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Political Correspondent — Sky News

Sky News Political Correspondent, following Labour for the General Election. South Londoner, cat lover.

Miliband Employs Firm For Leadership Advice — Ed Miliband has employed the services of a consultancy which aims to improve leadership skills, Sky News has learned. Enlightened Mind specialises in business psychology and neuroscience "in order to build leadership skills that deliver lasting organisational change".

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Miliband In The Shade In Labour Campaign Guide — Ed Miliband is named just twice in a 64-page Labour campaign document seen by Sky News. The "Short Campaign Guide" dossier is a guide to candidates on how to get elected and gives key insights into Labour's strategy two weeks before the crucial vote.

Record Number Of Women Running For Election — A record one in four candidates standing for Parliament are women, in a sign that May's election could change the face of Parliament. Currently just over one in five MPs are female. The Labour party is leading the way in terms of female representation, selecting 53% female candidates in target seats.

Labour's women's manifesto: Launched from a sand pit — The contrast between Ed Miliband's tough-talking manifesto speech on the deficit couldn't have been greater. Miliband delivered the Labour manifesto earlier this week But park the scepticism for a moment. Because at the centre of the women's manifesto was a rather sensible policy: grandparents' leave.

Labour Promises Time Off For Grandparents — Grandparents would be able to take unpaid leave to help with childcare under a Labour government, the party has announced. Currently new mums and dads can take up to 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave, or up to four weeks in a single year until the child is 18.

Ed Miliband: Nigel Farage Is 'Not A Racist' — Ed Miliband has told Sky News his political rival Nigel Farage is "not a racist", despite his controversial comments this week. The UKIP leader has come under heavy criticism after an LBC interview in which he said he was uncomfortable with people speaking foreign languages on public transport.

Miliband Heads To Scotland For Attack On SNP — Ed Miliband is set to visit Scotland for the first time in his election campaign, where he will claim SNP policy would cause a £7.6bn black hole. Sharing a platform with Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Ed Balls, he will attack SNP plans for full fiscal autonomy for Scotland.

Election: Online politics turns women off and we can't blame trolls — Twitter is seen as useful for quick responses - a way to manage the conversation, rather than influence its tone. Recent analysis of the site usage throws this into stark relief. Looking at the use of the main political parties' hashtags, three in four tweets were from men - with just a quarter female.
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Apr 26, 2015

Good luck to everyone running the London Marathon today, but in particular my husband, running in memory of his dad…

Apr 25, 2015

Er... David Cameron appears to forget he's supposed to support Aston Villa, not West Ham...…

Apr 25, 2015

Miliband says a second term Conservative government would mean "stealth privatisation of the NHS" #GE15 #GE2015

Apr 24, 2015

This is the leadership consultancy that has been working with Ed Miliband

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