Chuka Umunna

Will Labour split?

24 July 2017 16:20

With parliament in recess and the Prime Minister on holiday, politics is calmer than it has been in some time.…

Chuka can’t

20 October 2016 9:22

Although Chuka Umunna was widely tipped to succeed Keith Vaz as chair of the home affairs select committee, in the end…

Labour’s conference, day one: The Spectator guide

25 September 2016 8:30

Jeremy Corbyn promised to wipe the slate clean following Labour’s fractious leadership race. Now that he’s officially clinched victory, it’s time for…

Labour’s ex-frontbenchers make the most of life outside the shadow cabinet

9 September 2016 16:13

What can you fill your time with if you’re a former Labour frontbencher left twiddling your thumbs as a result…

Chuka can: his next leadership bid starts now

7 September 2016 12:50

Last summer, Chuka Umunna disappointed his Blairite mentors when he dropped out of the Labour leadership race. Explaining his decision,…

Chuka Umunna turns on Ken Livingstone at anti-Semitism hearing: ‘you’ll be remembered as a pin-up for prejudice’

14 June 2016 17:20

It’s been over a month since Ken Livingstone found himself suspended from the Labour party over his claim that Hitler…

Leave wins the Spectator Brexit debate at the London Palladium

26 April 2016 18:47

It was the largest debate in The Spectator’s history: we sold out the 2,200-seat London Palladium for our debate on whether Britain should…

Did a Momentum activist suggest Chuka Umunna wasn’t ‘politically black’?

24 March 2016 16:35

It’s been a bad week for the Tories, but it hasn’t exactly been a great week for Labour. After a…

Today in audio: Brexit, the BBC and Corbyn’s dress sense

25 February 2016 16:49

David Owen said it was time for Britain to leave the EU. Speaking this morning, the SDP founder said Brexit…

PMQs sketch: Cameron’s ‘b— word’ sets off a Twitter-quake of offence

27 January 2016 17:23

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t changed his clothes since Christmas. He arrived at PMQs today in his dependable outfit of non-slip shoes,…

A select committee revelation: the doors were painted red 20 years ago

26 January 2016 19:44

The whole purpose of parliamentary select committees was supposed to be to help inform policy-making. Instead, they have sunk to…

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t destroying Labour: backstabbing is

1 December 2015 11:32

First things first: there is no force in Heaven or on Earth that could induce me to vote for Jeremy…

Chuka Umunna pops the question

27 October 2015 9:47

When Chuka Umunna pulled out of the Labour leadership race earlier this year, he explained in a statement that he…

Chuka his toys out of the pram? Umunna misses Corbyn’s speech

29 September 2015 16:19

As Jeremy Corbyn made his speech to conference, Labour’s new frontbench did their best to put on a united front on the…

Dan Jarvis’s only conference appearance is pleasant, but devoid of policy detail

28 September 2015 18:03

In Brighton, eyes are on two rising stars who are tipped to replace Jeremy Corbyn. The first is Keir Starmer,…

Ghosts of Labour’s past at New Statesman conference bash

28 September 2015 9:10

As Labour conference kicked off on Sunday on Brighton pier, it was a case of the ghosts of Labour’s past at…

Chuka Umunna: I still won’t serve under Corbyn, despite EU u-turn

27 September 2015 16:43

Chuka Umunna proved the Labour moderates still have a fan base at his first fringe appearance in Brighton. At a packed out…

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…

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…

The missing candidates in the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 17:29

This Labour leadership contest is almost as notable for who isn’t standing as for who is. First, there is the…

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…

Chuka Umunna was the victim of an old-fashioned Westminster character assassination

21 May 2015 12:44

A few months after Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader I met with one of his supporters in the shadow…

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…

Chuka Umunna will no longer be the ‘English Obama’

15 May 2015 10:56

Chuka Umunna has surprised many today with the news that he has withdrawn from the race for the Labour leadership.…

The three groups of voters that Labour needs to win back

14 May 2015 15:48

Labour is in a more difficult position now than it was after its defeat in 1992. In ’92, the electorate…