Tom Hamilton

Tom Hamilton was head of research for the Labour Party and a senior adviser to former deputy leader Tom Watson. He is co-author of Punch and Judy Politics: An Insider’s Guide to Prime Minister’s Questions (Biteback)

Are the Tories losing their bite?

Sir Keir Starmer’s low-key approach may yet pay dividends. He has cleaned up his party and faces a tired government — but he must now seize his opportunity

Labour would certainly not win a general election if it were held tomorrow; but they are heading in the right direction

The next Labour leader will start with the opposite of a blank sheet: an overstuffed, losing manifesto