Remember: Tristram’s Handy, Eagle Eye

Remember: Tristram’s Handy

News coming in of Tristram Hunt’s turn at a fundraiser for Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party last night. The shadow education secretary “did what I haven’t seen someone on the Labour front bench do for four years”, according to one witness: “He simply refused to agree with the leftists and political conservatives in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 9:38 pm

Yvette, in the race, Eagle Eye

Yvette, in the race

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).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 8:14 pm

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction, Eagle Eye

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction

As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 1:46 pm

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 10:21 pm

GDP4PM, Eagle Eye


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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 2:08 pm

The Next Labour Leader, Eagle Eye

The Next Labour Leader

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 9:55 pm

Please Wait … Ed Miliband Is Loading, Eagle Eye

Please Wait … Ed Miliband Is Loading

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 12:26 pm

The Blairite Candidate, Eagle Eye

The Blairite Candidate

I was brought up short by Simon Landau yesterday. He asked, of my column for The Independent the day before.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 4:09 pm

The Case for David Miliband, Eagle Eye

The Case for David Miliband

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 February 2013 at 2:56 pm

And the next leader of the Labour Party is …, Eagle Eye

And the next leader of the Labour Party is …

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.
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 February 2013 at 9:23 pm

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