Face-off: Who will Labour’s next opponent be?

Osborne’s to lose?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  1 September 2015

Fixed-term parliaments still create a lot of unknowns in British politics. The royal prerogative, exercised by the sitting prime minister to abolish the legislature and go to the country, was always a double-edged sword for the occupant of No 10. The longer the parliament, the worse the result. Labour governments – not that there have …

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Always underestimated

Jonathan Todd  |  1 September 2015

David Cameron may yet lead the Conservatives into the next general election, argues Jonathan Todd Tony Blair, I was told by someone who spoke to him at the time, was confident when David Cameron became Conservative party leader that he would go the same way as the previous Tory leaders that he had gone head …

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Thatcher’s heir

Ben Dilks  |  1 September 2015

Can Amber Rudd be both moderniser and the candidate of the Tory right, asks Ben Dilks George Osborne has of late come into focus as one of the lead contenders for the top job. But rather than simply using his summer ‘emergency budget’ to make a cynical pitch to his party’s backbenchers and grassroots activists – …

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Break the mould

Felicity Slater  |  1 September 2015

Sajid Javid could be the sign the electorate is looking for that the Tory party has shed its ‘nasty party’ reputation, argues Felicity Slater Few leaders inspire true fear in their opponents. Those that do, do so because they force people to think again about the party they represent. Britain’s most electorally successful politicians, Tony …

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A real laugh

Sally Gimson  |  31 August 2015

As mayor of London Boris Johnson has been more Silvio Berlusconi than Julius Caesar, writes Sally Gimson The gods are against Boris Johnson. First, David Cameron led the Tories to an outright victory in the election in May. Then George Osborne made a grab for the centre-ground in the budget, and the crisis in the eurozone avoided …

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Neither ‘blue’ nor ‘Bullingdon’

Jacqui Smith  |  30 August 2015

Being one of the longest serving home secretaries is a double-edged sword for the wannabe leader, warns Jacqui Smith Some people believe that Theresa May has had her day as a Tory leadership contender, but she is a woman who has been underestimated throughout her career. Furthermore, as Angela Merkel, Tessa Jowell, Margaret Hodge and …

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Politics first, economics second

Conor Pope  |  29 August 2015

The chancellor is comfortable encroaching on Labour territory, says Conor Pope How many Labour hearts sank at the words ‘national living wage’ in George Osborne’s recent budget? Never mind the economic connotations of the policy; the political ones are brutal for the left. It was so obviously the big moment of the speech, and the …

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Parties at war

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 August 2015

‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced …

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