Developing: Highland MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart have announced that they are quitting the Scottish National Party – reducing their majority to just a single seat. Their resignations follows the pro-Nato vote at the party’s conference last week.
It’s the first debate tonight – and looking ahead to that, the Labour Party have released the following attack ad, called “Are you watching closely?”. It seeks to pre-empt Cameron’s approach to the debates and invite scrutiny of his record – here it is:Read more →
Does the media understand that politics doesn’t just happen in the House of Commons and on TV – and does it matter?
I ask because last week I found myself accidentally announcing the date of the official Labour Party campaign launch. I even told the Telegraph’s live politics blog that I’d be running the, ahem, how-many-sweets-in-a-jar contest (see 11:40am). Of course, I was in fact talking about the local launch of Harriet Harman’s re-election campaign in a bar in Peckham – a key event for her local members and supporters, but probably not one the entire Westminster lobby need clear their diaries […]Read more →
Jim Murphy will today announce that Labour plans means the NHS in Scotland will receive an extra £1 billion over the course of the next parliament. Through the introduction of a Mansion Tax and a clampdown on tax loopholes, Murphy says the money will be raised to pump into the health service over the course of the next five years. The Scottish Labour leader will say: “The NHS is Labour’s greatest achievement and we will protect it if we win […]Read more →
Labour today are highlighting the Tories’ threat to Sure Start. They are saying that another Tory-led government could result in the loss of 1,000 Sure Start centres, as the Tories plan to cut another £12 bn from the welfare budget. These changes could impact people who have children across the country. As it stands, Sure Start have suffered because of the Coalition’s cuts. Hundreds of centres have been closed while childcare costs have gone up six times faster than wages […]Read more →
Tonight is the second of the Leader’s debates. This is the weird pile-on debate with seven different people all vying for our attention. It will be hard to stand out from this crowd, Hard to break from the pack. But tonight might be Ed Miliband’s best chance to win over voters who are considering the smaller parties. Tonight’s performance may be even more important than last week’s non-debate. So how should Ed approach this event and the other parties taking part? […]Read more →