Today Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Chair of General Election Strategy, publishes his first state of the race memo – which LabourList readers can read exclusively before anyone else. We’ll be posting these each week to give you a unique insight through the final weeks of the campaign: —— Dear friend, Our campaign in the coming weeks is being carried to communities across the country by people like you: members, activists and supporters. So every week I plan to take the time […]
“Labour’s task ahead of May is difficult but do-able”: Douglas Alexander’s State of the Race Memo to Party activists and members
Yesterday evening we reported that Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson was considering stepping down from the Commons at the very last minute – only hours after Parliament shut down for the election – with rumours circulating that a...
Ed Miliband today announced that a Labour government would award fewer NHS contracts, and introduce a “profit cap” for private sector contractors in the NHS to stop profiteering at the public’s expense. Speaking at the ArcelorMittal...
Today Ed Miliband launched Labour’s General Election campaign from the top of the “orbital” overlooking the Olympic Park in East London. Here’s the full text of that speech: Thank you, Agnes. Thank you, Harriet. And thank you...
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‘Liberty’, Liz Kendall and Lisa Nandy argue in a collection of essays published by Compass yesterday, ‘should be reclaimed as a defining ideal of left of centre politics in England’. It was a nice coincidence I read colleague David Carpenter’s...
The impact of last night’s pseudo-debate on the polls is yet to be seen. The impact on the mood of the Labour Party though is obvious and significant. Before Miliband and Cameron took to the stage in the Sky studio, the general mood amongst grassroots...
That popping you can hear is the sound of a thousand pomade corks leaping out of their bottles, as the Class office (and no doubt the LabourList office) celebrates the end of Prime Minister’s Questions for this term in government. What’s that? It’s...
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After last night’s (not actually a) TV debate, Labour HQ have launched the following video comparing Cameron and Miliband’s performances: They still want a head to head debate…and so...
I leave this House feeling a huge amount of gratitude, but also with some concern – Gordon Brown’s valedictory speech in full
Gordon Brown gave his valedictory speech in Parliament this afternoon, after a 32 year-long career as an MP. The former PM used his last speech in the Commons to attack the Government’s approach...
Charles Walker, the Tory MP who chairs the Parliamentary Procedures Committee, was almost in tears today when he made a speech to the House of Commons in which he said he had been “played as a fool”...
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