Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the tag “Yvette Cooper”

The Uncomfortable Coalition

Asked if she [Yvette Cooper] was worried if the party could split if he [Jeremy Corbyn] wins, she said: “I am, because I’m worried what’s happening at the moment, that the party does seem to be polarising between the different extremes and I don’t think that is the right thing to do.

“Partly, we want to hold our party together in order to win. Divided parties don’t win, but it’s actually much more than that. I just don’t think the extremes of the party are the right place to be and are true to our values and are true to the things we need to do to change the country for the future.”
BBC News Website 20 August 2015 : Labour Party could split under Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper says

It is (or was) of course open to someone to put themselves forward as a candidate not at the extremes. The fact that the centre appears vacant possibly says something about “Labour” in the 21st century.

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Labour Pains

What is likely to be the result of the Labour Leadership election?

Polls – possibly based on slightly shaky sampling – seem to be predicting Jeremy Corbyn as being the first round winner. Whether he gets the required outright majority to win on the first count is less clear.

Ideally the result should be clear-cut. Read more…

Rats in a Sack (and not understanding AV!)

The Cooper and Burnham camps have traded blows over their views on Mr Corbyn and their place in the contest.

A spokesman for the former said on Monday that Mr Burnham should “step back and leave it to Yvette” if he could not provide an alternative to Mr Corbyn
BBC News Website 18 August 2015 : Labour leadership: Burnham criticises Cooper call to quit

Apart from being unedifying, it also shows a remarkable disrespect for the electorate and misunderstanding of the benefits of AV. Read more…

“old solutions to old problems, not new answers to the problems of today”

Yvette Cooper has turned her fire on the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race as the party prepares to start sending out ballot papers.

“old solutions to old problems, not new answers to the problems of today”
BBC News Website 13 August 2015 : Yvette Cooper: Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies ‘not credible’

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“No” or “Wet” Blanket Opposition

Harriet Harman announced that Labour would not oppose Gideon’s Government’s proposals to hack away at benefits.

We’re not going to do blanket opposition because we’ve heard all around the country that whilst people have got concerns, particularly about the standard of living for low income families in work, they don’t want just… blanket opposition to what the government are proposing on welfare.

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