Ed Miliband

Former foreign secretary David Miliband listens to a speech on the second day of the Labour party conference at Manchester Central on September 27, 2010 in Manchester, England.

David Miliband doesn’t rule out running in future Labour leadership contest

26 May 2015 12:07

Is David Miliband Labour’s prince across the water? The elder Miliband brother appears to be watching the leadership contest closely avidly from afar, without backing any particular candidate. Speaking to… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Chuka Umunna was the victim of an old-fashioned Westminster character assassination

21 May 2015 12:44

A few months after Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader I met with one of his supporters in the shadow cabinet. Who, I asked, were ‘Ed’s People?’ He began reeling… Continue reading

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Labour should now define itself as in favour of both a referendum and the EU

20 May 2015 17:54

The three main Labour leadership candidates have now all said that they want a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU. But the party’s ‘official’ position – that is, the… Continue reading


Don’t Labour tax advisers pop up in the funniest places?

19 May 2015 14:10

Remember Jolyon Maugham, the QC who had fifteen minutes of fame during the General Election campaign when he ‘advised Labour on its non-dom tax crackdown’? As the Telegraph reported at the… Continue reading

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband addresses supporters on April 28, 2015 in Barry, Wales.

Ed Miliband returns from Ibiza to face the music

19 May 2015 11:32

Ed Miliband’s last-minute holiday to Ibiza was hardly the way in which the former Labour leader had envisaged spending the week after the election. Still, a week on the party… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s fate shows that how you win a leadership contest matters almost as much as winning it in the first place

18 May 2015 18:58

Any new party leader needs legitimacy, an acceptance that they won the contest fair and square. Ed Miliband didn’t have this because he lost in two of three sections of… Continue reading

Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the union Unite (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike you: Labour has just lost an election it could have… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading


The three groups of voters that Labour needs to win back

14 May 2015 15:48

Labour is in a more difficult position now than it was after its defeat in 1992. In ’92, the electorate had sent Labour a clear message: move to the centre,… Continue reading


Memo to David Aaronovitch: we’re not all metrosexual now

14 May 2015 12:40

Still inside that bubble, David Aaronovitch informs us that, regardless of the election result, we are all of a metrosexual mindset, whatever that is. Like it or not, the country… Continue reading

Tom Baldwin, master of spin. Image: Getty

Tom Baldwin says BBC showed more bias against Labour than the Tories

13 May 2015 11:14

Ed Miliband’s spin doctor Tom Baldwin has been rather quiet since Labour’s disastrous election night results. Now the former Times journalist has explained his radio silence in an article for the… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply cannot believe how you scumbags could have got it so… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

Jim Messina interview: how the pollsters got it wrong and why Labour lost

12 May 2015 16:07

Jim Messina is the American elections guru who got the general election right. Hired by the Conservatives as a strategy adviser in 2013, the Tories hoped he would emulate Barack Obama’s… Continue reading

A series of election posters produced by the British Labour Party during the 1950s (Photo:  Getty)

Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the party has for too long ignored its traditional base: working-class… Continue reading

David Miliband discussing his brother's leadership of the Labour Party on the BBC photo. Photo: BBC.

Podcast special: the Cabinet reshuffle, David Miliband’s interview and Farage returns

11 May 2015 18:29

In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final appointments in David Cameron’s new Cabinet and what they show about Cameron’s approach to party… Continue reading


Will Ed and David’s relationship put off potential Labour leaders?

11 May 2015 17:43

David Miliband has just given a brutal interview to BBC News in which he took a few more words to say ‘I told you so’ about the way his brother… Continue reading

Outgoing Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, outgoing Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend a VE Day service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on May 8, 2015.

The final 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 16:21

All of the results of the 2015 general election are in and we have a result: the Conservatives have a major of 12 seats. Here is a breakdown of the… Continue reading


As it happened: 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 8:55

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the 2015 general election results. We provided results and analysis overnight and throughout the day. You can read all the coverage below. Key points:… Continue reading

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Labour leadership campaign: who might have a pop?

8 May 2015 7:22

So there could be a Labour leadership contest coming up. Who might have a pop? Chuka Umunna: Some members of staff in Ed Miliband’s team had concluded Chuka Umunna was worth… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband may soon be gone. But let’s remember what he got right

7 May 2015 21:32

Most Conservatives I have spoken to in the last couple of hours are optimistic, hoping the prospect of RedEd in power has inspired a higher turnout amongst Tory voters. The… Continue reading


Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory alliance’ in the House of Commons? The Tories are trying… Continue reading

Ed Miliband and wife Justine turn out to vote this morning. Image: Getty

Is Ed Miliband really proud to have fought alongside me? I’m not so sure

7 May 2015 10:53

Sheesh, sometimes you read something and it makes you go all gooey inside. Take this email I got from Ed Miliband. Dear Rod, As I write this, Justine and I… Continue reading

The Sun revisited Ed Miliband's bacon sandwich incident with today's front page

Miliband’s adviser Stewart Wood says he is ‘loving’ #JeSuisEd

6 May 2015 18:25

A little Twitter fad had emerged this afternoon where fans of Miliband tweet pictures of themselves eating sloppily along with the hashtag #JeSuisEd. It came about after the Sun went to town… Continue reading

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I have worked out the only possible way to build a viable government (but it’s not pretty)

6 May 2015 16:28

For the past few days the BBC website has had an interactive game where you have to build your own coalition, using a series of possible results from tomorrow’s election.… Continue reading