Boris Johnson

Cold water time

The Insider  |  8 June 2016

Jon Cruddas’ long-awaited independent inquiry into why Labour lost last year’s general election, released last month, was a rerun of the slow-motion car crash your insider, and, no doubt readers at home, bore horrified witness to after 2010. As a bucket of cold water to snap the old believers out of their earlier faith in …

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‘That’s nasty, ugly politics’

Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil  |  7 June 2016

Alan Johnson is taking no prisoners in Labour’s campaign to remain in the European Union, find Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil As we enter his office overlooking Parliament Square, Alan Johnson is seated behind his desk, scribbling away. ‘I’m just writing to a cleaner, the owner of a café, a woman who started her own …

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Vote Leave have no genuine answers on immigration

Christabel Cooper  |  7 June 2016

As expected, the issue of immigration has now been fully weaponised by the Brexiters. It is a missile that Labour Remainers find difficult to defend against when talking to our traditional voters. Arguing that migration has brought demonstrable economic benefits runs up against the problem that the supporting logic is convoluted, slightly counter-intuitive and the …

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The Last Word: The end of Boris’ end-of-the-pier show

Jamie Reed MP  |  22 April 2016

Boris Johnson has unique political gifts. Fortunately, being unique does not also make these gifts useful, desirable or of particular public value. In truth, Johnson’s most consistent gift has been the gift of ‘getting away with it’. Such a gift has little political value other than to the individual in possession of it. Johnson has …

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The good, the bad, and the unpredictable

Kitty Ussher  |  12 April 2016

The threat of Brexit aside, the economy looks set to continue improving, says Kitty Ussher Regardless of the politics of the matter, the main news from last month’s budget is that the economy is in good shape. Of course, that is not to say there is not room for improvement, or that our country is structured …

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If it’s broke, fix it

Adam Harrison  |  30 March 2016

Adam Harrison with the latest from the wonk world Plenty about the way public services
 are currently run could be fixed, even if everything is not totally broken. Scottish Labour under leader Kezia Dugdale turned heads once more last month by pledging 
to abolish council tax – possibly the most unpopular tax ever. It was …

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An equal chance: Making apprenticeships worth celebrating

Fiona Twycross AM  |  16 March 2016

According to the government’s web page publicising this year’s Apprenticeship Week (14 -18 March), the week is ‘to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy’. The theme this year is how ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’ and there is a particular focus on how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses …

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Cameron gives the hard sell on EU membership

Emma Reynolds MP  |  23 February 2016

There was a strange dynamic in the House of Commons chamber yesterday afternoon. A prime minister, who has consistently called himself a Eurosceptic, doing the hard sell on British membership of the European Union. Flanked by a recent pro-European convert, Theresa May, and the earliest ‘outer’ in his Cabinet, Chris Grayling, who deliberately left enough …

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Youth work needs to be a higher political priority

Florence Eshalomi AM  |  23 February 2016

On the evening of 27 September 2012, I spent the evening with a group of young people from Lambeth Youth Council discussing how best to target resources from the Lambeth Youth Mayor’s fund to help steer young people into positive activities. The group included the outgoing Lambeth Youth Mayor David Oyedele, who like me grew …

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The contest to watch

Lewis Baston  |  13 October 2015

After all the strange events of this political summer, the minds of the party strategists, commentators and pollsters are starting to focus on the large batch of elections that are taking place on 5 May 2016 in every part of the United Kingdom, one of only two sets of midterm elections with complete coverage (barring …

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