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Chief Political Commentator — The Observer
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The Observer's award-winning Chief Political Commentator, critically-acclaimed broadcaster and author of Number One best-seller, The End of the Party.

For David Cameron, the best answer to the Europe question is a quick one — In politics, as in comedy and sex, timing is often everything. David Cameron has given himself until the end of 2017 to answer what the British call the European Question and Europe calls the British Question.

Four ways for Labour to win back working-class voters — At 9.45pm, I left our campaign headquarters in Darwen, Lancashire, in jubilant mood. Our "get out the vote" operation had been a huge success. I wasn't sure we'd won, but I knew we'd increased our vote (as indeed we did).

Jon Cruddas: this could be the greatest crisis the Labour party has ever faced — A week after Labour's catastrophic general election defeat, Jon Cruddas is holding nothing back. His party must now "go to some dark places", he says, in its search for explanations. After months in which politicians have obfuscated in the name of loyalty and discipline, the man who wrote the party's manifesto believes his duty now lies in being brutally honest.

Andy Burnham: My campaign is ‘heart of Labour’. I am not into factional politics — It is just a week into the Labour leadership contest and Andy Burnham, the frontrunner according to the bookies, admits that it already seems to have "lasted for ever". One fancied prospect, Dan Jarvis, has ruled himself out because of family commitments, while another, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, dramatically pulled out last Friday morning within three days of declaring his interest via a decidedly low-grade video clip from Swindon.

Cameron should enjoy his ‘sweet victory’ - before it turns sour — David Cameron calls it "the sweetest of victories" - and, from his point of view, you can see why it is a sugar rush. The election result has made idiots of the pollsters and fools of those, myself included, who placed too much faith in their numbers.

Election aftermath: how will the next government be decided? — It is breakfast time on 8 May. The people have spoken - and for the second successive election they have denied a Commons majority to any single party. As the polls suggested and most of the pundits predicted, we have another hung parliament.

Voters are being asked to go to the polls wearing blindfolds — I want to ask a question that is not as stupid as it first sounds: what is an election about? Making a choice, obviously. But the process of making that choice should be something more. It ought also to be a conversation about the challenges facing the country and an education in how the rival leaders would meet them.

Election 2015 live: Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson interviewed on the Marr show — Good morning. It's the penultimate weekend of the election campaign, and I'm writing today's Election Live blog. Labour has a big policy announcement this morning: its plan to cap rents in the private sector, which are being described on the front page of the Sunday Times as amounting to the return of rent controls.

General election 2015: the main parties are all staring into a pitch-black night of the soul — As the distinguished philosopher Michael "Iron Mike" Tyson once put it: "Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth." The story of this election is the parties making plans - and then getting thumped in the chops. This most tightly gridded and claustrophobically choreographed campaign is not going to schedule for anyone.

Is it West Ham? Or is it Villa? Cameron mocked on Twitter as he forgets which team he backs — In football parlance, with which David Cameron may or may not be conversant, it was an astonishing own goal. Sports stars, fellow politicians and football fans around the country reacted with amused disbelief on Saturday as the prime minister appeared to forget his long-running claim to be an Aston Villa fan and postured as a West Ham United supporter.
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May 24, 2015

For David Cameron, the best answer to the Europe question is a quick one

May 17, 2015

Labour’s triple whammy defeat has left the party in a triple vice

May 14, 2015

RT @bbcthisweek: We'll get a round-up of election week and search for a new Labour leader with @andrewrawnsley Thu #bbctw 11.45pm

May 10, 2015

David Cameron should savour his ‘sweet victory’ while he can. History tells us it will turn sour. #GE2015

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