• Published on 16 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Corbyn’s manifesto – Labour offers a stark choice

    You do wonder if the team started with a number on one side and then worked back. The £48.6 billion tax and spend proposals equate to 40% of GDP. That puts this overall offer on the outer perimeters of British political experience but not beyond them. That 40% figure has generally not been breached apart…

  • Published on 15 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Karen King, a Lib Dem councillor; Lynn Pallister, a Labour councillor; Glenn Preedy, who’s chair of UKIP North East; and Steve Turner, a Conservative councillor.

  • Published on 15 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    A “new deal for workers”, including representation on company boards and a year’s statutory leave to care for a relative. This isn’t Labour, but Theresa May, promising what she called the biggest expansion of workers’ rights by any Conservative government.

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    “If he doesn’t make a stand we will have left no mark in history at all.”

    Those words, from a Corbyn ally at the top of the Labour Party tell you a lot about how the party leadership expects this election to go and the internal bloodbath Labour could be gearing up for on the other side of June 8th.

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Two years ago Jeremy Corbyn was two hundred to one outsider in the Labour leadership contest. He defied those odds to win. Now he is in another race to be the next Prime Minister – and many say the odds are stacked against him again. According to his devoted supporters, his idealism is exactly what…

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Cathy Newman asks Jeremy Corbyn: When in the last half century has British-backed military action been necessary?

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he is no pacifist, as he set out his view of Britain’s role in the world, accusing Theresa May of “pandering” to Donald Trump. Theresa May hit back, declaring Mr Corbyn was simply “not up to the job” of being prime minister. Michael Crick was at the other end of the…

  • Published on 11 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    A Labour government would re-nationalise the railways and the Royal Mail, abolish student tuition fees and repeal benefit cuts, according to a leaked draft of the party’s manifesto.

  • Published on 7 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    The Conservatives today pledged to improve NHS mental health treatment with ten thousand new staff by 2020. And Labour promised not to raise taxes for those earning under £80,000.

  • Published on 6 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that Labour faces a huge challenge to win next month’s general election after its disappointing showing in the local elections – urging supporters to win round the millions of people he said were still undecided.

  • Published on 6 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Conservative Nadhim Zahawi and Andy McDonald from Labour.

  • Published on 5 May 2017 Sections Politics

    How might Commons seats go based on today’s local election results?

    These local election results suggest Labour might not perform quite as abysmally as the national polls had suggested. If you crunch the results in the locals and mayorals you can take an informed guess at what yesterday’s numbers would mean, if they were cast in the same percentages in the general election.

  • Published on 25 Apr 2017 Sections Europe, Politics, UK

    Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer.

  • Published on 25 Apr 2017 Sections Europe, Politics, UK

    Brexit has taken centre stage in the election campaign, with the Shadow Brexit Secretary spelling out Labour’s strategy for handling Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Sir Keir Starmer said he’d seek to retain the benefits of the single market and would guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in Britain.

  • Published on 25 Apr 2017 Sections Politics, UK, Wales

    Theresa May has been quick to exploit a new poll suggesting that the Conservative Party is on target for a first election win in Wales in 167 years.