We never doubted Brown was human. Did we?
Politics is a funny thing. No matter how many times parties are modernised, certain labels stick.
The letter to the Sunday Times was political opportunism dressed up as economics.
An opposition leader must rally defeated troops, win over the media and conjure up fresh ideas. It’s
The woeful under-representation of women in parliament is likely to continue.
Fiscal austerity, far from being the solution to economic misery and widespread unemployment, would
Fame and its irrational force is a riveting subject for modern Britain, and Alastair Campbell can claim more experience of this than most, having basked in the reflected glory of the best-known British politician in a generati
To Belize, yet again, for a spot of winter sun and some tactical chit-chat. The trip starts poorly when, despite repeated requests, Baron Cashcroft flat out declines to foot the bill for my upgrade.
Muslim women are talked about by others in the west as if they are powerless victims, in need of res
Taunton has had some prestigious MPs. Thomas Cromwell and Francis Bacon represented the constituency in the 16th century.
What exactly does a football captain do, and why is he important?
Why the 2010 election isn't 1992 all over again.
The idea of mutualism could yet unite Labour's left and right.
Who will be our Mo? This was the question that hung in the air like cheap cigar smoke, as Dave and I dutifully sat through two hours of Julie Walters acting her cotton socks off.
Great oratory is the mark of a great leader. Sophie Elmhirst asks politicians, historians and the wr
Aneurin Bevan, anti-Suez speech, Trafalgar Square rally, November 1956.
Enoch Powell, speech on the Hola Camp in Kenya, House of Commons, July 1959.
Harold Macmillan, speech to the South African parliament, Cape Town, February 1960.
Hugh Gaitskell, speech on nuclear disarmament, Labour party conference, October 1960.
Margaret Thatcher, Brighton bomb speech, Conservative party conference, October 1984.
Neil Kinnock, Militant speech, Labour party conference, October 1985.
Sir Geoffrey Howe, resignation speech, House of Commons, November 1990.
Three more speeches that didn't quite make our top ten.
Robin Cook, resignation speech, House of Commons, March 2003.
David Cameron, leadership bid, Conservative party conference, October 2005.
Tony Blair, last conference speech, Labour party conference, September 2006.
The New Statesman's top ten UK political speeches.
"Brown can't win" will become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless Labour casts it aside.
Victor Grayson is always the first name mentioned in Colne Valley, elected in a 1907 by-election as an Independent Socialist, only to be defeated in 1910 and disappear in 1920.