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Where oh where will the global selfie race end? After grinning with Joey Essex last night, Ed Miliband has been back on the trail this evening, posing with Lily Allen for this pic. Will David Cameron manage to persuade the Queen to ge...
In previous Parliaments it would be General Election speculation fever time, a will-they-won’t-they guessing game in which politicians and political pundits tried to predict if the Prime Minister would gamble the ranch, or at least the... Continue to article
Ed Miliband reiterated his opposition to an increase in MPs' pay. "I don't think it's right for MPs to get this pay rise now, because I think we need to take account of what is happening to other people in our country. The way I judge wh... Continue to article
Over 2,000 voters and non-voters were recently surveyed by political communications firm Lodestone to provide an insight into why some people don’t vote. Among the questions asked by pollsters Survation was: ‘Which non-political public f...
David Cameron believes the Parliamentary pay watchdog "needs to think again" over its plan to increase MPs' pay by a one-off 11% rise to £74,000, the Prime Minister's official spokesman has revealed. Unless the Independent Parliamentary ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said it was "wholly inappropriate" for MPs to accept a pay rise. "Myself, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were all, unsually in politics, as one on this one, which was that we think it's incomprehensible and wholly inappropriate... Continue to article
Brandon Lewis dismissed Ipsa’s idea to increase MPs’ pay as “just not credible”. “That’s the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s structure and how they’re working – they’re making their recommendations this week. But I think ... Continue to article
Lord Owen said Barack Obama's handshake with Cuba's Raul Castro was significant. "I think it's very significant. I think Obama has long wanted to improve relations with Cuba, very difficult in your first term with Florida [being] such a ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the struggle of Nelson Mandela against Apartheid reminded today’s leaders that politics could be a “matter of life and death”. “It’s a real privilege for me to be here representing the Labour party… I was inspired by his... Continue to article
As a declared Milibandite, it is frustrating to see him turning back to the New Labour generation for advice on how to win in 2015 Continue to article
An attempt by David Cameron to kick the vexed issue of MPs’ pay into the long grass was rebuffed by Ed Miliband on Monday night. Continue to article
Ed Miliband says planned 11 per cent pay rise for MPs "cannot go ahead."
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, paying tribute to Nelson Mandela in the House of Commons today, said: Mr Speaker, today we remember the incomparable life of Nelson Mandela. This House traditionally gathers to pay tribute t... Continue to article
MPs from across the House of Commons have united to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Normal Commons business was postponed, as the House held a session entirely dedicated to paying tribute to the former South African president, who died l... Continue to article
All four current and former prime ministers will attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Downing St has confirmed. Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron will be joined by Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband at the servi... Continue to article
It’s that most special time of year as Casa del Bloom is transformed into a bong-bongo land filled with mulled wine, mince pies, tinsel, snow, sluts and drums. Godfrey Bloom's Chirstmas card, with bongos and his wife dressed as a slut/D...
Diana Johnson said Parliament should not ditch IPSA's independent mandate to regulate MPs' pay. "As I understand it in the last Parliament all political parties signed up to this independent body sorting out expenses and MPs’ wages and s... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said that Labour would not implement IPSA’s proposals to increase MPs’ pay. “It won’t arise because Ed Miliband has pledged to reverse this when we get into power.” Mandela She criticised Margaret Thatcher’s attitude tow... Continue to article
Ed Miliiband described Nelson Mandela as “the inspirational figure of our age”. “We’ve lost the inspirational figure of our age. He was somebody who taught us so much about courage, determination, the spirit of reconciliation he showed a... Continue to article
Politicians from around the world have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday. Here's a round-up of some of the reaction. From Westminster David Cameron: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was... Continue to article
Ed Balls said George Osborne was moving the goalposts on the economy. "One fact I gave the House of Commons today was that the Government has borrowed more in three years of the national debt than the last Labour government did in 13 yea... Continue to article
Cathy Jamieson said the Government was "trying to dance to Ed Miliband's tune" on the cost of living. "I think that the majority of ordinary people out there know that there is a real cost of living crisis; they know that their household... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said he would put people being paid less than the living wage at the heart of his next government. “We’ve got 5m people who are getting paid less than a living wage in this country. I want to make taking action on that the ce... Continue to article
On aspiration and social mobility and Sir John Major’s recent comments: “The impulse to look to the future might be shared by us all. But not all of us have access to the means to realise our dreams. We know that for too many people... Continue to article
Ed Davey insisted the Coalition had been taking action to keep energy bills down since they entered government in 2010. “We’ve been working on getting people’s energy bills down ever since we came to power. For example, under Ed Miliband... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna said the Government “struggling to play catch-up” with Ed Miliband by announcing cuts to energy bills. “You’ll recall that when Ed Miliband at our conference announced the price freeze which we would institute as soon we got... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Government's plan to reduce energy bills would be compatible with its environmental commitments. "We’re going to deliver £50 off people’s energy bills, and we’re going to do so in a way that ensures that we conti... Continue to article
Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of weakness after reports this morning that the Government had sought to negotiate a price freeze with the 'Big Six' energy firms. "What we now know is that while David Cameron has in public been op... Continue to article
Denis, now Lord, Healey’s ‘First Law of Holes’ – when in one, stop digging – is an enduring if frequently ignored piece of advice for those in public life. So too is the observation of the former Labour Chancellor and Deputy Leader tha... Continue to article
For Ed Miliband, 2013 has been a dramatic year. It started on a high, with many commentators confidently predicting Labour’s solid, double-digit opinion poll lead, the stagnant economy and growing dis... Continue to article
Ed Miliband accused the Government of "dithering" on its policy towards plain cigarette packaging and urged ministers to act more "swiftly and decisively". "I think there are real questions for Lynton Crosby to answer about his role in ... Continue to article
Unless Ed Miliband defines what One Nation means, the nationalists could win a victory that will leave him paralysed Continue to article
What would Maggie do today? The third annual Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher lecture, delivered by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate The amazing thing about the funeral of Baroness Thatcher was the... Continue to article
Labour party press release Stella Creasy MP, Labour's Shadow Business Minister, responding to the Government's announcement on payday loans, said: "Just two months ago this Government criticised Ed Miliband for wanting to reform broke... Continue to article
What to make of Ed Miliband's Desert Island Discs selection? The Labour leader's choice includes tunes from the likes of Edith Piaf, A-Ha and Robbie Williams. Writing in the Observer, one rather cruel hack says the eight selections ha...
