Posts Tagged “labour leadership contest”

Labour moderates, it’s now or never. Forget Angela Eagle and fight for yourselves

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2016

In happier, boringer days I once wrote: ‘election results are usually a lot more dull than the speculation which precedes them’. With that kind of prophetic insight, it’s little wonder I ended up running naked down Whitehall. The Lib Dem (…)

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Yeah, so I called the Labour leadership wrong. But not as badly as Labour did.

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com So I was wrong. Again.* The massed ranks of Jezzabelles and Jezzabeaux have propelled their Bennite throwback to the top of their party. My wrongness, and the wrongness of others like me who failed to predict (…)

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Confessions of a Labour entryist: how I’m voting in the leadership election

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com A month ago today, I registered as a Labour supporter, paid my £3, and was swiftly thanked by the party’s general secretary. I was partly driven by curiosity — kind of a mystery shopper excursion to (…)

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My take on the Labour leadership: enjoy Peak Corbyn, then prepare for Competent Cooper

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2015

Just when I think we’ve reached Peak Corbyn, the summer madness ratchets up another notch. Last night, we reached Peek Corbyn, as crowds of Jezzabeaux and Jezzabelles descended on Camden to hear the Sage of Islington spake. The New Statesman’s (…)

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(Trying to) explain Labour’s leadership woes & the Corbyn surge

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2015

The parallels between this summer’s Labour leadership contest meltdown and the battle for the party’s soul in the early 1980s are too close to swat away as ahistorical journalese. Here, for example, is an excerpt from Graham Stewart’s terrific book, (…)

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So. Farewell then, David Miliband

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2013

So. Farewell then David Miliband. You did not Win the Labour leadership. Though you got more votes Than Brother Ed The trade unions Did not like you. They liked him instead. That was your tragedy. And it will be His. EJ Thribb And so David Miliband exits the political stage, pursued by a barely concealed […]

First thoughts on Ed Miliband’s election as Labour leader

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Here are some first thoughts on what Ed Miliband’s wafer-thin election victory in the contest to lead Labour might mean… 1. He’s going to have to work hard to prove he’s his own man. There’s no doubt the right-wing press and the Conservatives will do all they can to show Ed Miliband is little more […]

Three key issues facing the new Labour leader, Mr Miliband

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

In an hour’s time we shall know who is the new leader of the Labour party. Though the bookies now make Ed Miliband favourite, my hunch is that older brother David will get the nod, just. We shall soon see. The best guide I’ve read on what to look out for as the votes are […]

LDV survey: Lib Dem members think Mili-D would make best Labour leader (but Balls would be best for us)

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the early race for the party presidency, the London mayoral selection, Trident, and the Labour leadership. Over 400 party members have responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results. This Saturday we find out who will be the next […]

Who would get your vote in the Labour leadership contest?

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2010

The weekend papers were full of speculation about the Labour leadership contest, which as it draws to a close appears to be a nail-bitingly close finish between the Brothers Miliband. According to pollster YouGov, Ed Miliband is set to sneak victory by the closest of margins after second preferences are taken into account; though the […]



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