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Labour statement Following the report into the Rotherham child abuse scandal by Professor Alexis Jay, the Labour Party has today suspended four party members pending investigation. As Ed Miliband made clear last week large numbers of yo... Continue to article
The front page of today’s FT suggests that the Labour leadership is considering a “Health Tax” as a means of paying for the NHS, reporting: “Ed Miliband is to put the NHS at the centre of Labour’s ele... Continue to article
Labour press release Ed Miliband's statement on child abuse in Rotherham: This week’s report into the child abuse scandal in Rotherham was devastating. Large numbers of young people were systematically abused and then let down... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell told reporters in Clacton that he joined Ukip because there is no difference between Britain's two main parties. "I don’t think there’s a difference between either front bench. That’s why I’m doing this. What would be th... Continue to article
A win in the MP’s Clacton constituency will boost Ukip, and could make Ed Miliband the most likely prime minister next May Continue to article
The Prime Minister has steered clear of the ice bucket challenge, but is the net now closing in on Ed Miliband? Labour MP Stephen Twigg filmed himself being doused in ice cold water last week, and nominated his fellow Merseyside MPs Luci...
The chaos in François Hollandes government should be a warning to a leader trapped by the legacy of Labours past History never tires of repeating itself. Continue to article
A press release from Labour: The Choice for Britain: Labour future, Tory Threat - Speech by Harriet Harman Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in a speech in Ealing, s... Continue to article
To win next year, Labour must attract and motivate young voters. That’s why Ed Miliband has asked Ivan lewis and Lisa Nandy to ensure our election campaign considers this group over the next 8 months.... Continue to article
Lord Ashcroft Polls press release Lord Ashcroft marginals poll: swing to Labour extends deeper into Tory territory The swing from the Conservatives to Labour is at least as great in seats with bigger Tory majorities as in the party’s m... Continue to article
Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander want the Tories to speak out louder about the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq, but want to rule out military intervention. Continue to article
Ed Miliband, who is visiting Scotland today campaigning for a no vote, said that devolution offered Scotland the "best of both worlds" and that "alarm bells should be ringing" over Alex Salmond's failure to give answers on the currency. ... Continue to article
Would you leave your children in the care of a political leader? Mumsnet has done a poll for LBC of 1,000 people with the following topline results on which politician they would trust to look after their offspring: Nick Clegg 58%, Da...
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and leader of the pro-Union Better Together campaign Alistair Darling have clashed in a live TV debate on Scottish independence. The question of whether an independent Scotland would be able to keep ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband urged the Prime Minister to "break his silence" and condemn the actions of Israel, following the resignation of Baroness Warsi. “I think Sayeeda Warsi has acted with principle and integrity today. I think people around Britai... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has been accused of making a “pathetic” effort with his wreath at a First World War Centenary commemoration service, after it simply carried the message: “From the Leader of the Opposition... Continue to article
The shelling of UN school in Gaza is a a "particularly appalling incident", Downing Street has said. A UN-run school in the city of Rafah was hit yesterday, resulting in the deaths of ten Palestinian civilians. The Prime Minister's Offi... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said David Cameron was ‘in the wrong place’ over his stance on the conflict in Gaza. “If I was David Cameron at the moment what I would be doing, what I would be spending my time on, is doing everything I can to put pressur... Continue to article
The former Labour minister talks about the problem with Ed Miliband's inner circle, Tony Blair's work in Kazakhstan, and how it feels to be standing down after 35 years as an MP Continue to article
It’s great to be back here in Bedford supporting your campaign. Because it’s vital that we win here in this marginal constituency – and in seats across this region from Stevenage to Ipswich, Watford to Waveney – if we are to get the Tori... Continue to article
Ed Miliband’s comments about public dissatisfaction with politics and politicians on the Andrew Marr show cannot be refuted. Continue to article
Ed Miliband thinks image should be secondary to issues and ideas, but snap judgements matter when voters have little time. Continue to article
Harriet Harman questioned the suggestion that women were under-represented in politics because of a shortage of candidates willing to put themselves forward for the selection process. “I think there are a lot of women who would be prepar... Continue to article
A Labour MP has welcomed Ed Miliband's People's Question Time proposal and said it should be expanded to allow people living outside London to take part. Meg Hillier, a member of the Digital Demodracy commission, suggested holding someth... Continue to article
Ed Miliband announced plans for a “Public Question Time” to allow members of the public to question the Prime Minister. “What we need is a Public Question Time where regularly the Prime Minister submits himself or herself to questioning ... Continue to article
The public has been softened up to believe any old nonsense about the Labour leader. Continue to article
