6:31 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The British Labour party announced David Axelrod will be working to help Ed Miliband become the next prime minister.
"David Axelrod will play a key role in Labour’s general election campaign as a Senior Strategic Adviser, the Party can announce today," reads a press release.
The strategist who masterminded Barack Obama’s back-to-back presidential victories in 2008 and 2012 has agreed to work with Labour to get Ed Miliband elected as Prime Minister in 2015.
His new role is the culmination of several months’ effort led by Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Chair of General Election Strategy, to secure the services of Mr Axelrod and the firm, AKPD, until the general election in May next year.
Mr Axelrod will become an integral part of Labour’s team, working closely with Mr Alexander, Spencer Livermore, the Campaign Director, and Stan Greenberg, the Party’s senior pollster. He will also participate in regular strategic discussions with Mr Miliband and the Labour campaign team.
The former Senior Adviser in President Obama’s White House will arrive on May 14 in London for two days of strategy meetings with Mr Miliband, Harriet Harman, and other senior Shadow Cabinet members.
Senior figures in AKPD, including veterans from the Obama for America campaign Larry Grisolano and Mike Donilon, will further strengthen Labour’s campaign with their expertise.
They will join Mr Axelrod for the strategy meetings in London next month and AKPD’s work for Labour is expected to increase in the first months of next year as the general election approaches.
There's no word on how much Axelrod is expected to be paid for his counsel.
2:33 PM, May 7, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The news has flown a bit under the radar here in the United States, for understandable reasons; but the results earlier this week of the Scottish parliament elections are historic. Whether this is good or bad history, of course, remains to be seen. For the first time, and much against the odds and recent opinion polls, Alex Salmond's Scottish Nationalist Party has won an absolute majority in the Edinburgh parliament--something that the Hollyrood system was designed to prevent, and which now puts the future of the United Kingdom itself in jeopardy. Let me explain.
The death of Ireland’s crony capitalist party.Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
In the grand old days before the Irish real estate boom collapsed, the ruling Fianna Fáil party used to campaign the fun way. Infamously, the party held blowout fundraisers every year in a tent at the Galway races. Bankers and property magnates would show up, caked in bling, surrounded by attractive young women and occasionally even their wives, and get drunk with their elected representatives and regulators.
Can a marriage of convenience between Tories and Lib Dems endure for five years? May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Republicans, if they learn from Conservatives, can avoid big blunders.12:15 AM, May 9, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
Conservatives came in first in Thursday’s election in Great Britain, but it’s their failure to win a majority that Republicans should examine for the lessons it teaches. If the GOP listens, they’ll improve their chance of winning control of Congress in the congressional midterm election on November 2.
An unlikely Tory/LibDem alliance? 12:59 PM, May 7, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
At the moment, it is reasonable to assume that the price of Britain's political system would appear to be some sort of governing coalition of the Tories and Liberal Democrats. This might take the form of a formal blue/yellow alliance, with LibDems in a Tory cabinet; or it might mean LibDem support for the Tories on certain votes (the next budget, for example) and abstention on certain issues. In any event, Gordon Brown and Labour have been unquestionably rejected, and any arrangement between Brown and the LibDem leader Nick Clegg to keep the Conservative leader David Cameron out of No 10 Downing Street would lack legitimacy, and lead to a strong rebuke at the next general election--probably in a year.
More viral than Joe the Plumber.10:32 AM, Apr 29, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
On Wednesday morning, it looked as though Gordon Brown might have stalled Cleggmania, inching back into second place in some polls. But then he met Gillian Duffy.
Duffy, a senior citizen and lifelong Labour supporter, bumped into Brown as the prime minister was leaving a meet-and-greet in the town of Rochdale. Duffy told him she was almost ashamed to say she was a Labour voter, and while she would vote for Brown, she had concerns about the national debt, taxes, and immigration. The exchange ended amicably, with Duffy wishing Brown good luck as he climbed into his car. But the prime minister forgot he was wired for sound and lashed out at his aides for allowing Duffy to speak with him. Brown branded the exchange a disaster and called Duffy a "bigoted woman" as his car was leaving the scene.
Gordon Brown in free fall with 11 days to go.
8:05 AM, Apr 26, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
The closer Britain gets to election day, the more uncertain things become. One uncertainty, however, seems to have been cleared up - Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are out of contention.
The first debate resulted in Nick Clegg and the third place Liberal Democrats surging into close competition with David Cameron's Conservatives for first place. And while Cameron got a bit of a boost in the second debate, Clegg was able to maintain his rising status. As for Brown, he's now seeing some of Labour's lowest poll ratings ever, and he seems to be losing any chance of winning the most seats despite finishing third in the popular vote.
Thoughts on the election across the pond. 9:45 AM, Apr 22, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
On the heels of the first televised election debate in British history, the country seems to have become totally enamored with Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat party. While the LibDems traditionally languish in a distant third behind the Labour and Conservative parties, Clegg's spectacular debate performance ignited a surge that has pushed his party past Labour and into a statistical tie with David Cameron's Conservatives (some polls show a slim Conservative lead, others a slim LibDem lead).
Appeasing the media has reduced the Tory strategy to the twin pillars of inoffensiveness and not being Labour. Mar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By ANDREW STUTTAFORD
‹‹ More Recent