Lucy Powell

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Labour vows to ‘secure BBC’s independence’ after Lineker row
Rows about the football pundit’s tweets and the appointment of a Tory donor as chairman have prompted concerns about political pressures on the corporation

Toby Helm, Political Editor

26, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Gary Lineker’s BBC suspension like something from ‘Putin’s Russia’, says Labour – as it happened
Shadow culture secretary tells Commons the decision to take presenter off air was part of a ‘Tory cancel campaign’

Andrew Sparrow

14, Mar, 2023 @5:48 PM

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Labour pledges to toughen ‘weakened and gutted’ online safety bill
Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell vows to target algorithms that bombard children with harmful content if party wins power

Toby Helm

01, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Keir Starmer promises to launch publicly-owned UK energy company as he hails ‘Labour moment’ – as it happened
Latest updates: the Labour party leader used his conference speech to spell out his plan for the UK. This blog is now closed

Nadeem Badshah (now); Andrew Sparrow and Ben Quinn (earlier)

27, Sep, 2022 @6:41 PM

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Labour pledges to strengthen the BBC’s independence and protect funding
Party would insulate broadcaster from political pressure, says shadow culture secretary, as Liz Truss prepares to wage war on it

Toby Helm, Political Editor, & Vanessa Thorpe

27, Aug, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Manchester MP to write to minister over ‘guilty by association’ verdicts
Lucy Powell raises with Dominic Raab case of young black men jailed after taking part in a group chat

Helen Pidd North of England editor

04, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Starmer beer claim ‘smears’ could drag on for weeks, top Labour figures warn
Shadow cabinet reveal their frustration after elections as police
re-examine allegations of Covid rules breach

Michael Savage

07, May, 2022 @7:29 PM

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Cronyism fears as businessman Sir Ian Cheshire is named head of Channel 4
Jon Snow and other leading broadcasters express concern over appointment and call for C4’s public service remit to be protected

Vanessa Thorpe and Michael Savage

02, Apr, 2022 @9:42 PM

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‘Nadine Dorries is terrible! That’s made my job easier’: Labour’s Lucy Powell on the Tories, culture war and BBC
As a teenager, the shadow culture secretary was always up for a party. Now she is expected to have a view on everything from the legacy of colonialism to the future of the licence fee. How is she handling the never-ending controversy?

Charlotte Higgins

29, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Labour reshuffle: who’s up and who’s down in Keir Starmer’s shake-up
Key role goes to Yvette Cooper in leader’s radical overhaul of his shadow cabinet

Heather Stewart

29, Nov, 2021 @9:53 PM

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UK government must save Liberty Steel soon to protect supply chain jobs, warns Labour
Party says insolvency could threaten thousands of workers if owner Sanjeev Gupta fails to find new lender

Jasper Jolly

20, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Supermarkets should pay back £1.9bn Covid business rates relief, say MPs
Conservative and Labour MPs say taxpayers’ money not needed by big chains, who are paying out dividends

Jasper Jolly

15, Nov, 2020 @3:10 PM

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