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A view from the campaign trail

Barbara Cannon

The Copeland by-election and the battle to save West Cumberland hospital There is a mighty battle going on just now in Copeland during the parliamentary by-election, triggered when former MP Jamie Reed resigned. Labour has held the seat since the 1930′s and to lose it now is unthinkable. Yet there is a worrying and prevailing view…

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Under the microscope

Matt Singh

The Stoke Central and Copeland by-elections By-elections are a strange beast. They are an ‘event’ for parties and the media and fun for political anoraks, but their impact on the narrative usually far outweighs their electoral significance or predictive value. In turn, they are themselves difficult to predict, and national polling is not a good…

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Education matters

Bridget Phillipson MP

This autumn marks twenty-one years since Tony Blair’s famous pledge on the priorities of the government he would lead: “education, education, and education”. As that promise comes of age, I have been looking at how the Tories are today failing a fresh generation of our children, and thinking about what Labour might do in government…