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7 February 2024

Subscriber of the week: Alastair Beattie

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A retired NHS data specialist, working part-time in the NHS.

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Newcastle upon Tyne.

Do you vote?

Always Labour.

How long have you been a subscriber?

About 25 years.

What made you start?

It was more convenient than a newsagent.

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I leave it on the kitchen table.

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Letters and Commons Confidential.

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Andrew Marr, Jason Cowley, Phil Whitaker, John Gray.

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Fiona Hill.

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George Osborne.

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Kate Mossman’s 2019 profile of Melvyn Bragg.

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This article appears in the 07 Feb 2024 issue of the New Statesman, Who runs Labour?