Ed Miliband, Former Leader of the Opposition, Condemns Prorogation Decision

Ed Miliband, the former Leader of the Opposition, has condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to ask for the prorogation of Parliament. In a statement the Labour MP for Doncaster North said that the decision was “an attempted coup against our democracy”.

He said:

“Suspending parliament to prevent the expression of the will of elected representatives is what autocrats and dictators do. This attempted coup against our democracy to impose a no deal Brexit cannot be allowed to stand.”

Ed Miliband, former Labour Leader, Says He Would Like a Return to Front-Line Politics

Ed Miliband, the former Leader of the Labour Party, has said that he intends to stay in front-line politics and would be interested in a return to the front bench. Speaking to Nick Robinson, Miliband said that he was “still relatively young” and that was much still to be fought for in politics.

Miliband added:

“After I lost the election it was never really a serious thought in my mind that I would give it all up and go off and be an academic”.

Miliband had been rumoured to be seeking a return to the Shadow Cabinet, despite saying in 2016 about Jeremy Corbyn:

“I think a lot of what he stands for is very important for us going forward. But I’ve reluctantly reached a conclusion that his position is untenable”.

Ed Miliband, former Labour Leader, Calls for Jeremy Corbyn to resign

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Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has rejected a call from Ed Miliband, the former leader of the party, to stand down.

Miliband, who stood down in 2015, said on the BBC’s World at One:

“I’ve supported Jeremy Corbyn all the way along, from the moment he was elected, because I thought it was absolutely the right thing to do. I think a lot of what he stands for is important for us going forwards. But I’ve reluctantly reached a conclusion that his position is untenable”.

Peter Mandelson Blames Ed Miliband for Losing Labour the 2015 General Election

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Peter Mandelson, the former Deputy Prime Minister, has blamed Ed Miliband for not winning the 2015 General Election for Labour. Mandelson, who was elevated to the House of Lords in 2008, had served in numerous roles for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Writing in the Independent on Sunday Mandelson said, “Labour could have replaced the Tories in 2015”. He added:

“It was not that Miliband was too radical or left wing; if anything, his vague policies and insipid gesture politics simply left the voters not knowing what he was. Nor was it that he was too anti-business; the public are not in love with big business but they do expect a prospective prime minister to understand the fundamentals of the market economy”.

Jeremy Corbyn clashes with Owen Smith, the Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions

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Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has clashed with Owen Smith, the newly appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, over the subject of the benefit cap.

Smith had said that it would be “foolhardy” to oppose the benefit cap, but that Labour would not support any further reductions to the level of the benefit cap. The previous benefits cap was supported by the previous Labour leaders, Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman.

Corbyn’s spokesman today though rejected this and confirmed that the benefits cap would be entirely abolished. In an interview with the New Statesman Corbyn also said:

“In my own constituency, the benefit cap has had the effect of social cleansing, of people receiving benefit but the benefit is capped, therefore, they can’t meet the rent levels charged and are forced to move. It’s devastating for children, devastating for the family and very bad for the community as a whole”.

The current benefits cap is £500 a week for couples, £500 a week for single parents with children and £350 for single adults with no children living with them. There are some exceptions for those with disabilities and special requirements.

Corbyn hit by early series of Labour resignations

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Within just hours of Jeremy Corbyn being elected as the new Labour Party leader there have been numerous resignations from the party’s Ministerial spokespeople.

Those already announcing their departure include Tristram Hunt, Emma Reynolds, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Rachel Reeves and Jamie Reed with others expected to stand down later today. Ed Miliband, the former party leader, has also confirmed that he wouldn’t serve in a Corbyn-led Shadow Cabinet.

 

John Prescott criticises David Miliband and Ed Miliband

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John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, has criticised both David Miliband and Ed Miliband on BBC’s Daily Politics.

He said that David Miliband should “shut up” and “get on with his international job” and criticised Ed Miliband for “running away” rather than remaining on as the party leader.

Labour announces new immigration strategy

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Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, has announced the Labour Party’s ten point immigration strategy if they win the 2015 General Election.

The strategy includes:

  1. Recruiting 1,000 extra borders staff, paid for by a small charge on non-visa visitors to the UK.
  2. Stopping those who have committed serious crimes coming to Britain and deporting those who commit them after they arrive.
  3. Introducing full exit checks, so that we can count people in and out of the country.
  4. Ending the indefinite detention of people in the asylum system and upholding our traditions and obligations on refugees.
  5. Keeping the cap on workers from outside the EU and tightening the rules by requiring large firms hiring workers from outside to offer apprenticeships here.
  6. Making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers – and enforcing this law with a special 100-strong Home Office unit with investigatory powers.
  7. Banning recruitment agencies from hiring only from overseas.
  8. Closing the agency workers loophole where employers are able to use agency staff as a way to undercut the wages of permanent staff.
  9. Preventing people who come here from claiming benefits for at least two years or sending child benefit to families living abroad.
  10. Requiring people working in public services in public facing roles to speak English.

Labour pledges to reform rented housing market

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Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, has said that a Labour Government would reform the rented housing market by introducing rent controls and increasing the length of a minimum tenancy.

Landlords who fail to keep their housing stock in good condition will also potentially lose their buy-to-let tax relief cut. After a six month trial tenancy period tenants will be able to sign a three year tenancy agreement with rental increases linked to inflation.

Seven Party Leaders to Take Part in Debate

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Later today seven party leaders will take part in a live two hour debate answering questions from the host and then later on also from members of the 200 strong audience.

David Cameron (Conservatives), Ed Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Natalie Bennett (Greens), Nigel Farage (UKIP) and Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) will feature in the debate taking place in Salford which is being organised by ITV News and presented by Julie Etchingham.