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  • News Cameron’s reshuffle unravels in the Sunday papers

    Cameron’s reshuffle unravels in the Sunday papers

    So how have Tory Ministers (and ex-ministers) reacted to the reshuffle. Not entirely well. Here are the selected highlights from today’s papers: Owen Paterson (sacked): Asked Cameron ‘Do you actually want to win the Election?’, and said ‘If you sack me it is a smash in the teeth for the 12 million people who live in the countryside’. Esther McVey (promoted, but only after staging a “sit-in”): “Esther did not mince her words. She told the PM she was not leaving the […]

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  • Comment We can be hugely proud of our record on LGBT rights – we’ve got more to do

    We can be hugely proud of our record on LGBT rights – we’ve got more to do

    The National Policy Forum have got a full plate today as they begin their final weekend of deliberations before signing off Labour’s policy documents ahead of the manifesto being agreed at national conference. Headline issues like rail renationalisation have dominated the coverage going into this weekend, but there are other less flashy areas where we have some important work to do to finish the job we started in Government. We can be hugely proud of our record on LGBT rights, for me […]

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  • Comment Labour’s big weekend – and re-orientation of what it means to be Labour

    Labour’s big weekend – and re-orientation of what it means to be Labour

    Ed Miliband’s speech to the National Policy Forum this morning was the media centrepiece of this weekend’s activity in Milton Keynes. That of course belies the fact that amendment meetings taking place across this sprawling conference centre are hammering out some of the policy detail and direction that will shape the party’s campaign – and the agenda for a potential Labour government. It was a strong speech. Unashamedly Labour, passionate about the need to tackle exploitation and deliver an offer to […]

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  • News Full Text: Ed Miliband’s NPF Speech – A new settlement for a new era

    Full Text: Ed Miliband’s NPF Speech – A new settlement for a new era

    This weekend sees the final meeting of Labour’s National Policy Forum. Here’s the full text of Ed Miliband’s speech: As we meet here at the National Policy Forum, many of our thoughts will also be rightly focussed on two crises overseas.And I want to start by saying something about each of them.The tragic and horrifying end of flight MH17 has shocked people across the world. We mourn the 10 British victims and all those who were lost.These were innocent British people, […]

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  • News Moving on from New Labour, not going back to old Labour – Miliband sets out programme for power at NPF

    Moving on from New Labour, not going back to old Labour – Miliband sets out programme for power at NPF

    Ed Miliband will make a speech to Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) in Milton Keynes today, setting out a “programme of Government” that would leave New Labour behind without going back to old Labour. He will say that his plan for power is “more radical and more ambitious”, by dealing with the specific challenges of the modern era. He will say: “We have moved on from New Labour. And we are not going back to old Labour. Instead, our programme for Government is more […]

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