Rob Marchant

Rob Marchant is a political commentator and former Labour Party manager. As well as his regular columns at LabourList and Labour Uncut, he also contributes to the New Statesman, Left Foot Forward, Harry’s Place, Progress, the Huffington Post and his own blog, The Centre Left.

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David Cameron and Ed Miliband attend the Queen's Speech on 4 June 2014

Scottish referendum: It's hard for us Labour supporters to admit, but Cameron did good here

For bonus points, the Prime Minister can now wield the West Lothian question to the advantage of the Tory party

A man, wearing a 'Stop the War Coalition' jumper, marches against government plans to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their rented flats near London's Olympic Park.

The Stop the War Coalition should do us all a favour and disband

Its original aims might have been noble, but it no longer represents mainstream opinion, and has been hijacked by the far-left

Labour leader Ed Miliband is greeted by supporters and councillors at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford, Essex

Memo to Labour: Hold the champagne

Labour have done in the latest elections but have failed to connect to the public

Labour's new diversity policy is not just bad policy, it's bad maths

We have made a mess of our own back yard. We do not need to do the same to the country's labour market.

Unite leader Len McCluskey at Grangemouth

Unite's foolishness could undo the reforms we worked so hard for

The answer is to stick up for the good trade unionism and kick out the bad

Want to know how Ed Miliband can avoid future Falkirks?

Primaries – they pay for themselves and the majority of Labour supporters would take part

Rob Marchant: Revamping Labour's union ties could help Ed Miliband

Some activists see Blairite diehards trying to ‘break the link’ – but this is at best paranoid

Diane Abbott keeps in touch at the Labour Party conference

Who will be Labour's next Mayor of London

With a heavier union influence and London's bunker mentality, it looks likely to be a choice of the least worst options for Miliband

Labour's return from the local elections shows a party that has missed the electorate's sweet-spot

The last few weeks have been disastrous for Miliband. And this was no turnaround

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party

Labour discipline is in a woeful state, but there is more than that at stake with the Ahmed affair

The only surprising thing about this case is that no one seems to have realized Lord Ahmed was an accident waiting to happen

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