Union chief chastised for ‘disrespectful’ Blair attack

Union chief chastised for ‘disrespectful’ Blair attack

31 Aug 2015 10:48

A union boss has come under fire for calling Tony Blair a “neo-liberal, multi-millionaire, war-mongerer” with nothing useful to say about the Labour leadership race.

The Unite union’s political director Jennie Formby tweeted the controversial comment after Blair’s latest intervention in the contest.

This morning, she was taken to task by Michael Dugher, chair of Andy Burnham's leadership bid. The Labour MP said Formby's posturing was "disrespectful" to the former prime minister.

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David Lammy invites Labour members to call him… at 4am

David Lammy invites Labour members to call him… at 4am

28 Aug 2015 14:13

Labour mayoral hopeful David Lammy has urged undecided party members to phone him up for a chat.

In a recent email to all comrades, Lammy urged them to "click the button below if you're undecided about who to vote for and I can give you a call to make my case for why I should Mayor".

His email was sent out this morning with the header: "Still undecided? Let’s talk…"

TP is sure that many

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Anti-Corbyn MPs will have to 'calm down', warns Diane Abbott

Anti-Corbyn MPs will have to 'calm down', warns Diane Abbott

28 Aug 2015 11:34

Diane Abbott has warned that MPs making "bluster and threats" will have to fall into line if Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader.

The Hackney North MP said that party members would "never forgive" any MPs seeking to undermine Corbyn should he win the Labour leadership contest.

Abbott is a key supporter of Corbyn's leadership bid, while also standing to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of London.

In an interview with Total Politics, she said that some

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Jon Craig: Who are Team Corbyn?

Jon Craig: Who are Team Corbyn?

28 Aug 2015 08:00

Sky News chief political correspondent Jon Craig looks at how Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign got off the ground, in his latest column for TP.

Craig also considers who will be in Corbyn’s top team if he becomes Labour leader as expected next month.

“Who will be in the inner circle in the Leader of the Opposition's suite of offices in Norman Shaw South if he wins on September 12? The answer, equally inevitably, is

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Cameron’s peerages for donors, advisers, lobbyists… and the MP who claimed expenses for his moat

Cameron’s peerages for donors, advisers, lobbyists… and the MP who claimed expenses for his moat

27 Aug 2015 15:56

David Cameron has unveiled 45 new peers, including former ministers, senior advisers and a top Tory donor.

Downing Street announced 26 names proposed by the prime minister, with 11 for the Liberal Democrats and eight for Labour.  The new arrivals will take the upper house to 826 members and will cost taxpayers “at least” £1.2m per year, according to the Electoral Reform Society.

The 26 new Conservative peers include ex-ministers William Hague, Andrew Lansley and

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Clegg puts pen to paper - but refuses to kiss and tell on Cameron

Clegg puts pen to paper - but refuses to kiss and tell on Cameron

27 Aug 2015 11:56

Nick Clegg is writing a book about his experience of the coalition government – but the former Lib Dem leader will not be dishing the dirt on his relations with David Cameron.

Clegg is said to be focused on producing a serious text which analyses the inner workings of the last government.

He will examine the successes and failures of the first full coalition in Britain since 1945, with a strong focus on "lessons learned", according

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Lobbyists get nervous as they prepare for life under Corbyn

Lobbyists get nervous as they prepare for life under Corbyn

27 Aug 2015 10:36

Public affairs industry bosses have spoken out about the difficulties the UK lobbying industry will face if Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership as expected.

A number of senior lobbyists have given candid assessments for a wide-ranging article first published on the Public Affairs News website.

Nick Laitner, managing director at MHP Communications, said:

“Looking at the public statements of Corbyn and his most ardent supporters, big business and commercial lobbyists are viewed as

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Charlotte Church goes green with Shell protest song

Charlotte Church goes green with Shell protest song

26 Aug 2015 17:04

Charlotte Church recently underlined her status as a leading anti-austerity campaigner by announcing that she would have no problem more tax for better public services.

Now she has demonstrated her Green credentials by protesting against Shell's efforts to drill in the Arctic.

The singer-turned-activist sang with a string quartet close to the oil company's London headquarters as part of a month-long protest by Greenpeace.

Church said her performance of rendition of Dinah Washington's This

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Andy Burnham vows to be 'like Brian Clough' as he fights Tories

Andy Burnham vows to be 'like Brian Clough' as he fights Tories

25 Aug 2015 09:52

Andy Burnham was on robust form at his London rally last night, telling the audience that he would “run the government ragged” and even emulate Brian Clough if he becomes Labour leader.

The shadow health secretary packed out the St Pancras Parish Church, with close to 1,000 people braving the drizzle to turn up for the high-energy event.

Opening proceedings was local MP Keir Starmer, seen by some as future Labourship material himself. Starmer said

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James Frayne: Tories could be on the brink of a revival in the North

James Frayne: Tories could be on the brink of a revival in the North

25 Aug 2015 09:00

The Conservatives’ drive to create a Northern Powerhouse has the potential to remake the electoral map, according to Policy Exchange director James Frayne.

In his latest column for TP, Frayne states:

“If the Tories can help inject momentum into parts of the country that have been struggling, there is every reason to suppose that local people will start to look at them in a new light at election time. Economic progress could mark the start

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Departed Lib Dem MPs set their sights on consultancy

Departed Lib Dem MPs set their sights on consultancy

24 Aug 2015 12:05

Where does a Liberal Democrat MP turn when their parliamentary career comes to a surprise halt? For many, it seems that the answer lies in the world of consultancy.

More than three months after the party lost 48 of its 56 seats in the general election, only a handful of former Lib Dem MPs have secured new roles.

They include former schools minister David Laws, now executive chairman of CentreForum, and former pensions minister Steve

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Steve Richards: Labour is killing itself with £3 leadership votes

Steve Richards: Labour is killing itself with £3 leadership votes

21 Aug 2015 10:11

Labour is staging a leadership contest with “rules that challenge the purpose of a party in modern politics”, writes Steve Richards.

The chief political columnist for The Independent has penned the first of a regular series of columns exclusively for Total Politics.

Focusing on Labour’s move to allow the public to take part in its leadership election for a £3 fee, he states:

“The decision was made almost casually. There was a great deal of

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Diane Abbott: 'It's only Westminster insiders who are surprised at Jeremy's support'

Diane Abbott: 'It's only Westminster insiders who are surprised at Jeremy's support'

One person was ahead of the curve in foreseeing the political earthquake of Corbynmania. Or so claims Diane Abbott, insisting that she “never doubted” the fellow left-winger would excel in the party’s leadership race.

The pair have known each other for decades, Abbott says, pride oozing from her every word as she references the success of her comrade’s campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence has also meant more air time for the Hackney North and

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