Labour

Abolish private schools? Bring it on!

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I cannot recall a week in which Britain’s private schools have received better PR. The Labour party has pledged to…

Labour is following in the doomed footsteps of the French left

27 September 2019 7:57 pm

The left no longer exists as a coherent political force in France. Embarrassed in the 2017 presidential election, the Socialist…

Is this the beginning of the end for Jeremy Corbyn?

25 September 2019 10:11 pm

Did Labour’s conference help or hinder Jeremy Corbyn’s chances of becoming prime minister? For some, Corbyn ended up stronger than…

Boris Johnson would be foolish to underestimate Labour

24 September 2019 2:13 am

In the next election, as in the last one, McDonnellism will prove a serious challenge to the Tories. John McDonnell,…

Tories should be terrified of John McDonnell

24 September 2019 12:08 am

Once again, question marks surround Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This is not new. While I was at 10 Downing Street, with the small…

Is Jeremy Corbyn preparing to purge moderate Labour MPs?

16 September 2019 9:03 pm

Ahead of the looming general election, moderate Labour MPs are understandably upset by an instruction they say the party has given to…

When it comes to Brexit, everything that can be tried will always fail

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It is all beginning to feel like the closing scenes of the 1980 spoof comedy film Airplane! In particular the…

Will Labour MPs really back a general election?

3 September 2019 1:09 am

There’s an assumption in Westminster that the Labour Party would have to back a snap general election if Boris Johnson…

What will the Tory and Labour election campaigns look like?

30 August 2019 5:03 am

We know that the Conservatives are gearing up for an election in the next few months. Their official line is…

By taking on grouse-shooting, Labour is risking rural jobs

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The Glorious Twelfth this year, signalling the start of the grouse-shooting season, was overshadowed by a Labour party press release…

The real reason Corbynites turned on Caroline Lucas and the Greens

14 August 2019 3:30 pm

Caroline Lucas’s plan for an all-female emergency Cabinet to stop a no-deal Brexit is a fantasy, with no prospect of success.…

How Tom Watson reinvented himself to become the new challenger to Corbyn

21 July 2019 1:47 am

Tom Watson has had more reinventions than Kylie Minogue has had mid-performance outfit changes. His performances over the years have…

Cutting out Corbyn: could Tom Watson’s centrist ‘Momentum’ save Labour?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour party, many of his MPs have dreamed of deposing…

The only way to solve Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

17 July 2019 11:43 pm

‘The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (except, it seems, Jews)’. So…

The Tories can profit from Labour panic

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In some alternative universe the Labour party, as under Tony Blair in the mid 1990s, is busily preparing for government,…

What would a Corbyn victory mean for me?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Until now, I haven’t been too worried about Jeremy Corbyn. True, he exceeded expectations two years ago, but that was…

My encounter with Young Labour makes me fear for the party’s future

5 April 2019 6:00 pm

To understand the decay of the Labour Party since 2015, look no further than its London youth wing. London Young…

Revealed: How Jeremy Corbyn is ‘training for power’

27 March 2019 11:58 pm

Tories beware – Jeremy Corbyn is in ‘training for power’. But the Labour leader isn’t readying himself for Downing Street…

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

Letters: the history of centrist parties does not bode well for the ‘breakaway seven’

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The breakaway seven Sir: ‘In both parties there are fools at one end and crackpots at the other, but the…

Westminster’s splitting headache: who will quit next?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The first thing to note about the ‘South Bank seven’ is that they are nothing like the four former Labour…

Roy Jenkins at an SDP conference in 1986 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There’s space for a new party in Britain, but not for another SDP

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I was 17 when the Labour party last split, in January 1981, and for a variety of reasons got quite…

Luciana Berger is escorted by police to Labour’s party conference last year after anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter [GETTY IMAGES]

Jess Phillips: The message I’ve been forced to send Luciana Berger too many times

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘You OK?’ was the message I sent to Luciana Berger last week. As I scroll back through our previous WhatsApp…

The Corbyn crack-up

16 February 2019 9:00 am

To say that the May administration is ‘the worst government anyone can remember’ is to abuse the English language. It…

It’s not communist buildings that are bleak – it’s capitalist budget hotel chains

19 January 2019 9:00 am

A few of us on the Labour left decide to see if it is possible to conjure, from nowhere, a…