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Fifteen for 2015

Labour’s strength rests with its people. The Tories have their millions of pounds from the City, but Labour has tens of thousands of living, breathing activists spreading the gospel of a more equal society door to door, letterbox to letterbox.

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All aboard

At the close of her 2014 Speakers’ Lecture on parliament and equality, Harriet Harman reflected on the furore over Beyoncé Knowles’ I Am Mrs Carter tour. “This is highly relevant to me because, like Beyoncé, I too am going on...

Ukip need to be exposed, not ignored

Several years have passed since Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls spent their Christmas Eve trying, and failing, to find Argos in Basingstoke, where they were spending the festive period with Cooper’s family. Having twice circumnavigated the town’s ringroad through grid-locked...

National interest

For the first time this year, Jim Murphy had a slot at the Edinburgh Festival, sharing a fringe platform with a comedian friend. His subject was the 100 venue tour in which he set up his Irn Bru crates on...

Lord of all he surveys

Once bitten, twice shy. Lord Ashcroft is a veteran of bruising encounters with some in the media and the Labour party. That hostility, chronicled in his memoir, Dirty Politics, Dirty Times, burned out long ago. Since then, Michael Ashcroft –...

Crunch time

Sadiq Khan’s favourite summer holiday snapshot features him outside the Colosseum in Rome, speaking on a mobile phone in a conference call to shadow cabinet colleagues. “My wife is keeping it to blackmail me with,” he says. Having curtailed his...

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