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Labour MPs and lobbyists out in force at FT summer party

Labour MPs and lobbyists out in force at FT summer party

24 Jun 2015 10:59

As the Labour party seeks to move on from Ed Miliband, its leading lights have been keen to distance themselves from the former leader’s so-called anti-business stance.

So it is only fitting that many of them enjoyed hanging out with lobbyists and FTSE 100 bosses at the FT’s summer party last night.

The bash at the Mondrian London hotel attracted the likes of Andy Burnham, Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt, Emma Reynolds and Chris Bryant. And

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Andy Burnham branded Labour's 'best hope of taking on the Tories' after poll boost

Andy Burnham branded Labour's 'best hope of taking on the Tories' after poll boost

24 Jun 2015 07:30

Supporters of Andy Burnham for next Labour leader have leapt on a new poll showing he is the contender most likely to win the next general election.

The OBR survey of 2,000 people for The Independent asked people which of the four Labour candidates would most enhance the party’s prospects at the 2020 election.

Burnham was cited by 36 per cent of people, prompting his campaign chair Michael Dugher to email Labour members just

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Sol Campbell fails to impress in LBC interview

Sol Campbell fails to impress in LBC interview

23 Jun 2015 16:15

Sol Campbell was interviewed on LBC today as he continues his Tory mayoral push. But did the former footballer score a few own goals?

Sol began with some choice words about the part of east London where he grew up.

"I’m from Plaistow, Stratford. Yeah Stratford’s amazing but you go further down the road to Plaistow, East Ham, and it’s a nightmare."

He suggested that politics was not quite the same as football and admitted

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Zac Goldsmith gets green light for mayoral bid after spending £50,000 balloting constituents

Zac Goldsmith gets green light for mayoral bid after spending £50,000 balloting constituents

23 Jun 2015 13:43

It’s the news that Labour didn’t want to hear, but was never really in doubt. 

Zac Goldsmith has officially joined the race to be mayor of London after a ballot of his constituents.

The Tory MP and son of the late billionaire financier James Goldsmith is estimated to have spent at least £50,000 asking the 77,071 residents in his Richmond Park constituency:

“Do you give consent to Zac Goldsmith to stand for election to be

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Labour MP lends support as The Big Beagle goes on tour

Labour MP lends support as The Big Beagle goes on tour

23 Jun 2015 12:18

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Labour MP Karl Turner MP has shown his support for a new political and fundraising mission… led by a giant beagle.

The ten foot beagle is embarking on a nationwide tour to raise funds for leading medical research charity Cancer Research Wales. 

Alex Irving from the Big Dog Tour explains:

"In a world where commerce and wealth are given priority over innovation and public health, the organisers hope The Big Dog Tour will

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Michael Gove gets stuck into new justice job... and finally listens to Lord Leveson

Michael Gove gets stuck into new justice job... and finally listens to Lord Leveson

23 Jun 2015 08:47

When Michael Gove took over at the Ministry of Justice after the election it was seen as his opportunity to introduce to the legal system some of the reforming zeal clearly demonstrated at the Department for Education.

Gove has his first major speech today at the Legatum Institute. And it seems has lost none of his impatience for change.

Just as he couched his education reforms in arguments of ensuring access to top schooling for

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Has David Cameron been stealing ideas from Ed Miliband?

Has David Cameron been stealing ideas from Ed Miliband?

22 Jun 2015 14:15

David Cameron is to crack down on tax credits for the working poor as he pushes ahead with Tory plans to wipe £12bn from the welfare budget.

In a speech today, the PM promised an end to end the practice of taxing low earners then handing them money back in benefits.

Instead of benefits, there should be well-paid jobs, he asserted.

"There is what I would call a merry-go-round. People working on the minimum wage

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Top SNP aides jump ship as lobbying firms look to boost links

Top SNP aides jump ship as lobbying firms look to boost links

22 Jun 2015 12:12

Senior SNP staffers are quitting the party to become political advisers, as lobbying and PR agencies get to grips with the new-look House of Commons

SNP Westminster Group chief of staff Luke Skipper was recently snapped up by the Scottish public affairs team at PR and lobbying giant Weber Shandwick.

It has now emerged that the SNP’s strategic communications director Kevin Pringle is also on the move.  

Pringle, a former special adviser to Alex

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BBC hacks unamused as David Cameron ‘jokes’ about closing down BBC

BBC hacks unamused as David Cameron ‘jokes’ about closing down BBC

22 Jun 2015 08:28

BBC political editor Nick Robinson reports that David Cameron issued a veiled threat to the BBC while on the general election campaign trial.

A passage in Robinson’s new book details an incident on the Tory battle bus. The BBC man says he learned from several sources on the bus that the PM had called a BBC story “rubbish”, before adding the punchline:

“I’m going to close them down after the election!”

In the passage, not

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Sam Cam's top aide Isabel Spearman to set up own PR firm

Sam Cam's top aide Isabel Spearman to set up own PR firm

21 Jun 2015 12:08

Following the news that David Cameron’s spokesman is heading off to the world of PR, it emerges that his wife’s top aide is making a similar journey.

But while the PM’s political spokesman Alan Sendorek prepares to take a communications job at QPR, Samantha Cameron’s chief adviser is striking out alone.

Isabel Spearman is a former PR executive to handbag designer Anya Hindmarch who has worked for Sam Cam's mother, Lady Astor.

She is

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Theatre review: 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

Theatre review: 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

20 Jun 2015 10:34

“I feel like I’ve just been bashed over the head for an hour,” was the off-the-cuff verdict of one of the many high-profile guests leaving the Playhouse Theatre this week.

The opening night for this play’s new run in West End attracted politicians (Ed Miliband, Mary Creagh), comedians (Frank Skinner, Johnny Vegas) and a healthy smattering of BBC presenters.

The buzz after the show suggested that all were suitably impressed with what they had seen.

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Liz 'country first' Kendall grassed me up to party, says ex-Labour aide

Liz 'country first' Kendall grassed me up to party, says ex-Labour aide

19 Jun 2015 17:58

Liz Kendall annoyed Andy Burnham’s campaign team this week with her “country comes first” swipe during the Newsnight leadership hustings.

At the end of a discussion about whether the Labour party should be able to boot out an unpopular leader, Burnham said yes because the “party comes first”. Kendall then picked him up. A source on Burnham’s campaign told the Coffee House blog:

“Andy clearly meant ‘party before individuals and candidates.’ Liz tried to

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