There can surely be no better marker of the importance of the election than the Tories’ plan to show carers, the severely disabled and terminally ill no mercy in their new round of benefit cuts. But don’t worry — the Labour Party are going to defend the vulnerable by asking the Tories nicely. With sugar on top and everything:
With health questions as the first substantive business in the wake of the Queen’s speech, the first shadow front bencher to take to the despatch box during exchanges was one Liz Kendall — while her current boss was forced to look on.
An aside from Guido notes the ostensibly remarkable support enjoyed by Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham on Twitter — if the meteoric rise of the account @LabourAndy (not really Burnham) is anything to go by:
If you thought that a Tory majority government ostensibly being led by a moderniser might dull the instincts of social conservatives then think again. Conservative Woman founder and co-editor Laura Perrins has dedicated an entire post to her assertion that Labour leadership candidate Chuka Umunna not being married, errrr, “sets off alarm bells”.
David Lammy on Saturday: if colleagues come to me over the coming days and say “look, David, why don’t you put your [hat in]” I will look at it.