Ed Miliband appeared on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, where he discussed his "healing" relationship with his brother and he defended his party's handling of the candidate selection row in Falkirk. Here are the list of songs he chose: ... Continue to article
James Morris said it was in the public interest to leak an internal Labour email describing Ed Balls as a "nightmare". "Clearly the content of it was very revealing and that’s why I took the decision that it should go out into the public... Continue to article
Geoffrey Robinson said he had not seen any evidence that Rev Paul Flowers had given advice to Ed Miliband. "The politicians are the last ones who have the time to get the detail of this, they have to rely on advice, and the advice throug... Continue to article
“Friends, Romans, Countrywomen, lend me your ears.” Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, set in a maximum-security women’s prison with an all-female cast, opened in New York last month to widespread acclaim. The ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of trying to score "cheap political points" over the Co-op scandal. "I think what this episode says is more about the character of the Prime Minister than the character of Labour's relationship with the ... Continue to article
Pat MacFadden said the idea Ed Miliband knew about Paul Flowers' misdemeanours was "absurd" and accused the Government of using "cheap political tactic[s]". "Firstly, the sense that the Reverend Flowers in any way owed his position in th... Continue to article
In exclusive interviews with BBC Three’s Free Speech the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have spoken up on voter apathy and engaging young people. To be broadcast from Westminster Hall on Wednesday 20th November at ... Continue to article
Downing Street confirmed that the Co-op Bank was set to face an inquiry into its leadership under Reverend Paul Flowers. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said there were a number of forms that the inquiry could take. "There ar... Continue to article
Labour press release New research by the House of Commons Library released today shows how much firms in each region would save under Labour’s plans to cut business rates in 2015 and freeze them in 2016. Businesses are facing a tax h... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said Nick Clegg's comments today about Labour and the Unite union showed that the Deputy Prime Minister did not want to talk about the cost of living crisis. "Let me be very clear about this, we've acted swiftly and thoroughl... Continue to article
Paul Sykes said there was now only “one game in town” for people looking for a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union – UKIP. After revealing he would be funding the eurosceptic party in next May’s elections, he sai... Continue to article
Ed Miliband dismissed reports of a rift between himself and Ed Balls. “It’s fair to say that people send silly emails in offices and this was one of them. Ed and I are working really well together, I’m really proud to have him as the Sha... Continue to article
John Glen said David Cameron was right to launch an inquiry into union leverage. "I think trade unions play a crucial role in resolving industrial disputes. But the point for me is when a trade union is sending 30 people round to the hom... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has been determined to act as a wrecker for the Commonwealth Conference in Columbo Continue to article
Ipsos Mori press release Half of Britons feel no benefit of economic growth, says Ipsos MORI poll Conservatives most trusted on growing economy, Labour on reducing cost of living but neck-and-neck on ensuring people benefit from growth ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband to do Desert Island Discs on 24 November. Should be fun
Ed Miliband accused the Conservatives of navel gazing over an EU referendum when more pressing issues were concering ordinary voters. “I think what we see today is the Conservative party talking to itself about Europe when actually what ... Continue to article
Conservative party press release Responding to the news that Ed Miliband has admitted people were signed up by Unite to be Labour members in Falkirk, Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said: "Ed Miliband promised to take on Len Mc... Continue to article
If you regularly read this column, the chances are you’ve already read more than a couple of missives on the relationship between the energy industry and politicians. You may have hoped never to read another word. Indeed, I may have ho... Continue to article
Not surprisingly, Tories and Labourites diverge widely when it comes to general questions of union involvement with HM Opposition. In YouGov’s latest Sunday poll only 5% of Labour voters think the unions have a lot of influence over th... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech in Edinburgh It is great to be with you here in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. I want to thank Standard Life for hosting us today. You are a great British company, headquartered here in Scotland... 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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