I was brought up short by Simon Landau yesterday. He asked, of my column for The Independent the day before.
David Miliband’s resignation as an MP to run a charity in New York is a loss to the Labour Party. More than that, though, it tells us what a state Labour is in.
There has recently been speculation about the possibility of Alistair Darling replacing Ed Balls as shadow chancellor – a change on which Darling [...]
Further to my blog post about the next leader of the Labour Party last weekend, some of the attendees of the Peter Mandelson Memorial Dim Sum Lunch have given the matter more thought.
I know little about the Belhaj case, in which one of the leaders of post-Gaddafi Libya claims that British spies helped the Americans kidnap him in Thailand and ship him to Gaddafi’s Libya, where he says he was tortured.
But knowing little about it fails to discourage the Blair-haters from assembling their favourite big words: complicity, [...]
David Miliband made a short speech in the House of Commons yesterday, during an Opposition debate on living standards. I thought it worth reproducing in full:
This is a time of some gravity for our economy and our society. I shall address two aspects of today’s debate: first, the past 18 months and whether, if the [...]
Alastair Campbell last week described Labour as the “third most interesting party”. Well, there is one way that Labour people know to fix that problem, and that is to launch a coruscating civil war.
We have had the leak of the Ed Balls files (my column in The Independent on Sunday is a defence of the [...]
The other item in The Times today (pay wall) is an article by Peter Hyman. Anyone who saw Tony Blair’s former speech writer on Newsnight this week will know that he is even more, er, emphatic than I am about the wrong choice foisted on the Labour Party by the Forces of Whelan. Here is [...]
I have just opened my Labour Leadership ballot paper. As a Trade Union member I am one of the few non-Labour MPs to be offered a vote in the Labour Leadership election
With the unions committing themselves to opposing any cuts or job losses it is interesting to read the manifestos of the Labour Leadership [...]
Matt Chorley and I interviewed David Miliband for The Independent on Sunday today. Here is a full-ish transcript. We started by asking what his mother really thought of her two sons fighting each other for the Labour leadership:
I think my mum just is completely devoted to her kids and her grandchildren and nothing is going [...]
A ComRes survey of 135 business leaders puts David Miliband well ahead of his rivals on the crucial question of being best able to attack the Liberal Conservative government. They were asked:
Which potential Labour Party leader do you think would represent the greatest threat to the coalition government if they were to win the leadership contest?
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