actually win Greater Manchester’s mayoral election?

20 May 2016 12:29

After months of local campaigning, backbiting and press releasing, the Greater Manchester mayoral election has finally piqued the national attention. Andy…

Grim up north? Only if you’re Andy Burnham, say MPs

19 May 2016 16:45

It’s tough up north. Just ask Andy Burnham. The class warrior has today kicked off his Manchester mayoral campaign with…

Burnham makes the case for Labour not supporting the Investigatory Powers Bill

15 March 2016 16:04

The saying ‘the House of Commons at its best’ is normally a pompous description of parliamentarians agreeing with one another…

Labour unease over Investigatory Powers Bill

15 March 2016 9:12

The Investigatory Powers Bill has its second reading in the Commons this afternoon, with Labour planning to abstain and make…

How far can Jeremy Corbyn go in his reshuffle?

4 January 2016 8:52

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to carry out his much-awaited and much-briefed ‘revenge reshuffle’ this week. Given he will have to…

Andy Burnham pinpoints Labour’s problem

31 December 2015 8:24

Labour is very cross about a knighthood going to the man who ran the election campaign that beat the party…

Theresa May has some unusual allies in her fight with George Osborne

20 November 2015 11:06

Cutting the police was always going to be difficult without a terror attack just before the spending review, but naturally…

On Question Time, will someone please ask Mehdi Hasan about his views on infidels?

19 November 2015 16:22

Various readers have been asking if I am doing Question Time, This Week or Any Questions this week. It’s not…

Theresa May: the Paris attacks ‘have nothing to do with Islam’

16 November 2015 16:50

On a day when Jeremy Corbyn has been making clear his concerns about both the government’s use of drones and…

Burnham attacks May over police cuts at Home Office questions

16 November 2015 15:51

It was inevitable that Theresa May would face demands to rethink police cuts at Home Office questions this afternoon. And…

Why can’t Labour decide if it opposes the Investigatory Powers Bill?

10 November 2015 18:36

Last week brought into focus how Labour is in complete and utter disarray. After the Home Secretary’s statement on the…

A sugar tax would be (another) tax on the poor

22 October 2015 18:22

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He…

Burnham and Benn take Shadow Cabinet jobs

13 September 2015 21:57

In the past few minutes, more details of Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet team have been announced. Andy Burnham is the…

Corbyn and the austerity argument

4 September 2015 14:33

Until recently, the Tory leadership has been reluctant to plan how they would respond to a Corbyn-led Labour party. They…

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…

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…

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’…

Andy Burnham: Labour will have a female candidate when time is right

25 August 2015 10:54

Andy Burnham’s leadership bid hit a stumbling block this morning. Burnham — who bills himself as both the anti-Westminster candidate…