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Emma Reynolds said Labour would prioritise capital spending towards housing, but stressed that the party’s plans to boost house building went beyond increasing public funding. “Both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been clear that housing w... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell is a fan of Oliver Cromwell’s early work. The Conservative Member for Clacton – sorry, the Ukip Member for Clacton – admires the insurgent leader of the parliamentary forces in the English Civil War to such an extent t... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “To Turbo Fizzle…best wishes…Charles”. Greg Clark is holding a signed photo of a Space Shuttle astronaut and beaming at the personal dedication. But the portrait from Comma... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield Liam Byrne’s desk is groaning under the weight of a tottering, Jenga-like tower of books. From Jenny Uglow’s The Lunar Men to tomes on the life of Matthew Boulton, ... Continue to article
Just how low can Labour go? Yesterday I was chatting to a Labour MP about the Ed Miliband issue. “Forget about Ed. He’s the least of our problems,” he said ruefully. Continue to article
Ed Miliband said David Cameron had made the “wrong judgement” by “clinging on to Lord Freud” who, it emerged yesterday, had previously said that some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage. “David Cameron’s made the wrong judg... Continue to article
Commenting on Ed Miliband's attack on Lord Freud's comments about the disabled, Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, said: "Lord Freud has been shamefully mistreated by Ed Miliband. His point was that the market va... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has called for the resignation of a Conservative welfare minister after he was recorded suggesting that disabled people are “not worth” the full national minimum wage. In a recording obtained by PoliticsHome, Lord Freud also ... Continue to article
Just after noon today Ed Miliband will get to his feet in the House of Commons expecting to be greeted by a wall of noise. This will be the first Prime Minister's Questions since that conference speec... Continue to article
Cabinet Office press release Government source on Carr Report: “This official report by an eminent and respected QC raises serious concerns about the use of ‘extreme’ tactics by trade unions. It’s clear that for Labour’s biggest ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband gave his backing to plans for televised election debates. "I welcome these proposals. I think they are a positive step forward. I hope David Cameron is not going to put up false obstacles to these TV debates happening. Frankl... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Ed Miliband on TV debates: "I welcome these proposals. I think they are a positive step forward. "I hope David Cameron is not going to put up false obstacles to these TV debates happening. Frankly he should ... Continue to article
Austin Mitchell said Nigel Farage was a “genius.” “You can’t just say they [Ukip] are wrong, they are naughty, they are nasty people; they aren’t. I think Farage is a genius. I much admire his ability to leap from subject to subject and ... Continue to article
When he addressed Conference this year, Ed Miliband mentioned the NHS no fewer than 18 times. Continue to article
Ed Miliband’s performance came under a strong attack from a Labour MP today as the Labour leader prepared to try to settle his party’s nerves over the threat from Ukip. Continue to article
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is invited to take part in a TV debate with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg ahead of next year's general election. Continue to article
Graham Stringer said it was no longer even controversial to say that Ed Miliband was not an electoral asset for the Labour party. “They listen to Ed and if you go on the doorstep, Ed isn’t an asset to us on the doorstep – I don’t think t... Continue to article
Yasmin Qureshi rejected fellow Labour MP Graham Stringer’s criticism of Ed Miliband’s leadership. “Ed has taken us to a very, very strong position... “Ed Miliband has been the leader of the party since 2010. He has taken on the issues... Continue to article
Edelman press release Health is the country’s most important political issue overtaking the economy and immigration, according to a survey of twelve party policies carried out at the end of the party conference season. The survey by E... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna defended the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, saying he was a man “of deep beliefs, sincerity, integrity and trust.” “Polls go up and down… what we have seen happen during Ed’s leadership is Labour put on considerable support.... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell said he did not believe immigrants should be screened for HIV on arrival. "I think this row’s been slightly confected. No one is seriously suggesting that we should screen people for HIV coming in. What I think Nigel rig... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper accused Ukip of exploiting voters with the “politics of division” but conceded that her party had to do more to win back support. “As the reports earlier have shown we have held on to our share of the vote, but of course ... Continue to article
John Mann challenged Ed Miliband to “step up to the mark” after the surge in support for Ukip in yesterday’s two by-elections. “Ed Miliband needs to step up to the mark. Amongst Labour voters there is a huge frustration. But let’s not pe... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has made a direct appeal to the Ukip voters who almost defeated Labour in the Heywood and Middleton by-election. Labour held the seat by a majority of just 617 after the eurosceptic party increased their vote share tenfold f... Continue to article
Jack Straw said Labour needed a stronger message on immigration to address the surge in support for Ukip. “We could and should have done better. That said, bear in mind that our share of the vote went up, albeit by 1%, that there was a s... Continue to article
David Cameron said last night’s by-election results vindicated his warning that voting Ukip would risk Labour winning the next election. “There were two by-elections last night – one where we lost a seat to Ukip and one where Labour held... Continue to article
