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John McDonnell set for UK-wide economics tour… but what place for Corbynomics guru?

John McDonnell set for UK-wide economics tour… but what place for Corbynomics guru?

18 Jan 2016 12:59

The shadow chancellor is to host free seminars across the UK in a bid to move away from “Westminster-dominated views” about economic policy, Labour has announced.

John McDonnell’s UK-wide economics tour will allow members of the public to discuss economic policy with the shadow chancellor and selected economists.

The tour with "some of the brightest minds in economics"  was announced this morning and tickets are selling like hot cakes, according to sources close to the

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Cameron has donned kid gloves for his fight with Tory eurosceptics

Cameron has donned kid gloves for his fight with Tory eurosceptics

by George Pascoe-Watson / 18 Jan 2016 09:22

Students of history will remember that it was King Pyrrhus of Epirus whose army was devastated as it defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum during the Pyrrhic War.

David Cameron and the older figures in his Cabinet are acutely conscious of this lesson from the Ancients. And it’s guiding the way the Premier deals with the sensitivities of the forthcoming EU referendum.

It would be easy for the PM to emerge victorious in his

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David Cameron in hunt for deputy spin chief who will 'enjoy' clashing with lobby hacks

David Cameron in hunt for deputy spin chief who will 'enjoy' clashing with lobby hacks

15 Jan 2016 16:00

David Cameron is on the hunt for a top media adviser to help run the Number 10 press office and to deputise for his official spokesperson Helen Bower.

A job advert has gone out flagging up the "incredible opportunity" that has opened up in the No 10 press office.

The successful applicant will be a "very experienced and confident press operator who enjoys working with senior ministers, political advisers, officials and journalists".

Not only

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Book review: My Histories

Book review: My Histories

by Lord Kinnock / 15 Jan 2016 12:38

My Histories is Ken Morgan’s candid, reflective, memory-jogging, argument-stimulating, funny, spite and self-justification free account of his 81 years, 60 of them filled with relentless teaching and writing.

With over 30 published books, countless learned papers, articles and reviews, and huge commitments to lectures and seminars, he is an academic Stakhanovite, with a touch of Maghdi Yacoub’s gift for incision and a bit of provocative Socrates thrown in – except that he imparts knowledge with answers

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Sacked minister compares Blairites to Mo Farah in warning to Jeremy Corbyn

Sacked minister compares Blairites to Mo Farah in warning to Jeremy Corbyn

15 Jan 2016 09:42

Sacked shadow minister Pat McFadden has warned that Labour will become "uncompetitive" unless attacks on party moderates by left-wing allies of Jeremy Corbyn are stopped.

Getting into his stride in an interview with our sister title The House magazine, the senior MP argued that applying labels such as ‘Red Tories’ were stifling healthy debate within the party and “like sending Mo Farah onto the track with a 40lb weight on his back”.

Shadow chancellor

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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in Republican debate bust-up… as Trump campaign gets even stranger

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in Republican debate bust-up… as Trump campaign gets even stranger

15 Jan 2016 09:00

The 432nd (or thereabouts) Republican debate took place overnight, and the highlight seems to have been a spat between Donald Trump and his closest rival Ted Cruz over the latter’s birthplace.

You might have thought that Trump would be reluctant to pick fights on such matters, given his failed attempt to suggest Barack Obama isn’t American, but these are strange times.

On this occasion, the coiffured billionaire chose to attack his rival for having been

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Comedy offer: half price off Lembit and other jokers

Comedy offer: half price off Lembit and other jokers

by David Singleton / 14 Jan 2016 17:00

Following his inauguration last year, American comedian Erich McElroy’s ‘Imperfect Guide to the US Presidential Debates’ has announced new dates and a new venue for 2016 – and an exclusive discount offer for TP readers.

The show, which we reviewed last year, is moving to the cabaret theatre in The Hippodrome on Leicester Square.

On 17 January, it features former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik in possibly his last public appearance before he has

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Plan to make some Labour party members pay £1,000

Plan to make some Labour party members pay £1,000

14 Jan 2016 15:05

Rich Labour members should pay "wealth tax" of £1,000 a year to help the party cope with looming financial woes, an outspoken backbencher has declared.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann argued the levy should fall on "middle class" party members who live in homes worth upwards of £1m.

Whoever could he have in mind?

Mann’s idea appears to be squarely aimed at middle-class Labour supporters residing in London. Who may well be Corbynites.

Indeed, it comes

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Chris Grayling dubbed ‘leader of the Out campaign’

Chris Grayling dubbed ‘leader of the Out campaign’

14 Jan 2016 11:26

Commons leader Chris Grayling was today dubbed ‘leader of the Out campaign’, as Labour sought to mock the cabinet minster’s push for Britain to leave the European Union.

Grayling used an article in the Daily Telegraph to signal that he will join the campaign to leave the EU – making him the first member of the cabinet to publicly do so.

Grayling is said to be keen to position himself as a leading opponent

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As Boris keeps his distance, the Tory right are lacking a leadership candidate

As Boris keeps his distance, the Tory right are lacking a leadership candidate

by Dan Hodges / 13 Jan 2016 15:51

"The trouble is, I’m not an outer". These words may not have quite have the import of John F K’s “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” or Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”. But when the history of British politics in the 21st century comes to be written, that statement may feature prominently.

According to today’s Daily Express, it was made by Boris Johnson in a meeting with Eurosceptic Tory MPs just before Christmas.

"In what

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As London mayoral scrap gets personal, is Sadiq Khan playing the class card?

As London mayoral scrap gets personal, is Sadiq Khan playing the class card?

13 Jan 2016 14:23

Sadiq Khan has accused Zac Goldsmith of being a “serial underachiever” in a provocative new advert that takes the form of a mock CV.

In what will look to many like a not-so-coded reference to the Tory mayoral candidate’s privileged background, the new ad highlights the fact that Goldsmith's only job before entering politics was editing the Ecologist, a magazine owned by his late uncle Edward Goldsmith. It suggests that he got the job “through

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Leaders clash over housing at PMQs… and Labour MP says Cameron is ‘sh***ing over the working class’

Leaders clash over housing at PMQs… and Labour MP says Cameron is ‘sh***ing over the working class’

13 Jan 2016 13:16

David Cameron accused Jeremy Corbyn of being a “small c conservative” at Prime Minister’s Questions today, after the Labour leader looked to savage the government’s housing policy.

The prime minister defended his plans to demolish “sink estates” but could not guarantee that all tenants would get new houses in their area.

Corbyn also questioned Cameron on whether families earning the “so-called National Living Wage" would be able to afford one of his starter homes, following

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