Michael Dugher

Corbyn’s fragile grip loosens

Conor Pope  |  13 February 2017

Compared to past reshuffles, Jeremy Corbyn’s latest shows him at his weakest, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope This is the fifth shadow cabinet reshuffle since Jeremy Corbyn became leader just 17 months ago, and the first that I have not had to cover as a reporter. It has not been the most eventful of his term …

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Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game

Mike Katz  |  19 October 2016

Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game. The vast majority of people who are worried by the rising levels of antisemitism in our society highlighted by the home affairs select committee report do not want to see the world’s oldest prejudices stamped out at the expense of addressing all other bigotry. There truly is no …

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Haters gonna hate

The Insider  |  2 February 2016

It has been a fun few weeks for the Labour party, hasn’t it? Let’s briefly recap. Before Christmas this column identified Tom Watson, Angela Eagle and Hilary Benn as the three most direct threats to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Entirely unrelatedly, over Christmas the leadership of the party chose to undermine Benn and Maria Eagle, for the …

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Davies Commission: Making a decision as a nation

Seema Malhotra MP  |  2 July 2015

On Tuesday the Davies Commission presented its final report. This has been a strong process, supported cross party, to ask the question about whether we need airport expansion to meet economic demand and, if so, where the expansion should be. The Davies Commission has settled the question that we need expansion of aviation capacity but the …

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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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Completing the unfinished project of English devolution

Fiona Twycross AM  |  9 April 2014

Almost 10 years ago, on a cold day in late October 2004, I stood with dozens of other Labour party activists at the foot of the Angel of the North. Frozen thumbs-up the north-east devolution referendum as the then deputy leader of the Labour party John Prescott wrestled at the bottom of the hill with …

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‘The 35 per cent strategy is a myth’

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  27 November 2013

Labour is targeting Tory voters and should not be thinking about a coalition after 2015, Michael Dugher tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell A leading member of Ed Miliband’s general election team has ridiculed suggestions that Labour is pursuing a ‘35 per cent strategy’ aimed solely at attracting the support of disenchanted Liberal Democrats, and …

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Labour’s got talent

The Insider  |  4 November 2013

It finally happened. As predicted here, after being delayed by Syria and conference, it was politically exposed, middle-aged male former ministers who found themselves shunted from the shadow cabinet. This was seen as a cull of Blairites, but then the new people started doing more than walking down the street looking fresh-faced, and what they …

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The race is on

Bex Bailey  |  10 October 2013

The appointment of Douglas Alexander, Michael Dugher and Spencer Livermore this week to Labour’s core general election team signals the start of a more sharpened focus on 2015. From now on in, they will be working together to build a successful general election campaign – allocating spending, pushing our messages and building our support base. …

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Great Burnham would …

The Insider  |  22 August 2013

Andy Burnham’s summer interventions over Labour’s future showed that he is a street-fighter gradually emerging from the cocoon of being a junior member of Labour’s post-1997 class of golden children – the Blair- and Brown-era special advisers turned MPs, turned fast-promoted ministers, who now dominate the Labour party leadership. In placing himself, rhetorically, as a …

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