Daniel Wood
My name is Daniel Wood. I am a Labour Party member and I have worked for several MPs, as a parliamentary assistant. I'm from the 'Deep South' of London and went to the University of Birmingham, where I studied Political Science. Follow me on Twitter: @DCWood1986

Entries by Daniel Wood

Ed Miliband Can't Lose

(257) Comments | Posted 17 November 2013 | (23:00)

It is bandied about by the press that the 2015 general election will be competitive. Naturally, sustaining such a narrative sells papers. However, when observing the statistics with an impassive and unpartisan mindset, one realises that not only is the general election Labour's to lose; it is almost inconceivable that...

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Cameron's Major Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (14:22)

John Major is treated by many - including those who hail from the Right - as a footnote in postwar political history. Indeed, being sandwiched in-between Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair - two titans of the postwar period - has done little to help burnish his credentials. Nonetheless, he has...

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Where's Russell's Revolution?

(2) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (16:26)

Lots of people on Facebook and Twitter responded '*YAY* Russell *YAY*' to Russell Brand's Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, last week. He is certainly a passionate guy, who is very popular with young people, which are the two main reasons that current affairs programmes are falling over themselves to get...

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Thatcher's True Heir

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (20:49)

Last week, I wrote an article detailing the bizarre occasion I met Margaret Thatcher. Bizarre, in part, because she still exuded that legendary presence which was a by-product of her unflinching conviction.

While there is much one wouldn't want to replicate about Thatcher's time in office, there is...

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Day Thatcher Warmed to the Left

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2013 | (21:21)

This article is not intended to be either a judgment on Thatcher or Thatcherism, but simply my account of when I met her.

Meeting Margaret Thatcher was one of the most bizarre and most memorable experiences of my life. That is because the Thatcher I met was not the Thatcher...

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How To Save A Life - HMV's

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (23:08)

This week has seen HMV - one of Britain's most loved retailers - go into administration. Each time such a recognisably British icon goes to the wall, our high streets become increasingly more characterless and hostile places.

I do, I admit, suffer from the affliction of often being overly sentimental,...

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Manifestos Should Be Binding Contracts With the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (13:17)

It is only recently that I have begun to fully appreciate just how deep people's cynicism in politics actually goes. The vast majority of my friends and family are optimistic, fun-loving and pragmatic types, but I would be exceptionally hard-pushed to find one amongst their number who would say our...

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What Next for James Bond

(22) Comments | Posted 17 November 2012 | (16:50)

Could Zach Galifianakis be a Bond baddie in the future?

Anyone who has spent five minutes with me knows I am the biggest Bond fan to have ever drawn breath. I was first taken to the cinema to see a Bond film...

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Tim Montgomerie's Obama Baloney

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2012 | (20:02)


The US election is nearly upon us and the two things that everyone can agree upon is that the race is within a whisker and whoever is elected president, a huge, defining decision will have been made - not just for the...

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I Vow My Bonus to Thee My Country

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2012 | (13:32)


Thus far, the political debate surrounding bankers' bonuses has been as nuanced and subtle as a fart in a lift.

The left cry foul of the inherent unfairness of executives getting a further £1m+ on top of their already astronomical wages and...

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Nick Clegg Need Not Be Home Alone!

(5) Comments | Posted 16 January 2012 | (12:35)


Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced today that his ambition for a mansion tax has been "delayed", by the Conservatives. One envisages a forlorn Nick, his toy train's sparkly wheel vandalised by the careless, booted foot of the Tory party.


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We're Not Ready For An EU Referendum

(2) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (12:35)

Since returning to government the Tories have rediscovered their EU hobby horse and penchant for internal party cannibalism. Never has Witney tasted so good! The constituency, that is!

Say 'votes for prisoners' and David Davis looks like he's trying to digest a brick (from Herman Van Rompuy's house) and say...

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When Will Stephen Twigg It?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2011 | (00:00)


Since Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, debate has been reignited regarding the policies Labour should be taking forward. No policy suggestion, though, has received anywhere near the backlash of Stephen Twigg's proposal that the Party should embrace the Government's free...

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Things Will Be Great When You're Downton?

(1) Comments | Posted 26 September 2011 | (17:24)


Downton Abbey, after a whirlwind success last year, has returned to our screens on the back of similar public excitement. Indeed, the first two episodes of the current series opened with audiences of ten million viewers, dwarfing its competitors.

But the question which...

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Prime Minister Elizabeth II?

(3) Comments | Posted 29 July 2011 | (10:20)

Like most members of the British public I have a strong conviction that with power and influence must come accountability. That is the principle of democracies all over the world and is the principle which started becoming entrenched in the English psyche as far back as Magna Carta,...

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The Property Ladder is Broken

(4) Comments | Posted 20 July 2011 | (14:50)

Owning one's own home is part of British national identity. It is something successive generations have aimed for and believe they have a right to achieve. Despite this, today it is becoming more of an aspiration which is moving further from the grasp of the vast majority of young people.

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