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Ed Miliband resigned as Labour leader after defeat at last May's general election

Ed Miliband to leave frontline politics and campaign on inequality, environmental issues from backbenches

The former Labour leader has ruled out returning to a shadow cabinet role

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett

Refugee crisis: David Blunkett says Britain should take up to 25,000 refugees over the next six months

The former Home Secretary believes the UK needs to welcome 'very large numbers' if it is 'to be taken seriously' as a nation

George Osborne has been warned by local council leaders that he must hand over control of £60bn of central Government spending as they rush to sign up for his devolution agenda

George Osborne told by town halls that his devolution plan will cost £60bn

Up to 30 councils have submitted bids to take control of crucial services

Labour leadership candidates from left, Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, and Andy Burnham, pose for the media at the end of the Labour party leadership final debate

Labour leadership debate: Jeremy Corbyn's opponents fail to land blows in final televised hustings

Left-winger confirms the race is now his to lose despite being targeted by his rivals

Jeremy Corbyn, left, Liz Kendall, second left, Yvette Cooper, second right, and Andy Burnham, right, take part in a Labour party leadership final debate

Labour leadership debate: PM accused of being 'heartless and powerless' in approach to refugee crisis

The leadership hopefuls have debated for the final time

Business Secretary Sajid Javid

Vince Cable and Chuka Umunna unite to criticise Business Secretary Sajid Javid for failing to promote British industry

They warn that Javid appears to believe that the market can solve the problems of long term industrial development without any help from government

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Bayern Munich gave €1m

Refugee crisis banner campaign: Premier League under pressure from Labour to allow fans to show support for those seeking help in Britain

Supporters have previously been prevented from flying flags which are perceived to be of a political nature

As the PM sticks to the 1,000 asylum-seekers cap, those in Brussels heard the Belgians had offered housing to an extra 2,500

Refugee crisis casts shadow over David Cameron's attempts to renegotiate EU membership terms

Just when he needs friends in Europe, the PM is making enemies by refusing to take part in an EU-wide scheme to share the burden of the asylum-seekers

Nicola Sturgeon said she was 'reduced to tears' by the picture of the dead Syrian refugee boy washed up on a beach in Turkey

Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron's 'walk on by on the other side' response to Syrian refugee crisis has reduced me to tears

First Minister launched scathing attack of PM's stubborn refusal to change the Government's stance and take in more than just a few hundred Syrians

David Cameron finally broke his silence on the Syrian refugee crisis after pictures of the dead Syrian refugee boy Aylan Kurdi emerged on Wednesday

Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 200,000 back our campaign

An announcement - possibly involving Britain accepting thousands of refugees from UNHCR camps on the border of Syria - is expected in the next 24 hours

Peter Bucklitsch stood for Ukip at the General Election in the Wimbledon constituency

Ukip candidate sparks outrage after blaming Aylan Kurdi's 'greedy' parents for his death

Peter Bucklitsch, who stood for Ukip at the General Election, claimed Syrian boy was 'well clothed and well fed'

The Prime Minister speaking in Corby on Wednesday

Aylan Kurdi: David Cameron says he felt 'deeply moved' by images of dead Syrian boy but gives no details of plans to take in more refugees

PM insists the UK will 'fulfil our moral responsibilities' in response to Syrian refugee crisis but gave no details of fresh plans to help growing crisis

Alcohol price increases in Scotland will be unlawful, says EU court

The European Court of Justice said that without evidence that alternative measures were less effective, fixing unit prices could infringe free trade laws

Boris Johnson insisted London will face up to its 'moral responsibilities' to take in Syrians fleeing persecution

Boris Johnson says UK can do more to help Syrian refugees as George Osborne blames Isis for death of refugee child Aylan Kurdi

Chancellor is first Government minister to speak publicly - 24 hours after picture of Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach emerged

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham accused of undermining Yvette Cooper's attempt to build national consensus on refugee crisis by sending 'unedifying' message

'Someone should tell him not everything is about the Labour leadership' - party sources say MPs who previously backed Burnham are rethinking their decision

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