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Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer’s left wing purge marks further shift to the right

20 July 2021
After two terrible by-election results in Hartlepool, and Batley and Spen, Keir Starmer is trying desperately to rescue his leadership of the Labour Party by turning further to the right.

Sir Keir Starmer’s love of being respectable

17 July 2021
Nearly half way through Keir Starmer—A Life of Contrasts, we finally hear something about his politics.

What’s behind the downfall of social democracy?

02 July 2021
Following Labour’s poor showing in recent by-elections Nick Clark explores the pattern of declining support for social democratic parties across Europe.

Labour holds on in Batley and Spen, but the crisis remains

02 July 2021
In less turbulent times the opposition only just holding one of its seats would be regarded as a huge setback.

LETTERS—John Bercow joining Labour signals its rightward shift

26 June 2021
The shadow Justice minister Karl Turner is “delighted” that the last speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has defected from the Tories to join Labour. This is a view strangely echoed by John McDonnell.

Letters—Scotland failing on climate target as Cop26 approaches

18 June 2021
It's particularly outrageous as Glasgow will host this year’s UN climate conference in November.

Batley and Spen by-election spells further disaster for Starmer

17 June 2021
The Labour Party is in trouble in the Batley and Spen by-election—and it deserves to be in trouble.

Keir Starmer drives people away from Labour

15 June 2021
There was more evidence this week that Keir Starmer is both alienating and repulsing sections of people who previously supported Labour.

Keir Starmer woos union tops

08 June 2021
Union conference season is in full swing, so Labour leader Keir Starmer is schmoozing the bureaucrats

Who is working class?

17 May 2021
A debate is raging about the attributes that make us working class to try and understand why some are losing faith in the Labour Party. Isabel Ringrose explores what really defines class.

The Labour left is angry with Starmer, but pushes a failed project of ‘unity’

11 May 2021
Left wing Labour MPs responded to the election results by appealing to Keir Starmer to bring them back into the fold. Meanwhile, Starmer prepared a further shift to the right.

Hartlepool and beyond—what went wrong with Labour’s vote?

10 May 2021
After Labour’s disastrous showing in Hartlepool and in the local elections, Nick Clark asks why so many working class people have turned away from the party

Labour’s turn to the right fails in Hartlepool by-election

07 May 2021
The result should be proof that working class people are not easily won over by flag-waving and pledges of support for the army and the cops.

Boris Johnson’s crimes deserve full reckoning

04 May 2021
“These were always going to be difficult elections for us. We’re not expecting miracles on Thursday night.” Those were the words of Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy on Sunday—at the end of a week of scandal and crisis for the Tories.

Hartlepool–Labour in trouble

10 April 2021
In years gone by the Labour Party could take the votes in the north east of England for granted. But, reports Nick Clark, next month’s Hartlepool by-election could show just how out of touch the party now is with its former heartlands

A year of Keir Starmer, a year of surrender

30 March 2021
Keir Starmer has spent his first year as Labour Party leader refusing to oppose the Tories—but he has shown us what he stands for.

LETTERS—More strikes in Myanmar can beat back the military

23 March 2021
An article in the bosses’ Financial Times newspaper last week was headlined, “Protesters playing a dangerous game with the Myanmar economy, warn businesses”.

The establishment quakes following police violence

16 March 2021
The scenes of police attacking protesters in Clapham sent the establishment into a mini meltdown.

How have the Tories survived all this?

09 March 2021
Boris Johnson keeps getting away with it. He’s been through scandal after scandal, and crisis after crisis, and still sits securely in Downing Street.

Fight the bosses that Labour Party backs

02 March 2021
What’s the point of a Labour Party that won’t even back the meagre tax rises on the rich planned by a Tory government?

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