Tony Blair

Brexiteers, remember how the promise of New Labour turned to dust

Those expecting a new Britain should look back two decades at the reality of Tony Blair’s seemingly transformative agenda<p>Twenty years after New Labour’s triumphant electoral victory, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are still squabbling. But far more important than the competing accounts of when the …

Opinion

Labour suspend Ivan Lewis MP amid sexual harassment investigation

A Labour Party spokesperson said: "The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously.<p>"Ivan Lewis is currently suspended …

UK News

How Hammond's U.K. Stamp Duty Cut Was Drawn-Up Behind His Back

The policy to cut taxes on home-buying, announced by Philip Hammond on Wednesday, was first drawn up behind his back by advisers to Prime Minister …

Philip Hammond

Jeremy Corbyn: Picking up my brother's dead body was one of the most horrific things I've ever done

Jeremy Corbyn sat hunched and tearful in his seat on a flight to Papua New Guinea, facing 20 long and lonely hours in the air trying to process the …

Referendums

Lest the blood of the Iraqis be shed in vain

During his meeting with the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions and her accompanying delegation on 15 November, Iraqi Prime Minister …

Middle East

Whisper It...Maybe Tony Blair's Right About Brexit

News<p>They keep telling us 'Brexit means Brexit' but now we're starting to understand what Brexit really means...and it isn't good<p><i>This is the third</i> …

Brexit

Budget 2017: Tuition fees work - Hammond should leave them alone

People often think higher education was always free until Tony Blair ruined it all by introducing tuition fees. In fact, free higher education for …

Education

The UK’s Very Own Dieselgate? Time To Reverse Decisions Ministers Knew Would Harm Our Health

The Budget is a golden opportunity<p>PA Archive/PA Images<p>You’d think the government would be doing everything it could to dig us out of the diesel mess. …

Environment

Brexit Could Make Eating 5-A-Day Unaffordable

News<p>Are things about to go pear shaped?<p>Do you eat your 5-A-Day? Do you really? Every single day? It’s pretty expensive to maintain a healthy diet, …

Labour Party

America has no idea how many innocent people it's killing in the Middle East

In February 2003, Elliott Abrams, a US official convicted of lying to Congress over the Iran-Contra affair but cleared by President George HW Bush, …

War

Martin Freeman’s Labour loyalty issues

Although Jeremy Corbyn has seen a number of celebrity supporters come and go, Martin Freeman has at least proved loyal. The Hobbit actor has spoken in favour of the Labour leader – and appeared in party broadcasts. Indeed on <i>the Andrew Marr show</i> this morning, Freeman once again endorsed Corbyn. Only …

World Politics

In a world short of hope, could the media help?

Brexit has drained Britain of its authority – and, it would seem, its competence. But, in the gloom, the press must remain optimistic enough to seek new ideas<p>Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s old chief-of-staff, is a master builder of bleakness. “I work in 11 countries across the globe,” he announced …

Brexit

UK ex-foreign secretary Straw hints he was sacked after urging Hamas dialogue

Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw intimated on Saturday that his dismissal was connected to a briefing he gave to a group of journalists in …

Middle East

Remember the 1990s? Here are 20 photographs of the North East from across the decade

We step back two decades in time. How were the 1990s for you?<p>As ever there were highs and lows.<p>Here in the North East, 1990 saw the Gateshead …

Tyneside

Tony Blair's Labour government ignored health warnings over impact of diesel vehicles, newly released files show

Tony Blair’s Labour government ignored health warnings over the impact of diesel vehicles on air pollution, previously confidential Treasury files …

Labour Party

Book review: Gordon Brown has learned nothing and forgotten quite a bit

<i>My Life, Our Times</i> by Gordon BrownThere is a wonderful cartoon by Max Beerbohm of George Bernard Shaw standing on his head, while Max himself, …

