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Political notes: Labour’s leadership

Labour’s to-do list: spring clean, find new leader (and policies), reposition party without alienating voters in the marginals

By Anne McElvoy   June 2010

On Planet Labour, defeat is sinking in slowly. One former cabinet minister joked to me that he bolted out of bed for his regular Monday morning meeting, only to remember someone else now meets the civil servants. “I went back to bed,” he says. From the ruling party to the pyjama party in a week. But how to regain the power that has transferred to the Lib-Con coalition?

David Miliband, often accused of being a ditherer, wasted no time. His comment that the shadow cabinet room “reeks of the absence of power” is his shorthand pitch as the man…

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