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  • Comment Featured Is this the new, outward-looking Corbyn? Why his conference speech was aimed at non-supporters

    Is this the new, outward-looking Corbyn? Why his conference speech was aimed at non-supporters

    Jeremy Corbyn is an exemplary and vastly underrated political communicator. And not just in a ‘doing things differently’, new politics kind of way, either. He is excellent in the more traditional, ‘machine politics’ sense of being a good communicator. He knows exactly who he wants to appeal to, what they want to hear and how to speak to them. He does not need focus groups, polling, or a carefully crafted speech to achieve it – it comes naturally to him. […]

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  • Featured News Labour MPs could use Heathrow as test case to set their own policy

    Labour MPs could use Heathrow as test case to set their own policy

    An upcoming vote on Heathrow airport expansion could work as test case for Labour MPs as they explore new ways of determining policy when there is a clash of opinions with the leadership. The Government is finally expected to come to a long-awaited decision on whether to expand Heathrow, Gatwick or another option in the coming weeks, and the subsequent vote is likely to be the first policy dispute between Jeremy Corbyn and his MPs since he was re-elected leader last […]

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  • News Will John McDonnell kneel before the Queen when he joins the Privy Council?

    Will John McDonnell kneel before the Queen when he joins the Privy Council?

    John McDonnell is set to join the Privy Council, triggering a media storm about whether the avowed republican will kneel before the Queen. There was a similar furore a year ago, when Jeremy Corbyn was preparing to swear in and take the Right Honourable title – with David Cameron using a speech to brand the Labour leader “Britain hating”. McDonnell’s team say the Shadow Chancellor will “adhere to any procedures asked of him” as part of the ceremony to join […]

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  • Comment Featured Steve Bullock: Labour rule changes will ensure we don’t let Tories off the hook for cuts to local public services

    Steve Bullock: Labour rule changes will ensure we don’t let Tories off the hook for cuts to local public services

    Lost in the fog of Labour conference speeches and debates was an important decision that is set to reshape Labour in local government. The reform package that our party agreed this week pave the way to bring in more women councillors and council leaders in to our town halls, support our new metro mayors as they bring real change to our major cities and puts us on a stronger political footing to take-on the Tories’ austerity agenda. Metro mayors will […]

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  • Featured News Blair nearly quit to seek presidency of European Commission, Campbell says

    Blair nearly quit to seek presidency of European Commission, Campbell says

    Tony Blair came to the brink of resigning as prime minister in the hope of being named president of the European Commission, it is revealed today. Blair, who was “ground down” by conflicts with Gordon Brown, had begun to sound out other European leaders for support, such as Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroder, the then president of France and Chancellor of Germany, according to Alastair Campbell. The possibility of leaving Downing Street, which is said to have taken place in […]

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