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Words: Jess Bowie Pictures: Paul Heartfield Industrious MPs frequently find themselves clock-watching, wishing there were more hours in the day. The Member for Harlow, Robert Halfon, is a time-poor clock-watcher too – ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield Caroline Flint would like to make clear that she is not Robert de Niro. As she recounts how Labour avoided leaks of its surprise energy bills freeze plan last year, the Shadow Sec... Continue to article
Justine Greening said the EU needed to make clear that Russia would face “growing isolation” from the international community if it did not resolve the Ukrainian situation. “He said that we need to look across different areas: political ... Continue to article
Julian Huppert argued UKIP had not been subjected to proper scrutiny on their record and position on Europe. “I think it’s very important to let people see what the choice is. I think UKIP have had a very easy ride, and people haven’t sc... Continue to article
Consultancy bosses detect surge in interest from firms concerned about Ed Miliband's policy agenda By David Singleton Ed Miliband’s 'cost of living campaign' is said to be boosting the coffers of public affairs agencies as ... Continue to article
Michael Gove said widespread opposition to his school plans was not "intellectual" but rather based on inertia. "I don’t go out of my way to solicit or to invite opposition; you’ll never get unanimity over any set of political changes un... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt described the Government’s current free school programme as “very destructive” because it failed to bring in new schools where they were most needed. “Our parent-led academies are in areas where we need new schools so we wa... Continue to article
Ed Miliband dismisses Tory attacks on him for appeasing Putin by blocking Syria action as "pathetic, nonsense, and political point scoring".
Ed Miliband said the Labour party's link with the trade unions has become a relationship with individual trade unionists. "I would say that the relationship has changed in the following ways: that there is a greater relationship with ind... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has urged Labour members to approve his proposals to reform the party’s links with trade unions at a special conference in London. Speaking before the vote, Mr Miliband said the changes would signal the biggest reforms to the... Continue to article
Who is David Cameron? I only ask because so few people seem to know. Of course voters know his job title and a bit about his background – largely that he went to Eton, then Oxford, where he was a member of something called the B... Continue to article
Is it finally time to give Prime Minister’s Questions a bit of a shake-up? Speaker Bercow has recently written to Dave, Ed and Nick to sound them out over reforming the weekly Commons dogfight and a new poll suggests he has caught the ... Continue to article
Aides to Ed Miliband say Harriet #Harman discussed with Labour leader this morning her attack on #Mail for publishing indecent pix of girls
Good morning everyone, thanks for coming. Today is about two things: 1. Getting the Conservative family together, to introduce some of our candidates. 2. And talking about our mission; what a Conservative majority would really mean... Continue to article
Ed Miliband defends Harriet Harman over reports a group she worked for had links to paedophile rights campaigners. Continue to article
Ed Miliband rejected claims that Harriet Harman was linked to a paedophile rights campaign in the 70s. "Harriet Harman is somebody of huge decency and integrity. I've known her for 20 years, I don't set any store by these allegations. I ... Continue to article
Special conference is only a matter of days away, and it seems almost certain that Ed Miliband will get his party reforms passed. All of the major unions are voting in favour and our recent survey sug... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said John Bercow was right to call for an improvement in the way Prime Minister's Questions is conducted. "I’m with him on Prime Minister’s Questions, I don’t think it adds to the reputation of politics, I think it subtracts ... Continue to article
Nigel Farage accepted Nick Clegg’s challenge to a debate on the merits of Britain’s membership of the European Union and called on David Cameron and Ed Miliband to join too. “I nearly choked on my bacon roll when I heard Nick Clegg say h... Continue to article
Sam Laidlaw said he was open to a proposal by Labour to separate power generation and power retail, but that Ed Davey was wrong to call for British Gas to be broken up. "If you look at the data today, he was using old data, if you look a... Continue to article
Department for Work and Pensions statement Iain Duncan Smith said: "Ed Miliband promised all his policies would be "fully-funded". But now we learn that one of his flagship policies is a short-term gimmick with sums that don't add up... Continue to article
July 5 Ed Miliband said Brooks should quit. On July 11 Brooks claimed Tony Blair was offering to help her out.
