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‘Reminding people that we’re not in government’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  22 September 2017

The shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne takes Richard Angell and Conor Pope behind the scenes of the surprise election ‘I’m infamous now’, Andrew Gwynne declares. He was ‘walking along the Embankment’ to parliament recently when he noticed two people shiftily looking over their shoulder at him. ‘They turned around and said, “You’re that guy that took …

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The McDonnell amendment

Darren Williams and Tom Miller  |  20 September 2017

Should Labour MPs retain a significant role in the nomination of future Labour leaders?

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Taking back control

The Insider  |  19 September 2017

Conference Arrangements Committee is another piece of party machinery in the hard-left’s hands The election to the Conference Arrangements Committee of Momentum’s candidates makes your insider’s well-worn line – that Corbynistas have not completely taken over – harder to hold water. Billy Hayes and Seema Chandwani take up their places as constituency Labour party representatives after …

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Avoid a sectarian slugfest

Editorial  |  19 September 2017

Labour conference could be about policy, not procedure In his book, The Road to Brighton Pier, the political writer Leslie Hunter describes the atmosphere inside a Labour party languishing in opposition, and riven with factional animosity, in the months leading up to the party conference in Brighton: ‘Except on the most formal occasions there was no social …

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What Happened

Matthew Doyle  |  19 September 2017

While the book is clearly therapeutic for its author, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 US election is far from an attempt to pass on blame, argues Matthew Doyle The title of Hillary Clinton’s new book on the 2016 presidential election – What Happened – is not followed by a question mark. But there are plenty of moments …

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Margaret Thatcher: The Honorary Jew

Robert Philpot  |  18 September 2017

Why it took non-Jewish Labour activist – Robert Philpot – to understand the former prime minister’s relationship with British Jewry is of interest to Jeremy Newmark As Labour’s 2017 parliamentary candidate in Finchley and Golders Green, I learned it is a constituency which attracts disproportionate media attention. Robert Philpot’s remarkably well-researched survey of Margaret Thatcher’s …

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British Foreign Policy After Brexit

Adam Harrison  |  7 September 2017

Adam Harrison argues that while there are needles in David Owen and David Ludlow’s haystack, they are hard to find Britain’s future beyond March 2019 remains deeply unclear. So we should welcome those who make a serious effort to chart a way ahead. Former foreign secretary David Owen and former diplomat David Ludlow – a …

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‘Where the majority of politics happens’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  6 September 2017

James Graham tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope why his new play Labour of Love is set in a ‘grotty’ constituency Labour party office Even in the final weeks of summer, an election poster still remains up in a window a few doors down from the London rehearsal room where Labour of Love, the new …

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Letter from … Berlin

Simon Vaut  |  4 September 2017

SPD candidate Martin Schulz made two disastrous errors when launching his candidacy, finds Simon Vaut Martin Schulz achieved something the German Social Democrats have not seen in a long time: a unified party. The delegates voted unanimously at the SPD party convention for him as party leader and to challenge chancellor Angela Merkel, as well …

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The Last Word: A transition position

Richard Angell  |  1 September 2017

Making Labour’s single market shift permanent, punishing parents and farewell to Kezia Dugdale – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word As an interim – before formally adopting the right policy to keep Britain in the single market indefinitely, Keir Starmer has committed Labour to membership of the single market and custom union for a …

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