Posts Tagged ‘Andy Burnham’

Burnham and Rotheram selected as Labour candidates in Mayoral contests

by Newsdesk.

This week Labour’s candidates for the metropolitan mayoral elections in 2017 were announced. MPs Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherhm were selected in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region, while Sion Simons has been selected as the candidate in Birmingham. Burnham and Rotheram’s selections, and almost inevitable victories in Manchester and Liverpool, will mean that by-elections, […]

Why Andy Burnham should oppose the snoopers charter come what May does

by Jon Lansman.

Today, the Guardian reports that “Labour has edged closer to supporting the ‘snooper’s charter’“, referring to the Investigatory Powers Bill carried forward from the last session of Parliament. Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, said “Her commitment to an independent review of the case for bulk powers is a major concession but the right thing […]

Andy Burnham’s policy on railway ownership is too weak

by Ken Livingstone.

I like Andy Burnham: he clearly has been on a political journey and he has played a good role on the NHS, but in my view his position on rail policy today not only doesn’t go far enough – it indicates the disconnect between voters and Westminster politics that we must repair. In the National […]

Neil Kinnock lectures Labour members on leader’s ‘electability’

by David Pavett.

On Sunday 2 August the Observer carried a piece by Neil Kinnock on the Labour leadership election. Although the piece could not convince anyone of the case he makes if they were not already convinced it is worth a second glance. It reveals something important about a style of argument that passes for political thinking […]

Unison endorses Jeremy Corbyn, as Cooper moves into second place

by James Elliott.

Britain’s second-largest union, UNISON, yesterday endorsed Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader, and recommended a second preference for Yvette Cooper. This will be a major boost for Corbyn and shows how rapidly his campaign has developed. When Unite, Britain’s largest, endorsed Corbyn on July 5th, many were surprised. For a union considered more moderate than Unite […]

Some comradely advice for Andy and Yvette

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In a world that gave us Milifandom, should we be shocked that Jezmania has become a thing, that Camp Corbyn has powered ahead in YouGov’s poll of Labour members? Well, some of us are. And by ‘us’ I mean sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party and self-styled sensible people. You’ve had ex-Jim Murphy advisor John […]

There is a concerted ‘Anyone but Corbyn’ campaign organised by the Labour right

by James Elliott.

The story of the Labour leadership election has moved firmly from which of the four possible contenders could win, to whether or not it could be Jeremy Corbyn – and how to stop him. For many on Labour’s self-proclaimed ‘moderate’, austerity-backing wing of the party, this has become an all out campaign to stop Jeremy […]

The Labour right are risking ‘Pasokification’ on their own

by James Elliott.

Harriet Harman’s announcement on the Sunday politics yesterday, that Labour would not be voting against the welfare bill, nor would they oppose child tax credit cuts or the Tories new benefits cap, has rightly drawn condemnation from different sections of the Party, and now both Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham have joined Jeremy Corbyn (who […]

Jeremy Corbyn has got Labour’s right wing on the run

by Michael Meacher.

Having at the outset of the leadership contest been contemptuously written off as ‘unelectable’, Jeremy Corbyn seems to be surprising everyone that he is now rapidly emerging as a serious contender. But they shouldn’t be surprised. He represents what the majority of the Labour Party have been crying out for – a leader who does […]

What are the Labour leadership candidates saying on Greece?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Yesterday’s vote in Greece was a momentous occasion. Almost two thirds of a people, many with politics far removed from that of its leadership, said no to demands for more austerity from the well-heeled bureaucrats of the IMF and European Central Bank, and the ministers of the European Commission. It won’t be until tomorrow that […]

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