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Starmer must act decisively if he is to act as true opposition to the government

Back in September 2020, I wrote an article about how Keir Starmer had managed to claw back support and credibility for the Labour party.  Starmer’s embracing of consensus politics and good dispatch box performance contrasted nicely with the Tory government’s floundering pandemic response and Boris Johnson’s wanting leadership.  Subsequently, Labour experienced a surge in support […]

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Chancellor extends furlough scheme as Sturgeon mulls lockdown

In a significant climbdown, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme (or Job Retention Scheme) would be extended across the UK until the end of March. It comes only weeks after Sunak insisted that it was right to wind-down the furlough scheme at the end of November and move to the less […]

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How has Starmer been able to claw back support for Labour?

Keir Starmer’s first five months of leadership have been busy. In the context of a global pandemic, he’s walked a difficult tightrope – insisting that labour “will have the courage to support the government where it gets things right; but challenge it where it gets things wrong”. With an Observer poll at the end of […]