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Abbott urges Ed on immigration reform

Labour’s shadow health minister has called on Ed Miliband to make a case for immigration reform. 

In an interview with Progress magazine, Diane Abbott said her party must stand up for diversity instead of buckling to populist right wing attacks on immigration.


Ed Miliband reaches out

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.


Abbott: I will stand

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.


Ed Miliband wins

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”.


Shadow cabinet speculation grows

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.


Diane Abbott to stand for shadow cabinet

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.