Articles tagged with Labour Party
by Amber Elliott / 19 Jan 2012 18:08
Shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle is the latest Labour MP to criticise Unite boss Len McCluskey for his intervention in The Guardian this week.
Speaking as part of a wider interview (which I'll publish tomorrow) Eagle said: "What the two Eds did this week was important. And the response from the trade unions was a bit too knee-jerk, if I can put it that way…
"Everybody is entitled to
by Sadie Smith / 16 Jan 2012 12:01
Ed Miliband’s leadership was thrown into crisis once more this morning, after reports began to circulate around Westminster that a senior parliamentary aide was planning to defect to the Tories.
Sadie Smith, 32, has worked for Members of Parliament for eleven years but, in a memo leaked to Total Politics over the weekend, she declares, “Face it, we’re just not the party we used to be when St Tony was in charge. Have
by Martin Shapland / 13 Jan 2012 12:45
I didn’t set any new year resolutions this year. What’s the point? According to the historical society in Hollywood the Maya predicted 2012 will see the end of the world, so I might as well succumb to my gluttony and vices.
As if to confirm this the Doomsday clock moved one minute closer to midnight on Wednesday - I’m not sure if this is the fault of impending nuclear showdown
by Caroline Crampton / 13 Jan 2012 11:18
This week, the discussion between commentators and sketchwriters of Ed Miliband and his leadership has become louder still as they mulled over his 'relaunch' on Tuesday. I’m not going to add my voice to that already-crowded conversation at this point, but I would just say this – at what point did it become impossible to mention the Labour leader without qualifying it with ‘embattled’ or ‘under pressure’? If the worst happens, I think Ed
by Amber Elliott / 10 Jan 2012 12:54
Ed Miliband went to speak to London Citizens to say, 'Bring it on' to the government today. Bring it on 25 minutes late... But still, bring it on. The venue at the OXO Tower was perfect for such a sassy message. It even featured a dance floor for him to bust out some body-popping, or some cheerleading moves like the film of the same title.
According to the Tories, this is
by Caroline Crampton / 16 Dec 2011 10:00
Labour won the Feltham and Heston by-election last night. Inevitably, new MP Seema Malhotra dedicated her victory, and the fact that she notched up an 8.56% swing from the Conservatives, to Ed Miliband, saying:
"This result is a great victory for Labour which shows the progress we are making under Ed Miliband's leadership, a vote of confidence in the way Labour is changing, listening hard, winning back the trust of the people we
by Francesca Preece / 07 Dec 2011 10:22
It seems champagne socialist Ed Miliband’s honeymoon period is well and truly over. In a new poll, four out of five Labour voters don’t think the younger Miliband is capable of holding the reins of power.
It seems the man who was more than happy enough to walk over his brother for the leadership has been shown for what he is – a chancer.
For all that Labour has done in the
by Dan Hodges / 01 Dec 2011 10:59
The extent of the financial and organisational challenges facing Ed Miliband’s Labour party have been revealed in a new internal review document circulated to senior party managers, and obtained by Total Politics.
According to the “Labour Party Management and Commercial Review Phase 1” the party has struggled to set a budget for 2012, is failing to meet its fundraising targets and has a lack of transparent financial governance structures.
The document, dated
by Caroline Crampton / 21 Nov 2011 00:00
The new issue of Total Politics, out tomorrow, features an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls by Amber and myself. With the autumn statement next week, the conversation was dominated by his ideas on growth and the economy, but we also found plenty of time to delve into what makes Ed Balls, Labour's so-called 'attack dog', tick. We discussed why he considers George Osborne to be "the best on their side", the chances of
by Christopher Mclean / 28 Oct 2011 13:12
Alex Salmond appears to have the Labour Party exactly where he wants it. His recent claim that it is the responsibility of the opposition parties to define the terms of a devolution max question in the forthcoming independence referendum forces Labour into making a move it does not want to make. In the political chess game it’s the perfect zugzwang.
Devolution max would give the Scottish Parliament greater powers over taxation and other
by Richard Roberts / 25 Oct 2011 12:10
In a spate of books out this summer, both Labour and the Conservatives have begun to stake out their identities ahead of the next general election. It would seem however that on a number of issues, particularly what might broadly be termed social welfare issues, there is a remarkable overlap between the ideas of the so-called centre-left and the so-called centre-right.
Below are seven policy areas where the similarities between left and right
by Mark Pack / 10 Oct 2011 10:59
Last year, Conservative minister Mark Harper got up in Parliament to announce the government’s plans to speed up the introduction of individual electoral registration.
At the time, the news was fairly low key and uncontroversial. It was the previous Labour government that had legislated for its introduction following repeated calls from all political parties and the Electoral Commission that the current system of household registration (where one person fills in a form on