Labour’s national executive committee will on Wednesday agree a lengthy timetable for the increasingly tangled party leadership election with plans for a ballot and count ending either in the first weeks of September or as late as October.
The shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, has confirmed he will be standing for the Labour leadership, saying he will have no truck with those who say the party faces 10 years out of office.
Vince Cable, the former business secretary who lost his seat in last week’s election, has said that he will not stand again.
Nigel Farage has suggested he would like to fight a Labour-held seat in a byelection, suggesting he has not given up on entering parliament after his seventh bid to be an MP failed last week.
In contrast to her predecessor Helen Grant, who was unable to name either England’s rugby captain or the FA Cup holders, the new minister for sport does at least know something about her new brief.
This morning, just as jubilant Conservative MPs listened to David Cameron hail their triumph in a House of Commons committee room, Lee Scott was in another part of the building, packing up his stuff.
The former care minister, Norman Lamb, has confirmed his plans to run for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
“We need you all to go back,” were the first words that greeted the 56 SNP MPs as they gathered outside the Commons for their first day in Westminster.
David Cameron is drawing up plans to bring forward an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by a year to 2016 in order to avoid a politically dangerous clash with the French and German elections in 2017.
UKIP may have won only one seat in the election, but they are well placed to make gains in 2020.
Daybreak in middle England was warm and cloudless and full of possibilities on Friday.
“If we are victorious in one more battle... we shall be utterly ruined.”
As the initial indications on Thursday night pointed towards a narrow win for remain in the EU referendum, the official leave camp began quietly briefing against Nigel Farage.