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The fight for the soul of the Labour party

24 November 2014 13:33
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Fight! Two senior Labour MPs locked horns yesterday over the Scottish leadership contest. Ivan Lewis and Tom Watson scrapped after the latter wrote a piece endorsing left-leaning Neil Findlay for… Continue reading

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No breathing space for Miliband and Labour

23 November 2014 10:06
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

This was meant to be the weekend when Ed Miliband got some ‘breathing space’, a chance to recover after the last torrid few weeks. But his—and his party’s—troubles are still… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: I would love a Labour defector to join Ukip

21 November 2014 18:25
Nigel Farage outside Rochester Castle in Kent, after Mark Reckless won the Rochester and Strood by-election last night.  Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ukip’s victory in Rochester has lead to the inevitable question of ‘what next?’ for the party. Now that Nigel Farage has two representatives in the House of Commons, his main… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband reveals he ‘feels respect’ whenever he sees a white van

21 November 2014 15:21
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The fallout from Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobbish’ photo of a flag-furnished house in Rochester looks like it still has plenty of gas. The house’s owner, Dan Ware, has travelled to Thornberry’s… Continue reading

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Thanks to Emily Thornberry’s resignation, the biggest losers from Rochester were Labour

21 November 2014 13:50
The real losers (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty)

Walk round the Commons today and it is striking that Tory MPs are in relatively good spirits while Labour ones looks distinctly more downcast. At first this seems odd, after… Continue reading

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Ukip on course for victory in Rochester – but no Tory panic

21 November 2014 0:23
UKIP Hold A Public Meeting  Before Rochester And Strood By-Election

Counting is underway in the Rochester and Strood by-election and the early indications are that Ukip has won the seat on a turnout slightly over 50%. The result is expected… Continue reading

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Podcast special: was Emily Thornberry right to resign?

20 November 2014 23:50
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Just a few hours ago, Labour’s Emily Thornberry was protesting that she had no idea why anyone would take offence at her Tweeting a picture of a Rochester house with three St… Continue reading

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Emily Thornberry resigns over Rochester Tweet

20 November 2014 22:32
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Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow Cabinet for sending a Tweet that appeared to mock a Rochester voter who was flying several St George’s Cross from their window and… Continue reading

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Emily Thornberry exposes Labour’s agony in Rochester

20 November 2014 16:49
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The Tories expect to lose in Rochester tonight – and blame Labour. Had it not been imploding, they argue, the Ukip vote would not be so big. And why is… Continue reading

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Poll for Unite says Labour will fail to take its seventh target seat from the Tories

19 November 2014 17:32
James Wharton's Private Member's Bill will have its second reading on 5 July. Picture: PA

Stockton South is seventh on Labour’s target seat list in terms of the swing needed to win yet a Survation poll in the constituency has put the current Tory MP… Continue reading

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I have more respect for Labour politicians who defend their record on immigration than those who pander

19 November 2014 17:02
Survey Indicates Scotland Have Different Views On Migration From Rest Of UK

Wonderful: Labour has a new slogan on immigration, which appears to be the Conservatives’ old slogan from 2005, the one that Labour said was racist. I have far more respect… Continue reading

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Responding to Ukip shouldn’t just mean talking about immigration

19 November 2014 8:10
Ukip

Can you out-Ukip Ukip? Depending on which day of the week it is, both mainstream political parties think you can and you can’t. Last week Ed Miliband said you couldn’t… Continue reading

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The immigration arms race

18 November 2014 21:01
Yvette Cooper

Who is tougher on immigration? Neither the Tories nor Labour want to be left behind by Ukip, and have descended into an arms race over who can best crack down… Continue reading

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Myleene Klass attacks Ed Miliband’s ‘sexy’ mansion tax

18 November 2014 11:47
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Myleene Klass had a bit of a go at Ed Miliband last night when she appeared next to the Labour leader on The Agenda. She was very cross about what… Continue reading

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Why Rochester won’t provide much relief for Labour

16 November 2014 10:12
UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

Thursday can’t come soon enough for shadow Cabinet loyalists. They believe that the Rochester by-election will provide Ed Miliband with some ‘breathing space’ and turn the spotlight on David Cameron’s… Continue reading

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Labour’s war on the media is working, as activists turn on hacks

13 November 2014 17:36
One of Ed Miliband's spin doctors looks on as he delivers his speech. Picture: Getty

Labour’s efforts to demonise the hostile anti-Ed media is working. At the Labour leader’s eighth ‘relaunch’ speech on Thursday at Senate House, every single question from journalists was greeted by… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Miliband heads for the exit

13 November 2014 15:24
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Makes A Speech In Defence Of His Leadership

One of the things that every political team needs is a Liz Sugg. Sugg works in Downing Street and makes sure that every trip the Prime Minister makes anywhere runs… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s make-or-break speech: ‘I’m willing to put up with whatever is thrown at me’

13 November 2014 15:15
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Makes A Speech In Defence Of His Leadership

Ed Miliband’s make-or-break speech this morning was fine. That’s fine as in it did the job just fine, rather than that it was a fine speech that his party will… Continue reading

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Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00
Ed Miliband. Getty Images.

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s problems. Labour has still not come up with answers to… Continue reading

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Podcast: the death of the left, Rochester and Strood and equality in marriage

13 November 2014 8:50
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Has Ed Miliband found himself on the wrong side of history? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses his Spectator cover feature on the plight of progressives with John… Continue reading

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Miliband to pitch himself against Goliaths in fightback speech

12 November 2014 22:56
Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband has a speech billed as his make-or-break fightback proof-I’d-make-a-great-PM tomorrow morning. In truth, it’s rarely right to bill one political speech as The fightback, at least in voters’… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage reinforces David Cameron’s own anti-Ukip squeeze message

12 November 2014 17:01
Political Leader React To Local Election Results

Nigel Farage has talked in the past about his readiness to prop up a Labour minority government – he gave an interview to the Sunday People in October in which… Continue reading

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How can Labour overcome Ed Miliband’s poor appeal to voters?

12 November 2014 13:23
Ed Miliband on the campaign trail. Picture: Getty

How do Labour campaigners overcome the Ed Miliband problem on the doorstep? Today’s Standard poll finds just 13 per cent of voters think he is ready to be Prime Minister,… Continue reading

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Tories three points ahead of Labour in new poll

12 November 2014 12:36
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

The Tories have pulled ahead of Labour in a new poll in today’s Evening Standard. The Ipsos Mori poll puts David Cameron’s party three points ahead of Labour, at 32,… Continue reading

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Does anyone actually want to win the next election?

11 November 2014 15:28
Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

A battle lost is worse than a battle won and there are fewer Pyrrhic victories in politics than you think. One of the staples of pre-election punditry, however, is that… Continue reading

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