No Confidence in Jeremy

So today Jeremy Corbyn lost a vote of no confidence in his leadership but vowed to fight on…. After the drama of the resignation from his Shadow Cabinet over the last 48 hours, Jeremey Corbyn faced the vote of No Confidence today. He lost and lost badly. Most people in such circumstances would do the…

A Week IS a Long Time in Politics

As you may have gathered from my twitter and Facebook I have fortunately been slightly pre occupied over the last week with the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup. Ironically the event got me onto the Daily Politics Programme when they did a light hearted piece on Friday. However, with over 300 Parliamentarians from across the globe…

New Style PMQs

It has been a roller coaster of a ride for Jeremy Corbyn since his election on Saturday and PMQs was the first time to see him in action in the Commons. As a former insider it is difficult to express how much of the mood for MPs is set by this weekly encounter that many…

Live Blog Updates on Labour Leadership

12.37 – I have been gripped by my twitter timeline, the news, facebook. The fact is that much of the commentariat now believe Labour is now unelectable as does my non-labour member friends on social media. I have thousands of friends/ ex constituents. people who voted and supported me in a marginal seat but wouldn’t…

Quick Dip Back Inside the Bubble

I know Westminster is often described as a political bubble and therefore anything that is said inside is somehow not worth the same as a ‘real discussion’ on the doorstep! So today I was back in Westminster to get some ‘gossip’ from as many people as possible about the state of politics and of course…

Labour Leadership Ballot Papers Out – it is now VERY real

The ballot papers for the Labour leadership election have started to go out and I am looking forward to receieving mine and posting my first preference for Andy Burnham, and my second for Yvette Cooper. As we saw in 2010 the distribution of secnd and third preferences can become really important. So far I remained…

I’m One of those Annoying Floating Voters

 Over the years campiagning on the doorstep I was always struck how many people were genuinely floating voters and ‘undecideds’. As we saw in the 2015 General Election people were making their decisions right up to the end of the campaign – even in the polling booth on the day. I have always struggled with…