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Both former human rights lawyers, both hailing from Labour's soft left, Starmer and Khan have known each other for more than 20 years.
The party needs a leader who is popular in the country, rather than merely the party, and a programme that is credible as well as radical.
Electoral law, the legal system and parliament itself will all be reformed to the Conservatives’ advantage.
As the Conservatives champion their economic record, new figures show GDP did not grow in the three months to October.
Though the cuts will end, current public spending outside of health will remain 15 per cent lower than in 2010.
The Prime Minister’s claim that Labour would raise the tax rate to “the highest in Europe” was a flat-out lie.
The steady increase in taxation since 2010 represents an ideological victory for the left.
Mediocre growth of 0.3 per cent is nothing for the Conservatives to celebrate.
Both parties recognise that voters crave higher public spending, not a smaller state.
The flight of Tory pragmatists shows a broad church degenerating into a dogmatic sect.
The cancellation of the Budget means weaker growth and higher government borrowing will not be officially reflected.