Labour leadership contest

Owen Smith all but concedes defeat in Labour leadership race

21 September 2016 9:11

There are still a few hours left in the Labour leadership race but judging by Owen Smith’s mood you wouldn’t…

Jeremy Corbyn promises business as usual

19 September 2016 10:15

The big question in Labour’s leadership contest is not whether Jeremy Corbyn will win, but how much he’ll win by.…

Is the worst nightmare of Corbyn’s opponents about to come true?

31 August 2016 9:46

Could Jeremy Corbyn come out of the Labour leadership contest with an even bigger mandate? Few would be surprised and…

Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith. Here’s why it won’t help him beat Corbyn

22 August 2016 7:59

It won’t come as much as a surprise to many that Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has backed Owen…

Sarah Champion unresigns and returns to Labour frontbench

25 July 2016 16:50

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, was one of the Labour frontbenchers who resigned in an attempt to force…

Is Owen Smith ‘radical’ or ‘normal’? He needs to be both to defeat Corbyn

20 July 2016 8:45

Owen Smith has told us he’s both ‘radical’ and ‘normal’. It doesn’t take a genius to work out those characteristics…

Will Corbynistas be willing to stump up £25 to back their man?

13 July 2016 8:04

On the day Theresa May takes control at No.10 in a comparatively seemly transition, the Labour party is in the…

Angela Eagle’s leadership launch goes from bad to worse: ‘I’m not crying now, am I’

12 July 2016 9:14

There were no great bombshells being dropped elsewhere or dramas unfolding in the Tory leadership race to distract attention away…

Coffee House Shots: Labour’s leadership election

11 July 2016 15:42

Labour’s leadership contest has finally been triggered as Angela Eagle made her bid for the position today. So how will…

Labour party split over whether to split

11 July 2016 15:22

As well as all the other things that Labour MPs are anxious about at the moment, there is genuine anxiety…

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…

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…

Does anyone really care how politicians look?

23 August 2015 14:53

Charles Moore asks in this week’s Spectator what the ‘right looks’ are for a leadership contender, comparing Margaret Thatcher’s appeal to…

Labour ‘members’ object to ‘purge’

20 August 2015 15:43

Some Labour party members are currently finding out that they can’t vote in the leadership election after all because they’ve…

Labour’s bitter, bitchy battles will continue long after its leader is announced

20 August 2015 12:40

Why is the Labour leadership contest so vile? It has been the bitterest, bitchiest battle that the party has experienced…

Jeremy Corbyn is far less popular with Labour MPs than he is with members. Is that a problem?

19 August 2015 11:45

Why haven’t some Labour MPs ever met Jeremy Corbyn? Mr Steerpike picks up on the discussion between former Miliband aide…

Cooper vs Burnham: ‘A panicked, desperate stunt straight out of the Ed Balls playbook’

17 August 2015 20:30

Yvette Cooper has rounded on Andy Burnham this evening, demanding that the Labour leadership contender oppose Jeremy Corbyn or stand…

Ed Miliband won’t say anything until after the Labour leadership contest is over

17 August 2015 16:17

Why is Ed Miliband not intervening to stop Jeremy Corbyn? Some Labourites see the former leader’s silence on the issue…

Gordon Brown’s speech provokes scuffles amongst Labour MPs

16 August 2015 16:22

So, funnily enough, Gordon Brown’s speech about his party’s leadership election hasn’t been that well-received by some quarters of Labour.…

Gordon Brown tries to save his party

16 August 2015 15:48

Gordon Brown has just given one of his saving-the-world-at-the-last-minute speeches. He was speaking just as the ballot papers for his…