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Labour leadership

David Miliband preparing for defeat

24 September 2010 18:19

There are rumours swirling around Westminster, supposedly issuing from the elder Miliband’s camp, that David Miliband already knows he’s lost. As we know, he has said he will serve loyally… Continue reading

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Ed Balls steps up his bid for the shadow chancellorship

24 September 2010 9:02

With the result but a day away, there’s plenty of radio chatter about the Labour leadership election this morning. The Guardian reports that MiliD will work for MiliE if he… Continue reading

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Mili-monomania

23 September 2010 17:59

No doubt attempting to affect affability and languid charm, one of the Milibands has goaded his team into mastering a hybrid of semaphore and tic-tac to bring him early news… Continue reading

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The ballot closes

22 September 2010 17:56

"Quietly confident." That’s how Diane Abbott felt as the Labour leadership ballot entered its final hours today. I can only assume that she meant "…of victory," but the bookies, and… Continue reading

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Why David Miliband is the most dangerous candidate for the coalition

21 September 2010 12:08

Now how’s this for an opinion? Writing for Labour Uncut, Dan Hodges announces that David Miliband has won the Labour leadership contest. His piece starts: "This Saturday David Miliband will… Continue reading

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Balls, McBride and off-the-record briefings

17 September 2010 15:34

John Rentoul has already pulled the best passage from this preview of a forthcoming radio series on Gordon Brown. But I reckon that the testimony of Spencer Livermore, the former… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership contest, all over bar the voting

17 September 2010 0:14

The Labour leadership hustings are over, tonight’s one on Question Time was the last one. As has been the case at so many previous hustings, Ed Balls was the most… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband is No Abraham Lincoln but David Miliband is a Little Like Hillary Clinton

15 September 2010 14:43

Are Labour really going to make Ed Miliband their next leader? Tea leaves and whatever passes for momentum in this race suggest that this is quite possible. If the younger… Continue reading

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Citizen Castro rains on Comrade Hattie’s last parade

15 September 2010 14:40

There was praise for Fidel Castro – of all people – at PMQs today. That the tribute came from a Tory MP must make this a unique event in the… Continue reading

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Harman’s last hurrah

15 September 2010 10:54

Today is Harriet Harman’s last PMQs as acting Labour leader. I suspect that Harman, who has performed far better than people expected she would, might well go on the story… Continue reading

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The Pope might be coming but the Milibands are still Topic A at Westminster

14 September 2010 19:27

Parliament is busy preparing to receive the Pope, the red carpet has been put down in Westminster Hall and the Commons authorities have announced that they are closing all the… Continue reading

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Are the Labour leadership polls telling the whole story?

13 September 2010 18:05

This weekend’s YouGov poll showing Ed Miliband ahead in the Labour leadership contest is the talk of Westminster today. One David Miliband backer told me that he thought it was… Continue reading

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Ed is closing the Miligap

11 September 2010 22:45

The Press Association is reporting that a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times has Ed Miliband leading his brother 51 49 among Labour members and trade unionist once second preferences… Continue reading

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The Brown handover ceremony

8 September 2010 17:14

A delicious prospect in store for political comedy fans, if not for the next Labour leader, according to a post by Channel 4′s Gary Gibbon: "[Gordon Brown] feels, I hear,… Continue reading

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David Miliband has the best of it as the Labour leadership candidates debate

5 September 2010 12:38

David Miliband’s performance in Sky News’ Labour leadership hustings will have calmed the nerved of his supporters. In the run-off between him and his brother, David came out on top.… Continue reading

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"Ed does not need to hold the broccoli"

4 September 2010 18:36

A Thick of It style interlude from Ann Treneman’s interview (£) with Ed Miliband today: "There is also a visit to something called a ‘communiversity’ where he is confronted with… Continue reading

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The Guardian Buys A Miliband Pup

4 September 2010 13:46

If Labour members really want to vote for Ed Miliband then bully for them. Quite why they think doing so would advance their prospects of regaining power is something that’s… Continue reading

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Miliband D tries to break out of the Blairite box

4 September 2010 12:25

With ballot papers out, the Labour leadership contest is entering its most critical phase. It is striking that David Miliband has taken this moment to co-author an essay with his… Continue reading

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Balls turns on the man he called Labour’s ‘greatest ever leader’

3 September 2010 12:06

The ever-pugnacious Ed Balls was on the Today Programme this morning denouncing Tony Blair for saying that the coalition was, broadly, right in its deficit reduction plans. As Balls warmed… Continue reading

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David Miliband strikes for the middle ground

3 September 2010 9:14

It must be quite satisfying for the David Miliband campaign that they can commission a YouGov poll and get all the results they would have wanted. According to the Guardian,… Continue reading

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Tony Blair, freelance statesman

1 September 2010 18:02

Say what you like about Blair, but he is something of a political entrepreneur. He detects a gap in the market and fills it: he did with New Labour in… Continue reading

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The Mirror backs ‘The Special One’

1 September 2010 12:00

The ballot has opened and the Mirror has joined the mounting chorus in favour of David Miliband. They say of Miliband: ‘We believe he has the intellect, talent and experience… Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s advice for Labour: be more like the coalition

1 September 2010 8:56

There’s a remarkable self-certainty about what we’ve seen of Tony Blair’s book so far. Sure, there are the fleeting moments of doubt and insecurity: the drinking that was becoming less… Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s memoirs: the first extracts

1 September 2010 0:00

Even the literary critics have to wait until tomorrow for the Blair memoirs – but the book’s contents are slowing spilling out onto the Internet this evening. A series of… Continue reading

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Labour needs a Byrne rather than a Balls

31 August 2010 16:55

And Westminster’s Idle Question of the Day is: will Ed Balls be made shadow chancellor under a Miliband leadership? There are good arguments both for and against the proposition –… Continue reading

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