Gordon Brown declared this week that he will stand down as an MP in May. In his article on Brown’s legacy, Mark Ferguson notes his “Shakespearian levels of complexity and contradiction”. Still very popular with most Labour members, the former PM is markedly less so with members of the public. While he may have a swathe of achievements to his name, he also led Labour to the worst election defeat since 1983.
This weekend, Diane Abbott confirmed that she will run for London Mayor when the race for the Labour nomination opens next year. A week before, Tessa Jowell said the same. David Lammy and Christian Wolmar have both declared their intentions, while Margaret Hodge, Sadiq Khan, Andrew Adonis and Doreen Lawrence could all put their names forward.
We found out last week that the Government are to sell off the East Coast Main Line railway franchise, the only publicly owned franchise in the UK, to Virgin and Stagecoach. Labour have reacted to the news by describing it as “absurd”, but Mark Rowney pleads for a little more attention be given to evidence in the debate.