Articles tagged with Ed Miliband
by Amber Elliott / 12 Oct 2011 13:14
Today at PMQs, two white men in their forties fought to prove they were on the side of women.
Unemployment in Britain has jumped to its highest level since 1994. Figures demonstrate that there has been a 5.4 per cent increase in the number of women unemployed in the year through to August, in comparison to 4.1 per cent for men.
The young have been hardest hit in the latest round of
by George Pascoe-Watson / 03 Oct 2011 13:18
George Osborne warned the Tory faithful hard work not tax cuts will rescue Britain's economy.
The Chancellor left them in no doubt that tax cuts are not an option.
And he made it clear to the world's money markets the UK is sticking fast to its deficit reduction plan.
But he stressed a dose of hard work and determination will get us through the dark years ahead.
by Martin Shapland / 30 Sep 2011 13:49
There seems to be three ways to get a round of applause at the podium of the Labour Party conference these days. Shout out ‘savage Tory cuts’, say ‘You can’t trust the Tories on the NHS’ or mock the only leader to win general elections for the party in nearly 50 years.
The overwhelming feeling I’ve had from this year’s Labour conference is one of pretence. Fakery.
by Richard Roberts / 29 Sep 2011 12:34
Why does everyone seem to assume that the way to win the next election is by staking a claim for the centre ground? By being bland and moderate?
Answer: because that is the lesson the current crop of party leaders have gleamed from diligently studying the electoral successes of “the master” (as Cameron and Osborne apparently refer to him in private): Tony Blair. This idolisation of Blair failed to win any
by Gráinne Maguire / 29 Sep 2011 09:31
The late September sun is shining flintily over the conference courtyard and after Ed’s big speech there is already a feeling of things quietly shutting down. Yesterday the crowd with tickets for the main hall snaked around the building, while the less fortunate and organised joined me in a half-full conference hall to watch it on a giant screen.
His speech began with a message from Burman civil rights leader Aung San Suu
by David Skelton / 28 Sep 2011 16:41
There were a number of immediately striking things about Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour conference. The first is that he has clearly ignored the experience of Labour since the 1950s and forgotten that elections are won on the centre ground of politics. There was little in the speech to appeal to aspirational voters and very little to reassure voters that the Labour Party is a moderate party on the centre ground of British politics,
by Tom Scholes-Fogg / 28 Sep 2011 12:44
Now is the time for a real debate about the future of the Labour Party and its decisive role in British politics. Labour needs to restore trust, build confidence and reconnect with voters - particularly the five million who abandoned them between 1997 and 2010.
The way to achieve this is to provide an objective critique of Labour’s record in office and consider openly and honestly what the future for Labour is. So
by Amber Elliott / 28 Sep 2011 10:46
“Are you a producer or a predator?”
“I think being a predator sounds way better.”
“I’m a predator-producer.”
One part of Ed Miliband’s speech in particular seems to have chimed with his conference audience.
Last night in the bars of Liverpool, the Labour leader’s attack on ‘predatory asset strippers’ became a joke as delegates played ‘Producer or predator?’
Sadly, this morning’s reaction has been less funny.
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by Gráinne Maguire / 28 Sep 2011 09:30
Day three and conference is beginning to feel like Glastonbury. My guide is battered mess of ringed events I’ve missed, I keep losing my friends and I’ve started using wet wipes. I’ve still to see any speeches in the main hall, the conference equivalent of the pyramid stage. I had planned on going to see Ed’s big speech today, but it transpires, political events are not like queing for Westlife tickets. You can’t just
by Amber Elliott / 27 Sep 2011 17:14
What’s the number one rule in British politics?
According to Ed Miliband, it’s “don’t mess with Rupert Murdoch”.
And what’s “the oldest truth in politics”?
“You can’t trust the Tories on the NHS,” replies Ed.
I’m not sure how many would agree with Miliband’s Politics 101 analysis today. Especially if he thinks the oldest truth in his profession came about in the 1940s.
The Labour leader’s second conference speech
by Caroline Crampton / 27 Sep 2011 15:32
"You can't trust the Tories with the NHS!"
The longest and most sustained round of applause during Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour Party conference came in response to this phrase. Conference speeches, especially at this point in the electoral cycle, are all about setting out who the enemy is and Ed did just that.
Until he arrived at this section, though, the reception for his speech was relatively cold. Earlier passages
by Amber Elliott / 26 Sep 2011 08:57
Paul Kenny had a stark message for Ed Miliband when I spoke to him this morning.
“The City didn’t vote for Ed Miliband,” he said. “And they won’t vote for him.
“I can’t foresee a day when the Daily Mail or The Telegraph – or even The Sun at this stage – are going to put across their front page, ‘Ed: what a stunner.’
“It just ain’t going to happen.