Scottish Labour has today announced the appointment of a new General Secretary – Ian Price. Currently Head of Public Affairs and Marketing at RSPB Scotland, Price replaces Colin Smyth, who stepped down last year. He has previously worked for the Labour party as an organiser in the North East of Scotland and has been a member for more than 20 years.
David Cameron cannot claim to be in the centre ground of British politics after today’s speech – and his attacks on Jeremy Corbyn show he is “rattled” by the election of the new Labour leader. That is the message from the Labour Party today. While Cameron hoped that his speech to Tory conference would be seen as a claim to the political centre – with focus on poverty, social mobility and housing – Shadow minister Jon Ashworth has hit back, […]Read more →
The recent report from Jon Cruddas confirmed that Labour lost the election because it appeared too anti-austerity, too anti-aspiration and too far in favour of wealth redistribution. The selection of Jeremy Corbyn therefore came as a shock to so many of the political elite, particularly those connected to Tony Blair’s three consecutive election victories. But with conference season drawing to a close, and Corbyn’s shadow cabinet settling into their new roles, for Labour’s modernisers the time begins for self-reflection and […]Read more →
David Cameron’s speech finishes up the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester – so what did we learn this week? 1. The leadership contest is well underway The jostling to replace David Cameron has begun in earnest, with George Osborne, Theresa May and Boris Johnson retaining their places as the frontrunners. Osborne is laying down his marker as a safe pair of hands – only an economic crisis over the coming years is likely to take that away from him. May was […]Read more →
Labour’s Shadow Housing minister John Healey has this morning hit out at the Tories’ record on housing and home ownership, as David Cameron prepares to make the topic the centrepiece of his Tory conference speech today. Cameron will pledge to build 200,000 ‘starter homes’ over the course of this parliament, encouraging people into home ownership rather than renting. However, Cameron’s definition of ‘starter homes’ was criticised by housing charity Shelter in August, when they published research showing that an income […]Read more →
Theresa May yesterday took to the podium at Tory party conference and channelled her inner Enoch Powell. In a bid to prove her leadership credentials she made a virulently anti-immigration speech, but it was riddled with inaccuracies. She somewhat confusingly tore apart her own record on immigration as Home Secretary and warned that “mass migration” makes social cohesion impossible. The subtext of this: if you’ve got problems, blame migrants. Here’s why she is so sorely wrong. 1. Migrants aren’t responsible […]Read more →