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Jeremy Corbyn needs an inspiring Labour vision for London and other UK cities

It now seems to be confirmed that Sadiq Khan, a popular Labour Mayor of London, has not been asked to address his party’s conference this year, at least from its main stage. Neither, it appears, […]

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Neither May’s Brexit vision nor Corbyn’s old time religion meet London’s needs

No party won the general election and neither the Conservatives nor Labour offered programmes that were convincing for London, on whose economic strength the post-Brexit nation will depend even more heavily than it does now. Both […]

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Election 2017: some missing bits from Labour and Conservative housing policies

Big gaps in the published plans of the two largest parties have been an unhappy feature of this troubled and unconvincing election campaign, with housing policy standing out. That matters a lot in London, where high […]

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Election 2017: a gloomy prognosis from all parties on London’s NHS

BBC London’s Karl Mercer has set out some big numbers about the National Health Service in London: Each year 60 million GP consultations take place, roughly 165,000 a day. Nearly £18bn is spent on the NHS […]

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Election 2017: even if YouGov’s polls are wrong about UK voters, they could still be right about London’s

Yesterday, people were looking through the London details of YouGov’s shock “new model” poll for The Times, which sensationally found that the Conservatives’ might actually lose seats nationally and that we might wake on 9 […]

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Election 2017: Gareth Thomas, 20-year guardian of Labour progress in multicultural Harrow West, has a hard survival fight on his hands

Factors that shape the marginal constituency of Harrow West can be surveyed from many vantage points, but a spot beside Rayners Lane Underground station on Alexandra Avenue is hard to beat. The station itself speaks […]

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Fixed that for you: dodgy Liberal Democrat election graphs, 2017

Elections are a time for many things. I’ve come to think of them as a time for sniggering at parties’ desperate attempts to sway voters by presenting a dubious grasp of mathematics in graph form and […]

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Guest Comment: Labour’s Matthew Pennycook has mislaid his manners over Brexit

Let’s talk about Greenwich and Woolwich. Because we shouldn’t need to talk about Greenwich and Woolwich, but reports from the doorstep suggest we do. Labour canvassers in this solid Labour seat tell of people saying […]

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Election 2017: Tory education plans for London are state-sponsored stupidity

Back in the early 1990s, when my eldest children were very young, London’s state schools were widely seen as disastrous. That was unfair because not all of them were bad, but the truth is that many were. […]