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Dan Hodges: What happens if Corbyn wins?

Dan Hodges: What happens if Corbyn wins?

31 Jul 2015 17:01

If the Jeremy Corbyn bandwagon rolls on to 12 September and the left wing MP is elected Labour leader, what does the party do next?

This is the question that Dan Hodges attempts to answer in his latest column for TP.

Hodges writes that:

“The modernising and pragmatic elements within Labour’s ranks will have no option but to fight, or watch their party die.

“The issue is how

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Blur's Dave Rowntree backs Liz Kendall as Alex James huffs over Chipping Norton pic

Blur's Dave Rowntree backs Liz Kendall as Alex James huffs over Chipping Norton pic

31 Jul 2015 12:14

They may have their musical differences, but Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has endorsed Public Enemy fan Liz Kendall for Labour leader.

Rowntree spoke out as Jeremy Corbyn continues to hoover up trade union endorsements, while Andy Burnham now has his own celebrity supporter in the form of comedian David Walliams.

In recent days, Kendall has seen her odds lengthen to 33/1 as she becomes something of a rank outsider. She was also the only leadership

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Liz Kendall strikes back over Blairite 'virus' comments but union chief stands firm

Liz Kendall strikes back over Blairite 'virus' comments but union chief stands firm

31 Jul 2015 11:19

Liz Kendall has criticised a union for describing Blairites as a “virus” within the Labour party. 

When endorsing Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid yesterday, the CWU described the left-winger as the “antidote” to policies supported by the likes of Lord Mandelson.

Kendall, who is seen as the most Blairite of the leadership contenders, was asked by soon-to-be BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg whether the comments from CWU’s deputy general secretary Dave Ward were offensive.

The Leicester

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Unions line up to back Corbyn as Blairites branded a ‘virus’

Unions line up to back Corbyn as Blairites branded a ‘virus’

30 Jul 2015 15:11

Three trade unions, including one previously run by Labour heavyweight Alan Johnson, have now endorsed Jeremy Corbyn as their preferred Labour leadership candidate.

After Unison’s announcement on Wednesday, the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) and the Communications Workers' Union (CWU) have followed suit.

The TSSA today announced it was backing Corbyn for leader and Angela Eagle for deputy leader. Its leader Manuel Cortes said:

“People are fed of machine politicians who never give an answer.

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Cameron criticised over migrant 'swarm' language... 15 years after Hague controversy

Cameron criticised over migrant 'swarm' language... 15 years after Hague controversy

30 Jul 2015 11:15

David Cameron has come under-fire for his description of migrants - years after William Hague was embroiled in the same controversy during his time as Tory leader.

As thousands of migrants risk their lives to reach the UK from Calais each week, the prime minister spoke this morning of a "swarm" of people trying to get through the Channel Tunnel:

“This is very testing...You have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking

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Clegg opts for quiet life as Farron unveils team (and snubs colleague)

Clegg opts for quiet life as Farron unveils team (and snubs colleague)

29 Jul 2015 12:24

Tim Farron has named his shadow cabinet team but is no job for Nick Clegg.

According to the Lib Dems, Clegg had wanted a quieter role on the back benches.

The news is a blow to Farron who could have put the ex-leader in charge of foreign affairs and the all-important EU referendum. In the event, that post goes to the rather lesser-known Tom Brake.

A Lib Dem spokesman said:

"Nick Clegg was offered a

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Donald Trump's top aide does a Malcolm Tucker

Donald Trump's top aide does a Malcolm Tucker

29 Jul 2015 10:01

Ever since Alastair Campbell and Damian McBride left Westminster, British politics has been sadly lacking a good old notorious sweary spin doctor. 

David Cameron’s first communications chief had initially looked well-suited to the role as a former News of the World editor. Yet Andy Coulson was brought down by the phone hacking scandal before he had a chance to fully demonstrate his ball-breaking credentials to the world.

His replacement Craig Oliver made promising noises soon

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Jeremy Corbyn reluctant to embrace 'sexy old sea dog' status

Jeremy Corbyn reluctant to embrace 'sexy old sea dog' status

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.

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Mary Beard backs the beard as Diane Abbott cries foul over 'anti-Corbyn' Guardian coverage

Mary Beard backs the beard as Diane Abbott cries foul over 'anti-Corbyn' Guardian coverage

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"

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Cameron's ex-aide calls for govt departments to be merged

Cameron's ex-aide calls for govt departments to be merged

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:

"There first

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