Keir Starmer says ‘Super Thursday’ elections a ‘step in the road to power’

Keir Starmer has described Thursday’s elections as “but a step in the road” towards Labour ’s return to power, as polls ­suggest the party faces key defeats. The Labour leader on Wednesday toured the country campaigning for “every last vote” in the swathe of “Super Thursday” council, mayoral and national contests. As voters go to … Read more

Starmer says Labour recovery will take more time ahead of ‘Super Thursday’ elections – politics live | Politics

Here are two questions from below the line (BTL) that I thought I would answer here because they might be of wider interest. 1) Not really, if you look at these figures. I posted more on this topic on the blog yesterday, here and here. 2) Good question. You can look at it in three … Read more

Starmer downplays expectations ahead of elections as poll suggests Tories set for Hartlepool win – politics live | Politics

Yes it is, and let me just give you five headlines of that. First on the economy, short termism has bedevilled our economy for years and years. We’ve got low wages, low standards, low investment, low skills, low productivity. That has got to be changed to a long-term model, and there are plenty of leading … Read more

Will more bricks fall from the Red Wall? The key battlegrounds to watch in the 2021 local elections

A recent survey gave Mr Street a nine point lead over Mr Byrne, with 46 per cent saying they would back Mr Street as their first choice.  The Tories also had another surprise gain at the time of Mr Street’s win when Ben Houchen became the mayor for Tees Valley. He is running again this … Read more

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Keir Starmer will need to paper over this puerile John Lewis stunt 

Whichever spin doctor came up with the idea that Keir Starmer should appear on the campaign trail in John Lewis holding up a roll of wallpaper should be pasted against the wall and papered over permanently. Of all the facile and stupid stunts in a week when the Prime Minister had really been on the … Read more

Tories attack Keir Starmer’s John Lewis photo op dig amid Downing Street flat refurbishment row

Tory chair Amanda Milling said the Labour leader was “playing political games” by posing with rolls of wallpaper at a branch in Greater Manchester. Prime Minister Mr Johnson faces a probe into the controversial renovation of the flat. He had been asked asked about reports he and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had rejected furnishings by … Read more

Cash for curtains: how damaging are the allegations involving Boris Johnson? –podcast

For months, information has been leaked to the press from inside Downing Street, including allegations Boris Johnson was given the cash – which has not yet been published in any declarations – to do up his official residence. The Guardian columnist Rafael Behr discusses how damaging this could be for the prime minister The Guardian … Read more

UK Covid live: UK secures 60m vaccine booster shots for use later this year | Politics

The incoming DUP leader should recognise that the political landscape across our island has changed. The broad community are impatient for social reform and political change which reflects a modern and progressive society where everyone can feel that they belong on an equal basis. As joint head of government my focus, and the focus of … Read more

Gove backs Johnson as PM accused of making ‘bodies pile high’ remark

The Cabinet Office minister said on Monday that he “never heard language of that kind” in the meeting where Mr Johnson ordered the second shutdown in England. The Prime Minister was also forced to deny making the statement, saying the allegation was “total rubbish” as he faced questions about the bitter briefing war that has … Read more