Channel 4 News's political editor gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.
Rachel Reeves’ announcement that she is looking into restricting working tax credits for EU migrants was aimed at calming Ukip jitters in the Labour party and jumping in ahead of David Cameron’s imminent speech expected to make similar pledges.
Ed Miliband’s mission was to get voters listening to his message – they want big change and he’s the only guy offering it. But he knows that one speech won’t do it.
Just as the earnings/inflation lines crossed in the right direction for the government, the Lab/Con graph lines of support crossed in the wrong direction for Labour.
Jean-Claude Juncker blames Europe for Luxembourg’s industrial scale tax avoidance, after a bombshell revelation about the country’s treatment of company finances.
The Tories (and Labour, I hear) are looking at stopping access to non-contributory benefits (which is most benefits) even for EU citizens who are working their chaussettes off.
A few dozen UK soldiers are going to train Iraqis, but if a third country can be found to host a bigger training programme, many more might be heading abroad to boost Iraqi expertise.
The Commons are to vote on the European Arrest Warrant on Monday, and much work is going on behind the scenes to minimise the number of rebels in Tory ranks.
No 10 is still giving itself several weeks before it comes up with its plan to reduce net migration and has not itself decided exactly what the prime minister will announce.
The government’s decided to bring forward the planned date for the vote on when it tries to re-join European Arrest Warrant.
Jim Murphy is expected to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Scottish Labour in the next 48 hours, but some commentators say he has too much Blairite baggage to carry off the job.