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  • UK's biggest trade union threatens to cut ties with Labour Party
    UK's biggest trade union threatens to cut ties with Labour Party Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's largest trade union has threatened to sever links with the opposition Labour Party and deprive it of millions of pounds in funding if the party's next leader tries to move it too far to the centre ground of British politics. Labour, which suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives on May 7, is in the process of selecting a new leader and of overhauling its policies amid recriminations from some activists that it lost because it had become too left-wing. "It's essential that the correct leader emerges and that there's a genuine debate about the direction we're going in," McCluskey, known for talking plainly, told the BBC on Sunday. "It is the challenge of the Labour Party to demonstrate that they are the voice of ordinary working people ... If they don't, if they kind of inject more disillusionment in the party, then the pressure will grow from our members to rethink." On Monday, McCluskey moderated his tone, saying Unite was not considering withdrawing its affiliation with Labour. More »

  • Call to unite over Labour pains
    Call to unite over Labour pains Mon, May 18, 2015

    Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman and the boss of Britain's biggest union have sought to calm a row over the future of the party following its disastrous general election result. More »

  • Bercow back in Speaker's chair
    Bercow back in Speaker's chair Mon, May 18, 2015

    John Bercow has retaken his seat as Speaker of the House of Commons, telling MPs he wanted his political epitaph to be "he was the backbenchers' champion". More »

  • Unions Won't Choose Labour Leader: Harman
    Unions Won't Choose Labour Leader: Harman Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Electoral Reform Society is going to issue Labour leadership ballot papers so unions cannot skew their members' votes, Harriet Harman has said. Labour's acting leader also announced that the candidates will be "stress-tested" by taking part in "robust, tough" televised hustings involving the public. "Not the politically obsessed public, the people like us, but the people who don't decide about their choice of MP and choice of government until they have to," Ms Harman said as she outlined the electoral process at Labour's HQ in central London. Her speech comes after Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy reignited tensions over Labour's union links as he announced his resignation at the weekend. More »

  • Scots Labour leader Murphy to quit
    Scots Labour leader Murphy to quit Sat, May 16, 2015

    Jim Murphy has announced his intention to resign as Scottish Labour leader next month following a "comprehensive" reappraisal of the party. More »

  • Head of Scottish Labour to resign next month after poll defeat
    Head of Scottish Labour to resign next month after poll defeat Sat, May 16, 2015

    The leader of Scotland's Labour Party, Jim Murphy, announced on Saturday he will resign, the latest high-profile British political leader to fall victim to the surprise outright Conservative election win last week. Murphy's Scottish Labour suffered a crushing defeat at the polls, losing all but one of its 41 parliamentary seats in Scotland and contributing to Labour's wider failure. Murphy, one of the many Labour lawmakers who failed to keep his seat last week, said he would hand in his resignation at a party meeting next month, bearing the consequences of Labour's defeat in Scotland after only five months in the job. "I will be standing down at the next meeting of the Scottish Labour Party's executive," Murphy told journalists in Glasgow. More »

  • Britain's Labour to name new leader in September
    Britain's Labour to name new leader in September Thu, May 14, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour will name its new leader on September 12 after Ed Miliband resigned in the wake of last week's bruising election defeat, the party's executive committee said Wednesday. More »

  • Burnham Announces Labour Leadership Bid
    Burnham Announces Labour Leadership Bid Wed, May 13, 2015

    Andy Burnham has officially announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party. The former health secretary said the party's future should not be a choice between left and right. In a recorded message, he added that the party should be on the side of those who shop in John Lewis as well as those on zero-hour contracts. "Our challenge is not to go left or right, to focus on one part of the country above another, but to rediscover the beating heart of Labour," said Mr Burnham. More »

  • Defeated Labour Party to announce new leader in September
    Defeated Labour Party to announce new leader in September Wed, May 13, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party, which suffered a heavy election defeat last week, said on Wednesday it would announce its new leader on Sept. 12 after a process which has already triggered a battle to shift its political stance. Ed Miliband, the previous leader, quit on Friday, saying he took responsibility for the rout which saw the party virtually wiped out in Scotland and fail to win key swing seats in England from Prime Minister David Cameron's victorious Conservatives. "The General Election saw the Labour Party suffer a serious defeat, and over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward," Harriet Harman, the party's acting leader, said in a statement. More »

  • UK's defeated Labour Party to announce new leader in September Wed, May 13, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party, which suffered a heavy election defeat last week, said on Wednesday it would announce its new leader on Sept. 12 after a process which has already triggered a battle to shift its political stance. Ed Miliband, the previous leader, quit on Friday, saying he took responsibility for the rout which saw the party virtually wiped out in Scotland and fail to win key swing seats in England from Prime Minister David Cameron's victorious Conservatives. "The General Election saw the Labour Party suffer a serious defeat, and over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward," Harriet Harman, the party's acting leader, said in a statement. More »

  • New Labour Leader To Be Named In September
    New Labour Leader To Be Named In September Wed, May 13, 2015

    Labour's leadership election period will begin on Friday with the winner announced on 12 September, the party has said. Acting leader Harriet Harman admitted the result was a "serious defeat", adding: "Over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward. Nominations for leader close on 15 June, for deputy leader two days later and members and supporters who sign up by 12 August will be entitled to vote. Anyone seeking to stand in the leadership election will need the support of 15% of Labour MPs. More »

  • Chuka Umunna Announces Labour Leadership Bid
    Chuka Umunna Announces Labour Leadership Bid Tue, May 12, 2015

    Chuka Umunna has announced he will run for the Labour leadership, saying he will put the party back in power in five years. Making his declaration in a Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) video, the shadow business secretary, said rebuilding Labour was not a 10-year job. "Some have actually suggested over the last few days that somehow this is now a 10-year project to get the Labour Party back in office. I don't think we can have any truck with that at all, I think the Labour Party can do it in five years. More »