This weekend, the Sunday Times reported that Ed Miliband has been urged by some of his parliamentary candidates to stop making cat-hissy noises at the financial sector and to ‘hug a banker’. Continue to article
Ed Miliband called on the Government to work with the insurance industry to ensure that premiums did not become “totally unaffordable” for people hit by the floods. “There is clearly an issue that has got to be faced up to about people’s... Continue to article
Since Ed Miliband’s comments linking the flooding in Somerset and the Home Counties with man-made climate change, the denialist myth machine has been running on overdrive. Continue to article
Ed Miliband warned the recent floods could be a harbinger of the consequences of failing to take decisive action to tackle climate change. “The reason I spoke out is that climate change is now a national security issue because there can ... Continue to article
Diana Johnson said climate change sceptics needed to be silenced and there needed to be a cross-party consensus on the issue of flooding. "Well of course [Ed Miliband] was the first secretary of state to bring in the first climate change... Continue to article
Ed Miliband argued that the recent flooding demonstrated the importance of treating the fight against climate change as a matter of national security. “It’s a national security issue because there can be no more fundamental security than... Continue to article
Mary Creagh rejected the charge that Ed Miliband was seeking to politicise the issue of climate change, and accused the Prime Minister of backsliding on action to tackle it. “No, I don’t think he’s politicising it at all. I think what Ed... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has reacted to Labour’s by-election win in Wythenshawe and Sale East last night by attacking the campaigns run by the other parties, and claiming that the coalition parties are “in total r... Continue to article
Mike Kane said the Wythenshawe and Sale East result showed "that Labour and Ed Miliband's message is getting through". "When the election started, the Westminster story was that it was going to be all about UKIP, but they didn't break th... Continue to article
Ed Miliband addressed Labour supporters in Wythenshawe and Sale East. "15 months before the general election reality is catching up with this government. Reality is catching up with this government, because whilst they say everything is ... Continue to article
Nigel Farage claimed Ed Miliband would be running scared of Ukip after last night. Well he isn’t. And nor, if he is sensible, will David Cameron Continue to article
Ivan Lewis welcomed Labour's win in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election. "This was a really good result for our excellent candidate Mike Kane. It was an 11% swing to Labour, it was a vindication of Ed Miliband's focus on the cost-o... Continue to article
Conservative party press release The Labour Party received £2 million from trade unions in Q4 2013, 64 per cent of their total donations, according to new figures from the independent Electoral Commission. This comes just days after ... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said local authorities and emergency services would not be constrained in terms of resources. "We can always learn lessons about the way things are done. My observation is that what people in this particular community feel... Continue to article
Maria Eagle dismissed accusations from some residents of flood-hit areas that Ed Miliband had only visited for a photo opportunity. “I think it’s unfortunate you get accused of not going and then when you do go you get accused of going f... Continue to article
Ed Miliband tells insurance industry on pay outs to #flood victims "Now is not the time for foot-dragging of kind we saw after the riots"
As Labour leader Ed Miliband visits flood-hit communities on the Thames he says more money needs to be spent on flood defence. Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the flooding crisis needed to act as a “wake-up call” for the Government to prioritise flood defences. “This is a wake-up call for government about the importance of flood defence. This can’t be an issue that is downgrad... Continue to article
Liz Kendall said Ed Miliband believed in a "reformed" state rather than a smaller one. "Giving power away can be a risk. I think [Ed Miliband] believes in a reformed state, a different relationship between individuals and the state, and ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has a number of qualities. I may not list them on this blog that often, but he does. Continue to article
Tom Greatrex attacked Ed Davey for not doing more to deal with energy markets' profit margins. "To suggest that these are new figures is just, frankly, not the case. They are from the segmented accounts which are published which Ed ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron visits flood stricken areas in the South West Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech at Mansion House this evening on the Liberal Democrats' business credentials Labour Party leader Ed Miliband... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Grayling is not unaware of his place in history, and for good reason. As the first non-lawyer to be appointed Lord Chancellor for more than 350 years explains: “Most of the people ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the Government was having to make up for its own complacency in tackling flooding and called on ministers to ensure their planning was sufficiently robust. “I think the most important priority for what’s happening on the... Continue to article
Today people are saying Ed Miliband has struck a nerve with his clever and focused attack. I’m not sure. Let’s see where Labour’s women are sitting at PMQs next week Continue to article
Ed Miliband has welcomed the overwhelming support of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee for plans to reform the party's links with the trade unions and change the way future leaders are chos... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said he was elected under the same system as Tony Blair. "We want to let the voices of all people into our party so we can better tackle the issues that matter to them. I was elected under the system that Tony Blair was elect... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said the Labour party reforms was a sign that the party was willing to change. "It's taken a long process of discussion and debate to get to the result we have today and this is only the first step; we've still got to go furt... 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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