Ed Miliband risked an own goal last night over claims that he has used a professional voice coach to boost his flagging ratings. Continue to article
Lucy Powell said the public were “fed-up” with polished politicians and that Ed Miliband was focussed on issues rather than photo opportunities. “What gets him going every morning is the problems that he sees this country facing and he... Continue to article
Ed Miliband launched Labour’s ‘summer campaign’ with a sharp dig at image-based politics. In a highly personal speech in London today, Mr Miliband admitted he had an image problem and could not compete with David Cameron when it came to ... Continue to article
Labour boss tries to reframe debate about his leadership by painting himself as a man of principle, not personality cult Ed Miliband will try to reframe the unflattering debate about his personal lead... Continue to article
Labour leader urges for fighting to stop to allow doctors access to the hundreds of injured civilians in Gaza Ed Miliband has called on Israel and Hamas to agree a ceasefire and allow the internationa... Continue to article
The opposition leader has charted a course that is neither old nor New Labour his strategy makes him suited to the top job Ask Labour MPs to identify Ed Milibands greatest achievement and they usually... Continue to article
Labour press release Ed Miliband will today herald a new settlement in the Labour Party for a programme for the next Government that is radically different from that offered by the last. Speaking at the party’s National Policy Fo... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to visit Washington DC Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announces plans to tackle female genital mutliation in the UK Chancellor George Osborne announces further changes to the government's pensio... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield “To defeat a populist party, you defeat them conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street, community by community.” Douglas Alexander is i... Continue to article
Conservative MP Sarah Newton has written a letter in reply to a tweet by Helen Goodman, in which Labour’s Shadow Minster for Media described the new women in the Cabinet as "puppets who’ll change nothing". Read it full below: Dear H... Continue to article
David Cameron has defended Michael Gove's record as education secretary, as he clashed with the Labour leader on yesterday's Government reshuffle. Mr Gove was moved to Chief Whip in the wide-ranging shake-up yesterday, and Ed Miliband op... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves warned that workers were becoming worse off, even as unemployment continues to fall. “Of course it is welcome that unemployment is falling and that more people are in work, but it’s also very concerning that the numbers tod... Continue to article
Ed Miliband is pushing for a meeting to be arranged between him and President Obama at the White House, according to the BBC’s Nick Robinson. If the meeting comes to fruition, it would have to be fair... Continue to article
Words: Tony Grew Oscar Wilde once said that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. That isn’t a problem for Lord Stern. To the journalists at the Independent, he’s “the world’s most authoritativ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said he did not know when public sector workers could expect a real-terms pay rise. “I’m no more able to tell you what will happen in future pay negotiations and settlements through a whole range of different public services... Continue to article
Ed Miliband criticised the Government for its rhetoric against public sector workers who are on strike today. “Nobody wants to see these strikes because of the disruption that is being caused to parents and others. Strikes are always a ... Continue to article
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has accused Labour of being "weak" because of their failure to support or condemn the public sector worker strikes today. In a statement to the House, Mr Maude pointed out that Ed Miliband and the Sh... Continue to article
David Cameron has indicated that the Government is receptive to calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse. The Prime Minister told MPs today that it could be time to draw up such legislation and revealed that ministers were looking a... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the Government had been "slow and piecemeal" in announcing two inquiries into the state's handling of child abuse allegations. "What needs to happen with this inquiry is that it needs to get at truth and justice for victi... Continue to article
The first, and perhaps most important, thing to say about the 2015 general election is that it is Labour’s to lose. The second thing to say is that Ed Miliband… Continue reading The post Labour’s true... Continue to article
Ed Miliband called for an over-arching inquiry into child sexual abuse allegations. "First of all we need justice for the victims and that's why the police inquiries have got to take their course. Secondly, we've got to understand what h... Continue to article
Whether it's Labour loyalists or those defected to Ukip, the same problem arises: Miliband doesn't convince on the big issues It is no secret that Ed Miliband has a problem. While the latest polls sug... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband (09.45) speaks at the Sutton Trust/Pearson summit in London on higher education where he is expected to announce Labour's plans for vocational education. Skills minister Matthew Hancock (14.00) and education commit... Continue to article
Ed Miliband should “look in the mirror” and face up to the fact that he is failing to convince voters that he is fit to be prime minister, a Labour figure has warned. Writing in The Scotsman, the former Labour minister Brian Wilson attacked his leader’s poor poll ratings, which he described as “somewhere between dire and disappointing”, and urged Miliband to recall the former ministers Alan Johnson and Alistair Darling to the front bench.
