Some saw Miliband's speech as an imitation of Tony Blair

Ed Miliband denies playing class war

Labour leader Ed Miliband today denied he was trying to play the class card by highlighting his education at a north London comprehensive.

Miliband's speech was ok on argument, good on delivery, and bad on Labour's atonement

The party leader was surprisingly funny and confident in Manchester. But predictably enough he addressed the party faithful rather than the country at large

Labour borrows one nation idea from Benjamin Disraeli

Ed Miliband borrowed a political philosophy from the Tories as he sought to position Labour as an inclusive “one nation” party.

At Labour conference, brother David (Miliband) is anxious to sing from the same hymn sheet

Roaming among the delegates and fringe meetings, our diarist discovers that the elder son of Ralph Miliband has plenty of political mileage in him yet

Labour to embrace David Cameron's 'big society'

Ed Miliband has described it as a “failure” while his Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said it was just a “big con”.

Labour Conference Diary: All eyes are on Chuka – the bright young thing who can blather

The political graveyard is littered with ex-future leaders who have risen too fast only to wilt in the heat of too much exposure. With that caveat, let it be noted that Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow Business Secretary, is acquiring the kind of aura that Tony Blair or Gordon Brown had 27 years ago, when the Tory diarist Alan Clark singled them out as Labour's "two bright boys".

Television choices: Insights into the reasons behind the riots

TV pick of the week: The Riots: In Their Own Words

Archie Bland: Cameron would do better not to take sides in future

It's embarrassing enough to be overheard being rude about your neighbour if it's just the guy from down the road when you're mouthing off in the pub. Consider how much worse for David Cameron.

Leading article: This country must have an army it can afford

In the next round of army cuts, the first place to look must be the officers' mess

Pearson to fund '$3 a month' private schools

The education giant Pearson will today launch a $15m (£10m) fund that will invest in low-cost private schools in Africa and Asia, offering lessons for as little as $3 a month per pupil.

The Sketch: Michael Gove muscles in with a daring ambition

He's looking bigger these days, Michael Gove. Deeper chest, broader shoulders. Maybe he's been through a Charles Atlas course in muscular Conservatism.

Leading article: No quick fix for broken families

Public money will be wasted if troubleshooters are assigned to families that do not need help

Robin Gibb 'reunited with twin': Brother Barry's emotional tribute at Bee Gee's funeral

Bee Gee Barry Gibb paid an emotional tribute to his brother Robin's “magnificent mind and his beautiful heart” at his funeral today - saying he had finally been reunited with his twin.

Simon Kelner: The giant confidence trick that twisted politics for ever

Our disillusionment with a government that embarked on a disastrous imperial war was only intensified by the aspirations we had in the first place

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
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Boris Johnson's war on diesel

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