Ed Burns Burnham Speech

Tensions between Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham are spilling out across the papers, again. Just before Labour conference Ed cocked up a Q&A by declaring that Labour would not try to repeal the Lansley Health Act, Burnham immediately took to Twitter to helpfully say the exact opposite, leaving his leader wriggling and forcing a complete turnaround. Today it seems the Shadow Health Secretary has got a little slap in the Guardian:

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, watered down policy plans to integrate social and healthcare after an intervention during the Labour party conference from Ed Miliband’s office involving heated discussions. Burnham wanted to make the commitment in his speech a fortnight ago but was told by the Labour leader’s office that the pledge had not yet been costed and its implications for the health service had not been fully explored. There were also concerns that Burnham was telling fringe meetings about giving local councils powers to commission health services – a plan that had not been adequately examined, sources said.

Guido heard an amusing tale not long ago of Burnham using a four letter word, not suitable for a family blog, whilst in the company of senior newspaper executive to describe Ed in the dying days of the Labour leadership election. He also vowed not to serve in his shadow cabinet if he won. You have to wonder whether he’s regretting his change of heart yet…



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GuidoFawkes Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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