While we wait for YouGov’s final poll: why I think Corbyn will win, Eagle Eye

While we wait for YouGov’s final poll: why I think Corbyn will win

I assume that YouGov is planning to run one more poll of Labour members and affiliated and registered supporters before the close of voting on Thursday and the announcement of the result on Saturday. I don’t know whether it will be in tomorrow’s Sunday Times or in The Times next week. While we wait, let [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 5 September 2015 at 2:34 pm

Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters

Here is the text of Liz Kendall’s speech, “Responsibility and Reform”, delivered at Reuters this morning. (Photo: George Eaton.)
Today I’m here to talk about how Labour restores its economic credibility. How we become the responsible government this country needs – and the reforming government it deserves.
In today’s interdependent world much of our prosperity depends on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 10:57 am

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010, Eagle Eye

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother.
The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 5:27 pm

Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference 2014, Eagle Eye

Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference 2014

I couldn’t find the text of Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference yesterday online anywhere. It was a good and possibly important speech, so here it is:
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:
You have seen Leyla’s incredible strength. Her fight for her daughter and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 September 2014 at 5:38 pm

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Chuka Umunna vs Yvette Cooper for Labour leadership, Eagle Eye

Chuka Umunna vs Yvette Cooper for Labour leadership

Survation carried out an unusual poll for the Mail on Sunday, asking people to watch a one-minute video of five possible Labour leaders and then to answer questions about them. The figures given in the newspaper are for respondents who voted Labour in 2010;* I would have thought we were more interested in the views [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at 10:32 am

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”, Eagle Eye

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”

Some customer resistance to the claim in my column for The Independent on Sunday that Labour’s results in the local elections last week were “not good enough”. Typical Blairite rubbish, no more than you would expect from, um, Ed Balls.
If the “Blair’s gone you know” people would care to pay attention to what the Shadow [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 5:19 pm

How Labour Should Fight UKIP, Eagle Eye

How Labour Should Fight UKIP

Notable outing by the next leader of the Labour Party, Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, in today’s Mirror. Recognising that UKIP is a threat to the Labour vote, there are no histrionics about Farage’s army of racists (unlike yesterday’s strange and strident Liberal Democrat attack video), but a serious attempt to engage with the reasons [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 10:16 am

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

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