He signals a new toughness on antisemitism…and invites a favourable comparison with Johnson over Jenrick.
Keir Starmer: For all his “forensic brilliance”, the Labour leader’s chances at the next election are overhyped
His barrister credentials have impressed the media. But they will only take him so far in the future election.
Johnson will be well aware of this – and will be more concerned about heading Labour’s leader off than by the restive Tory press.
Sturgeon, Wales, the shutdown row – and why a Four Nations policy is no substitute for a One Nation policy
The unique circumstances of the pandemic temporarily forged a common response, but cracks are already appearing and will only deepen.
The leaked report undoubtedly poses serious difficulties, but it may also offer a chance to move decisively against the previous regime.
It’s not usually the Opposition’s job to do the Government’s thinking for it. But these are exceptional times. And Ministers need all the help they can get.
It looks like a comprehensive rout for the hard left, with neither Long-Bailey nor Burgon getting close in their respective contests.
Left-wing activists have suggested there will be “strikes” and “walkouts” if the Government doesn’t cave in to their demands.
The former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party abused his parliamentary privileges. Holding the powerful to account means blocking his peerage.
Some of those loudest in denouncing a young Downing Street adviser, seem unaware of the views of their intellectual heroes.
Her future is 1) Toil away on Labour’s front bench, or 2) Develop a manifesto from the backbenches. Or 3)…
The dismay the electorate showed for them last is being ignored. That makes it much harder for whoever becomes the Leader of the Opposition to establish any credibility.
They knew that British Jews were frightened of the prospect of a Corbyn Government. They knew those fears were valid. Yet Phillips and Nandy carried on campaigning.
More important than the choice of new Leader, will be to decide what the Party stands for after Brexit.
After the 1983 defeat, Labour’s electoral progress was slow. This time around the Party will face further decline without a bold change in direction.