Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, wrote the “A Life in the Day” feature in The Sunday Times (pay wall) at the weekend, and did a good job of coming across as sympathetic and normal (which she is: I worked with her briefly as a leader-writer on The Independent in 1997, before the election).
As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections
The Labour leader tonight confirms that he will support the change to the rules of future party leadership elections which I outlined in The Independent on Sunday. Some fellow Blairites have been worried that there must be a catch: that the trade union leaders could not really have been persuaded to give up the leverage [...]
The Labour Party could have a new leader in 18 months’ time, and in The Independent on Sunday today I try to remedy the curious absence of speculation about who it might be.*
This involves the latest intelligence on the rule changes to be voted on at the special conference on 1 March, which will almost [...]
It could be Tristram Hunt, I suggest in The Independent on Sunday today. He has had a remarkable seven days.
My record of prediction in such matters is not good, often confusing what should happen with what will happen, and several correspondents have pointed out that it is quite unlikely that Labour will change leader before [...]
Among several important findings of our ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday this week (here and here), was one figure that explains much of the uncertainty that surrounds Labour’s nine-point lead (and an average seven points, taking the most recent findings of six pollsters):
Fewer than half, 46 per cent, of Labour voters agree that [...]
I was brought up short by Simon Landau yesterday. He asked, of my column for The Independent the day before.
Further to my blog post about the next leader of the Labour Party last weekend, some of the attendees of the Peter Mandelson Memorial Dim Sum Lunch have given the matter more thought.
The Peter Mandelson Memorial Dim Sum Lunch took place a little late this year. This was a gathering that started on 23 December 1998, when Mandelson first resigned from the Cabinet. By coincidence, the same group of my friends were lunching just after Christmas two years later, on 24 January 2001, when Mandelson resigned again.
Nice exchange between Andrew Marr and Ed Balls this morning:
Some people are worried that there is going to be a kind of mimicry of the tensions between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in the old days; that there is something in the chemistry between the two of you that is not entirely stable?
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