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28 Jul 2015 10:33
Labour’s left wing leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out about the abuse he is getting from some in the media.
The Islington North MP told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour that he found some of the coverage personally hurtful.
“It is very sad that some sections of the media are incapable of engaging in any of this at a political level and engage in it solely at a level of personal intrusion and personal abuse.
27 Jul 2015 17:04
Jeremy Corbyn has already won the support of singer Charlotte Church, comedian Russell Brand and actress Maxine Peake.
Now, the left wing leadership hopeful can add the classics scholar Mary Beard to his list of high profile backers.
Beard used a blog on the Times Literary Supplement’s website to declare her support for the bearded MP.
The University of Cambridge professor, who was awarded an OBE in 2013, said she often "floats around the left"
27 Jul 2015 10:33
Four government departments should be merged into a single new department, a former senior aide to David Cameron suggests in a new column for TP.
Sean Worth was a special adviser to the prime minister in Downing Street before the last election.
He now heads up the Westminster Policy Institute, which is set to publish a report looking at how government can drive through more new housing and infrastructure developments.
His article states:
26 Jul 2015 10:50
Jeremy Corbyn has appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show as Labour figures express concern over the ‘infiltration’ of the party's leadership contest.
The Sunday Times reports that more than 140,000 new activists are projected to have signed up with Labour by the deadline for registration to vote.
The Communist party of Great Britain has called on supporters to join and back Corbyn while Green party activists have also been discussing how to vote for
25 Jul 2015 17:00
Sol Campbell’s stuttering bid to be the Conservative candidate for London mayor has been stopped in its tracks.
The former footballer has failed to make the final shortlist of four drawn up by the party’s selection committee.
The news will be a blow to Campbell, who had few concrete policies but had made a concerted effort to sound like a bona fide on-message Tory politician.
But the writing may well have been on the
24 Jul 2015 16:34
It seems that Ben Bradshaw has unveiled his hitherto secret weapon to swing the Labour deputy leadership contest.
The former culture secretary has announced that he is to host “a meet and greet with a twist”.
The twist being that he will be joined on the dancefloor by none other than the glamourous Italian lawyer and ex-Strictly star Nancy Dell’Ollio!
Apparently, the pair share a passion for dancing and have been pals since 2008 when
24 Jul 2015 09:55
Newly-elected Labour MP Jess Phillips has spoken to TP about standing up to the Tories, the 'lunacy' of George Osborne's welfare plans, winning back Ukip voters and why she would be ‘utterly rubbish’ on the front bench.
Phillips recalled a recent clash in the Commons with education secretary Nicky Morgan and told us:
“I won’t be silenced… Getting what I want will sometimes mean being nice to the Tories. But when I feel they are
23 Jul 2015 14:13
A Labour MP who clashed on air with Sky News anchor Kay Burley has spoken out about the exchange as it causes a stir on social media.
In the interview, Burley repeatedly asked Dawn Butler why she had nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership when she supported Andy Burnham.
There was also a row over the role that Corbyn could play in a Burnham shadow cabinet, which prompted an exasperated Butler to ask:
23 Jul 2015 13:23
A musically-minded reader gets in touch to alert TP to a new band doing the rounds.
Apparently, The Iain Duncan Smiths specialise in "classic Smiths songs rewritten from the perspective of good old IDS of the DWP".
Upon further investigation it transpires that the band, headed up by a certain Jonny Abrams, has indeed re-engineered numerous Morrissey classics.
Songs include 'This Balanced Plan', 'Big South Strikes Again', 'The Boy Paralysed on One Side' and 'How
23 Jul 2015 09:11
After Tony Blair's attack on Jeremy Corbyn dominated the headlines yesterday, two more senior figures from the New Labour days have weighed into the heated debate over the party’s future.
In a somewhat dramatic intervention, Peter Mandelson has suggested Labour's continued existence is now at stake. Mandy told The Times:
"Those of us who stayed and fought to save the Labour party in the 1980s will be experiencing a growing sense of déjà vu. The