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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

The Sketch: The alternatives to Ed are so weird they make even him look good

What a state the Labour leadership is in. To give you some idea, the name of Mary Creagh gets mentioned as a leader-in-waiting. Who is she? It doesn't matter: she's wild. She makes Sarah Palin look like Geoffrey Howe.

Osborne must cut VAT until the economy recovers, says Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor insists a return to 17.5 per cent rate for a year would help consumers and push down inflation

Ed Balls calls for emergency tax cut

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has called for an emergency tax cut - urging the Government to reduce VAT temporarily to "kick-start" economic recovery.

The Sketch: Perhaps it's time for the better-looking brother to take over

Last week, the Sketch spent 400 words on Ed Miliband's water-pouring skills. As part of basic leadership training it was noted that leaders in Parliament are better not to pour their own glass of water. An underling – Ed Balls's name came up – would naturally do the job for his boss. Five days later, Ed Miliband went to the PLP and the first thing he did was to pour a glass of water for Ed Balls.

First his brother, now Ed Miliband's at war with Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor believes an apology for overspending would boost David Cameron's attempts to blame Labour

David Miliband mulls Shadow Cabinet job to defuse sibling tensions

Labour leader criticises Westminster 'tittle-tattle' as he tries to regain initiative after weekend of damaging headlines

Leading article: Ed Miliband still needs to define what he stands for

Old traumas have engulfed the Labour Party. Secret documents emerged last week which chronicled Gordon Brown's detailed preparations from 2005 to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister. And yesterday saw a host of claims about the dire state of relations between the Miliband brothers.

David Miliband denies leadership plot

David Miliband was forced to deny plotting against his brother today amid claims of an ongoing feud over the Labour leadership.

John Rentoul: There was no plot. I hope there's one now

The 'Causes of the Fall of Blair' were a great deal more complicated than the machinations of Ed Balls and Ed Miliband

Balls blames Tories for leak of Blair papers

Ed Balls suggested yesterday that the Conservative Party may have played a part in leaking his private papers charting Gordon Brown's attempts to dislodge Tony Blair as Prime Minister.

Ed Balls denies role in 'coup plot'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today denied involvement in a plot to oust Tony Blair as Prime Minister, following the leak of a cache of private documents detailing Gordon Brown's preparations to take power.

Follow my lead or Labour is finished, Blair tells Miliband

Labour will not win elections, Mr Blair says, by going back to the political equivalent of 'warm beer and old maids bicycling'

The Sketch: To get ahead, Ed needs to get his finger in

The polls for the Labour leader must be worrying for party supporters. Ed's approval rating may be as low as 17 per cent. We're all going to have to pull together.

Leading article: Justice must remain above public anger

The death of Baby P cast a long shadow, and it is still not going away.

Ed Balls was too quick to sack Baby P chief, rules Court of Appeal

Sharon Shoesmith, who was vilified after the death of the toddler Baby P, won her appeal yesterday that she was "unfairly and unlawfully" sacked.

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

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One man's day in high heels

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