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  • Prescott backs Burnham for leader
    Prescott backs Burnham for leader Sun, May 24, 2015

    Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his weight behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader. More »

  • Balls 'won't dash back to politics'
    Balls 'won't dash back to politics' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Ed Balls will not be "dashing back" to frontline politics and will not play a role in his wife Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership campaign. More »

  • Labour wrong on business - Cooper
    Labour wrong on business - Cooper Tue, May 19, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has hit out at Ed Miliband for allowing the party to appear to be "anti-business, anti-growth and ultimately anti-worker". More »

  • Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise'
    Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said that her party needs to reset its relationship with business. The Shadow Home Secretary said that the party's leadership had often used language which weakened its relationship with those who create wealth. In a thinly-veiled criticism of Ed Miliband, she also condemned the party's stance for being "anti-business, anti-growth and ultimately anti-worker". More »

  • Chuka Umunna Tops Twitter Growth Chart
    Chuka Umunna Tops Twitter Growth Chart Fri, May 15, 2015

    The shadow business secretary's followers jumped in number by 16.7% over the past week, according to the latest data More »

  • Mary Creagh Joins Fight For Labour Leadership
    Mary Creagh Joins Fight For Labour Leadership Thu, May 14, 2015

    Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh has become the fifth candidate to join the fight for the Labour leadership. The 47-year-old is up against Liz Kendall, Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper in the battle to replace Ed Miliband following Labour's General Election drubbing last week. She announced her bid in an article for the Daily Mail website, saying: "I want to earn back the trust that Middle England has lost in the Labour Party. More »

  • Labour did not overspend - Cooper
    Labour did not overspend - Cooper Thu, May 14, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has rejected claims that the last Labour government spent too much in the run-up to the financial crash. More »

  • Yvette Cooper To Stand For Labour Leadership
    Yvette Cooper To Stand For Labour Leadership Thu, May 14, 2015

    Yvette Cooper has announced she is standing to become leader of the Labour Party. The shadow home secretary is joining Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall in the race to succeed Ed Miliband, who resigned from his position last week. In an article for the Daily Mirror, Ms Cooper pledged to "make life better for families" - and conceded that Labour lost the General Election because it didn't convince voters it "had the answers". She wrote: "Labour needs to be bigger in our appeal, bolder in our ambitions and brighter about the future. More »

  • HS2 fight goes on, say campaigners
    HS2 fight goes on, say campaigners Tue, May 12, 2015

    Campaigners have vowed to continue the fight to stop HS2 going ahead despite the fact that a Conservative election victory should ensure a smooth path for the £50 billion high-speed rail project. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • David attacks Ed's Labour campaign
    David attacks Ed's Labour campaign Mon, May 11, 2015

    David Miliband has delivered a withering assessment of his brother Ed's failed general election campaign saying the Labour Party had appeared to go backwards under his leadership. More »

  • Frontrunners to become UK opposition leader
    Frontrunners to become UK opposition leader Mon, May 11, 2015

    Ed Miliband's resignation as Labour leader following his centre-left party's general election defeat has triggered a lengthy process to nominate a new head of Britain's opposition. More »

  • Labour's 'I Told You So' Club Out In Force
    Labour's 'I Told You So' Club Out In Force Sun, May 10, 2015

    Yet the race to succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader already looks like a pretty crowded field. We're up to at least half a dozen contenders already, even before Labour's ruling national executive meets on Wednesday to draw up the procedure and the timetable for the election. And just as the potential candidates are jumping the gun, the party's leading Blairites - who never wanted Ed Miliband as leader in the first place - are also wasting no time in getting their retaliation in first . We can expect more recriminations when the Parliamentary Labour Party holds what is certain to be a gloomy and ill-tempered meeting in the Commons on Monday evening. More »

  • Blair: Labour must reclaim centre
    Blair: Labour must reclaim centre Sat, May 9, 2015

    Labour must reclaim the political centre ground if the party is to recover from its crushing general election defeat, Tony Blair has warned. More »

  • Contenders to lead the Labour Party
    Contenders to lead the Labour Party Sat, May 9, 2015

    Who could replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader? Here are some of the potential runners and riders. More »

  • Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special'
    Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special' Sat, May 9, 2015

    David Cameron has told voters the UK is on the "brink of something special" as he promised to deliver on all election pledges, including an EU referendum and powers for Scotland. In an extraordinary General Election, which claimed the scalps of three party leaders within 52 minutes, the Conservatives confounded expectations to win outright, returning Mr Cameron to Number 10. Speaking on the steps of Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Cameron vowed to be the party of the "working people". He later revealed who would take the senior roles of Chancellor, Home Secretary, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary in his Cabinet. More »

