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    Who really holds power on the left?

    enJune 06, 2024

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    • UK election controversiesDespite international events quieting political campaigns, UK parties continue to face controversies over donations and tax allegations, hurting their fundraising abilities and public image

      While political campaigns in the UK have been quieter than usual due to international events, controversies surrounding donations and tax allegations continue to make headlines. UnitedHealthcare offers short-term health insurance plans for those in transition periods, while Mint Mobile defies industry norms by lowering prices. The New Statesman podcast provides in-depth coverage of the UK election campaigns and the controversies surrounding donations to political parties, with the Conservative Party and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford facing scrutiny. The tax allegations and donation scandals have not played well with the public, and the parties have struggled to raise funds during the campaign season. Despite this, they have continued to accept controversial donations, causing further controversy and damaging their public image.

    • Welsh political crisisThe Welsh political crisis surrounding Vaughan Gethin's handling of a financial scandal and loss of confidence vote has overshadowed his leadership and raised questions about his judgment, but may not resonate much beyond Wales due to limited national attention.

      Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gethin's handling of a financial scandal and his recent defeat in a vote of confidence in the Welsh Senate have overshadowed his leadership and raised questions about his judgment and ability to maintain the confidence of his party and the Welsh parliamentary system. Despite the significance of these events, they may not resonate much with the rest of the country due to the relative lack of attention paid to Welsh politics compared to Scotland's existential struggles over the future of the union. The Tories are using these developments to criticize Labour, but it remains to be seen how much impact this will have on the general election campaign.

    • Labour's campaign dynamicsLabour's campaign director, Morgan McSweeney, holds significant influence over the party despite Keir Starmer's expected immense powers as prime minister.

      During the current political landscape, the power dynamics are shifting, and the campaign director's influence is significant. Keir Starmer, the set-to-be prime minister, is expected to have immense powers once in office, but currently, Morgan McSweeney, Labour's campaign director, holds considerable sway. McSweeney played a crucial role in Starmer's rise to power and wielded significant influence during the campaign, particularly in candidate selections. As the general election heats up, the powerless list, which provides a snapshot of influential figures, highlights McSweeney's importance. Additionally, changes in the list reflect recent events, such as Angela Rayner's intervention on Diane Abbott's leadership bid and Sue Gray's potential role as chief of staff.

    • UK Political Landscape ShiftsDavid Lammy, Angela Rayner, and Carla Denyer are influential figures in the UK's political landscape, with Lammy advocating progressive realism, Rayner bringing a populist touch to Labour, and Denyer representing the potential impact of smaller parties

      The political landscape in the UK is undergoing significant shifts, with key players like David Lammy, Angela Rayner, and Carla Denyer emerging as influential figures. Lammy, a Labour MP and advocate of progressive realism, has gained prominence through his speeches, connections with international leaders, and new political adviser. Rayner, as Labour's deputy leader, brings her own mandate and populist touch to the table, making it harder for opponents like Nigel Farage to label her as an establishment figure. Denyer, the co-leader of the Greens, represents the potential impact of smaller parties in the next parliament, with her party showing signs of making gains in seats like Bristol Central. Additionally, figures like George Galloway and Rula Jebreal, who represent growing opposition to the major parties, highlight the importance of acknowledging diverse viewpoints and shifting political allegiances.

    • British Politics Influential Figures ShiftThe 2023 Power List reveals a shift in British politics towards a Labour-led government, with Labour politicians and aides dominating the list and conservative think tanks losing influence

      The 2023 Power List, which ranks the most influential figures in British politics, reflects the current reality of a Labour government on the rise. The list is dominated by Labour politicians and aides, as they are set to hold significant power in the upcoming government. The era of unfettered globalization and cultural figures defining the national character seems to be over, and social media algorithms have changed, leading to a shift in influence. Gary Lineker, a prominent liberal figure, has seen a decline in his influence due to less polemical statements and Twitter algorithm changes. The list also highlights the role of think tanks, with influential conservative think tanks shaping policy under the current conservative government. However, under a Labour government, different sources of ideas would emerge, with think tanks like IPPR and Commonwealth gaining more influence. Overall, the 2023 Power List underscores the significant shift in British politics towards a Labour-led government and the corresponding changes in influence and power dynamics.

    • UK Political Landscape ChangesNew players and institutions will shape the UK's political landscape after the election, with a focus on economic policies, social care, and dissenting voices. Ed Davey could be a significant figure in the next parliament.

      The UK's political landscape is set for significant changes following the upcoming election, with potential new players like Torsten Bell entering parliament and institutions like the Resolution Foundation shaping economic policies for the next Labour government. The election will also lead to a new arena for dissenting voices, such as Andy Burnham and the Scottish National Party, to make their mark. Social care remains a pressing issue, and the next Labour government is expected to address it, learning from past mistakes like the "dementia tax." Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, has increased his personal profile and could be a significant figure in the next parliament, especially if his party gains a substantial number of seats. The human side of politics, as illustrated by Ed Davey's video, should not be forgotten amidst the election campaign.

    • Podcasts and ElectionsListeners can submit election-themed questions for the New Statesman podcast, while reality TV fans can enjoy 'Reality Gays' discussing popular unscripted shows, both supported by Acast.

      This week on the New Statesman podcast, the team will be answering listener questions with an election theme. Listeners can submit their questions through the website, on Spotify, or on YouTube. Reality TV fans, meanwhile, can check out "Reality Gays," a new podcast where hosts Maddie and Poodle discuss and dissect popular unscripted shows. Acast supports both podcasts, helping creators launch, grow, and monetize their content. So whether you're interested in politics or reality TV, there's a podcast for you. Don't miss out on engaging discussions and entertaining commentary. Subscribe and tune in!

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