Showing people the ‘real Ed’ isn’t working
Ed Miliband is under heavy scrutiny today. The low level grumbling around his leadership has previously been quashed by flashes of political decency. However, since his party speech - in which Miliband forgot his own policies - his leadership lead has diminished. A recent meeting of Labour MPs allegedly ended with some calling for him to leave.
Other Labour MPs have denied they would stand for leadership, including Yevette Copper and Andy Burnham.
However, getting rid of a Labour leader is an extremely convoluted process - so nothing is likely to happen in the immediate future.
Ed Miliband may survive as the party “don’t have the stomach” for a fight this close to the election, says Joe.
Cameron may sidestep the £1.7bn EU fine
David Cameron and George Osborne may avoid paying the £1.7billion fine from the European Union - at least until after the election.
Cameron had previously attacked the size of the fine as well as the timing and is fighting to change both. However, the EU only seem to be willing to negotiate on timing. It allows the Prime Minister to dodge the issue for now and gives him some breathing room to decide his next move.
Another bad week for “rotten” Tower of Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Mayor Luftar Rahman has has some of his powers removed by the government.
A recent government report report <LINK: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2014-11-04/tower-hamlets-accused-of-lack-of-transparency-by-government-reports> noted discrepencies about how money had handed to certain charities and questioned the sale of Poplar town hall - but stopped short of accusing Rahman of fraud.
The mayor has a reputation for weathering bad press and is unlikely to stand down.
Communities minister Eric Pickles recently called Tower Hamlets a “rotten borough”.