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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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