Labour doubles down on ‘unfairness’ as Reeves draws dividing lines

By Greg Rosen This far from an election, there is little merit for Labour in offering a detailed ‘alternative Budget’. It would be counterproductive: voters probably wouldn’t even notice it, and once the research team at CCHQ had picked it apart, it would provide ammunition to attack Labour. Fairly or unfairly, Blair and Brown held…

Things can only get better?

By Charlie Rattigan As the dust settles from this year’s Labour Party Conference, the question remains whether Keir Starmer has a real vision to defeat Boris Johnson at the next election. In the build up to Starmer’s first in-person speech as leader, the message from his team was that this was a “big moment for…

A Labour rose by any other name…

By Christine Quigley In the 2008 film In the Loop, British and American politicians scramble to find the committee with the dullest name, believing it to be a cover for a secret war committee that they’re desperate to be invited to. While the Labour Party’s Conference Arrangements Committee isn’t quite a secret, its exceptionally boring…

Hartlepool, Labour hopes left hanging?

By Christine Quigley This morning, armchair psephologists across the nation woke to a shock Survation poll predicting a 17-point lead for the Conservative candidate in Thursday’s Hartlepool by-election. While the limited sample size and the challenges of accurate constituency-level polling are being dissected over social media, the poll itself will have worried both Labour and…

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…