Labour leadership


Kendall is a hard act to follow for Cooper and Burnham

21 May 2015 16:36

Liz Kendall is the great unknown Labour leadership candidate. She is the only one who hasn’t been in government or Shadow Cabinet, and as I blogged earlier, she needs to… 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

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Revenge of the Blairites

10 May 2015 10:52

Lord Mandelson and his protégé Chuka Umunna ended up sitting next to one another on the Marr sofa at the end of the programme. Both had spent their interviews setting… Continue reading

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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

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Why all this talk of a hung parliament could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

6 April 2015 17:18

In a close campaign, you would normally expect the smaller parties to get squeezed as voters decided that is really a choice between Labour and the Tories. But this time,… Continue reading

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The Burnham message

7 February 2015 9:13

Andy Burnham’s interview in The Times today lays down several markers. He praises Len McCluskey, declares that trade union funding is best for Labour, slates Alan Milburn, criticises Peter Mandelson… Continue reading

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Labour MPs’ minds wander to a post-election contest

1 February 2015 10:20

With the opinion polls so tight at the moment, we’re having to look for other ways to try and work out what the general election result will be. One indicator… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted

9 November 2014 9:49

So far, this is the Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted. The papers this morning are full of awful poll findings for Ed Miliband, negative briefings and on… Continue reading

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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