election 2015

‘The country will be run according to a different idea’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  6 March 2015

There will be no pie-in-the-sky promises under the next Labour government, Ed Miliband tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Entering the leader of the opposition’s now-bare office, his team are quick to point out how the operation has decamped to Brewers Green, the campaign nerve centre. In what is one of Ed Miliband’s last meetings in …

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Foe, not friend

The Progressive  |  9 February 2015

The Green party plays no part in Labour’s progressive politics No sensible observer of British politics in this election year is making a firm prediction about who will form the next government. There are at least half a dozen possible outcomes, before factoring in the vagaries of fate and the capacity of politics to confound clairvoyants. …

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Kick Out Cameron

Duncan Enright  |  13 October 2014

The campaign to ‘Kick Out Cameron’ in Witney has three aims. We wish to be the first campaign in history to oust a sitting prime minister at a general election. Given David Cameron is so unpopular he has to buy Facebook likes, and leads a hated government that has damaged families and communities in Oxfordshire, …

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Michael Gove’s first defeat

Alison McGovern MP  |  17 July 2014

As claims to fame go, it is probably not a great one. But I can now claim to be responsible for Michael Gove’s first defeat as chief whip. Yesterday I introduced a very simple bill that would require the Office for Budget Responsibility to audit the major parties’ manifestos. And Gove, maybe concentrating on his …

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Taking on the Tories

Gisela Stuart MP  |  16 July 2014

Gisela Stuart reveals seven steps to electoral success Supermarkets complain that consumers no longer feel loyalty towards the brand. When they offer ‘three for the price of two’ shoppers still feel cheated. And if they want to buy cheap they do not go to the ‘own brand, value for money’ section, they head for the …

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Missed opportunity

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2014

What the National Policy Forum might have been —This month Labour’s National Policy Forum will meet in Milton Keynes to hammer out the final stages of the party’s policy process, and, in theory, decide the policies that will go into the manifesto.
We could not be meeting in a more symbolic location – win here, and …

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A place called hope

Mark Cooper  |  9 July 2014

People from all over the world have an American president they identify with, whether that be John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama or another. For me, it is Bill Clinton. Why? Well, his 1996 re-election campaign was the first political campaign I was aware of. I saw him playing the saxophone on television and …

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The new Arthur Scargill

John McTernan  |  27 June 2014

We’re really only seven months away from the launch of the general election campaign. Of course, it’s nine months chronologically but with summer holidays in August and Christmas and New Year you effectively lose two months of that. The next period is going to be decisive. September will bring the referendum which will see Scotland …

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Reassurance, reassurance and reassurance

Rich Durber  |  17 June 2014

The Labour party is about to enter a crucial period. Next month at the National Policy Forum Jon Cruddas‘ policy review will report and present what is in effect a first draft of Labour’s manifesto. A lively debate has been raging across the party for some time as to how big Labour’s offer should be …

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Ukip puts recapturing Labour seats at risk

Bob Blizzard  |  17 June 2014

One of the biggest surprises of my political life was walking into the count for Waveney’s  2013 county council elections. In the midterm of a Tory government I had expected that Labour would win all eight of the Lowestoft wards, all won by the Tories in the disaster of 2009. But on each counting table …

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