Articles tagged with Ed Miliband
by Oliver Wiseman / 05 Dec 2011 12:30
Next Thursday, voters in Feltham and Heston will elect a replacement for Alan Keen, the Labour MP who died last month. By-elections are only loosely related to regular parliamentary elections. Yes, a seat in the Commons is being filled. Yes, first past the post will be the system used. But the similarities end there.
In all but the most marginal seats, the elector’s experience of a general election involves the leaders’ debate,
by Amber Elliott / 30 Nov 2011 13:09
Normally it is very hard to get a politician to take responsibility. Today, David Cameron and Ed Miliband battled to be more mature than the other.
But it was PMQs – and both leaders are better schooled in playground politics than the teachers' common room.
It was rowdy (Speaker Bercow had to interrupt the exchange five times).
It was Punch and Judy on the picket line.
Miliband began by
by Dan Hodges / 25 Nov 2011 13:17
Christmas beckons. To some the season of peace and goodwill. To others the axle-grease oiling the wheels of the turbo consumer juggernaut.
Personally, I think this year the naysayers have it, Peace and goodwill are, after all, in pretty short supply.
Not that the drivers of this HGV of capitalism are taking any chances. Pedal to the metal, the festive advertising campaigns are already bearing down on an unsuspecting public.
by Francesca Preece / 24 Nov 2011 16:33
While the public sector strike leaves our classrooms empty and borders unprotected, the parties are finding it difficult to relate to the chaos it will ensue.
David Cameron’s big idea for dealing with the impact of the strikes is to call for parents to take their kids to work – tackling the symptom rather than the cause.
Meanwhile Ed Miliband has been burying his head in the sand as the striking unions
by Amber Elliott / 23 Nov 2011 13:37
Whatever you think of Conservative backbenchers, you've got to admit they can run with a theme.
Today's was the ol' favourite 'Labour's in the pocket of the unions'.
It might not be original but it's always guaranteed to produce a Jerry Springer-esque reaction (and plenty of noise).
Pension strikes next week are "wholly irresponsible" began Backbencher Uno (Andrew Bingham).
David Cameron agreed that it was the "height of irresponsibility".
by Caroline Crampton / 17 Nov 2011 13:25
Ed Miliband says he wants "a new, more responsible, productive capitalism" and claims that there are "hard-headed" economic arguments for why we should change to a system that reflects the British values of "responsibility, fairness, concern for each other".
He said this to an audience at a Social Market Foundation conference this afternoon. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that many people outside the room were paying much attention. In an otherwise relatively quiet news
by Francesca Preece / 09 Nov 2011 15:28
E-petitions have hit the headlines lately; first, the EU referendum, then rioters losing their benefits and soon to take to the ring, a proposal to stop the UK hitting the 70 million mark.
With MPs often too consumed with their own agendas or obediently following their lord and master to benefit their personal ambitions, the public feel they aren’t being listened to. And if the EU referendum petition is anything to go by,
by Ben Duckworth / 09 Nov 2011 13:09
Ed Miliband usually likes to go for a detailed question at Prime Minister’s Questions. Something that will fox the prime minister and make him look like he is not on top of things. Today, the Labour leader went for broad brush in his six questions, all of which were on immigration. It did not come off as well as he hoped.
We’ve previously seen David Cameron transmogrify into Gordon Brown to berate Labour
07 Nov 2011 10:04
"Philip Gould was an exceptional man and his death is an exceptional loss. He was Labour to his core, and today, as the Labour Party, we mourn for one of our own. He was rightly known as a pathbreaking political strategist. His friends will also remember an extraordinary human being. Warm, funny, engaging, deeply emotional and loving to all those he knew. Nowhere was he more extraordinary than in
by Caroline Crampton / 02 Nov 2011 12:28
In an effort to solve his ‘woman problem’, David Cameron has told Grazia magazine that he felt that PMQs was “the most unpleasant-looking thing” he has to do in a week and that he disliked the macho, aggressive tone it required him to adopt.
That didn’t seem to hold him back today. We saw David Cameron in all his Flashman-inspired glory as he sparred with Ed Miliband over yesterday’s growth figures. At
by Amber Elliott / 26 Oct 2011 13:25
This week, a long lense picked up on the fact that David Cameron appears to be going grey.
The newspaper that ran the photos suggested the prime minister was "likely to be feeling the stresses of government" after fraught negotiations on the EU referendum.
No time for Just for Men when you are trying to cover up your party's bald spot on Europe, perhaps?
Ed Miliband decided to capitalise on
by Holly Smith / 24 Oct 2011 17:10
Can you hear that? Those faint (or not so faint) whispers in the background? They’re getting stronger. Referendum, referendum, REFERENDUM, REFERENDUM. Cameron’s statement in the Commons today wasn’t strictly about the proposed EU referendum, or the circus of threats that has ensued, but its presence could be felt everywhere.
Even without the referendum debacle sliming its way into every nook, cranny, and twitter catfight, the statement was already controversial. It was