In his first conference address as party leader, Jeremy Corbyn recycled lines that had been published by Richard Heller, a former adviser to Denis Healey. In an age of jobbing speechwriters, does it matter? Blair's biographer, John Rentoul, considers the question
Gordon Brown comes off badly in Charles Clarke's collection of essays about leaders
Party strategists know they cannot rely on the 'cost of living crisis' to carry them to victory in next year's general election
It might be regarded as a happy hunting ground for the crucial female votes of Middle England but Mumsnet has again proved it can be a jungle for politicians hoping to reach out beyond the confines of Westminster.
Former Cabinet Secretary says McBride had 'gone off the territory' even as a civil servant
Ed Miliband may have been copied in to damaging emails that were at the centre of a 2009 smear campaign orchestrated by leading Labour officials, according to senior party sources.
Britain's senior political television journalists are at war with Downing Street over what they see as attempts by David Cameron to bypass them and use less critical media outlets to broadcast policies to the public.
Ed must be swivel-eyed this morning, such is the volume of advice he's been handed by the press. Most of it starts by noting the Conservatives are on an upswing, and Labour's message hasn't quite got through to voters. So what might the party leader do to turn things round? (Besides getting that egg out of his hair).
The best play to date about the tragicomic compromises and ignominious ironies of coalition politics is Michael Frayn's Democracy (2003) about the unstable, ill-natured, ideologically bizarre groupings on which power depended in post-war Germany.
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A future Labour government would scrap the winter fuel allowance for over half a million richer pensioners, the shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls,announced today, as part of attempts to prove the party is ready to take tough spending decisions.
MPs added to their salaries with outside earnings worth £7m last year, with 20 backbenchers making more money from other activities than from their parliamentary salaries, new research disclosed last night.
As the world's top players, minus Apple, gather in Barcelona, Gideon Spanier assesses the mood
The new citizenship handbook cuts out benefits advice and trumpets Thatcher’s legacy
Helen Mirren is about to reprise her Oscar-winning role as Elizabeth II in 'The Audience', a play by Peter Morgan, screenwriter of 'The Queen'. It opens in London next month. Her Majesty has seen 12 prime ministers come and go over 60 years, and the play promises to 'break the contract of silence' of her weekly audiences with each of them, from Churchill to the present day. John Rentoul offers a preview
It's important for politicians to project an image of bonhomie