Boris Johnson

Zac Versus Sadiq: The Fight to Become London Mayor

Karen Buck MP  |  10 October 2016

Autumn began with a bang for Sadiq Khan. Londoner of the Year in the Evening Standard annual 1,000 top Londoners awards, GQ magazine’s politician of the year, the successful rollout of ‘hopper’ bus tickets. It all looks and sounds as though the result was preordained. But Dave Hill’s highly readable and well-informed account of the …

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Refine your craft

The Progressive  |  7 September 2016

The public don’t hate ‘professional politicians’ – they hate bad professional politicians The summer saw the British public glued to their televisions during August. Not to watch the ‘who is more socialist’ contest of the Labour leadership race, nor to monitor the latest polls showing Labour falling down the charts on an almost daily basis in inverse …

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Beyond crisis

Steve Bullock  |  25 July 2016

Local Labour’s imagination and tenacity on housing must continue, writes Steve Bullock It is now a given that London has a ‘housing crisis’ – no one disputes this, and perhaps as a result too few people respond with enough urgency. In fact the situation is beyond crisis – London faces a full-blown housing emergency with 50,000 families in some sort …

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It’s Europe, Europe, Europe, not Owen, Angela, Jeremy

Adam Harrison  |  22 July 2016

I admit it: I didn’t spot what Jeremy Corbyn said on the morning of Friday 24 June. I found out only later, at a packed meeting with Keir Starmer, our member of parliament, who told his local members what aroused his concerns. Corbyn’s call that morning for Article 50 to be activated immediately suggested he …

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The new prime minister’s chequered record

Mary Creagh MP  |  15 July 2016

We will look back on the summer of 2016 as one of the most tumultuous periods for British politics since the second world war. Alongside the economic, constitutional and social uncertainty the Brexit vote unleashed, its political shockwaves continue to reverberate. First, David Cameron resigned. Michael Gove then stabbed Boris Johnson in the back in …

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‘It became a referendum on immigration’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  12 July 2016

The prime minister should have had a ‘Dover speech’ moment, reflects Will Straw to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison With the consequences of Britain’s shock Brexit vote still unfolding, any reluctance from the bruised leadership of the Britain Stronger In campaign to confront the causes of last month’s devastating defeat would be understandable. But as we meet …

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The wheels come off the Boris wagon

Fiona Twycross AM  |  30 June 2016

Today’s announcement that Boris Johnson will not be putting himself forward as a candidate in the Conservative leadership election brought welcome relief in the headlines from Labour’s own trials and tribulations. Boris Johnson is a populist politician. The type of person people can imagine going to the pub with. A joker, a clown and a …

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Time to build a plan ahead of the onslaught

Jacqui Smith  |  24 June 2016

Through bitter and angry tears at 4.30am this morning, my overriding feeling was that I had let my children down. Parents of teenagers often know what this feels like, but today I realise I have let everyone else’s children down too. One of the reasons for the Leave vote is a feeling of immense alienation …

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Saving the ‘lost generation’

Clive Soley  |  16 June 2016

We must not let history repeat itself In May 1979 the defeated prime minister, James Callaghan, said to me that he felt sorry for new members of parliament like myself as we would be in opposition for 10 years. He was wrong. It was 18 years. Callaghan thought the arrival of North Sea oil and …

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Quips, insults and bananas

Emma Burnell  |  15 June 2016

It was an odd sort of a line up we saw on last night’s Telegraph/Huffington Post/Youtube EU debate. On the remain side we had two formidable politicians who – like it or not (and I suspect for many Progress readers the answer will be not) have had their turn at leading or seeking to lead …

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