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  • Comment Europe Featured Local Government Corbynomics resonates with Essex man – but it needs a convincing salesman

    Corbynomics resonates with Essex man – but it needs a convincing salesman

    The many ways of Essex It’s simplistic to say the Tories scored a victory by winning back some of the UKIP vote this year. Not in Essex where the disenchantment with Labour among its traditional supporters began between 2001 and 2005 in Blair’s second term. It’s really a story of Labour’s gradual failure over 15 years. On the upside, it seems to have passed the worst point seen in 2009. However, there is no sign of an imminent return to […]

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  • Featured News Labour trails Tories in campaign cash race

    Labour trails Tories in campaign cash race

    The electoral fundraising challenge facing Labour was underlined today by the publication of new figures showing the Tories brought in four times as much cash in donations in a single week in May. Theresa May’s party raised £1.64m between May 10 and 16, the Electoral Commission said. Labour received donations of just over £380,000 as the main political parties registered nearly £2.5m in support cumulatively. The totals – produced as the second of six weekly updates – highlight the Tories’ success […]

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  • Comment Featured The Jungle has been demolished but refugees still need our support – why I am returning to Calais this weekend

    The Jungle has been demolished but refugees still need our support – why I am returning to Calais this weekend

      Senior ministers from the G7 nations will tomorrow meet in Sicily for their annual summit. The focus on this year’s event – aptly, given its location – is on dealing with migration from Africa and the global displacement crisis. This focus is timely. As we approach the summer months, we can expect a spike in the number of refugees and migrant attempting to across the Mediterranean to make it to Europe. We will again be confronted with Europe’s abject failure […]

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  • Featured News Burnham’s anger over “disgusting” leak of bombing images to US media

    Burnham’s anger over “disgusting” leak of bombing images to US media

    Andy Burnham complained directly to the US ambassador over leaks to the American media of photographs from the Manchester suicide attack. Burnham criticised the “disgusting” leak of the images, which appear to show crime scene photographs, and were published in a US newspaper. The Manchester metro mayor spoke out as Amber Rudd, the home secretary, described the behaviour of the US in releasing information about bomber Salman Abedi as “irritating”. The images were reproduced in the New York Times under the […]

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  • Featured News Seats and Selections Blairites embark on final push to defend nine MPs in iconic northern seats

    Blairites embark on final push to defend nine MPs in iconic northern seats

    A centre-left Labour group will mark the restart of national campaigning this weekend by embarking on a late push to defend a series of MPs in key seats across the Midlands and north of England. Progress has asked activists to join them in nine “defensive marginals” held by candidates such as Caroline Flint in south Yorkshire and Ruth Smeeth in Stoke. The tour is built on the “three seats challenge” which was developed by Richard Angell, director of Progress, and […]

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