Labour Divided: Five insights from the latest poll of members

  Labour makes much of its claim to be the largest party, by membership, in Europe.  But size isn’t everything.  And when we find out what these half-million people are thinking, we have confirmation that size isn’t everything.  It’s a big membership – but it reveals big problems. YouGov has been polling these Labour Party …

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Can Gorton wipe away the Copeland tears?

  No sooner are two lively by-elections out of the way, then now we have another. In the current, fevered atmosphere, speculation is already under way about what could happen in Manchester Gorton, following the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman. Manchester Gorton hasn’t exactly been volatile in its voting.  It is solidly Labour.  Kaufman’s vote …

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Day of Reckoning: Labour faces a possible by-election double whammy

  Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt are not exactly household names. Both have taken new jobs.  It is the possible consequences of their career moves that could make them more than footnotes in history. It’s rare for the main opposition party to lose seats in Parliamentary by-elections; especially rare to lose them to the sitting …

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Will 2019 be the next year of political crisis?

  Prerogative power just took a big hit. Right now, everyone is looking at the Article 50 issue, quite rightly.  But before addressing that, it’s worth pointing out that the executive in Britain uses prerogative powers widely.  A minority of geeky MPs have long complained about it, saying it undermines Parliamentary sovereignty.  They got nowhere: …

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