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A long-overdue PMQs success for Ed Miliband

A long-overdue PMQs success for Ed Miliband

by Caroline Crampton / 25 Jan 2012 13:04

The news that GDP contracted by 0.2% in the final quarter of 2011 was always going to dominate the exchanges at prime minister’s questions, as it will continue to dominate political debate over the coming days and weeks.

It was therefore the obvious, and correct, choice for Ed Miliband to focus his questions to the prime minister on the figures. After months of suffering through attacks from the PM that the last government

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The days of double-digit poll leads are over

The days of double-digit poll leads are over

by Richard Darlington / 24 Jan 2012 15:15

Long live coalition. That’s coalition government as a consequence of a hung Parliament.

The last few opinion polls have prompted a round of reflection and comment mainly as the back end of the ‘Ed Miliband’s new year’ story. Earlier this week YouGov gave the Conservatives a three point lead, the biggest since December 2010. Today, YouGov has a Labour comeback to a one point lead, but that has been ignored because Guardian/ICM has

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PMQs goes back in time

PMQs goes back in time

by Amber Elliott / 18 Jan 2012 13:06

It was a déjà vu PMQs today, with Ed Miliband claiming the government was taking us "back to the 1980s".

Maybe the Commons hadn't time-travelled that far, but we were certainly going back to 2011 – a quick count suggests it was the fourth time in three (sitting) months that Labour led with an attack on unemployment.

Safe ground is best for Miliband at the moment. And his unemployment arguments were extremely

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Len McCluskey's intervention is a change of heart

Len McCluskey's intervention is a change of heart

by Amber Elliott / 17 Jan 2012 11:32

The big boss of Unite, Len McCluskey, used an article in The Guardian this morning to attack Ed Balls' and Ed Miliband's direction on austerity measures.

McCluskey criticised the party's change in direction as a "Blairite policy coup".

“Liam Byrne, Jim Murphy, Stephen Twigg and now Ed Balls: four horsemen of the austerity apocalypse," he wrote.

"Ed Balls's sudden embrace of austerity and the public-sector pay squeeze represents a

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Now panic and freak out - Sadie Smith is defecting

Now panic and freak out - Sadie Smith is defecting

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

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Is Ed ugly, or does he just not look enough like a PM for us?

Is Ed ugly, or does he just not look enough like a PM for us?

by Caroline Crampton / 16 Jan 2012 11:19

According to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, only one in ten people think that Ed Miliband is too ugly to be prime minister.

I wrote on Friday that Ed Miliband was the victim of bias against his appearance. The kind of carping about his ‘geek-like’ demeanour and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ face that goes on is also the reason why David Miliband, and even Dan Jarvis, are now being

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Waiting for the Mili-rapture?

Waiting for the Mili-rapture?

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

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Could Dan Jarvis's face be what Labour needs?

Could Dan Jarvis's face be what Labour needs?

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

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The internet should be a politician's friend

The internet should be a politician's friend

by Charlotte Henry / 12 Jan 2012 10:55

Last week we had yet more evidence to add to the trial of ‘politicians vs the internet’. Many of our elected officials just seem unable to cope with the concept that the internet is both a public forum, and an extension of how you present yourself to the electorate. Time after time a slip of the keyboard causes them embarrassment, or worse.

The most infamous example is, of course, Anthony Weiner’s ummm….weiner,

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Ed Miliband says, 'Bring it on'

Ed Miliband says, 'Bring it on'

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

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The most powerful party leaders (in height order)

The most powerful party leaders (in height order)

by Amber Elliott / 10 Jan 2012 07:53

According to a new study published in the Daily Telegraph, power can make people feel physically taller.

Professor Jack Goncalo, who led the research at Cornell University in New York, suggested it presented the possibility that world leaders were less able to feel empathy or connect to 'little people' because they felt bigger themselves.

So which of our current party leaders could have the biggest height complex (according to their approximate

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Quote of the day: Ed Miliband's 'Blackbuster' moment

Quote of the day: Ed Miliband's 'Blackbuster' moment

by Caroline Crampton / 06 Jan 2012 14:23

Twitter is awash with tributes to TV presenter Bob Holness, who has died today aged 83. Ed Miliband, who has been criticised this week for his absence from the airwaves so far in 2012, broke his silence to tweet his tribute, which read:

Given that Diane Abbott embroiled the Labour Party in a Twitter-rascism row yesterday, Ed's mistake is all the more ironic... The offending tweet

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