Ed Miliband

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Rabid like the Daily Mail

Sally Gimson  |  19 November 2014

Ed Miliband showed the prime minister up as someone more interested in abuse than governing today. The Labour strategy was to go on the attack, defending the proposed mansion tax and condemning the bedroom tax. It was as if, for the first time in a while, Miliband smelled blood on the Tory benches. Not surprising considering the …

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Ed Miliband University of London

Hunger to win

John Woodcock MP  |  15 November 2014

Black humour can be a good way of getting over traumatic experiences, and there is no doubt that the leadership turmoil surrounding Ed Miliband has been deeply unsettling. In the spirit of moving on so we can regroup, some in Westminster are suggesting that the week of speculation over the leadership has been Labour’s equivalent …

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Ed Miliband University of London

A defiant message

Sally Gimson  |  13 November 2014

Ed Miliband gave his fightback speech in the Beveridge Hall in the Senate House at the unashamedly elite University of London in Bloomsbury. The room was full of north London Labour members. This was Miliband the intellectual, the guy who is not ashamed of ideas or of comparing different philosophies of political parties. It was …

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Ed Miliband PMQs 5 November 2014

A re-enactment with no real casualties

Sally Gimson  |  5 November 2014

It was a pretty brutal trench warfare today. Both sides were shooting hard but the battle seemed rather pointless. It may be 100 years since the start of the first world war, but to stage a mini-enactment in the House of Commons today seemed over the top. Each leader went for each other hurling as …

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Coming down the track

The Insider  |  4 November 2014

Scottish or not, it was easy to distinguish Labour members of parliament returning to Westminster from rays of sunshine. A conference kindest described as definitely not triumphal, underwhelming polls and a close-run thing in Heywood and Middleton cast a pall over the new parliamentary term. Auguries of hard times were easy to find. As predicted …

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Letting go of the reins …

Nick Forbes  |  3 November 2014

Ed Miliband’s announcement last week of wholesale devolution for the English regions shows that Labour recognises and is responding to the growing consensus that power needs to be spread across the country. First, the Adonis report recommended the North-east Combined Authority receive control over full revenue from business rates. Second, just last week, the City …

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New Labour New Britain

Past imperfect

Editorial  |  31 October 2014

Labour has had seven leaders since Harold Wilson stepped down as prime minister in 1976. Allowing for John Smith’s premature death, only one of these – Tony Blair – has thus far succeeded in securing the party victory in a general election, a feat which he achieved on three consecutive occasions. But 20 years after …

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Jim Murphy MP

Murphy is essential to a Miliband majority

John McTernan  |  30 October 2014

Sir Walter Scott asked: ‘Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,/ ‘Who never to himself hath said’, / ‘This is my own, my native land! / ‘Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,/ ‘As home his footsteps he hath turned,/ ‘From wandering on a foreign strand!’ Now we know Jim Murphy’s answer. He has …

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Ignoring the crisis of the young will cost Labour dearly

Rich Durber  |  30 October 2014

Last week Alan Milburn, chair of the government’s commission on social mobility and child poverty, delivered his final report before the general election showing that the under-30s risk being priced out of society, while this week Unicef published figures revealing that the number of children in poverty in the United Kingdom has risen to over …

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Ed Miliband, PMQS, 29 October 2014

Ukip at the feast

Sally Gimson  |  29 October 2014

The ghost of the United Kingdom Independence party hovered over prime minister’s questions today. No one mentioned it by name. Its only member of parliament, Douglas Carswell, said nothing. But there are shadowy Ukip sympathisers among the grey-suited, ageing and disappointed men who make up the Tory parliamentary party. And they are spirits the Conservative …

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