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Tristram Hunt slams “timid” approach of ‘35% strategy’ in major speech on Labour’s future — Tristram Hunt will fuel speculation that he intends to stand for Labour leader with a major speech tomorrow (Tuesday) about where the party has failed, and outlining how he thinks it must do better. In particular, the Shadow Education Secretary will take aim at the "timid, institutionalised caution" of Labour's policy offer and electoral strategy.

Diane Abbott officially declares she’s running to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, as nominations open today — Diane Abbott is officially launching her mayoral campaign today. Abbott announced back in November that she was planning on running to be mayor and she recently created the Twitter account DianeforLondon but today she will officially declare that she's running.

He may be gone - but here’s why Miliband’s legacy will continue to define Labour — On the day of Ed Miliband's resignation, I texted one of his closest aides to ask why he wouldn't stay on as caretaker while a new leader was chosen. The reply came back fast: "He was just too tired and had taken on too much for his family.

What exactly is Jim Murphy’s case for staying on leader of Scottish Labour? — 4:22 pm - May 11th 2015 Despite losing his seat in Westminster, Jim Murphy is trying to hang on as leader of Scottish Labour. I find this astonishing. Late last year, when he became leader, he said they could hang on to most seats in Scotland.

Memo to Labour: David Cameron did not win this election from the centre — 2:07 pm - May 10th 2015 Tony Blair writes today: "the route to the summit lies through the centre ground". We expected this right? Tony Blair is becoming famous for repeating himself all the time. There's also one glaring problem with this cliche: Cameron didn't win from the centre ground.

Britons voted on memory, not the the messages — Right until the day of the election the ominous signs were there. "I've voted Labour all my life you know, but I'm not sure this time. That Ed Miliband doesn't convince me," one mother said to me yesterday morning, holding a child with one hand as she prepared to vote.

Two big reasons a Tory-Lib Dem coalition is unlikely after this election — 3:36 pm - April 30th 2015 Nick Clegg clearly wants another coalition with the Conservatives. And I'm fairly sure Cameron recognises the necessity of carrying on their tolerable relationship. And a lot of people in Westminster assume the two will be joined at the hip when negotiating post-election.

The election may be in a few weeks - but the Tories lost it three years ago — The election may still be a few week away, but the Conservatives have already lost it. 7th May will simply confirm the result*. In fact I can tell you the exact day David Cameron lost this election: 21st March 2012 - the day of the 'Omnishambles' Budget when Osborne cut the top 50p rate of income tax.

Farage says a debate is needed on NHS privatisation (again) — At the end of last year, Nigel Farage had to engage in some furious back-peddling after a video from 2012 emerged in which he said believed the NHS should be run by private companies through an insurance-based system.

The SNP is ‘trash-talking’ Miliband because they want to see Cameron back in Downing Street — If I had a pound for every time someone said they'd like a Labour-SNP-Green coalition, I'd qualify for Cameron's millionaire tax cuts. There won't be a grand coalition - not because Labour is opposed (I'm sure some MPs are) but because both the SNP and Greens ruled it out long ago.
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