Should the Lib Dems elect our (shadow) cabinet members?

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

The election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader — despite losing the vote among Labour party members and MPs/MEPs — presented an easy target for the Lib Dems, a party which has always believed in one-member-one-vote, and where the views of our MPs carry equal weight as any other party member. However, there is another […]

Ed Miliband’s leader’s speech: my first impressions

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

Well, that’s one job done: the new Labour leader (but not the New Labour leader: absolutely not) has got through his first, major task: to deliver his speech to the party conference. It seemed to me to best understood as a ‘detoxifying’ speech. Just as David Cameron’s biggest achievement as Tory leader was to make […]

Ed Miliband’s first conference speech as leader: the LDV live-blog

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

It’s being billed as a huge speech for Ed Miliband, his first chance to place a personal stamp on the Labour party. 2.25 pm Begins with thanks for advice from all delegates, “some of it unsolicited”, followed by warm tribute to brother David Miliband. Ed dismisses idea he’s more left-wing; David, he says, threatened to […]