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An inconsolable political class mourns the greatest Chief Secretary to the Treasury since Liam Byrne

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“We’ve spent a weekend arguing about whether David Laws should go when we should have been trying desperately to persuade him to stay.” This from Matthew Parris, writing in The Times. Yeah, right on. Many of us are currently experie...

Liam Byrne is right about Labour's pains

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Rumour's swirl around Westminster that Liam Byrne is to be replaced as the head of Labour's policy review. According the to the Guardian: Byrne is seen as a Blairite, and there have been tensions in the party about how tough a line ...

Liam Byrne is right – we need 'radical reform' of the initiative-zapping, soul-destroying welfare state

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The Left won't thank him for it, but in the Guardian Liam Byrne has tried to kickstart a potentially interesting debate about the welfare state. For many well-off Liberal commentators – who, notably, have no interaction with the wel...

The Shapps Tweet ad could be as damaging as Liam Byrne’s “there’s no money left” handover note

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The CON bingo poster came from party chairman Grant Shapps See this from his Twitter page — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 20, 2014 Both resonate because they reinforce perceptions We all remember the ...

How many MPs will follow the Liam Byrne route?

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Are many being tempted by elected mayors/police commissioners? The news tonight that ex-LAB chief secretary of the treasury (him of the “there’s no money left” fame) Liam Byrne is quitting the shadow cabinet is an indicator of a big...


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