News Labour leader Ed Miliband will put his final proposals to a special Labour conference on 1 March

Labour MPs to lose their one-third share of the vote in leadership elections, while one-member-one-vote reform will also apply to trade unions’ portion of electoral college

Mr Starmer stood down last month and has gone back to private practice

Labour ‘keen for Keir Starmer to stand for election’ as former DPP works on new 'victim's law'

Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner, believes a greater proportion of welfare spending needs to go to children

Smacking children should be illegal, says Children’s tsar Maggie Atkinson

Children’s Commissioner condemns current law for giving pets more rights than children

A third of gay voters now back Tories, poll finds

Tory support among the gay community has soared since David Cameron backed same-sex marriage, according to a poll.

The News Matrix: Friday 27 December 2013

Yasser Arafat 'not killed by radiation'

Nearly three-quarters of the British public are either 'angry' or 'bored' with politicians or politics in general

Three quarters of British voters are either 'angry' or bored' with politicians

Nearly three-quarters of the British public are either “angry” or “bored” with politicians or politics in general, according to a new survey.

A recent investigation into Serco and G4S found evidence of 'inconsistent managemen' in 22 government contracts

Exclusive: Labour would strip controversial firms G4S and Serco of lucrative contracts

Party said it will try to ‘unpick’ £6bn in outsourcing deals

Ed Miliband has been warned the party cannot expect to win on the basis that cuts will continue to make the Coalition unpopular

Blair ally Patrick Diamond tells Ed Miliband: cost of living will not win Labour the 2015 election

There is a common belief Labour can somehow coast to victory

The Refugee Council has said only about 0.1 per cent of Syrians fleeing the violence had found safety in the UK

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell joins Labour in condemning UK for turning its back on Syria's refugees

The Government’s position has been criticised by aid agencies who said it was akin to stating that “there’s no room at the inn”

The News Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

Lib Dem attacks law on fox hunting

Let them in: Britain has a moral duty to help Syria’s refugees

It doesn’t take an excess of charitable feeling to recognise this is an exceptional case

'Selfie': One of the peculiarities of the past few months has been how the idea of taking a photograph of your own face has become something new and interesting

Terence Blacker: The top 13 words and expressions to be excluded this 2014

'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much

Love it or hate it, 2013 will be remembered as the year of the selfie.

Year of the Selfie: The birth – and death – of 2013’s biggest star trend

From Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian to President Obama and Pope Francis, everyone has been getting in on the narcissistic portrait action

The Conservative Cabinet Minister told the Trussell Trust he denied claims that benefits reforms were linked to the rocketing number of people turning to it for help

Iain Duncan Smith accuses food bank charity the Trussell Trust of scaremongering

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has refused requests to meet the leaders of a major food bank charity and accused them of “scaremongering”, it has emerged.

Lord Mandelson warns Ed Miliband and Ed Balls over Labour's links with unions

Former Business Secretary also said the party needed to spell out a clear economic message

Tony Benn admits in his latest memoir: “I’ve been so obsessed with myself all the time ... but I’m just not interesting”

From ‘bossy boots’ to Benn – and Ann Widdecombe too: Political books for Christmas

Farewell, then, to the unequal opposites of the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Benn. Charles Moore’s biography of old bossy-boots, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography Vol 1: Not For Turning (Allen Lane, £30), is solidly definitive, with new letters that add colour if not character. I would still recommend John Campbell’s two-volume biography (2000 and 2003) for a more accessible account. Updated with Gillian Shepherd, The Real Iron Lady: Working With Margaret Thatcher (Biteback, £16.99): a quirky collection of reminiscences of life on Team Thatcher.

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