A poll conducted for The Times has found Labour has stretched its lead over the Conservatives to 15 points. However the Populus survey has discouraging results for Ed Miliband, with 60% of people wanting David Cameron to remain in Downing Street, either because they thought he was doing a good job, or because they prefer him to Mr Miliband.
Labour must "change its approach" to immigration, Ed Miliband said today as he signalled a shift away from a focus on border controls and towards the impact of migration on people's lives.
In a speech in London, he also distanced himself from a phrase Gordon Brown employed when in power, saying that he was "not going to promise British jobs for British workers".
In a speech in London, he admitted Labour "got it wrong" when it allowed uncontrolled immigration from new EU states in 2004, and promised to limit immigration from new member states if in government.
"We were dazzled by globalisation and too sanguine about its price," Mr Miliband said. "By focusing exclusively on immigration's impact on growth, we lost sight of who was benefiting from that growth - and the people being squeezed in the middle who were losing out."
A host of Labour figures have been on the air to admit that the party had made mistakes on immigration. Keith Vaz said there had been errors "particularly on the border agency", while former Home Secretary Jack Straw said it was "a major policy error" not to have transitional controls on immigration from new EU member states.
And former minister John Denham admitted Labour’s failure to impose transitional arrangements on the new EU countries had led to far more immigrants far quicker than anticipated. But he insisted Labour the party was not talking about capping the total number of immigrants at this stage.
Conservative co-chair Baroness Warsi has pleaded with Cabinet colleagues to drop what she labelled a "racist" policy, when they discussed curbs on migrants bringing family members to live with them in Britain, the Independent reports.
Ed Miliband and his wife Justine are milionaires and have a house worth an estimated £2m. Public records show that the Miliband's bought their home in 2009 for £1.6m and it is now likely to be worth around £2m. The Sunday Times reports Mr Miliband earns £139,355 a year, meaning he is just shy of the top tax bracket, while Ms Miliband, who is an environmental barrister, could also benefit from the top rate tax cut.
Tony Blair is to take up a new role leading the part of Labour's policy review concerned with the Olympic legacy.
The decision was announced by Labour Leader Ed Miliband at a joint appearance with Mr Blair at a London fundraiser at the Emirates Stadium last night.
Mr Miliband said Mr Blair would advise the review on how to "maximise both [the Games'] economic and its sporting legacies" and added that his involvement marked a "coming together for the Labour tribe".
David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband will appear before the Leveson Inquiry into media standards next week, it was announced today.
The Chancellor and former prime minister Gordon Brown will appear on Monday, before Mr Miliband, Harriet Harman and former prime minister John Major give evidence on Tuesday.
The Deputy Prime Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond will be appearing on Wednesday, before Mr Cameron gives evidence on Thursday.
The full schedule can be found on the Inquiry's website here.
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