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Caroline Lucas and Diane Abbott have rejected claims that Ukip represents the British equivalent of the populist Syriza movement, after the party was victorious in Greek elections. Alexis Tsipras was today sworn in as prime minister aft... Continue to article
MPs rounded on Sir John Chilcot for the delays in the publication of his report into the Iraq war during this week’s Question Time discussion. Labour’s Diane Abbott described the news that details of the inquiry would not be released unt... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said Peter Mandelson was "on to something" with the mansion tax. "I agree with the mansion tax in principle but Lord Mandelson is on to something, it will be problematic in London. What the party leadership has to understand... Continue to article
Diane Abbott denied that Ed Miliband had been opportunistic for opposing military intervention in Syria. “You can call Ed Miliband a lot of things, and he is currently being called a lot of them, but he is not an opportunist. The truth i... Continue to article
Diane Abbott attacked Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy over his plans to divert money from the mansion tax to pay for nurses in Scotland. "Eighty percent of the mansion tax will come from London. The actual super wealthy probably won’t ... Continue to article
Sajid Javid said politics and media could learn from the financial services industry when it comes to improving diversity and equality. “In that industry and like many other aspects of business, it doesn’t matter actually whether you’re ... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said that when the first black MPs were elected, they were seen by fellow parliamentarians as a “threat to politics”. “When I first became an MP, it wasn’t just that they didn’t have black Members of Parliament; they didn’t ... Continue to article
Diane Abbott and Simon Danczuk debate whether Labour should put immigration high up its agenda. Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Report Stage Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill: Report Stage Second reading of Private Members’ Bills: Con... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said Emily Thornberry did not look down on council tenants and that Ed Miliband was wrong to force her resignation. "We're not at war. Some of us were amazed that Emily Thornberry's tweet led the news on the day that the Tor... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Deputy prime minister questions (topicals at 11:50pm) 12:10pm: Attorney general questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Apprenticeships (Child Benefit and Tax Credit Entitlement) (Research) Bill (... Continue to article
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel, Justice Minister Simon Hughes and Diane Abbott MP attend the GG2 Leadership Awards in London Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky ... Continue to article
One of the Labour MPs widely expected to enter the race to become her party's next candidate for Mayor of London has expressed strong support for her party's proposed mansion tax. Unlike other possible candidates for the post, Diane Abbo... Continue to article
Labour’s shadow health minister has called on Ed Miliband to make a case for immigration reform.
In an interview with Progress magazine, Diane Abbott said her party must stand up for diversity instead of buckling to populist right wing attacks on immigration.
The FT reports that Ed Miliband has offered the shadow chancellor job to older brother David, despite their differing views on tackling the deficit, but spokespeople for the new leader have dismissed the reports as "speculative froth". In his first full day as Labour leader, Mr Miliband faced criticism from both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. In an interview for the Andrew Marr show he rejected claims that he is a union stooge, saying that he was "his own man". He dismissed the 'Red Ed' label as "tiresome and rubbish". David Miliband has remained tight-lipped on his future in the shadow cabinet.
Former Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbot has confirmed that she will stand for shadow cabinet in her address to Labour party conference in Manchester. Ms Abbott thanked the party for supporting a "genuinely inclusive" leadership campaign.
Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership by 1.3% after a close competition with his brother David. Speaking after Ed's win, David Miliband said "this is Ed's day" and his younger brother said "my relationship with David is excellent and it will remain excellent". The new Labour leader stressed he would "unify" the party and said that "today a new generation has taken charge of Labour". His appointment has already been criticised by Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi, who said it seemed like a “great leap backwards” for the Labour party and “Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions”.
Ed Balls, his wife Yvette Cooper and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will have a special interest in whether David Miliband will join the shadow cabinet, as all three are being linked to the shadow chancellor role. Ed Miliband's campaign manager Sadiq Khan is being tipped for shadow home secretary.
Fifth placed Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott has confirmed she will put her name forward for a shadow cabinet role. Yesterday, she urged the party to "pull together" for new leader, Ed Miliband.
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