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13 Oct 2015 15:56
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are now discovering "titanic demands of leadership", says Steve Richards in his latest column for TP.
Richards, chief political commentator on The Independent, examines the shadow chancellor’s u-turn over Osborne’s fiscal charter and last night’s explosive meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. He writes:
“What does the latest chaotic twist tell us about the Labour leadership, the mood of Labour MPs and the relationship between the two?
"Most obviously Jeremy
13 Oct 2015 11:33
Culture, media and sport select committee chairman Jesse Norman has told TP that he does sometimes “sit in the bath” and speculate about being leader of his party.
As George Osborne and Boris Johnson lead the race to succeed David Cameron, Norman is settling into his new post as chair of the committee.
In an interview with TP, he says he is keen to shake up committee hearings by holding them at venues around the
13 Oct 2015 08:45
The Labour leadership has been accused by its own MPs of shambolic politics after a major u-turn by the shadow chancellor.
John McDonnell announced last night that he was abandoning his support for George Osborne’s fiscal charter, which would commit the party to substantial cuts and further taxes. The move comes less than three weeks McDonnell said Labour would back the charter to prove “we are not deficit deniers”.
Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie told
12 Oct 2015 14:56
Helen Goodman last night experienced a backlash over a misjudged tweet about Jeremy Hunt’s wife.
The Labour MP asked why had the health secretary’s wife had come to England “if China is so great”.
Her odd intervention came after around a year she last got in trouble on Twitter, for a message criticising female Tory "puppets". More recently, Goodman controversially claimed that Yvette Cooper was best equipped to be the next Labour leader due to her being
12 Oct 2015 13:03
The campaign for Britain to remain in Europe has been launched at an east London hipster hang-out with TV presenter June Sarpong, a slick video and an audacious claim that each family would be £3,000 worse off outside of the EU.
But there were unanswered questions at today’s launch of ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’. Namely: why did they change the script at the last minute?
Journalists had been briefed last night to expect numerous attacks
12 Oct 2015 08:26
The ‘Remain’ campaign for the European Union referendum launches formally in London today with a new leader - and a bid to claim the macho mantle.
The first clue is in the name: Former Marks & Spencer boss Stuart Rose will be leading the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ group.
The second clue comes with opponents branded as quitters - in other words those who want to walk away from the fight for Britain’s rights in
10 Oct 2015 08:29
Margaret Thatcher's famous ‘The lady is not for turning’ speech is revisited by speechwriter Simon Lancaster in a new column for TP.
Lancaster, who has written speeches for many top politicians and CEOs, examines how the 1980 Tory conference address has influenced subsequent political speeches. He writes:
"Regardless of your political persuasion, you can’t help but admire it as a piece of political persuasion. It was probably the most important British political speech of the last
09 Oct 2015 11:49
From choosing an MP who does not "bully their staff", to building a network beyond the Westminster village, former parliamentary researcher Robert Dale has lifted the lid on how to survive working in an MP's office.
Writing for TP, Dale - who worked for former Labour MP Andy Sawford - also reveals how one colleague was unceremoniously sacked by post-it note.
Dale writes of MPs:
"Some bully their staff, others make them perform menial jobs such
09 Oct 2015 09:33
David Cameron will “continue to rule the news studio" unless a broadcast journalist assumes the Paxman mantle and is prepared to “take him on”, says former GMTV producer Geoff Beattie.
Writing for TP, the journalist-turned-PR man outlines how Cameron manages to navigate broadcast interviews with relative ease. And he warns unless the “new breed” of anchors are willing to press the PM he will remain unscathed from these key exchanges.
"The Prime Minister
09 Oct 2015 08:42
The prime minister’s personal EU charm offensive continues on Friday night as he welcomes Angela Merkel to Chequers. But will the PM get the extra help he might need to win over the British public?
Cameron – who turns 49 today - is expected to seek Merkel's support for changes to the payment of in-work benefits to immigrants. Meanwhile, the German Chancellor is expected to ask the PM to clarify exactly what he wants from