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How magpie Tories steal Labour policies and rebrand them as their own

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It was not a windfall tax but an “energy profits levy”, according to Rishi Sunak. Perhaps the chancellor’s choice of words was to avoid the inevitable suggestion that his government had poached the policy from Labour....

Labour attacks ‘obscene’ waste of funds on little-used export helpline

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Labour has accused the government of an obscene waste of money, after it emerged that an export hotline set up to help businesses took fewer than 3,000 calls in its first five months of operation. The call centre comp...

Labour should focus on policy instead of ‘tough on crime’ messaging, charity says

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The Labour party is indulging in “cheap politics” by accusing the Conservatives repeatedly of being soft on crime, the head of a leading prison reform charity has claimed. Andrea Coomber QC, the chief executive of the...

Labour activists call on Tory MP to withdraw Beergate allegations

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Labour activists in Durham have called on a Conservative MP to withdraw allegations made to the police, accusing him of presenting misleading evidence about Keir Starmer. The move was backed by the dean of Durham Univ...

Wakefield Labour chiefs walk out of final vote on byelection candidate

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Wakefield’s Labour party executive has walked out of the final selection meeting for the party’s byelection, in protest at the candidate choice, which members termed a stitch-up by Labour HQ. In a rebellion by activis...

Labour heavyweight Wes Streeting denies plan to succeed Starmer

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Labour rising star Wes Streeting has denied preparing a leadership bid to replace Keir Starmer after it emerged that the wealthy party donor Waheed Alli hosted a recent fundraising event for him and another MP at his ...

As the shine comes off NZ Labour, Grant Robertson hopes his budget can steady the ship

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New Zealand’s finance minister is one week out from the most important date in his professional calendar – delivering the next budget. And he could be in for a tough sell. The image Grant Robertson carefully cultivate...

Wakefield Labour executive resigns accusing Starmer of byelection stitch-up

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The 16-strong executive of Wakefield constituency Labour party (CLP) has resigned en masse, accusing Keir Starmer of stitching up the selection of a candidate for the forthcoming byelection. Party members in Wakefield...

Windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas could raise £2bn, says Labour

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A windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas operators could raise more than £2bn to cushion the pain of rising energy bills. Analysis by the Labour party – which has called for the one-off levy – reveals that it could rak...

Labour denies leaked memo shows Starmer broke lockdown rules

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Labour has rejected claims that a leaked planning memo about Keir Starmer’s visit to Durham last year undermined his assertion he did not break lockdown rules. The Labour document, published by the Mail on Sunday, sho...

Workington Man turned Tory in 2019 but slipped back to Labour in UK local elections

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When a Conservative-supporting thinktank tried to analyse the forthcoming 2019 general election, it dreamed up an archetypal swing voter who it said would be key to a Tory victory. Winning over the “Workington Man” – ...

Labour counts ‘red wall’ gains but admits there is more work to do

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Labour activists still shudder at the thought of recent campaigns in many “red wall” areas. In Hartlepool, one recalled seeing canvassers shaking with fear before going out to knock doors. This year, several party fig...

Labour heading for second in Scottish elections as Tory vote plummets

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Scottish Labour is set to become the closest challenger to Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National party after Conservative support plunged to its worst electoral result in a decade. Labour enjoyed an unexpected win in SN...

Labour has done better in these local elections than it might seem

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Local elections are nearly always a mixed bag; giving expression to divergent points of view in different areas is part of the point of having local elections at all. But each year has its own broad trend. In 2018 Lab...

Labour celebrates election sweep of Tory flagship councils in London – video

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The Labour party has taken control of several Conservative flagship councils in London, including Wandsworth for the first time since the 1970s and Westminster for the first time since its creation in 1964. The Conser...

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