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November 30, 2015 No Comments

Labour PLP: the sequel

One Blairite Labour grandee left the PLP meeting tonight saying it was the most optimistic he’d been in ages, such was the ferocity of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn. He described the Party leader’s demeanour throughout this onslaughts from MPs as “crouched.”


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Corbyn shadow cabinet: the sequel

On Syria, David Cameron now has the votes to win comfortably. Even if only 20 Labour MPs joined him he’d win wth a majority of 80 plus.

Corbyn decision moment looms

Shadow cabinet meets at 1pm today. The biggest decision of Jeremy Corbyn’s brief leadership will happen beforehand in meetings taking place now.

November 26, 2015 13 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn’s red letter day

Jeremy Corbyn’s letter against military action in Syria has angered some in his Shadow Cabinet. One has accused him of dishonesty and attempted intimidation.

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.

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