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The Lansman tapes

The Insider  |  30 March 2017

Delayed: the 2020 service from opposition Like everything else the Labour party turns its hand to these days, the preparation for the Manchester Gorton byelection has not gone smoothly. The local party, having been suspended in the summer, still has a number of restrictions on it. The decision over when to go to the polls was delayed, as was …

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Do not hold your breath

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2017

Corbyn’s Labour has dragged its feet on real action to combat the party’s antisemitism problem, argues Richard Angell A year ago I wrote a piece for this publication entitled ‘Concrete action needed’. Its sister piece in the Daily Mirror set out an eight-point plan suggesting what Labour could do about the antisemitism problem that was engulfing the party. Vicky …

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Eight long years

Maeve McCormack and Matthew Doyle  |  21 March 2017

Will Donald Trump win again in 2020?

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System failure

Luciana Berger MP  |  20 March 2017

Rates of suicide and self-harm in our prisons shame us all, writes Luciana Berger MP Official data published by the ministry of justice on 26 January this year showed that 119 prisoners died by suicide during 2016. This is the highest number in a calendar year since records began in 1978. This number has doubled since 2010. …

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Believing in leaders

Conor Pope  |  16 March 2017

The ‘McDonnell amendment’ is the ultimate rejection of Clause One socialism, writes Conor Pope ‘Let’s be clear, we don’t believe in leaders,’ John McDonnell told Vice in a joint interview with Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the 2015 general election. In the same interview, McDonnell also said that ‘you can’t change the world through the parliamentary system’. The shadow …

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Important interventions

Ben Dilks  |  15 March 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world There was an understandably sombre atmosphere at the launch of The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the Face of Mass Atrocities, recently published by Policy Exchange. This was partially a result of the grave subject being discussed, but also due to the context in which the report …

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Are we ready?

Joan Ryan MP  |  14 March 2017

The Labour leadership says the party is on a general election footing. Joan Ryan examines the claim   Just a few days ago, an important deadline passed. By 20 February 2017 potential Conservative candidates had to put their names forward for the initial process of selecting parliamentary candidates in 44 seats. If any further confirmation was needed, this …

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The next Gower?

Chris Terry  |  14 March 2017

Ed Miliband suffered unlikely losses to the Tories in 2015, but could there be more to come under Jeremy Corbyn, asks Chris Terry The Conservative party has begun the process of selecting candidates for the next general election. Forty-four seats closed for applications from candidates on 20 February 2017. What is perhaps most surprising is …

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No objections

Cherie Blair and Claire Kerschensteiner  |  13 March 2017

The human rights of British citizens post-Brexit are on a shaky footing, write Cherie Blair and Claire Kerschensteiner The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Upon departure, the government will no longer have to comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the human rights treaty of the EU. Currently, violations of these rights, like other provisions …

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Claiming Corbyn’s crown

Paul Richards  |  13 March 2017

Paul Richards investigates who will be Jeremy Corbyn’s successor as the hard-left’s anointed leadership candidate One thing you can guarantee, like rain on a bank holiday, is splits on the hard-left. The old Monty Python joke is funny because it is true. For the all the calls for workers’ unity, disunity is the stock-in-trade. The Trotskyist …

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