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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Cautious Miliband doesn’t want to talk about borrowing

20 April 2015 20:57

Labour is proposing to balance the current not the overall budget. This is presumably because they think that borrowing to spend money on capital projects is a sensible policy. But… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband was ‘absolutely terrified’ by hen party, bless him

20 April 2015 9:57

Over the weekend, Mr S brought you the unlikely tale of the Labour leader becoming a pin-up for a brood of hens on a night out in Chester. Sadly his… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: David Cameron’s ‘fanaticism’ is to blame for Libya migrant crisis

19 April 2015 13:25

Nigel Farage tends to stick to one line on foreign affairs: no more foreign wars. On the Sunday Politics today, the Ukip leader claimed that the migrant crisis and tragedies in the… Continue reading

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Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

19 April 2015 10:29

David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr, the Tory leader repeatedly described the prospect of a Labour… Continue reading

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Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously

19 April 2015 9:14

You have to hand it to Justine Thornton. After her interview, where she alerted the world to Red Ed’s status as a bit of a boulevardier having secretly dated the… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

The coming battle for legitimacy

18 April 2015 13:10

Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading

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Opposition Leaders Arrive For The Live BBC Debate

No. That poll didn’t put Ed ahead in the Prime Minister stakes.

17 April 2015 19:30

An hour and a half watching Ed Miliband debate four people who are not going to be Prime Minister. That is the ordeal you had to go through in order… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

17 April 2015 9:38

The third week of the election campaign looks set to end with a day of reflection. Last night’s opposition leaders’ debate provided plenty of things to ponder, not least how… Continue reading

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The Tories have fallen for their own spin on Miliband

17 April 2015 8:59

Believing your own hype is a dangerous thing in politics (and elsewhere). So is falling for your own spin. Spin is a message you craft that bears a tenuous link… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation

17 April 2015 8:40

Missing from my column this week, for reasons of space etc, was this simple point: I am a Socialist. I am not a liberal. Liberalism, or what it has become,… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

16 April 2015 22:56

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it had definitely paid off. Miliband avoided conceding too much to… Continue reading

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The set of tonight's opposition leaders debate. Photo: Ross Hawkins/BBC.

As it happened: TV opposition leaders’ debate

16 April 2015 19:49

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the opposition leaders’ debate on the BBC. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the programme, starting at 8pm this evening. This page will automatically reload

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Opposition Leaders Arrive For The Live BBC Debate

Why Ed Miliband is taking part in tonight’s TV debate

16 April 2015 18:16

Tonight Ed Miliband takes one of the big risks of the campaign. He debates with Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett. All of these leaders will be… Continue reading

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Why Ed Balls doesn’t deserve to be compared to Gromit

16 April 2015 16:20

Last week’s cover of the Spectator featured Ed Miliband and Ed Balls drawn in the style of Wallace and Gromit by Peter Brookes. However, the image of the shadow chancellor as Gromit the… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Labour aide picks up Ed Miliband’s drink bill

16 April 2015 15:01

Taking a break from preparing for tonight’s debate, Ed Miliband has been out about in Hornsey, north London. Trying to look normal by visiting Riley’s Cafe (with an entourage and… Continue reading

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Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

Labour MP suggests Ed Miliband is not speaking frankly about NHS spending

16 April 2015 13:38

This morning Sir David Nicholson criticised Ed Miliband for failing to commit an extra £8 billion a year towards the NHS. The former head of the NHS said that Labour needed to… Continue reading

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The set of tonight's opposition leaders debate. Photo: Ross Hawkins/BBC.

Campaign kick-off: 21 days to go

16 April 2015 10:00

Now that all the manifestos are in the public domain, we are back onto more conventional campaign territory. The big event of today is at 8pm this evening, when the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, greets supporters as they leave following the unveiling of their political party's election manifesto in London, U.K., on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Podcast: the rise of left wing populism and Julie Burchill vs. Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 8:38

What do Ed Miliband, Hillary Clinton and Nicola Sturgeon have in common? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Jamie Kirchick, Fraser Nelson and Alex Massie discuss the rise of left-wing populism in Britain, Scotland and… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

View from 22 podcast special: the Conservative manifesto

14 April 2015 16:35

In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the implications of the Conservative manifesto, which was announced today. You can read the full… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with Evan Davis this evening. Clegg said that he wouldn’t go… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, gestures as he unveils the party's 2015 general election manifesto in Manchester, U.K., on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Ed Miliband resorts to begging as Labour supporters hiss at hacks

13 April 2015 18:10

As regular readers will be aware, Mr S has tracked the growing hostility toward the press at Labour Party events. Today’s manifesto launch was no different. The Labour leader took… Continue reading

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Did anyone proofread the Labour manifesto?

13 April 2015 15:37

‘Do you mind not splitting your infinitives then. Dear me’, said Alastair Campbell to a Tory candidate on Twitter last night. After chastising Beth Prescott, who is standing against Yvette… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, gestures as he unveils the party's 2015 general election manifesto in Manchester, U.K., on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Why Labour’s bold manifesto move won’t work

13 April 2015 13:49

Labour’s manifesto is the most daring move of this campaign so far. The party has decided to try and address one of its biggest weaknesses on page 1 of the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, launches his party's general election manifesto in the Old Granada Studios in Manchester, northwest England on April 13, 2015.

Is Labour really wise to take on the Tories on the economy?

13 April 2015 12:46

Ed Miliband gave a good, forceful, well-received speech at Labour’s manifesto launch this morning. It couldn’t have been anything else, given how close we are to polling day. There were… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband addresses activists as he launches the party's health manifesto at The Guiseley Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Leeds.

Campaign kick-off: 24 days to go

13 April 2015 8:54

The third week of the campaign is going to be all about manifestos. Today, it’s Labour’s turn to launch its plan — while the Tories, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and Greens… Continue reading

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