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Gavin Callaghan

Labour Councillor & Former Leader of Basildon Council

Gavin Callaghan is a Councillor and former leader of Basildon Borough Council in Essex. Prior to becoming leader of Basildon, Gavin worked as a political advisor to three Members of Parliament who now occupy Metro Mayor roles in Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Sheffield. Gavin also works as an adviser on decentralisation projects in the Middle East, working with politicians and officials to establish Local Government institutions and processes.
Time To Take The

Time To Take The Towns

The challenge now is to take Corbyn's message of hope to the towns and to do it in a way that really does resonate. To make that work he will require the services of Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves, Dan Jarvis, Chuka Ummuna and several of the other big Labour thinkers who have spent the last two years working on exactly the issues in the towns that I've described here.
20/06/2017 11:33 BST
Theresa May Is A Lot Of Things, But Strong And Stable She

Theresa May Is A Lot Of Things, But Strong And Stable She Isn't

In the end, whatever the opinion polls say and whatever happens on June 8th, lessons must be learnt from the Osborne fallacy. The rhetoric must match the reality and if that happens then the public will be in no doubt that Theresa May is a lot of things, but strong and stable, she most certainly isn't.
24/04/2017 12:53 BST
Presidential Reflections - A New World

Presidential Reflections - A New World Order

As the brilliant LBC presenter James O'Brien said this week, by voting for Trump, <em>'people have voted to make their lives better and others' lives worse.'</em> The same can be said for the people who voted to leave the EU.
11/11/2016 12:34 GMT
Hard Lessons For Labour To

Hard Lessons For Labour To Learn

Whether you like these lessons learned or not, whether you believe them or not, the warning signs are there. It's about time Labour listened, did their homework and figured out how to beat their opponents.
18/10/2016 16:28 BST
The Only Way Is Burnham: Two Essex Candidates on the Labour

The Only Way Is Burnham: Two Essex Candidates on the Labour Leadership

Labour needs someone who is aspiration personified - the comprehensive kid who went to Cambridge and then sat at the cabinet table. Someone who at a time of unprecedented cynicism in politics is authentic and natural. Someone who hasn't just read about working class people in a university textbook but who understands working class people.
02/06/2015 13:01 BST