The party of labour needs to put work at the centre of its welfare reforms

In raw political terms, the fact that voters hold Labour accountable by a margin of ten to one for the size of the benefits bill is about as about politically toxic as it gets.

Royal Mail sell-off to begin within weeks - but so will strikes

The Government came under fresh attack over its controversial plans for the Royal Mail as Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed it will press ahead with privatising the service.

Under the proposals, patients will only be transferred to other wards if it is absolutely necessary

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David Cameron hits out at Unite strike guide

David Cameron’s campaign to paint Len McCluskey and the Unite union as Ed Miliband’s sinister puppet masters took a new turn today with the emergence of a leaked document containing hints on how to organise a strike.

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Oddly pedagogic: Ed Miliband speaking in Bournemouth

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Miliband enters the lions den and gets away with it - just about

True, there was no standing ovation. The TUC doesn’t do ecstatic. But in a speech sandwiched between debates on low paid youth - enlivened by the fact that the speakers were mostly young workers on low pay - and on rail privatisation, Miliband repeated that he was “absolutely determined” to reform the way union members donate to Labour. And survived.

TUC conference: Unions back battle to save Royal Mail

TUC gives support to unions trying to save the Royal Mail from privatisation

Ed Miliband addresses the TUC

TUC conference: Ed Miliband blinks first in Labour's face-off with the unions

Labour leader lavishes praise in speech at TUC conference but opposition to his reforms expected to force rethink

Snapshot of British society in 2013: More tolerance, less trust for politicians and royals are getting more popular

We have lost faith in politicians and banks, but are far more willing to accept gay relationships, according to the Social Attitudes survey, which also reveals a renewed respect for the Royal Family, and the jobless

The News Matrix: Tuesday 10 September 2013

Protests could end plan for gold mining

Ed Miliband is expected to raise the stakes in his battle with the trade unions

Ed Miliband tells unions: Labour's funding reforms could create a Labour party of 500,000 members

The Labour leader will tell his union critics they are denying a ‘real voice’ to members

Harriet Harman will insist the Labour Party and the unions are 'fighting for the same things'

TUC Conference: Harriet Harman warns unions not to play into Tory hands over Labour reforms

Deputy leader to tell private dinner: 'We're fighting for the same things'

Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, on Bournemouth Pier

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Ed Miliband will vow that a Labour Government would outlaw the exploitative use of zero-hour contracts.

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