Rachel Reeves

The Brexit charlatans are getting away with it

28 September 2016 18:00

Opponents of demagogues from Donald Trump to Nigel Farage have suffered from a huge political disadvantage. They were either politicians…

The Spectator summer party, in pictures

6 July 2016 23:30

In recent weeks, Westminster politicians have found themselves compared to the characters of House of Cards and Game of Thrones over their post-referendum antics.…

Watch: Richard Burgon leaves Rachel Reeves unimpressed at PMQs

9 March 2016 13:38

Although the EU referendum is supposed to be an issue which transcends party politics, the memo is yet to be…

John Prescott caught in live TV gaffe: who is Jamie Reed?

12 September 2015 13:02

With Jeremy Corbyn announced as the new leader of the Labour party, shadow health minister Jamie Reed immediately resigned from…

Why has Rachel Reeves tried to blame the OBR for Ed Miliband’s job predictions?

5 May 2015 16:27

Who is to blame for Ed Miliband getting the job projections so embarrassingly wrong? Famously, he used to go about advocating his ratio…

Men dominate professional chess thanks to history not ‘hardwiring’ in their brains

22 April 2015 11:56

British chess Grandmaster Nigel Short has form when it comes to explosive statements. Competing in a tournament in France some…

Ed speaks some human

12 March 2015 21:44

When Ed Miliband ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, his supporters boasted that he spoke human. Tonight, in a…

Rachel Reeves goes for tribal politics over hard questioning on food banks

8 December 2014 17:03

Most people went into Work and Pensions Questions expecting Iain Duncan Smith to be in a tetchy fame of mind…

Why the Tories can’t really criticise Rachel Reeves on debt

22 September 2014 15:35

Rachel Reeves’ interview on BBC Daily Politics may have been excruciating at times (below), but was it really the ‘car…

Rachel Reeves’s ‘staggering’ and ‘astonishing’ future of welfare speech

7 August 2014 11:26

Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, gave a speech earlier this week on the future of the welfare…

Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. And pointless

29 June 2014 10:57

I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy…

We get few answers from the Work and Pensions grudge match

23 June 2014 17:41

Departmental questions have, by this stage of the parliament, all developed their own characters. There is the colourful combat of…

Employment is booming. What does Rachel Reeves have to add?

22 June 2014 14:24

Here’s a funny thing: Labour claims to be the ‘party of work’, but the Tories have reasonable claim to be…

Will welfare cap vote be Miliband’s biggest rebellion?

25 March 2014 14:43

So Rachel Reeves confirmed in the Commons today that Labour will back the welfare cap when it comes to a…

Coffee Shots: Labour gets tough

10 March 2014 14:35

Labour says it is tough on welfare policy. And today, the party launched its tough compulsory jobs guarantee funding pledge…

Does it matter if Tories don’t know what it’s like to be poor?

20 January 2014 16:21

I have this theory that the reason why the British public is so hugely in favour of cutting welfare to…

Why announcing a tough new welfare policy isn’t as tough as it seems for Rachel Reeves

20 January 2014 8:52

Rachel Reeves is setting out Labour’s tough new benefits policy today. The Tories don’t need to be unduly worried, given…

Labour’s minimum wage attack flops

16 January 2014 11:33

Labour’s minimum wage debate in the Commons last night was designed mainly to humiliate the Conservatives about their past opposition…

The government must prevent young people from falling into the benefits trap

20 November 2013 16:24

Despite promises to be ‘tougher than the Tories’ with regards the welfare bill, shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves…

Labour’s welfare worries exposed by one cheeky headline. The Tories should exploit this

20 November 2013 10:54

The Telegraph carries a story under the title ‘Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s’. This has sent Labour supporters…