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The unlikely shadow chancellor

John McDonnell’s elevation to shadow chancellor startled him as much as anyone. He talks to Mary Riddell about his unexpected journey from crusader of the left to leading the battle to regain Labour’s economic credibility.

Fifteen for 2015: Wes Streeting – Honesty is the best policy

In politics, is it where you’ve come from or where you’re going that counts? Too often politicians are judged or even dismissed out of hand for coming from a certain background.

Those that don’t fit the mould ‘don’t have what it...

Fifteen for 2015: Will Martindale – Running for Battersea

After arriving to meet Will Martindale at the busy Battersea Labour office, it is immediately clear that there is no time for rest or downtime in the final weeks of the general election campaign. Multi-tasking is a pre-requisite for any...

Fifteen for 2015: Steve Race – Socialist of the south-west

Few MPs deserve to be kicked out of parliament more than Hugo Swire. The Conservative representative for East Devon was recently caught on camera by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme joking that benefit claimants could afford to donate thousands of pounds...

Fifteen for 2015: Emily Brothers – A catalyst for change

Fifteen for 2015: Emily Brothers – A catalyst for change

Emily Brothers understands the value of solidarity. At the age of 10 her eyesight started to fail. Her home city of Liverpool did not have the facilities to provide the surgery...

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