Cameron AND Clegg face leadership challenges – Media and Blog roundup: March 7th 2013

7th March, 2013 9:05 am

Subscribers to our morning email get the best of LabourList – including the Media and blog round up – every weekday morning.  If you were a subscriber you would have already received in your inbox. You can sign up here.

Cooper denies “shift to the right” on immigration

“Ed Miliband’s tougher stance on immigration does not mean Labour is shifting to the right and trying to outbid the Conservatives, Yvette Cooper will insist today. The Shadow Home Secretary will continue Labour’s repositioning on the sensitive issue by saying the party should have been “ready to talk about problems” but now knows “that needs to change”. She will acknowledge that the impact of migration must be properly managed so that it is “fair for all”.” –Independent

“In a speech at a London think tank, she will say genuine foreign students are being blocked while short-term student visas are being increasingly abused. Ms Cooper will admit that Labour has not always got it right on immigration.” – BBC

Leadership challenges for Cameron AND Clegg

“A plot to push for an EU referendum before the next election has been discussed by Tory MPs in a move designed to destabilise the coalition. The prospects of an early end to the coalition and of a possible challenge to David Cameron’s leadership were discussed at a private dinner last week, which included leading figures from the Right of the party.” – The Times(£)

“Relations between Downing Street and Theresa May’s senior aides have become increasingly strained, amid suggestions that the Home Secretary could be positioning herself as a future leadership contender. Some Downing Street officials claim the Home Office has been “uncooperative” in keeping them abreast of plans and announcements. They believe that the department is not “a team player” and that staff are more interested in protecting their boss than supporting the wider Government agenda.” –Independent

“[Lib Dem] spring conference in Brighton will this weekend debate a proposed amendment to the constitution which would effectively lower the bar to a leadership contest. Under the proposed amendment, a two-thirds majority vote by activists at a party conference would be able to oust a sitting leader and force a leadership contest.” –Telegraph

Other highlights

  • NT86

    How is curbing immigration a lurch to the right? Labour are now starting to get to grips with how badly they let down the white working class.

    • Smogo

      What’s skin colour got to do with anything?

Latest

  • Comment Scotland Scotland has a housing crisis and it demands radical solutions

    Scotland has a housing crisis and it demands radical solutions

    It’s vital that Scottish Labour goes into next year’s Holyrood elections with a bold and ambitious manifesto. Few issues need ambition more in Scotland than housing. With 150,000 people currently on waiting lists and private landlords pocketing more than £450m in housing benefit, there is a housing crisis. This week I was inspired on a visit to the West Whitlawburn Housing Cooperative in South Lanarkshire. Approaching its 25th birthday, the Coop provides over 600 properties and has transformed a community. […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured There are too many young people in prison who don’t need to be there

    There are too many young people in prison who don’t need to be there

    Some truisms exist for many years yet nobody acts upon them. Then along comes an avalanche of evidence that proves the case and the argument’s time has come. A new report ‘Changing Prisons Saving Lives’ from Labour’s Lord Toby Harris about why so many 16-24 year olds die in prison is such an avalanche. It has been so diligently researched across all the issues raised by these tragic deaths and the environments where they occurred and its conclusions are so […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Labour’s leadership hopefuls need to ditch ‘aspiration’ and start talking about ‘meritocracy’

    Labour’s leadership hopefuls need to ditch ‘aspiration’ and start talking about ‘meritocracy’

    As the post-mortem of Labour’s election defeat takes place in the midst of the party’s leadership election, observers can’t help but have noticed the term ‘aspiration’ persistently cropping up in the language of the three main contenders. The theory is that Labour failed to appeal to those in the middle in the last campaign, because its manifesto and campaign was too narrowly focused on the interests of those at the bottom. Therefore, we have this focus on ‘aspiration’, but what […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News “I’m the only person in this race that isn’t ‘Continuity Miliband'”, says Liz Kendall

    “I’m the only person in this race that isn’t ‘Continuity Miliband'”, says Liz Kendall

    Liz Kendall has argued that she is the only person in the Labour leadership race who isn’t ‘Continuity Miliband.’ Kendall is running to be Labour leader against Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn. In an interview with the Sun, she argued that: “The other candidates haven’t spelled out how they would be different from Ed Miliband. If we stick with what we have been saying for the last five or eight years, we will have the same result”.  This […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Don’t set up an English Labour party, say LabourList readers

    Don’t set up an English Labour party, say LabourList readers

    Last week Jon Cruddas revealed that he is part of a group of MPs (the rest of whom currently remain anonymous) who are setting up an English Labour party. However, Labour officials said that this is not currently supported by the party. We do LabourList readers this? Do Labour need an English wing of the party, similar to Scottish and Welsh Labour? Most say no. 53% think that Labour shouldn’t support Cruddas and other MPs’ plans. However 32% are on […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit