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Who will Labour's next shadow chancellor be?

The question I hear most from Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs is: who will be Labour's next leader? Yet the question that Labour’s activists ask me more than any other is: who will be picked as shadow chancellor? They think, rightly, that the appointment will shape the next ...

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Who will Labour's next shadow chancellor be?

The question I hear most from Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs is: who will be Labour's next leader? Yet the question that Labour’s activists ask me more than any other is: who will be picked as shadow chancellor? They think, rightly, that the appointment will shape the next ...

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Evening Call: How worried should we be by the Chinese coronavirus?

So far this year we’ve had the world come close to war, because of strained relations – for want of a better euphemism – between the US and Iran. We’ve seen dozens of people and possibly as many as a billion animals die due to the record-breaking Australian bushfire season, attributed ...

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What Dominic Cummings was thinking in 2004

Rowena Mason, the Guardian's deputy political editor, had an illuminating piece in yesterday's paper examining Dominic Cummings' policy papers from 2004, when he ran a short-lived think-tank called the New Frontiers Foundation (the name was inspired by JFK). ...

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How a trade deal with the US could destroy the UK’s climate change goals

In his speech following the Conservatives’s general election victory, Boris Johnson vowed to make the UK the “cleanest, greenest country on Earth” and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050  – a target which 70 per cent of voters support. But that ...

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What Dominic Cummings was thinking in 2004

Rowena Mason, the Guardian's deputy political editor, has a good piece in yesterday's Guardian looking at Dominic Cummings' policy papers from 2004, when he ran a short-lived think-tank called the New Frontiers Foundation (the name is inspired by JFK). She details his long-held animosity ...

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Jess Phillips’s candidacy exposes a problem for Labour’s next leader

In 1987, the Shadow Communications Agency – the organisation founded by Philip Gould of volunteers working in press and communications, whose members helped change the Labour Party’s image – was tasked with focus grouping the shadow Treasury team. These were the key figures whose role ...

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Commons Confidential: Bad-mouthing No 10's Comical Ali

Civil war in Rebecca Long-Bailey’s vanguard is the most intriguing side of Labour’s leadership tussle. The latest dispute to emerge was over distancing her from Corbynism to shed the heavy mantle of being the continuity candidate. She ignored advice to distance herself from another player ...

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Trump’s impeachment so far: the Democrats are well prepared and realistic, but have little time

In the final scene of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, the protagonist is strapped to a chair with his eyes held open, unable to avoid the horrifying images that his torturers show him in order to reprogram his brain. Watching Republicans in the Senate during the opening hours of the ...

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Welsh Labour has an identity crisis - and an existential threat

As a teenager, I attended constituency Labour party meetings in the local miners social club. You’d have to walk through the bar pinching your nose (the smell of cigarettes had settled long ago); tip-toe your way through sticky carpets; then up the stairs to a square little room along the ...

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Despite the EU withdrawal agreement passing, Boris Johnson is still repeating Theresa May’s mistakes

That is it, the end: parliament has voted to formally enshrine the Withdrawal Agreement Bill into law and the United Kingdom will leave the political structures European Union on 31 January, when the next phase of Brexit – the negotiations on the United Kingdom's future relationship with the ...

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World Wise Web: the radio show that unleashes teenage interviewers on tech pioneers

A new 12-part series unleashes teenaged interviewers on tech pioneers. “I’m 17 and that makes me younger than a lot of the technology we’ll be talking about,” says host Anna Zanelli; the series pitch in a nutshell.

This kind of thing can go badly wrong. Who can forget when ...

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The American sports start-up the Athletic is disrupting papers as Sky did the legacy broadcasters

The motto of the age, or at least since the general election, is that we must all do more to celebrate British success wherever we can find it. So hats off to the English Premier League. On the face of it, embarrassment follows embarrassment. For too long nobody could be found to succeed ...

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The issue ministers are avoiding when it comes to Huawei

As Downing Street nears a decision on the role Huawei will play in building Britain’s 5G network, the US has stepped up its lobbying campaign against the Chinese tech giant. At the centre of Washington’s campaign are concerns about the security of the company’s products, and its links to ...

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Lisa Nandy’s Diary: Listening for Labour, why 40 seconds is not a debate, and how green is the route to red

I’m standing for the leadership of the Labour Party because our election result in December was shattering and a long time coming. Nevertheless, I believe our route back to power doesn’t have to be long. We have, over decades, lost the trust and confidence of many of the people we exist to ...

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Lisa Nandy is pivoting to win. Will it work?

The reason why Lisa Nandy is generating more excitement among the press than any other Labour leadership candidate is that she is actually saying something.

She’s managed to do that while successfully navigating a route to the ballot that runs through power-brokers in the ...

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The Personal History of David Copperfield: a brisk and breezy take on Dickens

David Copperfield and Little Women, published less than 20 years apart and each concerning aspirant young writers making their way in the world, share a close relationship in cinema too. In the early 1930s, the producer David O Selznick mounted handsome versions of them, both directed by ...

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Solving global inequality through vacuous buzzwords: welcome to the new “Woke Davos”

Poor old plutocrats. Yes, according to a new report by Oxfam the world’s billionaires have more wealth than 60 per cent of the global population combined. But this inequality is becoming a problem for them. It is prompting a backlash as voters turn to populists of the right and left and take ...

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Leader: The limits of green capitalism

The world has perhaps just a decade left to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate change. Each day brings new evidence of the remorseless speed with which the crisis is advancing. In Australia, the ongoing bushfires have charred an area twice the size of Belgium and affected an ...

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Aslef faces split over Labour leadership nomination

How easily will Rebecca Long-Bailey win the nominations of the two affiliates she needs to qualify for the final round of the Labour leadership election? One endorsement the shadow business secretary will be banking on is Aslef, the train drivers’ union. It twice nominated Corbyn and ...

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Labour leadership contest in danger of becoming “a ridiculous quiz show”

It is six weeks since Labour endured its worst general election defeat since 1935. But if one week is a long time in politics, then six must constitute an aeon.

Now, one of the Labour MPs tasked with examining what went wrong, has told the New Statesman that she is unsure that the ...

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