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Ed Miliband’s Q+A: Banks, Burnham, and B-ball

Ed Miliband’s Q+A: Banks, Burnham, and B-ball

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2013 17:03

“I saw someone waving a parrot earlier on,” Ed Miliband informed conference before his Q+A with audience members. Perhaps that was someone making a cruel jibe at his repetition, repetition, repetition speech yesterday which saw him incessantly testing his new soundbites. See Michael Deacon’s sketch for The Telegraph here to get an idea, in case you missed the speech itself…

Question and answer sessions where the leader is required to be spontaneous and chatty with

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Action hero Ed’s race to the top

Action hero Ed’s race to the top

by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2013 16:59

“I should make this promise: if I'm prime minister I won't take my shirt off in public”, I solemnly pledge to the crowd. It’s unbecoming for a leader to show so much flesh. Plus, those pants on the outside of my tights were daring enough that fateful day with the bike. I’m still an action hero though, you know. Just more like the one who often works in an office and wears a suit. I like

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Ed Miliband's speech: eight things we learned

Ed Miliband's speech: eight things we learned

by Sam Macrory / 24 Sep 2013 16:22

1. Miliband is a very good public speaker

After last year’s marathon note-free tour de force, Miliband has repeated the trick once again. It’s no mean feat to speak that long without a prompt, and the Labour leader stumbled a handful of times at most. There were even a few decent ad-libs along the way. Given Miliband’s frequently lacklustre displays in the Commons, it’s clear the longer form of address suits him better.

2. We’re all

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Ed Miliband needs a Moneyball reshuffle

Ed Miliband needs a Moneyball reshuffle

by Tom Wadsworth / 22 Aug 2013 14:59

Ed Miliband’s not short of advice, as The Times’s Phil Collins recently pointed out.  So I’m going to get in on the act too, because I’m struck by how much of this advice centres on bringing back well-known names such as Alan Johnson and Alastair Darling.

This is wrong-headed for two major reasons.  Firstly, as much of the unsolicited advice to Ed M has pointed out, many of his problems stem from a

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This is Ed's EU; he should learn from Cameron's mistakes

This is Ed's EU; he should learn from Cameron's mistakes

by Seb Whale / 10 Jul 2013 14:59

Ed Miliband has had his hand forced by the recent Falkirk scandal regarding the union’s influence over candidate selections to publically acknowledge the need to overhaul the highly charged relationship.

Nonetheless, Miliband has taken a stance on an ageing and contentious Labour Party topic, that of the role and influence of the unions. ‘Red Ed’ has his detractors regarding his own ability to be influenced by the majority donors to the party, and

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Miliband's set us all up for an exciting conference season

Miliband's set us all up for an exciting conference season

by Tom Wadsworth / 09 Jul 2013 13:11

Politics just got interesting again but the summer holidays are coming up. August is going to seem like a tense hiatus before September brings a conference season that could be electrifying.

By the end of October we may have a much clearer idea of which way the tide is flowing and whether it’s prime minister Ed or five more years of Dave from 2015. 

I thought the spending review would be the last big political

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Now Ed needs to show the value of membership

Now Ed needs to show the value of membership

by Stuart Thomson / 09 Jul 2013 12:48

Ed Miliband’s attempts to regain the initiative on the relationship between the Labour Party and the trade unions will define his leadership.

This discussion has been coming from the very outset of his leadership but instead of concentrating on whether union members should ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of membership of the party, Miliband should be looking at what being a member of the Labour Party actually means. Why should anyone join the party as a member?

Without considering

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Ed Miliband's ideological dilemma

Ed Miliband's ideological dilemma

by Tom Housden / 21 Jun 2013 17:08

Rewind two years and this scenario is difficult to imagine. There is no clear evidence of who will be forming a government come 2015, with opinion polls consistently fluctuating and Miliband unable to establish a clear lead despite the difficulties faced by the Government. This uncertainty at the polls has caused a headache for Labour's policy coordinators, raising the question of which ideological route Miliband ought to take in order to attain enough public support

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The Ballad of David Miliband

The Ballad of David Miliband

by Sadie Smith / 28 Mar 2013 11:47

It’s been over twenty-four hours since the one-time boy wonder of the new Labour movement announced his intention to stand down from Parliamentary politics and head off across the pond. The wailing, gnashing of teeth, renting of garments and laments along the lines that David would have, one day, returned to the front bench to lead the comrades to the sunlit uplands of electoral success, is finally dying down.

So maybe now is

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PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2013 12:49

 

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions – or Barked Deflected Statements, as it will officially be known as once the government finally cracks down on mislabelling – was a let-down from both leaders. Such a display could represent the main reason, aside from serious sexual harassment allegations and ill-advised duckhouse ownership, behind so many people being turned off by our politicians.

Under the guise of a discussion of our economy’s recent credit rating

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PMQs: Miliband falls off the horse

PMQs: Miliband falls off the horse

by Anoosh Chakelian / 13 Feb 2013 12:46

 

Oh, Ed. He had so much to work with this morning. The government’s planned social care changes are already being criticised. The workfare scheme is, well, illegal. And it turns out all our cows are horses.  But clearly the Labour leader’s advisers this morning had seen one too many pun trotted out over the horsemeat scandal, or at least eaten a bit too much equine lasagne (Ed Balls’ new recipe?), and decided to

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PMQs: Mind your e's, u's and qu's

PMQs: Mind your e's, u's and qu's

by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Jan 2013 11:49

AdiEU, sang the PM to the European Union this morning: music to his Brussels-bashing backbenchers' ears (read: EUphoria), but acceptable to a sceptical yet change-averse public - the negotiating of Britain's membership, and an emphasis on reform allowing him to cry 'in' on the future in-out ultimatum (read: EUphemism).

But he couldn't quite look Ed Miliband in the eye today at PMQs, as he was pressed tenaciously on whether he'd campaign to leave

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