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Diane Abbott insisted Labour and Ed Miliband did not need to worry about their poor performance in the polls. “We forget history; I don’t think Cameron was cutting through so well at this point in his leadership.” She rejected poll re... Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the British American Business Council transatlantic conference in Birmingham (20.00) Education secretary Michael Gove delivers the Centre for Policy Studies Keith Joseph memorial lecture in London... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said wasting money on the reorganisation of the NHS was causing a deterioration in frontline services. "The problem is that this Government is spending billions on an unneeded reorganisation when that money could have been p... Continue to article
Diane Abbott MP praised Doreen Lawrence for her persistence in pressing for measures to tackle institutional racism: “Doreen Lawrence has been incredible. This happened under…it was a Conservative government, they refused an inquiry. She... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said Labour risked creating a "downward spiral" of anti-immigration rhetoric by participating in "dog whistle politics" about foreigners. "There’s been huge progress. My parents came here in the 60s and you see black and Asi... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said the public did not understand the cost of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral. “I think it’s important that somebody speaks up about the cost actually, £10m when you’re cutting disabled people’s benefits, I don’t think the publ... Continue to article
Diane Abbott condemned those people celebrating the death of Lady Thatcher. "I think celebrating the death of anyone’s mother is completely inappropriate. There has to come a time when we can properly assess her legacy but the day after ... Continue to article
Diane Abbott accused the Government of “stigmatising and divisive rhetoric” after the Chancellor made comments questioning the link between the welfare state and Mick Philpott's crimes. “He wasn’t a monster because he was on benefits... ... Continue to article
Labour press release Diane Abbott welcomes action to reduce salt consumption, following Labour’s call for action, but calls the government’s strategy a ‘delayed, chaotic, smoke and mirrors masquerade’. Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s shadow... Continue to article
Diane Abbott says she is concerned about a political move to the right following the Eastleigh by-election. “The danger of Eastleigh for us, is that it’ll drag us to the right on issues like immigration, that‘s my view. There is no route... Continue to article
Diane Abbott claimed that Labour was not disappointed by the result in Eastleigh, and said that the Conservatives should be worried about UKIP’s success. “We had a great candidate, we worked hard, but we never expected to win Eastleigh, ... Continue to article
The Government will be announcing measures to prevent immigrants benefiting from free healthcare, Jeremy Hunt hinted today. The Health Secretary insisted ministers would be taking “profound steps” on the issue, and criticised the fact th... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership by 1.3% after a close competition with his brother David. Speaking after Ed's win, David Miliband said "this is Ed's day" and his younger brother said "my relationship with David is excellent and it will remain excellent". The new Labour leader stressed he would "unify" the party and said that "today a new generation has taken charge of Labour". His appointment has already been criticised by Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi, who said it seemed like a “great leap backwards” for the Labour party and “Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions”.
Ed Balls, his wife Yvette Cooper and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will have a special interest in whether David Miliband will join the shadow cabinet, as all three are being linked to the shadow chancellor role. Ed Miliband's campaign manager Sadiq Khan is being tipped for shadow home secretary.
Fifth placed Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott has confirmed she will put her name forward for a shadow cabinet role. Yesterday, she urged the party to "pull together" for new leader, Ed Miliband.
The FT reports that Ed Miliband has offered the shadow chancellor job to older brother David, despite their differing views on tackling the deficit, but spokespeople for the new leader have dismissed the reports as "speculative froth". In his first full day as Labour leader, Mr Miliband faced criticism from both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. In an interview for the Andrew Marr show he rejected claims that he is a union stooge, saying that he was "his own man". He dismissed the 'Red Ed' label as "tiresome and rubbish". David Miliband has remained tight-lipped on his future in the shadow cabinet.
Former Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbot has confirmed that she will stand for shadow cabinet in her address to Labour party conference in Manchester. Ms Abbott thanked the party for supporting a "genuinely inclusive" leadership campaign.
Diane Abbott has officially launched her campaign for the leadership of the Labour party. Speaking in her Hackney constituency, she promised to fight spending cuts to the public sector.
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