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Labour divisions

Gerald Holtham

As a long-time Labour party member and sympathiser, I despair. It is perfectly obvious that in many – though not all – policy areas, Jeremy Corbyn is right and the old Blair-Brownite consensus got things wrong. It is equally evident that Mr Corbyn is temperamentally unable to run a coconut shy, never mind a political…

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Westminster, London. 18/09/15

The unlikely shadow chancellor: interview with John McDonnell

Mary Riddell

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. John McDonnell appears blessed with unshakeable self-esteem or the hide of a rhinoceros. Either way, he is unoffended by the…

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Unemployment figures: Corbyn must get beneath the stats

Cameron Tait

The new unemployment figures released today give the impression our economy is nearly back to full strength, but scratch under the surface and things are far from rosy for many in the UK’s workforce. George Osborne will no doubt hail today’s statistics, which show that the UK’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3%, the lowest…

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