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Why hasn’t Labour sacked Ed Miliband?

14 October 2014 14:01

If a bus driver were heading towards the edge of a cliff, the passengers would try to seize control of the wheel in all cases except one. Members of the… Continue reading

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What will Ed Miliband do on spending?

21 April 2013 12:35

The political mood has shifted these past few weeks. There’s now, as the Sunday papers demonstrate, far more focus on Labour than there was a couple of months back, something… Continue reading

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The other Miliband under attack

4 February 2012 10:42

By now, we’re all used to waking up to newspaper columns describing Ed Miliband’s flaws and proclaiming him unfit to lead the Labour party. But today, it’s David Miliband who’s… Continue reading

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Why David Miliband’s article matters

2 February 2012 8:59

The most curious thing about David Miliband’s article for the latest New Statesman — which is causing quite a stir this morning — is that it should appear now. After… Continue reading

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Miliband tells the unions ‘tough’

17 January 2012 18:00

Ed Miliband has just done a TV clip full of the kind of quotes that politicians love using. In an interview with Nick Robinson (above), the Labour leader declared that… Continue reading

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What will Miliband do now?

17 January 2012 9:36

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been determined not to define himself by picking fights against his own side. He didn’t want to do a Blair or a Cameron and… Continue reading

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More Mili-woe

12 January 2012 13:19

It gets worse for Ed Miliband in the polls today. After revealing last week that just 20 per cent of the public think he’s doing well as Labour leader, YouGov… Continue reading

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Miliband’s speech fails to excite

10 January 2012 13:20

Was Ed’s Big Speech worth the extended wait? Not really. It wasn’t a stone-cold terrible speech, but neither was it the rambunctious, attention-grabbing number that his leadership could do with.… Continue reading

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Enter, David Miliband?

9 January 2012 13:56

‘Every day, in every way, it’s getting worse for Ed Miliband.’ That’s what I said last Thursday, and it has been more or less borne out since then. Friday, of… Continue reading

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The Miliband puzzle

7 January 2012 14:34

So why did Ed Miliband stop his brother being leader of the Labour Party? As each month of his uninspiring leadership passes, it becomes more of a puzzle. In today’s… Continue reading

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Miliband is trapped in his own foggy argument

16 December 2011 13:50

With one well-timed jab in PMQs, David Cameron turned much of this week’s political debate – in domestic terms, at least – into a debate about Ed Miliband’s leadership. And… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, closet Glee fan?

30 September 2011 12:55

  What to make of Ed Miliband’s disclosure yesterday that Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is his favourite song? Ben Brogan smells a rat: “If he’s a Journey fan, then I’m… Continue reading

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For one night only, David Miliband returns

25 September 2011 21:45

David Miliband was studiously loyal to his brother in his one speaking appearance at Labour conference. He told Movement for Change, the community organising group that he founded, that ‘Ed… Continue reading

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Can Labour make the right kind of news this week?

25 September 2011 15:23

The great Labour worry about this week is that they’ll be relegated to the ‘in other news’ section of the evening bulletins. There’s a real sense of a struggle for… Continue reading

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Miliband versus the Brothers

13 September 2011 9:26

Ed Miliband is the Brothers’ man, or so the popular myth relates. Miliband has been trying to shake that perception ever since his election was secured by the union vote. He… Continue reading

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Miliband: We can’t go on like this

25 June 2011 10:56

It’s odd how political leaders often address their parties in the clichéd terms of soap operas’ most tortured romances. Ed Miliband pre-trailed speech to the Labour’s National Policy Forum in… Continue reading

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Miliband tries to strengthen his hand

23 June 2011 22:05

Ed Miliband is to abolish shadow cabinet elections. Tony Blair, fearful of the reaction of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), shied away from doing this. But Miliband has decided that… Continue reading

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More than a soap opera

14 June 2011 16:41

David Miliband is considering a return to frontline British politics. At least that is what Andrew Grice has heard. He reports: ‘David Miliband is considering a surprise comeback to frontline… Continue reading

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David Miliband should join the shadow Cabinet or quit British politics

12 June 2011 18:39

David Miliband’s statement today declares that he ‘wants no part’ of the ‘soap opera’ of leadership drama. But as long as David Miliband remains outside the shadow Cabinet and, therefore… Continue reading

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The Milidrama

11 June 2011 13:23

No paper has been more critical of Ed Miliband than The Times. So it is in some ways not a surprise that the paper’s leader column today declares that he has… Continue reading

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What David Miliband would have said if he had become Labour leader

10 June 2011 22:14

Tonight’s Guardian scoop revealing that the speech that David Miliband would have given if he had been elected leader makes this one of the most difficult—and leaky—weeks for Labour since… Continue reading

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Cameron’s easy ride

8 June 2011 13:15

Having u-turned on two more policies in the last two days, one would have expected David Cameron to have a hard time today at PMQs. But he didn’t. Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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Labour’s malfunctioning front bench

2 June 2011 15:09

The old adage that it’s hard to make an impact in Opposition is ringing true. Dan Hodges has denigrated Labour’s opposition thus far in the New Statesman’s political column today.… Continue reading

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Why Miliband needs to be more specific — and quick

23 May 2011 13:07

Ed Miliband owes Coffee House contributor Ed Howker a drink. In his speech today, the Labour leader borrows the central idea — and the title — of the stunningly insightful… Continue reading

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From the archives – Labour’s road to recovery

13 May 2011 18:15

The coalition is just a year old and Coffee House compiled an exhaustive Coalition A to Z to mark the occasion. It’s also a year since the Labour leadership saga… Continue reading

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