  • Umunna to stand for Labour leader
    Umunna to stand for Labour leader Tue, May 12, 2015

    Chuka Umunna has confirmed that he will join the race to be Labour's next leader. 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 »

  • Britain's battered Labour struggles for new direction
    Britain's battered Labour struggles for new direction Mon, May 11, 2015

    Britain's Labour opposition is facing a battle for its future direction after a bruising general election defeat, with surviving lawmakers gathering for the first time Monday to assess the damage. More »

  • Harman Warns Front-Runners: Don't Scapegoat
    Harman Warns Front-Runners: Don't Scapegoat Mon, May 11, 2015

    Interim Labour leader Harriet Harman has warned front-runners for Ed Miliband's job not to "scapegoat and blame" if they want the top job. Speaking on Sky News, Ms Harman said those who want to lead the party needed to play a part in rebuilding it and tackling the Conservatives rather than pointing fingers. It comes after a host of Blairites lined up to criticise Mr Miliband's leadership and election campaign, saying it had failed to address the aspirational middle classes. It included shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, shadow education minister Tristram Hunt and shadow care minister Liz Kendall, who have all been tipped for the top job. More »

  • Dan Jarvis Rules Out Labour Leadership Bid
    Dan Jarvis Rules Out Labour Leadership Bid Sun, May 10, 2015

    Dan Jarvis has ruled himself out of the running to be Labour leader, saying he has to put his family first. The former Army major was considered to be one of the favourites for the role in the wake of Ed Miliband's resignation. Writing in Monday's Times, Mr Jarvis said he was "ready to serve" as Labour seeks to rebuild, but not as leader. Mr Jarvis, who gave up his military career to become an MP in 2011, recently remarried after losing his first wife to cancer in 2010. More »

  • Mandelson Lashes Out At Miliband 'Experiment'
    Mandelson Lashes Out At Miliband 'Experiment' Sun, May 10, 2015

    New Labour architect Lord Mandelson has said Ed Miliband's selection as Labour leader was the result of "trade union abuse" and his election campaign had badly damaged the party. The former business secretary said Mr Miliband had been a "giant political experiment" that had ended up with the voters "ripping stripes off" the shoulders of the party. He told the Andrew Marr Show the "awful shocking thing about this election is Labour could have won it". And he lashed out at the undue influence of the trade unions on the party, saying they had been guilty of "abuse and inappropriate influence" which led to Mr Miliband's selection as leader. 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 »

  • Mystery of missing UK election pledge 'tombstone'
    Mystery of missing UK election pledge 'tombstone' Sat, May 9, 2015

    The hunt was on across Britain on Saturday to find the defeated Labour Party's much-derided giant monolith bearing their election pledges carved in stone. 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 »

  • Labour 'must pick new-blood leader'
    Labour 'must pick new-blood leader' Sat, May 9, 2015

    Labour must pick its next leader from the emerging generation of MPs, a former cabinet minister has said as the party began a post-mortem examination of a disastrous General Election night that ended with Ed Miliband quitting after five years in charge. 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 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 »

  • 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 »

  • UK's Miliband quits as Labour Party leader Fri, May 8, 2015

    Britain's Ed Miliband quit as Labour leader on Friday after his opposition party was decisively beaten at the polls by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. Labour, which had gone into the election expecting to challenge for power, was instead soundly beaten by the Conservative Party, which is now set to govern on its own with an outright parliamentary majority. "Britain needs a strong Labour 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 told a party meeting. 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Final Hours Of Campaigning Ahead Of Election
    Final Hours Of Campaigning Ahead Of Election Wed, May 6, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. The main parties are locked in a tight race ahead of Thursday's vote, with opinion  polls suggesting the final flurry of campaigning has not led to a decisive breakthrough for either the Conservatives or Labour. David Cameron has appealed for more time to build a better Britain on the eve of an election he insists will "define a generation". "Whether you want me to continue leading our country and taking it forward, or whether you want Ed Miliband to go back to the start and waste all the work of the last five years. More »

  • 5 Stocks Ed Miliband Should Consider Buying: BAE Systems plc, WM Morrison Supermarkets … Tue, May 5, 2015

    Why Ed Miliband should be looking at BAE Systems plc (LON:BA), WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW), DFS Furniture PLC (LON:DFS), Halma plc (LON:HLMA) and FW Thorpe plc (LON:TFW). More »

  • Sturgeon: Labour Voters Appalled By No To SNP
    Sturgeon: Labour Voters Appalled By No To SNP Sun, May 3, 2015

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says traditional Labour voters are "appalled" by Ed Miliband's refusal to do a deal with her party. She said if there is a hung parliament after Thursday's vote, the Labour leader would appear to prefer to see another Tory government rather than enter into an alliance with the SNP. "I think he has over the past 48 hours or so appalled many traditional Labour voters ... when he said on Thursday night, or he seemed to say, that he would - if it came to it - rather see the Conservatives back in office and turn his back on the chance to be Prime Minister, than work with the SNP," she told Sky's Murnaghan programme. "If there is an opportunity surely to get the Tories - who've done so much damage to communities across the UK - out of office and replace the Government with something more progressive, then surely Ed Miliband would want to seize that opportunity. More »

  • Record Number Of Women Running For Election
    Record Number Of Women Running For Election Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Launching Labour's women's manifesto at a nursery, deputy leader Harriet Harman told Sky News that having more female MPs can have a legislative impact. She said: "All women are different but there are some commons themes. More »

  • School wins selection claims action
    School wins selection claims action Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    One of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic state-funded boys' schools has won a High Court action over a finding that its admissions criteria was socially selective, discriminatory and unfairly disadvantaged children from less well-off families. More »