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  • = Key Development Friday 18th July
  • 15:36 In Brief Events

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    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

  • = Key Development Friday 11th July
  • 16:15 In Brief Events

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    Prime minister David Cameron attends a European Council meeting in Brussels (18.00) Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to deliver a statement to the House of Commons on the progress of hospitals in special measures (12.30) Cabin... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 3rd July
  • 12:48 Ed Balls: Labour offers change, not business-as-usual On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | BBC News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said change was needed to ensure Britain continued to offer good jobs for people. “We have a great history in our country of innovation, science, wealth creation. But for the 21st century, we need more good jobs, we will need mo... Continue to article

  • 08:17 Emma Burnell blog: Dennis Skinner will be missed on Labour’s NEC News

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    I don’t have a natural tribe within Labour politics. I’m not hard right or left. I don’t love or loathe Tony Blair and while I am a great admirer of Ed Miliband and a supporter of the kind of changes he, Jon Cruddas and Andrew Adonis have recently been announcing to our economy, I am perfectly willing to criticise all three when it is the right thing to do. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd July
  • 08:59 Lord Glasman: I was wrong to criticise Labour direction On air

    On Air | Lord Glasman | Labour Peer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Lord Glasman

    Lord Glasman withdrew his criticism of the Labour leadership for failing to offer a “coherent story” to the electorate. “It’s just bringing that [policy base] together into a coherent narrative, and I think that’s happening. I’m saying t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st July
  • 19:30 Jon Cruddas: Labour story is of national renewal On air

    On Air | Jon Cruddas MP | Labour MP | Channel 4 News Video Jon Cruddas MP

    Jon Cruddas promised that Labour would deliver “big, bold” policies.  “Over the next few weeks you’re going to see really big, bold policies coming out from us. We’ve got our National Policy Forum at the end of July which will be the fir... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 30th June
  • 23:10 Len McCluskey: Miliband needs to demonstrate a cohesive package for working people On air

    On Air | Len McCluskey | Unite general secretary | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Len McCluskey

    Len McCluskey said Ed Miliband needed to "demonstrate with a cohesive package what new deal he is going to present to working people". "I think there's been some really interesting debates taking place within the party. Jon Cruddas and A... Continue to article

  • 13:25 John Mills: Balls' pledge a step towards a comprehensive economic package On air

    On Air | John Mills | Labour donor | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video John Mills

    John Mills welcomed Ed Balls’ pledge today that Labour would ensure Britain kept the lowest corporation tax rates in the G7. “Possibly [some of Labour’s rhetoric in the past could be seen as anti-business]. I think that as elections appr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 29th June
  • 10:57 Fraser Nelson blog: Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. Andpointless News

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    I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy unit. What happens if he talks sense? Well, my fears… Continue reading The post Jon Crud... Continue to article

  • 09:38 Ed Balls: I share Cruddas' frustration, but no Labour split On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls insisted Labour was not afraid to take radical decisions and denied there was a split with policy review chief Jon Cruddas, after he described a “dead hand” at the centre of the party blocking bold reform. “We’re going to come u... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 27th June
  • 17:59 Story (1 links): Two senior Labour MPs reported to watchdog

    PoliticsHome Two senior Labour MPs reported to watchdog Story View links

    The relationship between two senior Labour MPs and a prominent think tank is subject to a complaint by Parliament's standards watchdog.

    The party’s policy chief Jon Cruddas and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves are accused by a Conservative MP of failing to declare "sponsorship" by the IPPR in the register of MPs' interests.

    Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said that Labour appeared to have "contracted out" policy development to the think tank.

    In a letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson, Mr Elphicke noted that there have been at least 10 events coordinated between the think tank and the party.

    The member for Dover, who has already complained to the Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission about the issue, also highlighted the high number of former Labour advisors who now work for the think tank.

    "I think that is a warping of the independence of charities," he argued.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband recently launched a flagship policy, cutting unemployment benefits for young people who refuse training, with the IPPR.

    Mr Cruddas said the complaint was “totally ridiculous”. Ms Reeves is yet to comment.

    The IPPR said its reports were available to all parties and had not been commissioned by Labour.

    The think tank’s director Nick Pearce told the BBC: "We do want to engage with politics. The role of think tanks is to inform public debate. Most MPs welcome the fact that at Westminster we have a healthy and lively think tank environment."

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Stories involving Jon Cruddas

Two senior Labour MPs reported to watchdog

The relationship between two senior Labour MPs and a prominent think tank is subject to a complaint by Parliament's standards watchdog.

The party’s policy chief Jon Cruddas and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves are accused by a Conservative MP of failing to declare "sponsorship" by the IPPR in the register of MPs' interests.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said that Labour appeared to have "contracted out" policy development to the think tank.

In a letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Hudson, Mr Elphicke noted that there have been at least 10 events coordinated between the think tank and the party.

The member for Dover, who has already complained to the Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission about the issue, also highlighted the high number of former Labour advisors who now work for the think tank.

"I think that is a warping of the independence of charities," he argued.

Labour leader Ed Miliband recently launched a flagship policy, cutting unemployment benefits for young people who refuse training, with the IPPR.

Mr Cruddas said the complaint was “totally ridiculous”. Ms Reeves is yet to comment.

The IPPR said its reports were available to all parties and had not been commissioned by Labour.

The think tank’s director Nick Pearce told the BBC: "We do want to engage with politics. The role of think tanks is to inform public debate. Most MPs welcome the fact that at Westminster we have a healthy and lively think tank environment."


Speaking to his CLP in Doncaster North this evening, Ed Miliband confirmed he will run for the Labour leadership against his brother David. He said the two of them agreed "that the party needs the widest possible choice". The former climate change secretary is expected to set out his "different vision" for the future of the party next week. Liam Byrne also appeared to join the leadership race today.


Labour MP Jon Cruddas has called for an elected Labour party chairman. He said acting Labour leader Harriet Harman also backs the change. Mr Cruddas also said yesterday that the party should be a "constructive" opposition and engage with the "big society" and "compassionate conservatism".


Smith promoted in reshuffle

Ed Miliband has undertaken a minor reshuffle of his frontbench team, with Owen Smith promoted to Welsh Secretary to replace the departing Peter Hain.  Also of note is the appointment of Jon Cruddas to head up Labour's policy review. Mr Cruddas replaces Liam Byrne, who keeps his role as Work and Pensions Secretary despite rumours he may be moved from the post.


Centre-left pressure group Compass is to ballot members on whether to encourage tactical voting in the election.


Labour backbencher Jon Cruddas has made the surprise announcement that he will not be standing against David and Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership. Writing in the Guardian today, Mr Cruddas said: "Hand on heart, I do not want to be leader of the Labour party or subsequently prime minister."


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