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Will Young: Nicky Morgan is ‘dead in the eyes’ and Ed Miliband was too media-trained

Will Young: Nicky Morgan is ‘dead in the eyes’ and Ed Miliband was too media-trained

27 May 2015 18:50

Popster and inaugural X Factor winner Will Young has been speaking out about the politicians he has met.

Young recently fronted Stonewall’s campaign to stop schoolkids using homophobic language. And it seems he wasn’t very impressed with two successive members of David Cameron’s cabinet. He has told a Guardian interviewer:

“I got to meet a couple of education secretaries, who were both useless. I preferred Gove to Nicky Morgan. She’s a piece of work.

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Watch: Harriet Harman looks incredulous as David Cameron says she is ‘posher than I am’

Watch: Harriet Harman looks incredulous as David Cameron says she is ‘posher than I am’

27 May 2015 16:02

Amid today’s Commons warfare over the Queen’s Speech, David Cameron had a response to Harriet Harman that few in Labour's ranks will have anticipated.

Labour's acting leader slammed the Tory policies on families, welfare and extending right-to-buy.

She also had a bit of advice for Dave:

"Beware the blonde on the zipwire."

And she joked that she may not be so different to the PM after all:

“Although he and I have many differences... in

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Queen's Speech: Liz Truss baffles hacks with 'bizarre' interview

Queen's Speech: Liz Truss baffles hacks with 'bizarre' interview

27 May 2015 09:06

The first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996 is set to promise an EU referendum, tax cuts for low-earners and an extension of Right to Buy.

At the same time, David Cameron is delaying the fight on the thorny issue of scrapping the Human Rights Act.

In the pre-briefed comments, Cameron said the speech set out a "clear vision for what our country can be".

But environment secretary Liz Truss was strangely unclear as she gave

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Labour MPs Gisela Stuart, Helen Goodman and Meg Hillier lead race to be next Margaret Hodge

Labour MPs Gisela Stuart, Helen Goodman and Meg Hillier lead race to be next Margaret Hodge

26 May 2015 21:36

With Margaret Hodge standing down as chair of the public accounts committee, some within Whitehall and Westminster have breathed a sigh of relief.

The Labour MP's five years in charge will be remembered for forcing the issues of corporate tax avoidance and the failings of HM Revenue and Customs to the top of the political agenda. She told Google executives last year: “You do evil,” and she also savaged BBC executives.

They are big shoes

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PM's ex-adviser Steve Hilton lovebombs 'amazing' Harriet Harman

PM's ex-adviser Steve Hilton lovebombs 'amazing' Harriet Harman

24 May 2015 10:12

As if Tory right wingers didn’t already have enough reasons to dislike Steve Hilton, the PM’s former policy guru has provided them with one more.

Sitting on the Andrew Marr sofa, David Cameron’s favourite moderniser spoke of his great affection for Harriet Harman:

“One thing I just want to say is what an honour it is to be here with Harriet, who I’ve been a huge fan of for many, many years for her incredible,

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Labour's London mayoral fight starts to get dirty

Labour's London mayoral fight starts to get dirty

22 May 2015 16:17

Labour’s leadership battle has so far been a courteous affair, with the candidates playing nicely. In public at least.

At Thursday’s press gallery lunch, Liz Kendall politely declined an invitation to say where her rivals needed to up their game. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh and their teams have also been generally well-behaved so far.

The same cannot be said for some of those featuring in the battle to be the party’s mayoral

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Noises from Ed Miliband and Neil Kinnock... and the role of Larry the No 10 cat in the election

Noises from Ed Miliband and Neil Kinnock... and the role of Larry the No 10 cat in the election

22 May 2015 08:39

Will Ed Miliband will be weighing into the Labour leadership election or staying well out of it?

It was reported last night that Ed is urging Labour to ignore calls from figures such as Peter Mandelson urging the party to turn rightwards.

The former Labour leader is said to have pointed to analysis by pollsters Ipsos MORI stating that 2.9m 'lazy Labour' supporters failed to make good on their intentions to turn out to vote.

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Liz Kendall strikes out on defence and free schools at press gallery lunch

Liz Kendall strikes out on defence and free schools at press gallery lunch

21 May 2015 15:17

Liz Kendall has spoken to lobby journalists about defence spending, free schools, Labour's future and the prospect of being endorsed by Tony Blair.

The Labour leadership contender was the guest of the parliamentary press gallery over lunch today in the Palace of Westminster.

Addressing the hacks, she kicked off with a joke at the former shadow chancellor’s expense.

“Most people thought we'd lost our balls before the election.”

She went on to savage Ed Miliband’s

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Boris Johnson warns of right to buy 'de-jumblification'. But will he stand up to George Osborne?

Boris Johnson warns of right to buy 'de-jumblification'. But will he stand up to George Osborne?

21 May 2015 12:01

Boris Johnson has expressed concern that the Tory plan to extend the right to buy to housing associations could lead to ethnic or social cleansing - or as he put it the “de-jumblification” of London.

The mayor of London made it clear he was yet to be convinced by the policy when he was grilled today by the Greater London Assembly. 

Boris suggested there was still much scope for lobbying to shape the plans.

“This policy

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Guardian calls for Alan Johnson as interim Labour leader

Guardian calls for Alan Johnson as interim Labour leader

21 May 2015 07:56

The Guardian has urged Labour to appoint an interim leader and said that Alan Johnson would be “perfect” for the role.

In a withering leader column, the paper criticises the “inward-looking leadership contest” that the party is undergoing.

It says the threshold of 35 MPs that a candidate needs to stand is too high and laments that the contest is being decided prematurely. It adds:

“Labour should put its thinking head on before it

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