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Benefits basher’s link to blue baron

Issue No. 2308

More bad news for Newsnight’s political editor Allegra Stratton, whose vicious interview with a woman on benefits sparked outrage.

She has been exposed ranting, “People should think about whether they can afford kids before they have them.”

Tangled Up in Blue, a book about baron Maurice Glasman and his right wing “Blue Labour” project, sheds a bit more light on her views.

Stratton “introduce[d] Glasman to a number of significant players in both parties,” it says.

“Without her influence, it is unlikely Blue Labour would have risen as quickly as it did.”

Blairites on the back foot

Progress, the Blairite faction of the Labour Party, is on the defensive over calls for its expulsion.

So it has put out a list of its donors to show all is above board. Two names stick out.

One is the European Azerbaijan Society, apologists for its regime. The other is PR firm Bell Pottinger—hired lobbyists for the regimes of Bahrain and Syria.

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The Troublemaker
Tue 19 Jun 2012, 16:56 BST
Issue No. 2308
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