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Labour Party

Corbyn’s Copeland Catastrophe?

March 1, 2017

There is no doubt that Labour’s performance in the Copeland by-election last week was historically bad: a government last won a by-election seat off an opposition in 1982. But Jeremy Corbyn’s most die-hard supporters have tried to explain this poor result away. Do their arguments hold any weight? You have read the headlines: this is […]

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Jeremy Corbyn and the Cult of Personality

July 25, 2016

Battle is joined. After Angela Eagle had the balls to step up and challenge Corbyn for the Labour leadership and then nobly stood aside for Owen Smith so there was a unity challenger, we now have maybe the last chance to save the Labour Party as a coherent political force. Something that after Brexit and […]

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Labour’s Catch 22

July 10, 2016

Given that there is now going to be a leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, as he refuses to stand down despite losing the confidence of the Parliamentary Labour Party, the position seems to be: (i) Labour’s NEC implementing the Rules keep Jeremy Corbyn off the ballot (as he will not be able to get the […]

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By-Election Special: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

May 2, 2016

Along with the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish, London and local elections being held on Thursday, there are two Parliamentary by-elections. Both should be safe Labour seats. In this post, we take a look at the first of these to be called: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. This constituency was created for the 2010 general election, based […]

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By-election special: Oldham West and Royton

November 29, 2015

Thursday sees the first Parliamentary by-election of this Parliament and with it the first true electoral test of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. With some electoral symmetry, Oldham was the scene of the first by-election of the previous Parliament, which saw Labour hold on to Oldham East and Saddleworth. Below is the May General Election result for […]

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Corbyn: Hero or Disaster?

August 12, 2015

It’s fair to say that the Labour leadership contest has caused some sharp differences of opinion among the All That’s Left team. We thought about each of us writing a separate piece for the blog but instead we’ve decided to go for full disclosure, Hilary Clinton style, with publication of our recent private email exchanges […]

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Week 30: Prat – The Parliamentary Labour Party

July 31, 2015

The very belated Prat Award for Last Week goes to the Parliamentary Labour Party My my it has been a busy time – hence the lateness of this post, but better late than never… Oh dear. George Osborne sets a trap with the reduction in the benefits cap and sadly but predictably the Labour Party […]

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Why Jeremy Corbyn Must Win The Labour Leadership Contest

July 22, 2015

The Labour Party is in an absolute mess. This once proud political organisation currently faces a greater existential crisis than either the Lib Dems or UKIP. It is disheartening for loyal Labour supporters and for any left-leaning voter in the UK. The country urgently needs an opposition with real clout and heft. As the Tories […]

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What the Next Labour Leader Should Say…

May 18, 2015

As Labour faces an existential crisis after a disastrous general election, we now have four months of hand wringing as Labour make the important decision of choosing their next Leader and Deputy Leader. This new appointment is possibly the most important decision of the history of the Labour Party. At present, Labour are in tatters. […]

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Should Labour Go Short or Long?

May 11, 2015

Following the shortest resignation in history, Nigel Farage is back as the leader of UKIP this afternoon.   The Lib Dems (or what is left of them) have announced that they will resolve their two bald men fighting over a comb leadership contest by the middle of July.  But what of the official opposition.  What of […]

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The Labour Party Need 2020 Vision

May 11, 2015

The Labour Party is dead. Long live the Labour Party. As Labour faces an existential crisis after a shattering election defeat, a period of navel gazing and endless discussions about whether they are more electable as a left-wing or centre ground party has begun. Welcome to the battle for the soul of the Labour Party. […]

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How I Will Be Voting In Hackney South and Shoreditch

May 6, 2015

There isn’t much doubt as to the outcome in my constituency.   Labour’s Meg Hillier will win comfortably.  In 2010 she was some 33% ahead of her nearest rival, the Lib Dem candidate.  Given the polls indicate that there has been a decent swing to Labour in London, her result tomorrow may be even more impressive. […]

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There Will Be No Prime Minister Ed Miliband

May 4, 2015

Much of the discourse about Thursday’s election has concentrated on pathways to 323 seats for either a Tory-led or Labour-led block.   This is the number of votes required to be guaranteed to survive a confidence vote in the House of Commons on the assumption that Sinn Fein retain their current 5 seats and do not […]

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The Slow Death of the Labour Party

April 15, 2015

What a disappointment. As pointed out by George East, the Labour Party manifesto saw Labour jump through the trap door and lock themselves into the deficit/austerity trap set by the Tories. For all Ed Miliband’s courageous behaviour in standing up to corporate tax evaders, Murdoch and negative media campaigning, it all represents small beer compared […]

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Week 15: Hero – Ed Miliband

April 12, 2015

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to Ed Miliband for taking the fight to the Tories and winning (the week at least) Many of us, including me, had assumed that Labour’s last vestiges of hope of removing this hideous government had disappeared. With the chances of a majority long gone as a result […]

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Labour Pledges To Love Its Mum and Not To Kick Its Dog

March 15, 2015

With the polls still neck and neck and only 7 and a bit weeks to go to polling day, it is likely to require something bold – a policy or programme to capture the public imagination and to inspire voters.   Sadly there is no sign of this at all.   Both main parties appear to have […]

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General Election preview: Cardiff North

March 4, 2015

As a belated nod to St David’s Day, we turn to Wales for our latest post in the series looking at constituencies that could change hands in this year’s general election When the Conservatives won Cardiff North from Labour in the last general election, it came as no surprise to most observers. Indeed, the only […]

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Why are political parties so useless at marketing?

