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Just one local by-election tonight – what looks like an interesting LAB defence in Barnsley against UKIP

Dearne North on Barnsley (Lab defence) Result of council at last election (2015): Labour 55, Conservatives 4, Independents 4 (Labour majority of 47) Result of ward at last election (2014): Labour 1,179 (58%), United Kingdom Independence...Show More Summary

The 1975 Common Market Referendum Campaign Documents

In 1975, the United Kingdom government distributed three pamphlets to voters in the weeks before the referendum on our continued membership of what was then the Common Market. I have reproduced them here. I am grateful to my colleagues Keeba...

The Lib Dem scramble for peerages

As well as it being rather amusing that a party officially committed to the abolition of the House of Lords has stuffed a few more of its grandees into the… Continue reading The post The Lib Dem scramble for peerages appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

For sale: Jeremy Corbyn’s used coffee cup

It’s official, Jeremy Corbyn has made it. Following in the lines of all the greats, the left wing messiah has inspired such fan devotion that people are genuinely bidding on… Continue reading The post For sale: Jeremy Corbyn’s used coffee cup appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Could a row with Uber be taxi for a London mayoral candidate?

One of the striking things about the contest in Labour for the mayoral candidacy is how many of the candidates are keen to admonish private taxi firm Uber. Sadiq Khan… Continue reading The post Could a row with Uber be taxi for a London mayoral candidate? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chumocracy and Cameron: the most curious dissolution honours

The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced today, following much rumour about who might receive one. While Mr S’s colleague Sebastian Payne has the full list over on Coffee House, it’s… Continue reading The post Chumocracy and Cameron: the most curious dissolution honours appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Some More Information on Ayoub El Khazzani

Some more details have emerged, in Thursday’s ‘New York Times’, about Ayoub El-Khazzani, the (alleged) train attacker. Raphael Minder reported from Algeciras, where he visited the Taqwa mosque which is said (they usually are said to be) to be a...

Long-serving frontbenchers and the Spadocracy dominate the 2015 dissolution peers

The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced, with many of the names floated in the press over the last few weeks duly being elevated to the House of Lords. The appointment… Continue reading The post Long-serving frontbenchers and the Spadocracy dominate the 2015 dissolution peers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election

Given that the general election proved disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, it’s surprising how many party members seem keen to revisit the experience. With Vince Cable and Norman Baker both bringing out… Continue reading The post Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

How backers of the LAB contenders differ from each other and the country as a whole

The different demographic make-up of LAB leadership supporters YouGov https://t.co/sBeiQyMmli pic.twitter.com/wSxg8S1qHq — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 27, 2015 How Labour's selectorate compares with country as a whole YouGovShow More Summary

The Tories should have dropped their net migration target long ago

It’s fair to say the Tories won’t be recycling their ‘immigration down’ posters for this year’s autumn conference. Net migration in the the year to March 2015 was 330,000, which… Continue reading The post The Tories should have dropped their net migration target long ago appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Immigration hits a record high

There must be an element of masochism in Theresa May that leads her to promise the electorate something she cannot give them: net migration in the tens of thousands. Figures… Continue reading The post Immigration hits a record high appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour asks school pupils to act as informants ahead of vote

Although Buzzfeed managed to successfully register a cat to vote in the Labour leadership election, the party remains insistent that they are successfully weeding out ‘supporters’ who are not genuine. However,… Continue reading The post Labour asks school pupils to act as informants ahead of vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

North Lanarkshire Update

GMB members in North Lanarkshire have organised another meeting to discuss their ongoing campaign for equal pay, but this time some senior officials of the union have agreed to attend which is a big step forward, if you ask me. The details...Show More Summary

Walking the Walk (24/06/15)

Dan Hodges normally writes for The Telegraph, but in this piece for Total Politics he points out that while Labour members have more choice over the people standing for election in senior positions these days, the Party collectively never seems quite able to 'walk the walk'. Show More Summary

Chum Clubs

The performance of trade unions in topical again as members in South Lanarkshire, for example, question whether their interests have been properly represented by local branch officials. Now I wrote about the phenomenon of 'chum clubs'...Show More Summary

Dump the Messenger (19/06/15)

Daniel Finkelstein made the same point as me the other day with this piece in The Times in which he says that the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, is responsible for the recent gaffe involving his posed photograph for The Sun newspaper - not his various minders and media advisers. Show More Summary

Tom and Jeremy

Tom Watson is the bookies favourite to become Labour's deputy leader and if Jeremy Corbyn also wins the leadership crown then the Peoples' Party will be represented by two middle-aged, white men. Albeit Jeremy Corbyn is actually 66 years old, but no doubt you get my general drift. Show More Summary

Awesome, Dude! (08/07/13)

Have you ever read a more embarrassing letter than this resignation letter from Tom Watson MP - to the Labour leader Ed Miliband? Sycophantic and self-serving were the words that came to mind as I was asked to believe that Tom's resignation...Show More Summary

Taxi Driver Writes (24/02/15)

Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, has a regular 'A Taxi Driver writes' column which features some boring cabbie giving full vent to their views on how to solve the problems of the world. In this case it's Labour's very own Billy Bunter, Tom Watson. Show More Summary

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