Books

Voters still trust Tories with the economy over Labour, poll shows

The latest Opinium/Observer poll finds that younger voters favour Labour on the economy, but overall, the Conservatives remain in front on the issue<p>Theresa May and Philip Hammond remain a more trusted team on the economy than their Labour counterparts, according to the latest Opinium/Observer …

News

The Guardian view on Yemen: a catastrophe that shames Britain

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is deteriorating as a Saudi blockade prevents desperately needed food, fuel and medicine from entering the country. London’s unstinting support for Riyadh makes the UK complicit<p>Twenty years ago, Tony Blair acknowledged the British government’s responsibility …

Middle East

Trudeau’s ‘deliverology’ on the verge of becoming a punchline

Before this week, questions about "deliverology" were liable to be met with a shrug by many in and around the federal government. Few could explain what the results-oriented management approach Justin Trudeau promised – complete with the knighted British guru who pioneered it in Tony Blair's …

Determine

The fatal ambition of Gordon Brown

In his autobiography, My Life, Our Times, the former prime minister inadvertently reveals the real reasons he failed to live up to his great …

Yoko Ono

Politicians must dare to shape public opinion, not just follow it

Research shows public opinion swung against unemployed people after New Labour had begun to denigrate them<p>Within Labour, there are two competing narratives about the 1997 general election. The first is that Tony Blair was the party’s saviour. After the best part of two decades in the wilderness, …

Opinion

North East child poverty to double due to Universal Credit - Gordon Brown claims

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has demanded the roll-out of Universal Credit be suspended as he claimed child poverty figures in the North East …

Universal Credit

Politics quiz of the week: Brexit, Grenfell and smashed avocados

Appearing in this weeks quiz are Boris Johnson, universal credit and the question of whether fancy fruits are keeping young people off the housing ladder<p>The EU withdrawal bill continues to make its way through parliament, while Boris Johnson continues to make a variety of headlines as foreign …

Iain Duncan Smith

Reviews roundup: My Life, Our Times; Love and Fame; The Accident on the A35

What the critics thought of Gordon Brown’s My Life, Our Times; Susie Boyt’s Love and Fame; and Graeme Macrae Burnet’s The Accident on the A35<p>Seven years after losing his job as prime minister, Gordon Brown has published his memoir, <i>My Life, Our Times</i>, and apparently he is “clearly still bitter”. So …

Books

Former British PM Tony Blair to Trump: Keep your allies with you

<b>(CNN) —</b> For former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President Donald Trump's "America First" priorities are not inherently problematic. However, Blair says they must be promoted in a way that does not isolate the US from its global allies.<p>"In one sense, why wouldn't you put America first? We …

World Politics

UK calls for 'greater clarity' on ICC's new crime of aggression

Britain among four countries looking to block court’s jurisdiction which could protect likes of Tony Blair from prosecution<p>The UK government is lobbying to block the international criminal court from activating the war crime of aggression, according to campaigners, in a move that could protect Tony …

Labour Party

Trudeau's Liberals check their to-do list: 67 promises down, more than 200 still to go

Newly launched government web site keeps track of promises kept, broken and 'modified'<p>Justin Trudeau's Liberals, elevated to power on promises to do …

Canada

Britain once punched above its weight. Now we are irrelevant

After Brexit and Trump, with the two pillars of its foreign policy broken, the UK’s allies can only look on in puzzlement<p>• Jonathan Powell was Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1995 to 2007<p>Britain has lost its way and is having an identity crisis, says the New York Times. Just as Dean Acheson’s barb …

Opinion

No, this isn't a real conversation between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

Fake news and hoaxes are like zombies: just when you think they're dead, they make a spectacular — and unexpected — comeback, stronger than before.<p>A …

Labour Party

Letters: Conceding loads of money in EU negotiations will get Britain nowhere

SIR – It is ludicrous that the BBC assumes the EU agenda and timetable are the only formula for successful Brexit negotiations. The EU is only interested in money, British money, and loads of it. If we concede this up front, nothing adequate would ensue.<p>The EU would then plead higher priorities – …

Brexit