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Why is Labour’s Shadow Cabinet saying so little?

22 September 2014 19:01
BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

Normally the default response in the Labour party to a rough couple of weeks is to blame the Shadow Cabinet. They’re not pulling together, they’re thinking about their own future… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: Ed Balls’s long speech was good in parts

22 September 2014 14:46
BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

One thing that made Ed Balls’ speech to conference look a little less impressive was the barnstormer of an address from Len McCluskey to the hall shortly before. Delegates loved… Continue reading

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After a flat speech from Ed Balls, what is Labour conference holding its breath for?

22 September 2014 13:43
Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

One of the curious traditions of Labour conference is that directly after the Shadow Chancellor’s speech, hard copies of his wise words are sold outside the conference hall. Any fiscally… Continue reading

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Ed Balls’ speech on balancing the books – full text and audio

22 September 2014 13:27
Image: Getty

Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today.… Continue reading

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Miliband aide: Labour has never addressed the way the economy works

22 September 2014 12:02
Ed Miliband, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

What’s Ed Miliband’s vision for the economy? We’ll get the public version of that vision in a short while when Ed Balls gives his speech to the Labour conference, but… Continue reading

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Labour conference: The new politics, according to Hilary Benn

21 September 2014 18:14
BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

Judging by the reaction in the conference hall, Hilary Benn’s speech was the best of this afternoon’s session. Several people gave him a standing ovation. His task was rather easier… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt sweet talks party faithful with newsless Labour conference speech

21 September 2014 17:28
BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Labour conference was short and sweet. It was laden with sweeteners for party delegates, which is as things should be at these events, but perhaps… Continue reading

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Miliband confronted by the English Question

21 September 2014 10:30
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Ed Miliband wouldn’t have wanted to spend his big, pre-conference interview talking about English votes for English law but that’s what he had to do on Marr this morning. Miliband… Continue reading

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The current political climate rewards authoritarians, not civil libertarians

1 September 2014 14:48
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

The talks between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on the anti-terror measures that David Cameron will unveil this afternoon have finally finished. There are a few more details to… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31
Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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Labour and the ‘Tory lie machine’

6 August 2014 9:15
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Sajid Javid is giving a speech today that doesn’t seem to have a great deal to do with his brief as Culture Secretary. He’s also a pretty good Tory attack… Continue reading

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Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56
Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wormwood Scrubs Prison And Makes A Speech On Criminal Justice

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk.’ He’s been trying to claim… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s union bosses would change Britain for the worse

31 July 2014 15:40
'Red Ed' is the creature of Len McCluskey. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Trade unions have an important role in any decent society, but their stranglehold on the Labour Party is something we must fight against. I will never forget walking the streets… Continue reading

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Labour wants you to pay more tax. But what about its tax bill?

30 July 2014 8:53
Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

Westminster has got in a tizz overnight because Andy Burnham has been taped saying that he still favours a ‘death tax’ of 10-15%, on top of 40% inheritance tax, to… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s ‘new politics’ update

29 July 2014 15:31
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Derision met Labour when news emerged that more than half of its prospective parliamentary candidates are former special advisers, party workers, researchers, lobbyists or ex-MPs. Ed Miliband (PPE, Corpus Christi… Continue reading

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Put people before Burnham’s platitudes: Competition in healthcare benefits patients

29 July 2014 14:05
Andy Burnham is denigrating one of Labour's greatest policy achievements: the extension of private providers in national healthcare. (Image: Getty)

We are used to political parties trying to claim credit for any positive development that happened during their time in office. The Labour Party’s current stance on healthcare is the… Continue reading

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David Cameron aims at Ukip and attacks Labour with immigration clamp-down

29 July 2014 8:46
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The government has unveiled a set of measures to curb immigration. David Cameron has written an article in the Telegraph about what the government has already achieved and what it… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s taxing dilemma

27 July 2014 11:00
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

Some of what David Smith, author of the essential Economic Outlook column in the Sunday Times, says today will be salve to George Osborne: ‘…the government intended to spend £722bn… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband tries to turn his vices into virtues

27 July 2014 10:12
Ed Miliband Attends Launch Of Online Mental Health Resource For Children

Ed Miliband’s admirers are hailing his speech on Friday as an attempt to change how we think about leadership. It might have been that, but it was also a very… Continue reading

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Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master

25 July 2014 17:00
David Cameron remains the Master's apprentice. (Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading

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Image is the least of Ed’s worries

25 July 2014 14:51
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

What were Labour thinking? Against the background of Ukraine and Gaza, the only domestic story likely to cut through is an economic one. The news today is dominated by David… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband stakes all on his ‘big choice’

25 July 2014 8:59
Image: Getty

Labour will launch its summer campaign later today. The centre-piece is Ed Miliband’s speech. He will present a ‘big choice’ to the British public, arguing that they cannot afford 5… Continue reading

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Labour’s sports betting levy will hit poor punters

24 July 2014 12:43
Sandown Races

Harriet Harman has set the hare running this morning by proposing a levy on sports betting. The shadow sports minister Clive Efford said: ‘We believe it is right that businesses… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56
Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

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