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Ed Miliband must have the “courage” to take on the threat from Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party directly, or risk a setback for his party at next month’s European elections, a former Labour minist... Continue to article
Ed Balls said it was likely wages would start rising faster than prices this year. "The first thing to say is that the culmination of all the changes in tax and benefits – the rise in VAT, the cuts to tax credits, the abolition of child ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband’s current visit to Israel is another step in the U.K. Labour party leader’s gradual embrace of his Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Continue to article
Ed Miliband avoids sifting through expenses controversy for a bit of mild PM kneading following culture secretary's resignation Continue to article
Nadine Dorries said parliamentary expenses should be scrapped following the Maria Miller expenses debacle. "I kind of thought last night that she may have survived, but I think there's one lesson that has to be learnt from this, and this... Continue to article
Today Ed Miliband has put some meat on Labour’s localist bones. Continue to article
Ed Miliband says right to reform MPs expenses but miller case raise issues about how decisions are made 'but not in a knee jerk way'
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech in Birmingham on One Nation Labour’s plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, said: It’s great to be in Birmingham today. And where better to talk about Britain’s economic futur... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne said he was “nervous” about his party’s lack of reforming zeal in government. “I think my party deserves a lot of credit because I think we wouldn’t be seeing the economic recovery we’re experiencing if it wasn’t for the re... Continue to article
Britain’s major towns and cities would be handed £4 billion a year to boost jobs and growth by a Labour Government, Ed Miliband will announce on Tuesday. Continue to article
Party leader to say a Labour government would use economic devolution to bring prosperity to city and county regions Ed Miliband is to promise to put powerful "city-region" government at the heart of ... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - Ed Miliband will on Tuesday appeal to voters living outside London by offering to double the spending powers of regions and cities in England if his Labour party wins the next elect... Continue to article
Labour party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on the cost of living in Birmingham (10.30) and meets Irish president Michael D. Higgins in Windsor Chancellor George Osborne meets Brazilian finance minister Guido Mantega and Brazilian ... Continue to article
If he is to woo the squeezed middle, Ed Miliband's economic vision must go beyond just one issue. Continue to article
Hearing Ed Miliband will announce new plans to increase number of middle income jobs tomorrow...
Ed Miliband has promised to rescue Britain’s struggling middle classes by boosting their living standards as he warns that the “cost-of-living crisis” will last for at least another five years. Continue to article
Caroline Flint denied Labour was seeking to win a majority in the next election by attracting only 35% of the electorate. “I’m campaigning to win the election with a majority Labour government and everybody else around the Shadow Cabinet... Continue to article
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party Activists said: Convention chums, Never be worried of reminding people that Labour left our country with the ... Continue to article
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party activists said: We meet on the eve of some important changes in our country. From tomorrow... ...millions of people will open their... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
Is it time for Labour to find a new script? For nine months the party has focused relentlessly and successfully on the cost of living crisis. And for nine months the Conservatives have tried in vain to change the subject, highlight the... Continue to article
There is no such thing as bad publicity – all publicity is good publicity. The old adage is, of course, rubbish. Just ask Fylde MP Mark Menzies who was forced to quit as a ministerial aide after he was splashed across the front pa... Continue to article
After three years of unity, are the cracks beginning to show at the top of the Labour Party? While David Cameron has had to contend with rebellious backbenchers for most of this Parliament, Ed Miliband’s party has shown a remarkable ab... Continue to article
Ed Miliband fanned the flames of Labour’s internal debate on the railways today, when he told the Guardian’s Editorial Conference that the Labour party is considering different models of railway ownership Continue to article
Ed Miliband is a very different leader from Blair and he is leading in an unrecognisably different context. But there are some lessons to be learned from the lawyerly focus Blair displayed in opposition. Continue to article
DIMBLEBY: Should we stay in the European Union or would be better out of it? Tonight live from the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London, Nick Clegg, and Nigel Farage set out their arguments, for and against. DIMBLEBY: Welcome, t... Continue to article
The leader of the Unite union has said that he “fears for the future of the Labour party” if they fail to win next year’s general election. Speaking at a lunch with journalists in Westminster Len McCluskey explained that Unite rules mean... Continue to article
