George Osborne

Chris Leslie

‘I’m jarring with my colleagues’

Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison  |  1 September 2014

There will be no big spending under Labour, Chris Leslie tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Chris Leslie is an improbable hate figure. With his affable manner and gentle northern accent, he is not obviously one of politics’ bruisers. Yet in June the Observer’s political columnist, Andrew Rawnsley, predicted that if Labour forms the next …

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The reshuffle is not important – but it is interesting

Hopi Sen  |  15 July 2014

We don’t like to talk about reshuffle insignificance, because it rather rubs people’s face in it. If Andrea Backbench-Marginal has devoted her entire adult life to the cause, and finally makes it all the way to cabinet, and is glimpsed, modest smile on face, slipping into the Ministerial Prius, it seems a little rude to …

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Scientists for Labour

The science opportunity for Labour

Mike Galsworthy  |  11 July 2014

Labour recently launched its science green paper, with a speech by Liam Byrne, shadow minister for universities and science, and associated articles for the Huffington Post and the LabourList blog. It sets out the Labour view of the state of science in the United Kingdom and calls for input to form Labour’s science policy for the next 15 …

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Peter Mandelson

Present at the creation

Robert Philpot and Richard Angell  |  7 July 2014

Twenty years after Tony Blair’s election as party leader, Peter Mandelson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell why winning the centre-ground is more important than ever Peter Mandelson’s autobiography bills him as the ‘third man’ of New Labour, an indispensable part of the modernising triumvirate which, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, built the foundations of …

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Progress annual conference 2014

Time for hope

Owen Jones  |  29 May 2014

Labour should ignore old labels of ‘left’ and ‘right’, argues Owen Jones. Read also Philip Collins’ response to How does Labour win a mandate for change, the theme of this Saturday’s Progress annual conference Labour should not even be in the running to win a mandate for change in 2015. Oppositions rarely win back power …

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Among the Tories

Hopi Sen  |  27 May 2014

Let me count the ways I am a rubbish activist. I loathe leafleting. I do not like bothering voters with impertinent questions about how they are going to vote. I have an odd name, so, when phone canvassing, I invent a dull one and then forget my own alleged name. It is a long charge …

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‘Take our country back’? I’d rather take it forward

Pat McFadden MP  |  21 May 2014

However many votes the United Kingdom Independence party win in tomorrow’s European elections, what Britain has witnessed in the past few weeks is a battle between the future and the past. The reason many politicians and journalists have struggled to characterise Ukip and understand its appeal is because it is not just another political party. …

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PMQs 14 May 2014

Turn the Tory bandwagon into a tumbril

Sally Gimson  |  14 May 2014

The Tories looked in triumphal mood at prime minister’s questions today. Unemployment is going down. The number of Romanians and Bulgarians looking for jobs in the United Kingdom has fallen since they were allowed to come and work freely in the country. And the opinion polls show the Tories and Labour neck and neck a …

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The Insider April 2014

Matching Osborne’s moves

The Insider  |  8 April 2014

Fear is the constant companion of Labour in opposition. We become nervous when our poll leads shrink and the memory of lost elections past is summoned from our collective recall. Are we as secure and as safe from political earthquakes as we need to be to win? Last summer, as Labour seemed to falter, the …

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Maoist Tories and the BBC licence fee

John McTernan  |  28 March 2014

It’s been welfare week. The ‘benefits cap’ was a sideshow. George Osborne really needs to get better at politics. The key to tricking your opponents is not to smirk at the same time. If you want Labour to become unpopular on welfare then don’t erect a large sign saying ‘Political Trap ahead, Tee Hee.’ Yes, …

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