Labour leadership

The Whelan factor

26 September 2010 15:26

Is Ed Miliband is in cahoots with the unions? My guess is that he will have to be – and perhaps is – more centrist than all that. But, in… Continue reading


Labour’s subdued response to Miliband’s victory

26 September 2010 12:27

There’s an odd mood in Manchester at the moment. The leadership election result has discombobulated the Labour establishment. In some circles, there is irritation that union votes delivered the leadership… Continue reading


Ed Miliband tries to detoxify his brand

26 September 2010 10:24

The scrubbing job starts in earnest this morning, as Ed Miliband tries to erase that "Red" epithet from before his name. Exhibit A was his appearance on the Andrew Marr… Continue reading


The dignity of David Miliband

25 September 2010 20:28

We spend a lot of time criticising politicians so it behoves us to praise one when they behave with as much dignity as David Miliband has today. He has lost… Continue reading


The aftermath of Labour’s contest

25 September 2010 18:59

As soon as the first round result popped up the screen, an expert on the Labour electoral college turned to me and said ‘Ed has won’. David was not far… Continue reading


Will Ed Miliband face facts?

25 September 2010 18:26

I knew that David Miliband had lost the moment I saw him walk in the room, smiling like Michael Portillo on election night 1997. And when I saw Ed Balls… Continue reading


The unions deliver Ed Miliband to the throne

25 September 2010 17:42

In the end, it was all quite exciting. After four months of soporific campaigning, after a speech by Gordon Brown, after tribute video upon tribute video, it all came down… Continue reading


Ed Miliband elected Labour leader: live blog

25 September 2010 15:30

1704, PH: We’ll leave it there, although we’ll have more reaction on Coffee House shortly. 1702, PH: I’ve already forgotten Miliband’s final line, although it involved the phrase "new generation".… Continue reading


The real battle begins tomorrow

25 September 2010 9:46

So what’s all the fuss about today, then? Ah, yes, the election of the new Labour leader. We should know the result around 1640 this afternoon – but, this morning,… Continue reading


It’s all over

24 September 2010 18:22

The word here in Westminster is that the result of the Labour leadership contest has been certified. The significance of this is that it means the result is not close… Continue reading


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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