Ken Livingstone: John McDonnell will be next Labour leader if Corbyn is 'pushed under a bus'

Ken Livingstone: John McDonnell will be next Labour leader if Corbyn is 'pushed under a bus'

05 Feb 2016 15:50

Ken Livingstone has hazarded a guess at who will take over the Labour leadership should the current occupant fail to last the distance.

The former mayor of London speculated that if Jeremy Corbyn was “pushed under a bus being driven Boris Johnson”, then the party’s membership “would rally behind McDonnell”.

In further not-so-helpful comments to Russia Today, Livingstone insisted:

"I keep telling you, it will be John McDonnell if Jeremy was to have a stroke

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Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top

Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top

by David Singleton / 05 Feb 2016 11:30

Until recently, predicting which Conservative MPs were destined for the big time was relatively easy.

Ever since David Cameron became leader in 2005, the modernisers have looked best-placed to rise to the top of the Tory pile. In particular, things have looked up for the most talented members of the Osbornites, the group of pro-market Conservative MPs who share the chancellor’s broadly liberal and metropolitan instincts and have been happy to do his bidding, either

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Leave.EU chair lashes out at 'two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet'

Leave.EU chair lashes out at 'two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet'

05 Feb 2016 10:07

Who knew that Vote Leave chiefs Matthew Elliot and Dominic Cummings had been winding up many of their fellow Brexit campaigners?

Just about everyone in Westminster, it seems. But now we have the most official confirmation in the form of an open letter sent to Conservative MPs by Leave.EU co-chairman Arron Banks.

In his letter Banks describes Elliot and Cummings as “two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet”.

And that’s

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PM’s euro woes mount as EU chiefs and Tory activists protest… and culture secretary wants out

PM’s euro woes mount as EU chiefs and Tory activists protest… and culture secretary wants out

05 Feb 2016 08:33

David Cameron is clocking up the air miles again today as he tries to sell his EU ‘deal’ to sceptical EU leaders.

Polish PM Beata Szydlo has told The Times that the plan to restrict in-work benefits to EU migrants for four years “doesn’t make me happy”.  EU sources have also told the BBC that none of the other 27 leaders are happy with the reform proposals as they stand.

It’s not just his fellow

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Stuart Rose mocks rivals and predicts 'substantial' EU win for In as he addresses lobby lunch

Stuart Rose mocks rivals and predicts 'substantial' EU win for In as he addresses lobby lunch

04 Feb 2016 15:51

Britain Stronger in Europe chair Stuart Rose today predicted that the In campaign would win the referendum on the European Union by "substantial margin".

Addressing a press gallery lunch in the Palace of Westminster, Lord Rose also took the opportunity to mock some of his opponents - and the prime minister.

Lord Rose used a speech to lobby journalists to make a direct appeal to those who have previously wanted out, saying that he wanted

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Tories in hysterics as MP invites Liz Truss to sample his favourite sausage

Tories in hysterics as MP invites Liz Truss to sample his favourite sausage

04 Feb 2016 11:28

Liz Truss is passionate about British food. She made that much clear when she memorably declared it a "disgrace" that the UK imports so much of its cheese.

But as she answered questions in the Commons today, a couple of Tory MPs wanted to make sure that her commitment remained intact.

Richard Graham offered her a Gloucester Old Spot sausage at a local service station.

“Some of the greatest food on this earth comes from the

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Tony Blair’s masochism strategy to be revisited… by Andy Burnham and Keir Starmer

Tony Blair’s masochism strategy to be revisited… by Andy Burnham and Keir Starmer

04 Feb 2016 10:28

It was exactly 11 years ago this month that Tony Blair began to roll out his so-called masochism strategy.

Acting on the advice of Alastair Campbell, the then PM made a concerted effort to re-establish his credibility with alienated voters by touring the TV studios and subjecting himself to repeated tongue-lashings.

A nurse called Marion asked him: “Would you wipe someone's backside for £5 an hour?”

Neil from West Sussex asked: “How do you sleep

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David Cameron's EU gear change sets him far apart from his Tory predecessors

David Cameron's EU gear change sets him far apart from his Tory predecessors

by Steve Richards / 03 Feb 2016 23:00

From leading a coalition to risking the future of the UK, David Cameron has been at the centre of many high voltage historic situations without being especially interesting as a political figure. Now towards the end of his political career Cameron becomes very interesting and in a way he could never have anticipated or planned.

Over recent days there has been a single striking development in the feverish focus on the forthcoming referendum on the

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Never say never: Chuka Umunna leaves door open to future Labour leadership bid

Never say never: Chuka Umunna leaves door open to future Labour leadership bid

03 Feb 2016 16:54

Ask Conservative MPs who they most fear as Labour leader and two names tend to come up most frequently.

Dan Jarvis is often cited by Tories as the replacement for Jeremy Corbyn who would give them the roughest ride.

Chuka Umnna is less feared than he was before his Labour leadership wobble, but is still seen by many Tories as a force to be reckoned with. Not least after his recent select committee savaging

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Esther McVey lines up university gigs at Hull and Liverpool

Esther McVey lines up university gigs at Hull and Liverpool

03 Feb 2016 14:21

Politics students beware! Esther McVey could be coming soon to a lecture hall near you. If you are studying at the University of Liverpool or the University of Hull, that is.

Since losing her seat by just 417 votes in the general election, the former work and pensions minister has clearly not been short of job offers.

TP reported last year that McVey was entering the world of lobbying with an advisory job at

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Newspapers line up to savage PM’s EU deal… but at least Theresa May is for turning

Newspapers line up to savage PM’s EU deal… but at least Theresa May is for turning

03 Feb 2016 08:50

David Cameron has been struggling to get Theresa May onside for his European battle over recent months.

The home secretary has even been touted as a potential leader of the Out campaign, after her special adviser Stephen Parkinson joined Vote Leave at the end of last year. May herself declined to rule out leading the Brexit drive when asked about it by Andrew Marr.

But that all appeared to be changing last night as

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Jeremy Corbyn goes on the attack as David Cameron chooses Chippenham over the Commons

Jeremy Corbyn goes on the attack as David Cameron chooses Chippenham over the Commons

02 Feb 2016 14:03

Labour's leader has accused David Cameron of a "lack of respect for the democratic process" after the Prime Minister failed to show up in Parliament to answer questions about this morning’s draft European Union deal.

Jeremy Corbyn was granted an Urgent Question in the Commons shortly after after the draft deal was announced by European Council president Donald Tusk.

However Cameron did not attend the session, having instead scheduled a speech on the subject in

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