Miliband to set promises in stone: Twitter reacts to the EdStone

Miliband to set promises in stone: Twitter reacts to the EdStone

03 May 2015 10:35

After David Cameron's plan to bring in a law to stop himself from increasing taxes, has Ed Miliband outdone the PM in the gimmick stakes?

The Labour leader has unveiled a giant stone inscription bearing Labour’s six election pledges. Apparently, it is set to be installed in the Downing Street garden if he becomes prime minister.

According to The Observer, the 8ft 6in-high limestone structure is intended to underline Ed's commitment to keep his promises

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Watch: Tories weaponise Liam Byrne note (again) in final PEB

Watch: Tories weaponise Liam Byrne note (again) in final PEB

03 May 2015 10:23

The Conservatives have produced their final election broadcast, which hits the TV channels on Tuesday evening.

The film begins with footage of a clock and states:

“Over the past five years the Conservatives have taken an economy that Labour left in ruins and started to mend it...”

A few moments later the clock is smashed and David Cameron pops up to warn against Miliband wrecking the economy.

He also produces ‘no money left’ note left

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Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Horne back Labour as Steve Coogan set to hit campaign trail

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Horne back Labour as Steve Coogan set to hit campaign trail

02 May 2015 16:43

Labour has unleashed a number of celebrity backers at a rally in London.

The event was hosted by actor Jason Isaacs who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

Also speaking at the rally were Gavin and Stacey star Matthew Horne, former Eastenders actress Michelle Collins, and TV presenters Paul O’Grady and June Sarpong.

But Labour’s new top signing is snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan who also features - along with Ed - in a

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Guardian slams 'tawdry' Tories and swings back to Labour (as does Will Self)

Guardian slams 'tawdry' Tories and swings back to Labour (as does Will Self)

02 May 2015 09:47

Five years after struggling to feel any enthusiasm for Gordon Brown, The Guardian is back in the Labour fold.

Saturday’s leader states that the Conservative campaign has been “one of the tawdriest in decades” and argues Ed Miliband has better answers than his rivals to the "profound questions" facing the country.

It expresses disappointment in David Cameron’s record:

“On issues such as Europe, the integrity of the United Kingdom, climate change, human rights and

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Seven of London’s best election night party venues

Seven of London’s best election night party venues

01 May 2015 13:59

Back in 1997, New Labour types celebrated their landslide victory with a lively election party at the Royal Festival Hall.

In 2015, with the polls tighter than ever before, neither Labour or the Tories are remotely confident enough to plan a similar bash. So where is the action taking place?

For those keen to mix politics and partying, there is no shortage of big-ticket events in the capital and a variety of tastes are catered

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Leaders' question time highlights: welfare, Europe, public spending, the SNP... and the Milistumble

Leaders' question time highlights: welfare, Europe, public spending, the SNP... and the Milistumble

30 Apr 2015 21:41

David Cameron was first up to face the music in Thursday's live question time and opted to stand up rather than use the seat provided by the BBC. Presumably in an effort to show some more of that passion he recently discovered.

The pumped-up PM was put on the spot about whether he would cut child benefit or tax credits if he wins next week's election. He didn't explicity rule it out, but said:

"I

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Economist and FT endorse Cameron despite Europe fears

Economist and FT endorse Cameron despite Europe fears

30 Apr 2015 15:08

After The Sun endorsed The Conservatives in today’s paper, The Economist and FT have followed suit.

In a leader posted online this afternoon, the FT does not quite give a ringing endorsement of the Conservative offer.

It worries that David Cameron's pledge to hold an in-out referendum on Europe threatens to consume the first two years of a Tory government and states:

“It could ultimately push Britain out of the bloc, a seismic change

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Times cartoonist Peter Brookes talks to TP

Times cartoonist Peter Brookes talks to TP

30 Apr 2015 13:33

The acclaimed Times cartoonist Peter Brookes has spoken to us about his favourite cartoons and drawing Ed Miliband as the protagonist from Wallace and Gromit.

In an exclusive interview, Brookes indicated he had no plans for a new-look Miliband should the Labour leader enter Downing Street next week.

Rather, he said, he would draw Prime Minister Wallace “if I can get away with it”.

It follows recent reports that Aardman Animations was weighing up legal

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A tale of two polls for Labour (and bad news for Clegg and Farage) 

A tale of two polls for Labour (and bad news for Clegg and Farage) 

29 Apr 2015 18:00

Labour’s worst Scottish nightmares appeared to be coming true today as new poll suggested the SNP could sweep the board on May 7.

The Ipsos MORI survey for SNP News pointed to Nicola Sturgeon’s party winning all 59 seats in Scotland.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy admitted it was a blow but stressed it was excellent news for David Cameron.

“Of course the poll today is a blow to the Scottish Labour party… If this

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Ed follows in footsteps of Kinnock and Major with Miliband movie

Ed follows in footsteps of Kinnock and Major with Miliband movie

29 Apr 2015 08:46

You know a party's election campaign is getting serious when they unveil a presidential-style film by a leading Hollywood director.

Ed Miliband: A Portrait was shown on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 last night, with scenes of the Labour leader canvassing in Doncaster, working late at his desk in Westminster and rallying the troops at Labour HQ.

Addressing the camera, Miliband speaks at some length about his father and tells voters he is “ready

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Watch: Ed Miliband talks tax avoidance with Russell Brand: 'We’ve gotta deal with that...'

Watch: Ed Miliband talks tax avoidance with Russell Brand: 'We’ve gotta deal with that...'

28 Apr 2015 18:03

Ed Miliband has told Russell Brand that corporate tax avoidance in the UK can be dealt with.

The Labour leader also revealed a new 'Estuary English' accent as he appeared on the celebrity's YouTube show.

In a trailer released this evening, Brand confronts Miliband on American retail giant Amazon's tax arrangements.

It comes a week after TP published exclusive footage of Brand saying he was "not a political man" and that he had not

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Tories watch The Inbetweeners while Kippers get their kicks from Mrs Brown’s Boys

Tories watch The Inbetweeners while Kippers get their kicks from Mrs Brown’s Boys

28 Apr 2015 12:33

New research from Facebook has found that Conservative supporters are often fans of Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners, while Ukip supporters prefer to watch Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The SNP and Labour share a mutual love of Family Guy and Lib Dems tend to enjoy Mock the Week, according to the research.

Facebook reached its conclusions by exploring the ‘likes’ of the 1.3 million people who also ‘like’ one of the main UK political parties.

When

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