Ed Miliband is a work in progress , says his policy chief Jon Cruddas

Ed Miliband is a work in progress – and that's his own policy chief talking!Jon Cruddas: 'public still blame Labour for immigration and housing crisis'Miliband faces growing criticism over lack of substantial policies By Jason Groves, Political Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 Ed Miliband has failed to win back the trust of the voters and remains a ‘work in progress’, his own policy chief warned yesterday.

UK can"t "cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels", EU president warns

UK can't 'cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels', EU president warns Herman Van Rompuy said the EU would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose powersHe said if UK departed it would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’David Cameron is expected to call for renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU next month | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 27 December 2012 Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep David Cameron will not be allowed to ‘cherry pick’ powers to claw back from Brussels, the EU president has warned. In a major blow to the Prime Minister’s strategy, Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep. Mr Van Rompuy said he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, adding that the UK’s departure would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’.

Like Hamlet, Cameron just won"t decide

Like Hamlet, Cameron just won't decide | UPDATED: 23:52 GMT, 18 December 2012 Modernisation: For every vote the gay marriage policy wins, many more are lost One of the most misleading words in politics — which is rarely short of them — is ‘modernisation’, a favourite David Cameron theme.

Cameron warned he has "no mandate" to redefine marriage by legalising gay weddings

Cameron warned he has 'no mandate' to redefine marriage by legalising gay weddingsDozens of MPs and peers sign letter accusing the PM of ignoring public opinionCross-party group say no party promised same-sex weddings in 2010 manifesto | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 17 December 2012 David Cameron has promised to pass laws next year which would legalise gay marriage David Cameron is today accused of ‘ploughing on regardless’ with plans to legalise gay marriage in the face of opposition from dozens of MPs and peers. The Prime Minister has insisted he will enshrine same sex weddings in law next year, with legal protection for the Church of England and other religious groups who chose not to opt in.

Give us an EU referendum before 2015 election, urges Boris Johnson as he says it would not be the end of the world if Britain left

Give us an EU referendum before 2015 election, urges Boris as he says it would not be ‘the end of the world’ if Britain leftLondon Mayor says public pressure on referendum has become unstoppableHe has acknowledged is unlikely to see one before 2015Three opinion polls have revealed UKIP as the country's third political party | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 Boris Johnson yesterday called for a referendum on Europe before the 2015 election – and said it would not be ‘the end of the world’ for Britain to leave. The London Mayor insisted that he would like Britain to remain within a common market-style European Union, if David Cameron can negotiate a deal that sees us freed from costly employment regulations and wasteful initiative like the Common Agricultural Policy. But he said public pressure for a referendum on Europe – including the question of Britain’s membership of the EU – had become unstoppable.

Tories turn up heat on Human Rights Act as seven former ministers call on Cameron to repeal the law

Tories turn up heat on Human Rights Act as seven former ministers call on Cameron to repeal the law | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 5 December 2012 Seven former ministers voted for the repeal of the Human Rights Act yesterday — as Tory MPs stepped up pressure on David Cameron to act on the issue.

Salmond wants separate press regulation for Scotland, whatever Westminster chooses after Leveson Inquiry

Alex Salmond proposes separate Press regulation for Scotland regardless of Westminster’s decision over Leveson’s reportScotland's first minister wants to mirror Irish system whatever MPs chooseHe would like an independent ombudsman and a Scottish press councilLord Justice Leveson to publish report on press standards tomorrow | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 28 November 2012 Change: Alex has preempted the Leveson report and said he wants a different system of press regulation to the rest of the UK Scottish first minister Alex Salmond wants a separate system of press regulation to the rest of the UK irrespective of what MPs at Westminster choose to introduce after the Leveson Inquiry. The SNP leader plans to ape Ireland's model and install an independent ombudsman and a press council to deal with complaints about newspapers. Broadcasting regulation is controlled and decided by Westminster but the powers of holding the press to account was devolved to Holyrood

Generous Labour donor causes embarrassment for Ed Miliband as it emerges that he saves 13million using tax haven

Generous Labour donor causes embarrassment for Ed Miliband as it emerges that he saves 13million using tax haven Peter Coates has donated 300,000 to the Labour party in the past decadeHe has built a 700million fortune on the back of betting site bet365But, a third of its profits come from a subsidiary based in GibraltarBetween 2009 and 2011, company paid 10% corporation tax, saving 13million | UPDATED: 00:42 GMT, 25 November 2012 Ed Miliband faced embarrassment in his crusade against tax avoiders last night after it emerged a key Labour donor has saved millions of pounds by running online gambling from a tax haven. Peter Coates, chairman of bet365, has donated 300,000 to the party in the past decade, including 10,000 to Mr Miliband this year.