  • Ed Miliband Resigns As Labour Party Leader
    Ed Miliband Resigns As Labour Party Leader Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has announced his resignation as leader of the Labour Party after a disastrous election defeat which saw the Conservatives win a majority. He made the announcement shortly after noon to a room full of supporters, saying solemnly: "This is not the speech I wanted to give today because I believe that Britain needed a Labour government. Mr Miliband says he phoned David Cameron earlier to congratulate him on his victory. Harriet Harman will take over the role temporarily, but says she will step down as deputy leader when the new leader is chosen. More »

  • Cameron savours shock triumph in British election
    Cameron savours shock triumph in British election Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron swept to a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades and winning a clear majority that left his Labour opponents in tatters. The sterling currency, bonds and shares surged on a result that reversed near-universal expectations of an inconclusive "hung parliament", in which Cameron would have had to jockey for power with Labour rival Ed Miliband. Instead, Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major's surprise victory in 1992. Despite the unexpectedly decisive outcome, longer-term uncertainty looms over whether Britain will stay in the European Union - and even hold together as a country. More »

  • British election upset puts big beasts to the slaughter
    British election upset puts big beasts to the slaughter Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Victory by David Cameron's Conservatives on Friday in one of the most unexpected upsets in British political history has been accompanied by an almost unprecedented electoral bloodbath of dozens of high-profile figures. I'm so sorry for all of those colleagues who lost their seats," said Ed Miliband as he resigned as leader of the main opposition Labour Party, although he remains a member of parliament. In the end, they were battered in England by the Conservatives and humiliatingly hammered in their traditional heartlands in Scotland after a staggering swing to the Scottish National Party, losing all but one of the 41 seats there. Their national election chief in Scotland even lost his seat to a 20-year-old political novice. More »

  • Cameron vows to govern for all UK
    Cameron vows to govern for all UK Fri, May 8, 2015

    David Cameron has vowed to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom as he returned to No 10 at the head of a majority Conservative government while the Scottish Nationalists virtually swept the board north of the border. More »

  • FTSE 100 And Pound Rally On Tory Election Win
    FTSE 100 And Pound Rally On Tory Election Win Fri, May 8, 2015

    The FTSE 100 rallied strongly while the pound has made strides against the dollar and euro following the Conservative victory in the General Election. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended 2.3% higher at 7,046.82 points - close to the record high of 7,122.74 points reached last month. A fall for the FTSE had been tipped until it became clear that David Cameron's Tories would lead the next Government. The top riser on the FTSE 100 for much of the day was Centrica - the owner of British Gas - which, like its 'big six' rivals, had faced the prospect of being placed under energy bill price freeze restrictions had Ed Miliband won the keys to Number 10. More »

  • Miliband quits after Labour thrashed in UK election
    Miliband quits after Labour thrashed in UK election Fri, May 8, 2015

    By William James and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition leader Ed Miliband quit on Friday after his Labour Party suffered a heavy election defeat and was virtually driven out of Scotland, leaving the demoralised party with no obvious successor. Miliband had gone into Thursday's election expecting he had a good chance of beating Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and forming a government, probably in some form of alliance with a smaller party. "Britain needs a Labour Party that can rebuild after this defeat so we can have a government that stands up for working people again," Miliband said at Labour's headquarters in London. "And now it's time for someone else to take forward the leadership of this party, so I'm tendering my resignation," said Miliband, who will remain a Labour member of parliament. More »

  • The Big Names Who Lost On Night Of Shocks
    The Big Names Who Lost On Night Of Shocks Fri, May 8, 2015

    Following a night of seismic results that change the face of British party politics, a host of prominent figures have been on the wrong end of conspicuous defeats. More »

  • Election 2015: Maggie Pagano, Edmund Shing and Stefan Stern discuss the election …
    Election 2015: Maggie Pagano, Edmund Shing and Stefan Stern discuss the election … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has stepped down as Labour leader while his closest political ally and the architect of his economic policy, Ed Balls, lost his seat and the party was decimated in Scotland, where it lost all but one of its MPs to the Scottish National Party (SNP). Nick Clegg resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after seeing the party lose all but eight of its seats, including losses for major figures such as Danny Alexander and Vince Cable. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage resigned as the head of Ukip after failing to win in South Thanet. Following the eventful morning after the election, business and politics journalist Maggie Pagano talks to Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Asset Management, and Stefan Stern, a business and politics journalist and visiting professor at Cass Business School, about the implications the results will have on the markets, the union with Scotland and the UK's EU membership. More »

  • Election 2015: What happens next? Maggie Pagano, Edmund Shing and Stefan Stern …
    Election 2015: What happens next? Maggie Pagano, Edmund Shing and Stefan Stern … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has stepped down as Labour leader while his closest political ally and the architect of his economic policy, Ed Balls, lost his seat and the party was decimated in Scotland, where it lost all but one of its MPs to the Scottish National Party (SNP). More »

