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Ken Livingstone: 'Boris said we have to work into our eighties – I'm helping out'

As he prepares for another mayoral race, the veteran politician tells Andy McSmith that he is still fighting fit

70 Labour peers back David Miliband for leader

David Miliband appeared to further cement his position as the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race yesterday after receiving the backing of 70 of his party's peers.

Leading article: They're off!

They're all going on their summer holiday – thankfully, as they made clear at a recent hustings, not together. You can have too much of a good thing; too much even of a Labour leadership contest that, with two brothers, two Eds and a fair sprinkling of in-jokes, increasingly feels like Ask the Family. But holidays, as the Blairs found to their political cost, are treacherous territory; even non-holiday holidays like the Browns' don't hack it. Like a tent, you have to pitch it just right especially if – as every aspiring Labour leader must be mid-contest – you're in the business of winning votes.

Dominic Lawson: It's only right the elder brother wins

The attractive side of the male sibling relationship, at its best, is that it can survive brutal competition. Whereas the relationship between a man and his wife is dissolvable

Love and war as Milibands pull clear in leadership fight

The Miliband brothers poured warm words on each other yesterday in an effort to prevent their political rivalry from degenerating into a family feud.

Joan Smith: Ed Miliband may soon be in No 10. Believe it

The instability of the governing coalition could fast-track Labour's new leader to Downing Street

Mandelson: Author of his own downfall ...

The war of words may have entertained the chattering classes for days, but publication of 'The Third Man', Lord Mandelson's memoirs, left him with scarcely a friend in the Labour Party

Mandelson book tells how Blair discussed plot to oust Brown

Tony Blair played an active role in Labour's agonised debate on whether to ditch Gordon Brown before this year's general election, according to Lord Mandelson's memoirs published today.

Mandy: If he was made of chocolate, he'd eat himself

There were, he says, three people in the marriage dominating New Labour: Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and 'The Third Man', Peter Mandelson. Before his autobiography goes on sale, Brian Brady examines the eponymous hero

John Rentoul: Labour must leave a door ajar for Clegg

Cameron wants to absorb the Lib Dem leader, who is not for being absorbed. By 2015, it may be Miliband agreeing with Nick

Straw: changes to Labour's funding 'undemocratic'

The former Justice Secretary Jack Straw yesterday raised Labour fears that the coalition Government may follow the trail blazed by Margaret Thatcher, and use its majority in Parliament to force through contentious legislation on union funding of the Labour Party.

David Miliband raises £185,000 for leadership bid

David Miliband brandished his political fund-raising abilities today as it emerged he had attracted far more in donations to his Labour leadership bid than any of his rivals.

The Sketch: Miliband turns cartoon villain as things get a bit too close for comfort

The clue was in the personnel – the judge and the members of the torture inquiry team. None are temperamentally inclined to cause trouble; all would be sympathetic to the idea that security officers do a dangerous, self-sacrificing job. In the House, only Mark Durkan declined to join in "the canonisation of the security services". David Winnick sang a line to that. But Cameron is master and commander of the security services and he is therefore in their power.

Leading Article: A graduate tax would not serve universities well

The news that two contenders for the Labour leadership, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, are talking about a graduate tax to replace tuition fees shows just how political the whole issue of student funding is becoming again, and how fragile the consensus on fees is.

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