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…

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…

Leicester lockdown loosened

By Tim Le Couilliard, Senior Executive At 5 PM this evening, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, delivered a statement; not in the Downing Street briefing room, as we have become accustomed to, but in the House of Commons. Leicester, which has been in local lockdown for the last two weeks is set to be partially…

Rebecca Long Bailey sacked, but Robert Jenrick remains

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs The headline political news of the day is that former leadership hopeful Rebecca Long Bailey has been removed from the Labour Shadow Cabinet. Seen as one of the few “Corbynistas” on the Labour front bench, Long Bailey has been sacked from her Education portfolio following a Tweet that…