Ed Miliband, I suspect, will not be chuckling away as McCluskey’s remarks are relayed to him. Continue to article
Thank you very much. It's a great pleasure to speak to Business in the Community today. I had to come and speak today in part to say thank you for everything you've done to help me in Hodge Hill, enjoining our fight against youth unemploym... Continue to article
With Ed Miliband’s promise of a ‘radical offer’ on tuition fees there is an ever increasing feeling that Labour will commit to a graduate tax. Continue to article
Conservative party press release Letter from Sajid Javid to Ed Miliband regarding Labour's tuition fee spending promise. Dear Ed, I was interested to read today's warning from university vice chancellors that your tuition fee poli... Continue to article
Margot James said Labour would remain "shackled to the past" until they got rid of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls. . “I think Labour’s problem is that they’re stuck in the past where the economy is concerned; they can’t confront the state the... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said Labour would address the issue of tuition fees in its manifesto. "This seems to be another Con-Dem policy which is simply not working. The rate of default emerged this week and it’s very high. Ed Miliband has gone ... Continue to article
Alistair Phillips-Davies said SSE’s move to freeze energy prices was not an attempt to influence an inquiry into competition in the market. “[It is] Absolutely not a cynical move. We had no idea when the CMA [Competition and Markets Auth... Continue to article
Diane Abbott argued Liam Byrne had allowed the Conservatives to dictate the narrative on welfare while he was Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. “There’s no doubt benefit claimants are really unpopular, but that’s partly because the pub... Continue to article
Ed Miliband's 'cost-of-living crisis' is just a symptom of a market system not delivering the prosperity its proponents promise. We need mutual respect between bosses and workers Continue to article
George Osborne dismissed Ed Miliband's pledge to protect small businesses from "unacceptable" treatment by the Big Six energy firms. “Well, we’ve had lots of phoney commitments, but actually, if you look at the Budget - the real thing th... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said that this week's price freeze announcement by SSE proved Labour's point on energy policy. "What SSE's announcement shows is that Labour's price freeze is workable, is doable, and it will happen if there is a Labour gover... Continue to article
Labour party press release Ed Miliband today sets out the next stage of Labour’s energy reforms as he declares that Ofgem’s confirmation that the energy market is broken has made it essential that prices are frozen immediately. Labo... Continue to article
Vince Cable dismissed a snap poll showing a majority of voters backing Nigel Farage over Nick Clegg after last night’s debate, arguing the Liberal Democrat leader’s arguments would win over those who are not already “highly charged” about E... Continue to article
The Government will inject further transparency into the pensions industry by introducing "full standardised disclosure of all costs and changes", the Pension Minister told MPs today. Steve Webb revealed new details of the Governmen... Continue to article
Technical gremlins mean the Waugh Room Memo probably hasn't hit all of your inboxes this morning. Below is the essential preview of what's happening in Westminster today. As it happens, now and again, I put up a public version of the Me... Continue to article
Liz Kendall welcomed the freeze in energy prices by supplier SSE and said Conservatives, including fellow studio guest Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughin, had been "way behind" on the issue. "I think this does show how Labour and Ed M... Continue to article
David Cameron has insisted the UK and the rest of the European Union has a long-term strategy to deal with Russia’s expansion in Ukraine. Updating the Commons after G7 talks in the Netherlands, the Prime Minister said that EU states wer... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said Labour would vote in favour of a cap on welfare spending, but criticised the Government for failing to tackle the “root causes” of the problem. “We’ll be voting for the cap in welfare expenditure. In fact, it was Ed Mi... Continue to article
David Lammy said Labour was still not seen as a government-in-waiting. “I don’t think it’s so much a change of direction, but we’re 14 months out of an election, we have to spell out to the country what our positive offer is for them to ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband defended his leadership of the Labour party and said the stakes would be high at the next general election. "I took this job on three and half years ago and always knew this was going to be a close election. But I think the s... Continue to article
Former Cabinet Office minister Baroness Smith has defended Ed Miliband, after a letter by left-leaning think tanks and academics called on the Labour leader to be more bold. "The idea that somehow Ed Miliband isn’t a bold leader is quite ... Continue to article
Baroness Smith tells @daily_politics: "The idea that Ed Miliband isn’t a bold leader is a curious observation".
Ed Miliband's leadership strategy came under fire from across the Labour ranks today, amid rising panic that the party is drifting. 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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