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Stoke Politics After the Election

The good people of Stoke-on-Trent didn't take my advice. Sigh. If only more people listened to what I had to say, a lot of bother could be avoided. But on the day our party got a thumping, Stokies gave local Labour a kicking too. Rather...Show More Summary

Cameron Attempts to Mask Failures by Criminalizing Foreign Labor

Kamaljeet Jandu, the chairman of the Labour Party's Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) group, said that British Prime Minister David Cameron's recently unveiled immigration bill is an exercise in presentation over substance and designed to blame foreigners and migrants for the failure of Cameron's government.

LabourList “poll” shows Burnham well ahead with Kendall in strong 2nd place

Keiran Pedley assesses the importance of a recent poll of LabourList readers that shows Andy Burnham the clear front-runner for the Labour leadership but with Liz Kendall in a stronger position than you might think. As the Labour Party leadership campaign gathers pace, we are gradually building a picture of what the contest will look […]

Ed Balls won’t rule out an appearance on Strictly

Former Labour MP Ed Balls has appeared on BBC news today in his first interview since he was ousted from his seat by the Tories. While he discussed Ed Miliband and the… Continue reading The post Ed Balls won’t rule out an appearance on Strictly appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

BBC announces Labour leadership hustings from constituency symbolising party’s failure

After Harriet Harman announced that Labour would ‘let the public in’ to its leadership contest, the BBC has announced that it will broadcast a hustings with the candidates on 17… Continue reading The post BBC announces Labour leadership hustings from constituency symbolising party’s failure appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Kezia Dugdale running for leader of Scottish Labour

Kezia Dugdale, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, has announced that she’s running for the leadership of the Scottish party following Jim Murphy’s resignation. With Murphy not being… Continue reading The post Kezia Dugdale running for leader of Scottish Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Then There Were Four

The Guardian reports that Tristram Hunt has withdrawn from the Labour leadership race because of his struggle to gain sufficient support from his colleagues at Westminster. The same thing happened last time round to Diane Abbott, when...Show More Summary

Harsh Words

The Guardian has some harsh words and good advice for the Labour Party over its leadership election contest. Now I don't really care too much about who becomes the next Labour leader, but if I were still a party member I would want to see the an open debate involving a wide range of candidates. Show More Summary

Voting in General Elections and Nation State Citizenship Statuses in the EU

The opening of the UK labour market to any EU citizen (indeed the opening of settlement rights to any EU citizen) has expanded greatly the presence of people working in unskilled categories D, E or not working at all. It is these categories that slipped most in the Labour vote, though C2s disappeared too. Show More Summary

Green skills

The greening of the economy brings with it changes in the demand for certain skills in the labour market. Understanding these changes has important implications for policy aiming to support sustainable industry. This column uses US data to identify key green jobs and the skills of import for them. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Steamwhistle Pumps Up Local Cycling, Labour is More Precarious, and the Star Remembers Marlene Arpe

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Toronto Star “Stargazing” columnist Malene Arpe passed away suddenly today, eliciting an outpouring of grief on social media from readers and colleagues alike. She will be missed. Steamwhistle Brewery has come up with a novel promotion. The […]

Kendall is a hard act to follow for Cooper and Burnham

Liz Kendall is the great unknown Labour leadership candidate. She is the only one who hasn’t been in government or Shadow Cabinet, and as I blogged earlier, she needs to… Continue reading The post Kendall is a hard act to follow for Cooper and Burnham appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Kendall, Cooper and Burnham all have perceived weaknesses to overcome

Now that Liz Kendall has enough MPs backing her to make it on to the ballot paper for the Labour Party leadership contest, the three main candidates are all starting… Continue reading The post Kendall, Cooper and Burnham all have perceived weaknesses to overcome appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chuka Umunna was the victim of an old-fashioned Westminster character assassination

A few months after Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader I met with one of his supporters in the shadow cabinet. Who, I asked, were ‘Ed’s People?’ He began reeling… Continue reading The post Chuka Umunna was the victim of an old-fashioned Westminster character assassination appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scouse Takeover

I hadn't thought about it until I read this thoughtful piece in The Independent, but Matthew Norman's spot on because all the signs point to a conspiracy which will result in a Scouse 'takeover' of the Labour Party. Labour and the unions...Show More Summary

Divorce Proceedings

Suzanne Moore writing in The Guardian argues that the Labour Party should begin divorce proceedings with the trade unions which would be a good thing if you ask me, because people like Len McCluskey are not acting in the best interests of ordinary Unite members. Show More Summary

Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading The post Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Amnesty criticises Qatar on migrant labour rights

Rights group says Gulf nation failing workers and says FIFA should pressure Qatar to do more ahead of 2022 World cup.

Getting off Seroquel- your tips

Tell me how you did it. I’ve managed to get off every medication but this (I am COMPLETELY dependent on it for sleep. If you read my previous post you’ll see I couldn’t even nap during a 4 day labour). I’ve never successfully managed it. I get down to 25mg and then stop sleeping. I’ve […]

Carbon Copy Maps: Digging Coal, Digging Labour

2 days agoHumor / odd : Strange Maps

King coal has been dethroned for decades. Yet he still determines how Brits vote. Read More

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