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Who tells Ed Miliband when he’s made a mistake?

24 April 2014 10:30

Dan Hodges’ piece in this week’s Spectator on the team around Ed Miliband is a must-read (and we’ve posted an even longer version online here). As he runs through those… Continue reading

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Has Miliband exhumed Old Labour policies to take him to No.10? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Ed Miliband’s radical Old Labour agenda and Clinton vs Bush round two

24 April 2014 9:22

Where has Ed Miliband found the policies to form the basis of his potential government? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan Hodges and Marcus Roberts from… Continue reading

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Can Labour really resist class war?

23 April 2014 12:52

There’s something quite amusing about a party that majored on the number of Etonians in the Cabinet as the substantive part of its response to the Budget briefing the Independent… Continue reading

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One of the new Ukip billboards appearing around the country today.

How Nigel Farage hopes that immigration can deliver victory for Ukip

21 April 2014 9:00

Nigel Farage’s strategy for winning the European Elections is based around winning over blue collar workers who normally vote Labour. Ukip believe that they can use immigration as a battering… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Annual Conference

View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise. He gave an interview to The Spectator earlier this week… Continue reading

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An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Annual Conference

There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight and said: ‘I want to see a Labour Party that… Continue reading

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Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that the crisis in living standards is ‘over’ because there is… Continue reading

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Keith Vaz is all things to all men. (ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Keith Vaz on the smarm offensive

14 April 2014 15:52

Keith Vaz was in full oil slick mode on Friday night when he found himself as the only Labour MP at the Asian Business Awards in Waterloo. Surrounded by dozens… Continue reading

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SNP Leader Alex Salmond Delivers His Keynote Speech At The SNP Conference

Alex Salmond’s message to Labour supporters: vote ‘yes’ to escape the Tories

12 April 2014 17:28

When is a conference not a conference? When it’s a rally. Sitting in the hall listening to Alex Salmond this afternoon, it was hard to ignore the feeling that this… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband missed the opportunity of the week at PMQs, allowing David Cameron off the hook. (Image: Getty)

Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew up his ammunition dump. Mr Bercow rose at the start… Continue reading

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Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03

Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far, he has limited himself to saying that Cameron has questions… Continue reading

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Has anyone noticed Tory tanks rolling onto Labour’s lawn?

7 April 2014 8:40

It’s unfashionable to talk about the battle for the centre ground these days. The fight to win political credibility is conducted through a new prism. Populists versus the establishment, centralisers… Continue reading

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The other awkward May elections and why they matter

3 April 2014 16:06

After all the excitement of Nick vs Nigel and the endless mutterings in the Tory party about uprisings following the European elections, you might be forgiven for thinking that the… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt at the Spectator schools conference this morning.

Why Tristram Hunt is wrong about free schools

3 April 2014 10:09

‘I’ve come to exorcise you lot,’ said Tristram Hunt cheerfully, as he turned up to deliver the keynote speech in The Spectator’s schools conference today. He had come to explain… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: Unite could start donating to other parties

1 April 2014 15:28

Len McCluskey spoke to the press gallery lunch on April Fools’ Day. It would have been more fitting had the Unite leader not been such an impressive, witty, and thorough… Continue reading

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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

1 April 2014 12:03

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate in 2016. If Labour wins the next election, I’ll be… Continue reading

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Douglas Alexander: Labour hasn’t fired Arnie Graf as election guru

30 March 2014 10:43

Ed Miliband tried to reassure his MPs this week that the party just needed to weather a temporary blip. But one question the Labour leader will be (or should be)… Continue reading

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Class warriors and unpaid mercenaries

28 March 2014 17:22

Class war. It’s not very classy, is it? But it’s Labour’s big thing at the moment, the class-of-politicians-crisis, which it thinks works well with the other crisis facing hardworking families… Continue reading

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits The UK

Small Labour rebellion as 22 MPs vote against welfare cap

26 March 2014 15:48

The Commons has just backed the government’s welfare cap by 520 votes to 22 against. As that figure for the Noes will include SNP MPs, this means a very small… Continue reading

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Miliband visits Trafalgar Place

Will welfare cap vote be Miliband’s biggest rebellion?

25 March 2014 14:43

So Rachel Reeves confirmed in the Commons today that Labour will back the welfare cap when it comes to a vote. Tory MPs cheered her as she announced this. There… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s sympathy for ‘needy’ Gove

25 March 2014 13:30

Congratulations to Sarah Vine. Last night the Mail columnist achieved the almost impossible feat of getting the leader of the Labour Party to defend his party’s favourite pantomime villain: Michael… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman: Labour is making steady progress

25 March 2014 8:28

‘I don’t think things are going wrong,’ Harriet Harman insisted on the Today programme. ‘I think we’re making steady progress. And if you look at when people actually vote, for… Continue reading

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Hilary Benn appears to have won his battle with other Shadow Cabinet members for a Labourish form of localism.

Labour’s localist lurch

24 March 2014 13:48

One of the other things worth noting from this morning’s letter from the ‘members of the progressive community’ who are anxious that Labour isn’t attempting to make a big offer… Continue reading

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Budget 2014: a torpedo Budget which will split the Shadow Cabinet

24 March 2014 9:42

Last week’s budget has transformed the political landscape. The welfare cap, new savings and pensions freedoms and ‘NISA’s, have all been much commented on. So too other micro measures, like… Continue reading

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