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Is Starmer’s Labour its own greatest threat?

The recent news that former MSP Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader between 2015 and 2017, voted for the SNP in the 2019 European Parliament elections, is yet another moment in…

Labour needs more women

Labour has long been dominated by men, a history that Harriet Harman has extensively critiqued. Despite being the party of the left, Labour has been beaten to the post by…

Fringe 2023: In Conversation With… Jeremy Corbyn

It is as though a celebrity is in the room as Jeremy Corbyn walks onto the stage to a thunder of cheers and applause. There is a humility to him…

Starmer takes the stage – and this time he owns it

For too long, many Labour supporters have felt unsatisfied with Keir Starmer’s leadership. He has had a tough run, having come to the post during the pandemic, when politics had…

Review: Red Ellen

Bettrys Jones’ fiery portrayal of Ellen Wilkinson in Red Ellen, at the Lyceum this May, presents both the achievements and the failures of the remarkable Labour MP in the 1930s…

Another promise to increase the minimum wage: students, read the fine print 

Last month, Keir Starmer pledged that should he win a majority, he would ensure a £10 minimum wage. Within his speech made to the TUC conference, Starmer swore to build…

Keir Starmer is no Thomas Hobbes, but he doesn’t need to be

When Starmer was first elected leader of the Labour Party, the libertarian commentariat rejoiced: finally, an exacting, methodological needle to prick Johnson’s pomposity. His early PMQs had a laser-like focus…

A year on, ‘Starmerism’ appears to be fizzling out

When Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party last year, many Labour members and voters were cautiously optimistic. With good experience in government, and a background in Labour’s soft…