Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson has declared he is to run for the Shadow Cabinet in the forthcoming elections. It had previously been thought that Mr. Johnson would follow top-cabinet colleagues like Alastair Darling and Jack Straw in stepping back from the political front line. Johnson’s decision could potentially scupper the Shadow Cabinet plans of […]

The leadership campaign took a turn for the surreal this evening as David Miliband found himself being chided on Twitter by Labour-voting muso Lily Allen. [Yes, honestly!] When asked in today’s Evening Standard as to the “best meal you’ve had in London”, the shadow foreign secretary said: “I had a fantastic takeaway from Masala Zone […]

You can always spot the tweets from David Miliband himself because they’re sent via text message. And he can’t spell anyone’s name right. First up, Dianne [sic] Abbott: The next victim of David’s deed poll service is John [sic] Cruddas: Suffice it to say the International Brotherhood of Jon were not impressed: See me after […]

Labour Students is notoriously right wing. During this blogger’s time as a student the story of the Scottish contingent’s journey to national conference, where they abandoned a group of Trots at a service station in Carlisle and then affixed an icepick to the front of the bus, was regularly (and boastfully) recounted. Today the left […]

Watching Newsnight’s leadership hustings on iPlayer earlier, if there’s one thing that this contest can do without, its glutinous pre-prepared lines (direct link to clip): “I think it’s very, very important that we don’t spend our time trying to dream a better yesterday. What we’ve actually got to focus on is how to build a […]

The following exchange made this blogger laugh. Alex Smith: Hi, David. I’m Alex from LabourList. David Miliband: Hi, Alan. Ironically enough, Miliband Snr has written for LabourList four times this year! Perhaps this demonstrates the extent to which some ministers may have been insulated from the Labour movement by their special advisers. Or, as LabourList’s newly installed […]