  • Election 2015: What are the consequences of the results?
    Election 2015: What are the consequences of the results? Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has stepped down as Labour leader while his closest political ally and the architect of his economic policy, Ed Balls, lost his seat and the party was decimated in Scotland, where it lost all but one of its MPs to the Scottish National Party (SNP). More »

  • Cameron Closes In On Shock Majority Victory
    Cameron Closes In On Shock Majority Victory Fri, May 8, 2015

    David Cameron has left Downing Street to go to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the Queen as projections show he is expecting to win with a majority government. Despite months of polls forecasting a close-fought contest, a Sky News projection suggests the Conservatives will win 328 seats in the House of Commons, after a collapse in support for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats , giving Mr Cameron a majority of six. "This is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative party," Mr Cameron said after retaining his Witney seat. More »

  • Election 2015: Ed Miliband quits as Labour leader after Tories secure shock …
    Election 2015: Ed Miliband quits as Labour leader after Tories secure shock … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband has stood down as Labour leader after his party performed poorly in the general election, a campaign that saw it lose its campaign chief and shadow chancellor. "Friends, this is not the speech I wanted to give today because I believe that Britain needed a Labour government. "Earlier today, I rang David Cameron to congratulate him. He stressed "Britain needs a strong Labour party" and announced his resignation, recommending Harriet Harman takes over as interim head of Labour. More »

  • Sky Sources: Miliband To Resign As Leader
    Sky Sources: Miliband To Resign As Leader Fri, May 8, 2015

    Sky sources say Labour leader Ed Miliband will resign after his party's disastrous night at the polls. One Labour source told Sky News he "won't make lunchtime" after the Tories won a majority, while Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk confirmed that Mr Miliband is due to resign. However he said he has an open mind over who should be next Labour leader. More »

  • What do Lily Allen and other famous faces think about the General Election  …
    What do Lily Allen and other famous faces think about the General Election  … Fri, May 8, 2015

    What do the stars think of the outcome of the election? More »

  • Ed Balls heads list of notable Labour and Lib Dem casualties
    Ed Balls heads list of notable Labour and Lib Dem casualties Fri, May 8, 2015

    Shadow Chancellor Ed balls became the most prominent of many senior Labour and Lib Dem politicians to lose their seats this morning in one of the most dramatic election nights in decades. In Morley, Leeds, Balls became the biggest Labour casualty on an appalling night for the party, crashing to defeat to Conservative Andrea Jenkyns, by a margin of 422 votes. He expressed concern for the future of the UK and the future of the UK in the EU, saying that in the future the country would need "a Labour Party determined to stand up for working people in the country and this constituency. Earlier, the Labour Party saw its presence in Scotland wiped out as the SNP swept to an astonishing victory, claiming 56 of 59 seats. More »

  • Labour finance spokesman Ed Balls loses parliament seat
    Labour finance spokesman Ed Balls loses parliament seat Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Labour politician who had vied to become Britain's next finance minister has lost his seat in parliament, election officials said on Friday, in one of the most high-profile losses for the opposition at Thursday's national election. Ed Balls, a Labour member of parliament since 2005 and a long-time ally of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, lost his seat on the outskirts of the northern English city of Leeds to a Conservative challenger by a margin of just 422 votes. Exit polls published late on Thursday suggested Labour will win 239 seats in the 650-member parliament, down from 258 in 2010 and its lowest total since 1987. More »

  • Surprise Exit Poll Puts Conservatives On Top
    Surprise Exit Poll Puts Conservatives On Top Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Conservatives will be the largest party after the General Election, according to an exit poll carried out for the major broadcasters. The poll put the Conservatives on 316 seats, Labour on 239, the Scottish National Party on 58, the Liberal Democrats on 10 and UKIP on two. And the predicted Labour tally would represent the party's worst result since 1987. More »

  • General Election 2015: Ed Miliband 'Has To Resign Today'
    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband 'Has To Resign Today' Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband will be forced to stand down as Labour leader today and 'won't even make until lunchtime', according to a party source. More »

  • Election 2015: Alex Salmond says SNP have created an 'electoral tsunami' …
    Election 2015: Alex Salmond says SNP have created an 'electoral tsunami' … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has said that the huge swing to the Scottish National Party in the general election is part of an 'electoral tsunami' that is taking place across Scotland. "We're seeing an electoral tsunami on a gigantic scale and that is a tide flowing with the Scottish National Party," Salmond told ITN. "It certainly leaves David Cameron with no legitimacy in Scotland whatsoever," he said. "Nicola Sturgeon made a very important point earlier this week that political legitimacy matters in terms of a government of the UK having a reach across these islands. More »