February 11, 2015

Labour have unveiled their latest attempt to woo female voters – A pink bus on a “kitchen table” tour. Seriously. They did this. Good intentions destroyed by patronising stupidity. Labour appear to have opened a 1950′s Mad Men manual on how to get ahead in advertising and sell stuff to women by using outdated gender […]

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General Election preview: Hampstead and Kilburn

February 4, 2015

For the third in our series focusing on constituencies to watch in the General Election, we turn to north London’s Hampstead and Kilburn In 2010’s general election, Hampstead and Kilburn was the closest result in Great Britain (although only the second closest in the United Kingdom).  Labour’s Glenda Jackson held on to the seat by […]

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The ideological decline of the Labour Party

January 22, 2015

“Comrades, this week in which our Conference meets is the 333rd week of Mrs Thatcher’s government. In this average week in Tory Britain 6,000 people will lose their jobs, 225 businesses will go bankrupt, £400 million will be spent on paying the bills of unemployment, 6,000 more people will be driven by poverty into supplementary […]

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General Election preview: Lincoln

January 19, 2015

For the second in our series on seats to watch in this year’s general election, we turn to Britain’s oldest constituency: Lincoln. Today, Iain Dale shared his predictions for the General Election in The Independent. Some of the individual outcomes may not pan out, but the overall numbers seem about right to me. In his […]

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General Election preview: Gordon

December 24, 2014

With the General Election only four and a half months away, we are starting a series on constituency contests to watch. But first, as it is Christmas, a story… WEE ECK The King Beyond The Wall had lost. He had thrown all he had into the epic battle, and he had taken his troops far […]

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Farewell To The People’s Gordon

December 2, 2014

So Gordon Brown in standing down as an MP.  It is a bit of a cliché to refer to him (like Richard Nixon) as a Shakespearean figure, but I guess like most clichés the reason it is a such a cliché is that there is a real truth in it.   That political brilliance and dominance […]

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Three Reasons Why The Labour Plotters Against Ed Miliband Are Going Nowhere

November 6, 2014

The BBC has reported today that a number of (unnamed) Labour backbenchers have told the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party that Ed Miliband should go. The only thing surprising about this is that it has taken so long to happen. Ever since September’s disastrous leader’s speech, Miliband and Labour have pretty much been in […]

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Week 39: Prat – Ed Miliband

September 28, 2014

This week’s Prat of the Week Award for an impressive second week in a row goes to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband I was in the pub on Wednesday night, the day after Ed Miliband’s comically useless leader’s speech to the Labour conference. The friend I was with – leftish in outlook but […]

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London’s New Political Landscape

July 9, 2014

Last Thursday’s council by-election in Tower Hamlets’ Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward brought to an end this year’s local elections in London (both this election and the previous week’s in Barnet’s Colindale ward were held back from the main 22 May elections due to the death of a candidate). The London Local Elections Unlike much […]

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Local Election Briefing – Harrow

May 20, 2014

For another of our looks at the forthcoming local elections, we turn to the north London borough of Harrow. At the last general election, the Labour Party in London had some consolation as Brown’s government lost: it more than doubled the London boroughs where it had a majority of the councillors from eight to seventeen […]

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John Smith and The Death of Social Democracy

May 13, 2014

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of John Smith, the last Labour leader to be unequivocally committed to a society based on social democratic principles rather that those of marketisation and neo-liberalism. Like the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v Gore in 2000, it is one of those great contingent moments of […]

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By-Election Result: Wythenshawe and Sale East

February 16, 2014

Thursday’s by-election result in Wythenshawe and Sale East was, as we predicted, a comfortable victory for the Labour Party. You can find our by-election profile here. Labour’s share of the vote increased by 11 percent from the general election, to over 55%. UKIP took second place, impressively climbing from 3.4% in 2010 to 18% on […]

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By-Election Special – Wythenshawe and Sale East

February 5, 2014

When Paul Goggins went out running a few days after Christmas, he set in train the events leading to next week’s by-election. On that fateful run on 30 December, he collapsed and was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery. Nine days later, he died of a brain haemorrhage at Salford Hospital. Labour has been particularly […]

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