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Anything Bill can do, Ed can do too

24 September 2014 20:28
Bill de Blasio and Ed Miliband each making a food-based gaffe.

The hall may have been half empty during his speech, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said lots of nice things about Ed Miliband during the closing session of Labour… Continue reading


Parliament recalled to discuss airstrikes on Isis in Iraq

24 September 2014 18:17
(Photo: Getty)

Number 10 has just confirmed that Parliament will be recalled on Friday to vote on a motion authorising British involvement in air strikes against Isis in Iraq. A spokesman said:… Continue reading


Four reasons why this year’s Labour party conference felt so weak

24 September 2014 17:32
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

There are many reasons why Labour conference felt flat this year, and many of them are out of the party’s control. It cannot help that its MPs and a number… Continue reading


‘It just wasn’t a speech that you would say if you were Prime Minister.’

24 September 2014 16:59
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Labour conference has now finished. Today was better than the others, but the delegates still struggled to show their enthusiasm when Ed Miliband reappeared on the stage this afternoon. Three… Continue reading


Gareth, Ed, Hampstead Heath. What are you trying to tell us Newsnight?

24 September 2014 14:23

Yesterday ‘Gareth’ was just the bloke from a software company, but Ed Miliband helped transform him into an internet sensation and telly star in a matter of hours after mentioning… Continue reading


Yvette Cooper’s excellent speech shows that the Labour party has saved the best till last

24 September 2014 13:49
Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper today reiterated her pledge to scrap the Tories’ net migration target as she addressed the Labour conference. Her speech contained the obligatory admission about their party’s past mistakes… Continue reading


Who is the rogue person asking MPs about attacks on Syria?

24 September 2014 13:22
Syrian Kurdish refugees fleeing persecution from Islamic State (Photo: Getty)

MPs are still waiting to hear confirmation that Parliament is being recalled on Friday, although many have been told to expect a sitting to discuss military intervention against Isis. The… Continue reading


Labour conference: Andy Burnham gives the only speech that should worry the Tories

24 September 2014 12:57
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Andy Burnham has just delivered the best speech from a Labour MP at conference. Taken from the autocue, it was emotive, stirring, tribal, and just what delegates needed. It seemed… Continue reading


Paxo to Channel 4

24 September 2014 11:28
Edinburgh International Book Festival Portraits 2007

Poor Jon Snow. The veteran presenter has some serious competition from the latest BBC defection to Channel 4; it’s the big one. After months of speculation about his future, and… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s unlucky conference

24 September 2014 9:29
Day One - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ed Miliband is not having much luck this conference. First, there’s the fact that it has come straight after the Scottish referendum, making it feel a bit small. Second, other… Continue reading


Ed Miliband: a prophet without notes

24 September 2014 9:14
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Why does Ed Miliband think memorising a speech is more important than convincing voters that Labour really can be tough on the deficit? It wasn’t just his performance yesterday, in… Continue reading


Westminster prepares for recall to discuss air strikes

24 September 2014 8:55
Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Parliament is expected to be recalled on Friday to discuss British military intervention against Isis. David Cameron will hold talks with his Iraqi counterpart today, with Haider al-Abadi expected to… Continue reading


The deficit and immigration: were there two worse topics for Ed Miliband to forget?

23 September 2014 22:35
Image: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

No notes speech have been Ed Miliband’s political party trick. His One Nation speech two years ago ended speculation about his leadership and last year’s energy price freeze effort knocked… Continue reading


Miliband’s people

23 September 2014 22:14
Ed Miliband meets local residents on a trip to Barnsley in 2011. Image: Getty

Have you met Ed Miliband recently? Then he probably namechecked you in his speech earlier today. Unless you talked about the deficit or immigration, that is. Here’s the full list… Continue reading


Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00
Image: Getty

‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even… Continue reading


Five main points from Michael Fallon’s hawkish interview in The Spectator

23 September 2014 17:57
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

James Forsyth interviews Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in this week’s Spectator. You can read the full interview here. Here are five key points from the piece: 1. A ‘new Battle… Continue reading


Miliband’s speech showed he couldn’t care less about leading ‘one nation’

23 September 2014 17:11
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

I think I’m about the only journalist to have watched Ed Miliband’s speech and think it wasn’t awful. Here in Manchester, the consensus seems to be that this was as bad… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s speech, like the rest of this conference, was poor but just about enough

23 September 2014 17:10
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Whether or not Ed Miliband’s speech was a success depends on what sort of aim he had for it: heave Labour over the general election line using his party base,… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s ten-year plan speech – full text and audio

23 September 2014 17:09
Image: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

This afternoon Ed Miliband gave his last speech to the Labour conference before the general election. There’s full text and audio, and here’s the analysis from the Coffee House team:… Continue reading


Labour conference: Miliband bashes rich and big business to pay for NHS ‘Time to Care’ fund

23 September 2014 14:16
Labour Party Conference - Daily Life

Ed Miliband, due to address Labour conference shortly, is to announce a £2.5 billion NHS Time to Care Fund for thousands more nurses, doctors, caseworkers and midwives. Time to Care… Continue reading


Exclusive: Michael Fallon says UK should reconsider military action in Syria to combat ISIS

23 September 2014 14:01
Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence (Photo: Getty)

The Ministry of Defence is like a sauna on Sunday. The air circulation system has been switched off and the place is hot—and deserted. Yet when you reach the Secretary… Continue reading


The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading


Miliband’s dividing lines

23 September 2014 13:15
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

The more we learn about Ed Miliband’s speech (to be given later this afternoon), the clearer the dividing lines that it is drawing are. The word is that Miliband will… Continue reading


Labour says it will consider British air strikes as recall of Parliament looms

23 September 2014 8:56

What will happen now that the US has launched airstrikes against Isis in Syria? Even though there is no requirement for Parliament to be consulted, it is very difficult for… Continue reading


The simple and shocking secret to the working class vote

22 September 2014 21:37
Fabian Society's New Year Conference

How does Labour win back the working class voters who’ve abandoned it? This question, part of the soul searching the party fell into when it lost the 2010 election, has… Continue reading