A Hartlepool defeat signals trouble everywhere for Labour

By Joshua Bell For those who find themselves following political polling trends, with a Twitter feed full of lobby journalists, you can’t help but be excited about the Hartlepool by-election. It has been described as one of the most anticipated by-elections in the past ten years, and for very good reason. In 2019 the Tories…

A viable Labour Government and business risk

By Mark Glover There is no doubt that under Keir Starmer the Labour Party is slowly moving nearer to power. Whilst by no means favourites to win the next General Election, the moderating influence of the new leader and his shadow cabinet leaves voters less inclined to vote against him. If Starmer can combine this…

Starmer begins to piece together Labour’s vision for post-pandemic recovery

By Joe Cooper Following perhaps his most difficult few weeks as Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer today set out Labour’s vision for the post-COVID economic recovery. Starmer outlined the scale of the challenge facing Britain in rebuilding after the pandemic and said that next month’s Budget represents a “fork in the road” between returning to…

Is Keir Starmer struggling to make an impact?

By Gareth Jones For those who regularly watch it, today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today followed a familiar pattern. Labour leader Keir Starmer highlighted some severe policy failures from the government on its handling of Covid, as well as on the issue of free school meals – to which the Prime Minister responded, in less…

Starmer was forced to suspend Corbyn, but will this be seen as a Clause IV moment?

By Mark Glover Reacting to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report today which saw Labour found guilty of three breaches of the Equality Act: political interference in anti-Semitism complaints; failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism complaints, and harassment, Sir Keir Starmer said the report brought “a day of shame” for the…

Starmer aims to show that he’s a serious man for serious times

By Gareth Jones, Public Affairs This morning, Keir Starmer delivered his first party conference speech since becoming Labour leader. As party conference speeches go, it was marked change from the usual fanfare that accompanies these annual occasions. It was delivered in an empty room at the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster. It took…

Starmer’s balancing act

Public Affairs Director and former Labour Party Political Adviser Christine Quigley writes about what the new Labour Leader means for the Party When Labour’s leadership election was launched following a historic defeat for the party, it’s fair to say that none of us could have expected the circumstances in which the new leader was announced over the…