Mark Pritchard admitted to considering joining Ukip before David Cameron committed the Conservatives to an in/out referendum, but cautioned fellow Tories against defecting. “My consideration was some time ago. It was pre the commitment b... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the Conservatives were now “in retreat” after losing the Clacton by-election to Ukip, but stressed there would not be a “shred of complacency” for Labour after barely edging out Nigel Farage’s party in Heywood and Middleton... Continue to article
Voters like good leadership and economic competence: no wonder Ed Miliband had the worst conference showing Continue to article
Grant Shapps reiterated the Tory case that a vote for Ukip made a Labour victory in next May’s election more likely. “This confirms a really simple truth, which is whilst Ukip might take votes from all the parties, they actually cost Con... Continue to article
It’s time for people to come to the defence of Ed Miliband, against critics who say he’s useless. Because it should be obvious that while he is completely useless, it isn’t entirely his fault. Continue to article
Check against delivery Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Alan Henning and David Haines for their tragic loss. ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the Tory pledge to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 had been devised by the Liberal Democrats. “We are saying in the first year of the next parliament, towards this magic objective - which I've been going on about ... Continue to article
Labour is "resistant to change" in the NHS, Norman Lamb has said, as he warned Liberal Democrat activists against trusting either of the two other parties with the future of the health service. Addressing the Lib Dem conference in Glasgo... Continue to article
The verdict is in: Ed Miliband is a walking disaster, a drag anchor on his party's popularity, the man who will single-handedly keep David Cameron in Downing Street. Continue to article
Nick Clegg said junior parties in coalition always ended up getting blamed for things going wrong and not getting credit for achievements. "My own impression as a human being and of course all the evidence is that there are people on ri... Continue to article
A press release from ComRes and ITV: COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL: MOST BRITONS THINK LIB DEMS HAVE BECOME IRRELEVENT The latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that most British adults (56%) believe that the Liberal Demo... Continue to article
When Labour chose Ed Miliband, they chose wrong. They can’t afford to choose wrong again. Continue to article
Shadow chancellor agrees omission of deficit was a mistake but says Labour leader gave a 10 out of 10 performance Ed Miliband gave a 10 out of 10 performance at the Labour party conference, but forget... Continue to article
Chris Leslie described the Conservative plan to increase the personal income tax allowance and raise the 40p rate threshold as “an offer of fiction”. “The offer is one of certainty versus an offer of fiction that we’re getting from Grant... Continue to article
Ed Miliband pledged in his speech to conference last week to end a “21st century discrimination” and fight to “deliver equal rights for the self-employed in Britain”. Continue to article
There was enough in his last speech before the General Election to suggest that Ed Miliband will never stand waving at No10. Continue to article
I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom. I was always clear about why we called that referendum. Duck the fight – and our union could have been taken apart bit by bit. ... Continue to article
Lynton Crosby has criticised Ed Miliband for attempting to win the next general election on a core vote strategy. At an event on the Conservative appeal to Muslim voters, Mr Crosby, the Tory campaign adviser, acknowledged that the party... Continue to article
Liam Fox has laid out an alternative vision for the future of the Conservative party. The former defence secretary delivered a speech calling for the right to fight back against what he saw as a socialist equal opportunity agenda. “W... Continue to article
Nicky Morgan has given the go-ahead to 35 new free schools. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, the Education Secretary vowed to continue the "schools revolution" begun by her predecessor Michael Gove, and said: "Today I am... Continue to article
George Osborne has defended his announcement that the Conservatives would freeze working-age benefits for two years if they are elected. The Chancellor was interviewed on a range of subjects by ITV News’ Tom Bradby for a Times fringe ev... Continue to article
Pity poor Ed Miliband. Think of all of the weeks of preparation which he and his team must have spent on his conference speech, the last before the General Election. Continue to article
Standing in front of delegates in Manchester a day after US jets started pounding Islamic State positions, Ed Miliband said a Labour government would fight for human rights around the world. Continue to article
Working age benefits will be frozen for two years under the next Conservative government, George Osborne has announced. Addressing the Tory party conference in Birmingham, the Chancellor said the UK's £100bn welfare bill was "not sustai... Continue to article
The Labour party is in talks to consider a manifesto deal on assisted suicide.
Lord Falconer, a campaigner on the right to assisted dying, is also leading a Private Members’ Bill in the Lords to let doctors prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill patients.
Inside sources claim Mr Miliband is sympathetic to Lord Falconer’s request, but other Labour MPs remain against making it a firm manifesto pledge, fearing a move would prove a vote-loser.
Ed Miliband would have to sack one in five of his frontbenchers if he wins the 2015 General Election with a majority.
Labour has 138 shadow ministers, but in government Mr Miliband could only appoint 109 ministers.
He would have to fire even more if Labour went into Coalition with another party.
“A whole load of people are going to be disappointed. It’s not a good way to start a government is it?” a frontbencher told the BBC.
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.
Ed Miliband is asking to take a 5% pay cut to show he is serious about the Labour party’s commitment to the economy.
The Sun reveals he has written to the Treasury’s Paymaster General asking him to reduce his £132,000 salary by £7,000.
A spokesperson told the Sun: “It is important that Ed and everybody in the Labour government are focused on the tasks of getting the deficit down and showing we are determined to balance the books.”
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.
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