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National parties no more

28 February 2015 14:10

All the election forecast models agree, the next election result is going to be remarkably tight. On these models, neither Labour nor the Tories are going to come close to… Continue reading

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Two parties, two failures of logic

28 February 2015 10:24

Two party election policies, two failures to think things through. Or, at least, to engage with realities. First, Labour announces a cut in university tuition fees to a maximum of… Continue reading

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Alastair Campbell threatens a political comeback

27 February 2015 8:00

It’s probably not the news everyone wanted to hear, but Mr S feels a duty to let readers know that Alastair Campbell is considering a return to politics. Furthermore, this… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour unsure about health policy its own councils support

25 February 2015 20:25

The announcement today that Greater Manchester will receive full control of health spending – worth £6bn – has left Labour in a rather interesting position. On the one hand, it… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Visits Northern Ireland

Ed Miliband attempts to build bridges with the arts world, but where will the money come from?

23 February 2015 17:36

After Labour confirmed that they would not reverse Tory art cuts, the luvvies turned on Ed. During a spending plans onslaught from the Tories earlier in the year, the party… Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Only a matter of free time: Labour candidate blasts ‘invisible’ MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind

23 February 2015 15:17

Sir Malcolm Rifkind claimed to an undercover reporter during a Telegraph sting operation that they would be surprised by how ‘much free time’ he has, despite being the MP for Kensington. One person… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour to make pledges knowing they are bad policy

23 February 2015 8:12

This week, the two main parties plan to make iconic pledges that they hope will appeal to their core vote, but that are pretty poor policy. David Cameron will today… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Ed Miliband to Cameron: show us your EU renegotiation policy

19 February 2015 15:07

Ed Miliband has sent an angry letter to David Cameron this afternoon, demanding that he ‘set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building… Continue reading

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry had stormed the Commons, but none of it made any… Continue reading

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Record employment figures create more problems for Labour

18 February 2015 13:06

Britain has reached its highest ever level of employment. According to new figures from the ONS, the employment rate has risen to 73.2 per cent — or close to 31… Continue reading

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Harriet Yeo of the TSSA has switched her support from Labour to Ukip.

Former NEC chair dumps Labour for Ukip

17 February 2015 19:18

Labour’s decision to shy away from an EU referendum has cost it a senior figure. The Telegraph reveals that Harriet Yeo, the former chairman of Labour’s National Executive Committee between… Continue reading

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Labour tries to resuscitate tax row

17 February 2015 15:12

Presumably as a way of getting out of an endless debate about receipts, Ed Balls has issued a letter with some detailed questions about tax evasion and HSBC (as opposed… Continue reading

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Labour’s tax fight turns scrappy

17 February 2015 9:39

Well, those tax attacks worked out well, didn’t they? Tax avoidance is on the front pages of the newspapers, but not in a way that benefits either main political party.… Continue reading

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Watch: Ed Miliband mucks up his lines

16 February 2015 17:47

Ed Miliband appears to have found some safe ground for his party this week, attacking the Tories whenever he can over tax avoidance claims. If he plans to continue on this note, Mr… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband Delivers Education Speech

Has Labour finally found its campaign message?

16 February 2015 16:00

As well as keeping the tax avoidance row going for as long as possible (something that is worrying Tories, who think their party needs to find a way of moving… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks to business leaders on December 11, 2014 in London, England

Seven times Labour has previously launched a plan for the economy

16 February 2015 15:35

The Labour vs. Conservative battle of economic plans is heating up. Ed Miliband is launching a 79-page Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity today, which appears to be his latest alternative… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna, business spokesman for the opposition Labour party, pauses ahead of a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

Will Labour’s efforts to paint the Conservatives as a party of the rich backfire?

16 February 2015 9:03

Quite naturally, the latest foray by Labour into pointing fingers at Tory tax avoiders has led to two scraps, firstly about Labour’s own donors and their tax affairs (as James… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

The danger for Miliband in his tax triumph

15 February 2015 12:04

Last week was Labour’s best of the campaign so far and the Tories’ worst. The row over tax avoidance and Lord Fink’s comments reinforced the damaging perception that the Tories… Continue reading

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Will Labour rule out a deal with the SNP?

14 February 2015 12:50

Who ends up governing Britain after the election may well be determined by what happens in the Scottish seats. If the SNP take a slew of seats from Labour, it… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Three reasons why Labour probably (just about) ‘won’ this week

13 February 2015 18:29

Ed Miliband’s party has ended up having a reasonably good week, even though it’s been a pretty tough battle. Today’s front pages have not been good at all, something the… Continue reading

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Did Harriet Harman tell Karen Danczuk to join Girls Aloud?

PinkVanGate: Harriet Harman denies telling Karen Danczuk to join Girls Aloud

12 February 2015 14:43

Yesterday Harriet Harman claimed that Labour’s pink ‘Woman to Woman’ van is not patronising after a public backlash saw the feminine choice of colour ridiculed online. Now the deputy leader faces further backlash,… Continue reading

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Miliband: I stand by what I said about Lord Fink

12 February 2015 12:48

Ed Miliband has now repeated what he said about Lord Fink in the Commons. At the end of his speech, he said: ‘Yesterday Conservative donor Lord Fink challenged me to… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Miliband appears to win tax battle as Lord Fink backs off legal threat

12 February 2015 12:03

So it looks as though that Ed Miliband has won his battle with Lord Fink. The Tory peer has given an interview to the Evening Standard in which he says… Continue reading

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Labour denies Miliband sees Fink fight as a ‘Milly Dowler moment’

12 February 2015 11:36

Nick Robinson had an extraordinary claim (see update, below, for his clarification) in his blog last night that ‘the Labour leader’s aides say that he sees [his allegations about Lord Fink]… Continue reading

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Peter Oborne: Ed Miliband is the most accomplished opposition leader since the war

12 February 2015 10:09

In this week’s Spectator podcast, we put a Labour and a Tory supporter next to each other to debate the virtues of Ed Miliband. The difference being that Peter Oborne… Continue reading

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