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Strikes: Labour’s cross to bear

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This week Jim looks at the dilemma strike action always poses for the Labour Party. Should Sir Keir Starmer back the rail workers or the workers disrupted by the strike?It is a problem with a long history for the party.

Tough on Russia and EU, but is it enough?

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Jim thinks the Prime Minister is showing European leadership on Ukraine but pettiness on Brexit. He also includes a comprehensive reflection on the local election results in the North West.

Judgement on Labour

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Jim presents his comprehensive preview of the local elections next week in the North West. The Tories should do very badly but Jim suggests the picture is complicated for Labour.

Labour needs to rediscover its common-sense gene

Unless and until Labour rediscovers its common-sense gene around complex issues such as transgender rights, it will never be in government. Frank McKenna’s latest blog focusses on Keir Starmer’s discomfort over the ‘culture wars’ issue that has dominated media interviews with politicians in recent weeks.

Burnham and Neville: The Dream team

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Jim gives his views on the leadership of Keir Starmer after two visits to Greater Manchester in a week by the Labour leader. He also asks why so few Chancellors make it to being Prime Minister.

Labour’s renewal

For the first time in a long time, Labour looks like it could win a General Election. Read why, in Frank McKenna’s latest Downtown blog.


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Jim gives his views on this week’s shake up in Labour’s shadow team as it affects the North. Five Greater Manchester MPs are in the Shadow Cabinet and none from Liverpool as Sir Keir Starmer continues his march to the middle ground.

Does politics affect business investment?

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How much notice do business investors take of the political shenanigins at the Town Hall? Jim previews a lecture next week by distinguished academic Michael Parkinson who will look at Liverpool. A city massively regenerated but with a political system that’s bust.

Big week for Labour and Starmer

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Keir Starmer and Labour host their conference in Brighton this week. Will the party show that it has learned the lessons of four consecutive General Election defeats – or continue its journey into political oblivion?

Burnham and Rayner on manoeuvres

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After last week’s big round of elections will there ever be a Labour government again?Frank and Jim give their differing views in this week’s blogs and Jim looks at the detailed results in the North West

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