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'Cash for access' shows why our politics is a closed shop

by Charlotte Henry / 27 Mar 2012 09:48

It's been one of the worst kept secrets around Wesmintster that the murky world of lobbying, and the issues of party funding that surround it, were going to be the next great political scandal. The recent busting of Bell Pottinger may prove to be a mere starter, if the boasts of former Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas are found to have any foundation. 

Do I think David Cameron is corrupt? Well no, not in

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Putting the NHS before politics

by Dr Kailash Chand / 20 Mar 2012 11:06

In reference to your article 'Miliband's adviser calls for BMA to strike' I wish to make clear my own views. It is not true that I am Ed Milliband's adviser; I was on the panel appointed by John Healey, then shadow secretary for health,  to review the long term expectations of older people. The panel met only once. It was obvious from the outset that my membership was based on my long-term work

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Ed and Ed preview their Budget thinking

Ed and Ed preview their Budget thinking

by Amber Elliott / 12 Mar 2012 13:06

The first thing that George Osborne should do in next week's Budget is change course.

That was Ed Miliband's message this afternoon as he and Ed Balls stood in a boiling room on the top floor of the Southbank Centre.

It was their sort of pre-Budget briefing, and their big line was to stress that George Osborne supports tax cuts for those earning above £150,000.   

Ed Miliband proposed "clear, costed ways

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Politicians shouldn't try to ‘engage’ with the public

Politicians shouldn't try to ‘engage’ with the public

by Dylan Sharpe / 07 Mar 2012 15:21

There is a common misconception among some politicians that they have to look, sound or act like ‘one of the people’ in order to be liked.

An MP doesn’t want to sound too disconnected from his electorate - see, for example, Republican nominee-elect Mitt Romney who, in an attempt to connect with the ordinary American, turned up at a NASCAR race only to say he doesn’t follow the sport but does

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PMQs score-draw keeps the NHS reforms in trouble

by Ben Duckworth / 22 Feb 2012 13:07

This was the hardest-fought PMQs for some time. For a third PMQs running, it was the NHS that dominated the session. It was split into two halves, because once the leaders’ spats had reached the end of their allotted questions and responses, PMQs lasted a whopping 37 minutes. Will the Speaker introduce a guillotine or be happy for it to continue becoming so long?

However, David Cameron wasn’t forced onto the back foot

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Miliband pledges to change PMQs

Miliband pledges to change PMQs

by Amber Elliott / 09 Feb 2012 11:51

Ed Miliband had a good PMQs this week, so his latest announcement comes at rather an odd time.

Speaking at a Young Norwood charity event last night, he said that he would change the Wednesday jostle if Labour was to win power at the next election.

He described PMQs as a "terrible advert for politics", where politicians acted like a "bunch of school kids who want to shout at each

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PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

by Ben Duckworth / 08 Feb 2012 12:58

There are times when victories at PMQs don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. But there are times when it adds considerably to the argument. Today was one of those. It is difficult to imagine Ed Miliband causing bruises but he probably caused his greatest damage yet. There was a lot of control exerted by the Labour leader, he kept calm, spoke slowly and it was only when he started slapping his knee excitedly

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Miliband is policy-light on banking reform

by Amber Elliott / 03 Feb 2012 10:15

Ed Miliband’s speech on one-nation banking this morning was strong on rhetoric but light on policy.
 
The Labour leader has won the rhetoric debate on financial responsibility in the last few weeks, and he wanted to remind everyone of this, as he stood on a shiny stage in Canary Wharf.
 
But what he failed to explain is how he would make the industry comply with his philosophy.

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Miliband on 'one-nation banking'

Miliband on 'one-nation banking'

by Amber Elliott / 03 Feb 2012 08:02

Ed Miliband will this morning talk about how banking can work for the people, in a speech at Canary Wharf.

He is expected to discuss a "new era of responsibility", suggesting that if the banking industry "continues on its current path" it risks becoming "further isolated" and provoking "public anger".

"This is not about one man, one bonus or one knighthood," he is expected to say. "Nor is this about the politics

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Unparliamentary language dominates PMQs

Unparliamentary language dominates PMQs

by Amber Elliott / 01 Feb 2012 13:03

We saw the prime minister quote Tony Blair, the Speaker praise David Cameron's vocabulary and a jab at the follicly-challenged shadow work and pensions secretary.

It was all rather unparliamentary today at PMQs.

Ed Miliband began his questioning by pushing Cameron to follow-through on legislation that triggers all banks to publish salaries over £1m. The law, published under a Labour government, had cross-party support.

But the prime minister ignored the bait,

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When is a treaty not a treaty?

When is a treaty not a treaty?

by Caroline Crampton / 31 Jan 2012 16:46

In case you haven’t heard, we’re definitely not getting a new EU treaty.

Making his statement to the Commons after the European Council meeting yesterday, the prime minister was at great pains to emphasise that. The mechanism that will bring 25 of the 27 EU countries together to discuss fiscal issues is only “an agreement”.

Cameron kept repeating the names of previous EU treaties: Nice, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon. He said it

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Ed Miliband’s cry to ‘Save the Union’ half works

Ed Miliband’s cry to ‘Save the Union’ half works

by Ben Duckworth / 30 Jan 2012 12:29

One of the SNP’s most significant successes has been to create a positive call for change  – its civic brand of nationalism is based on making Scotland feeling good about itself. The specifics and problems of separation are placed in the background. The Labour leader has given a speech this morning (full text here) which aimed to inspire the Scots to ignore the SNP’s siren call for independence.  But can Ed Miliband, a man rooted

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