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November 26, 2015 5 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn’s red letter day

The letter Jeremy Corbyn has sent out to MPs is intended for the attention of party members. It declares his opposition to military action in Syria.

One Labour frontbencher said: “This is war, and I’m not talking about Syria.”


One member of the Shadow Cabinet said: “How do you deal with someone like that?” The Shadow Cabinet member accused Jeremy Corbyn of dishonesty and attempted intimidation. (more…)

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Syria: is ‘70,000 troops’ the new ’45 minutes’?

David Cameron may have been at his most diplomatic to persuade MPs to back airstrikes on Syria, but his claims over the scale of Syrian opposition ground forces have raised doubts.

Has Osborne’s Autumn Statement moved him to left of Vince Cable?

Mr Osborne’s newly announced plans to scale back cuts and raise taxes brings him in line with policy positions promoted by his Lib Dem coalition partners during the last parliament.

November 25, 2015 1 Comment

Osborne and the empathy debate

George Osborne got a bit lucky two weeks ago when the numbers came in from the OBR… and he decided to blow the money. We may never know what he planned to do before that point.

November 24, 2015 4 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn: media training and Syria rebellion

The government has pencilled the Syria vote for Tuesday next week. How many Labour backbenchers will rebel against Jeremy Corbyn? And what will his shadow cabinet decide?

November 23, 2015 8 Comments

Defence review, Corbyn and talk of a coup

I watched one Labour MP get up as Jeremy Corbyn spoke, shake his head and leave the chamber.

November 17, 2015 5 Comments

Corbyn to Wembley, Cameron back to Commons

The Labour leader will have to respond to a statement from David Cameron calling for Britain to become involved in military air strikes in Syria.

November 15, 2015 3 Comments

Paris fall-out for the UK

Leaders at the G20 will discuss terrorism at their dinner tonight. David Cameron is there but he will be back in the UK tomorrow to make a major foreign policy speech.

November 11, 2015 3 Comments

Arise Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn? Or stay standing?

Jeremy Corbyn joined the Privy Council this evening. Some are writing that up as proof the Labour Leader kneeled before the Queen – but he didn’t.

Brown to Osborne: ‘rip up your tax credit cuts’

The former prime minister Gordon Brown passionately defends the tax credit system he created, but is less willing to pass comment on Jeremy Corbyn and his suitability as a future Labour PM.

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