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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."


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".


Influential Labour backbencher Jon Cruddas has endorsed David Miliband for the leadership of the Labour party. He told the New Statesman he was impressed by Mr Miliband's "communitarian politics". "He's tackling some of more profound questions that need to be addressed head-on," he said. Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will back Ed Balls for the leadership.


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