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Labour’s election message on nurses’ pay is a risky move

The opposition's campaign line is cutting through – but for how long?

Labour launched its campaign ahead of local elections on 6 May with a simple message: “a vote for Labour is a vote to support our nurses”.

It’s a clear top line on an issue that has resonance, but with a government U-turn seemingly inevitable, is it an election winner?

That’s the central topic of discussion on this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, with Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea.

Also, in You Ask Us, they answer whether the Tories are starting to regret choosing Shaun Bailey as their London mayoral candidate.

Further reading

Ailbhe writes that, on austerity, Labour is winning the small arguments but losing the big one.

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Stephen argues the Budget points to a 2023 general election – but two things could go wrong for the Tories.

Philip Collins on how Labour can turn the Tories’ “levelling up” agenda against them.

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