Stoke byelection

The problem is politics, not PR

Richard Angell  |  2 March 2017

Recognition of some of Jeremy Corbyn’s shortcomings is a step forward, but competence is not the only problem the leadership has, argues Richard Angell in response to Owen Jones The video Owen Jones published this week was brave. Many in his position would not have done it. He is right to be concerned that Labour is …

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Populism without popularity

Conor Pope  |  6 February 2017

While Labour ought to hold Copeland and Stoke, there was very little appetite for Labour’s current direction in either seat, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope ‘Well, now I’ve got that off my chest.’ With that, she smiled and closed the door. This was Friday afternoon in the small Cumbrian town of Cleator Moor, where …

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Calling it right

Conor Pope  |  30 January 2017

Labour would not ‘be on the right side of history’ if it voted against invoking article 50, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope The job of opposition is not to oppose. To say so makes a good tweet, but poor politics. It is the job of opposition to hold to account, and get the best …

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The Last Word: It’s ‘game on’

Richard Angell  |  20 January 2017

Byelection dates confirmed in Copeland and Stoke, Trump confirmed as president, and Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ speech – Richard Angell looks at the events of the week The writ will be put down for both Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central on Monday for an byelection on 23 February 2017. My colleague Matthew Faulding has already been …

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What is the Ukip threat in Stoke?

Ben Gartside  |  20 January 2017

Rumours suggest the Stoke byelection will see new Ukip leader Paul Nuttall stand. Ben Gartside looks at the challenge he poses to Labour Areas like Stoke are synonymous with Labour, and for a good reason: since the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat was established in 1950, Labour’s vote share has only dropped below 50 per cent three …

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