Douglas Alexander

The Tories are putting jobs and investment at risk

Douglas Alexander MP  |  8 December 2014

It seems commonplace nowadays to claim that Europe will be a big feature of the next election. I do not disagree. But it is not because Nigel Farage says it will be. Or even because David Cameron’s backbenchers want it to be. It will be significant in the next election because of the impact it …

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If voters want cruelty they are spoilt for choice

John McTernan  |  21 November 2014

Don’t know about you, but I’m worried. It looks as though we are in danger of breaking Katwala’s Law. Roadtested at party conferences this year, this is the Sunder Katwala’s brilliant observation that – when it comes to immigration – ‘make promises you can keep’. Look, I can buy the idea that you can charge …

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Why Labour is right on Israel

Ben Bradshaw MP  |  18 August 2014

In his article for the Progress website, Tal Ofer took Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander to task for their reaction to the latest Israeli bombardment of and incursion into Gaza. Under the headline ‘The wrong stance on Gaza’, Tal criticised the Labour leadership for issuing ‘a number of statements’ that were ‘very disappointing’ and accused …

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A staggering abdication of leadership

Stephen Beer  |  13 August 2014

We need a government with a credible foreign and defence policy. The atrocities being carried out in Iraq by Islamic State, the conflict and rising tensions in Ukraine and the ongoing conflict in Gaza, are just the latest examples to expose the void in government thinking. The abdication of leadership is staggering. The United Nations …

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The wrong stance on Gaza

Tal Ofer  |  11 August 2014

On 17 June this year Ed Miliband was the keynote speaker at the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch. He delivered a rousing speech, drawing on his recent visit to Israel. But he also spoke about the security challenges that Israel face and he mentioned his visit to Sderot, which has suffered terribly from Hamas …

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After the celebrations

Hopi Sen  |  4 June 2014

If Labour wins next May it will face huge challenges If Labour wins next May, the joy of victory will be infectious. Gathering at cabinet to agree the Queen’s speech, Labour ministers will be eager to seize the chance to change Britain. We already know much of the party’s plan for the hectic early weeks …

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Band on the run?

The Insider  |  2 June 2014

Polls go up and polls go down. This true, useful mantra for politicians is only used when the polls go down. Labour politicians found themselves saying it rather a lot before last month’s elections. The nervousness this engendered was repressed, but only barely. In May this column noted that Douglas Alexander’s appointment as election coordinator …

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True believer

The Insider  |  9 May 2014

The recruitment of David Axelrod was Douglas Alexander’s coup. To get the biggest name in the Obama campaign on board for Ed Miliband was the first fruit of his appointment as Labour election coordinator. That appointment was a while coming. Both Alexander and Michael Dugher wanted to head Labour’s campaign, and both men had a …

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Israel, Miliband, and the values that motivate him

Matthew Doyle  |  10 April 2014

Ed Miliband’s patron Neil Kinnock knows only too well from his own pre-election snub by Ronald Reagan that attempts by leaders of the opposition to ‘look prime ministerial’ by jumping on a plane and pumping hands overseas are fraught with danger. It is all the more perilous if they land in the middle of a …

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The Russia dilemma

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  21 March 2014

Britain’s political class did not distinguish itself in its immediate response to the Crimean crisis. A zoom lens outside Downing Street which captured Cabinet Office papers in the hands of an unguarded official seemed to reveal yet more evidence that the protection of the City trumps any other strategic instincts for this government. Labour, meanwhile, …

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