Labour MP says he would rather the shadow education secretary "resign his post as a lecturer than cross a picket line of striking lecturers".
After Farage's promise to "cause an earthquake", anything less than first in the European elections will be deemed a failure - and the polls suggest Labour may well win.
Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.
In the form of a commitment to reduce inequalities "in income, opportunity and power", Miliband has articulated the radical agenda he would pursue after 2015.
The PM says "there will be time later on to talk about these things" when asked if he supports Smith.
With the personal allowance already at £10,000, the lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from further increases.
In the form of UKIP, the toxic extreme right has been sidelined by a more competent radical right force.
Rather than an approach defined by the centralised state or the untamed market, Miliband is committing to a progressive agenda defined by localism, transparency and accountability.
The weaker the party's offer of more powers becomes, the greater the risk that voters will opt for independence.
Ask any "ordinary" person what the Lib Dems have been up to in recent weeks and they'll mention the scandal.
Statistics head Andrew Dilnot says a Treasury graph on infrastructure left readers with "a false impression of the relative size of investment between sectors".
The Labour leader is, after much hesitation, ready to contemplate the problem of running public services in austere times.
Nicola Sturgeon attacks David Cameron for speaking at the Olympic Stadium but has she forgotten Alex Salmond's Wimbledon antics?
One of the few factors that could tilt the odds in Alex Salmond's favour is the prospect of permanent cuts under a Conservative-led government.
New data shows that the cost of essentials such as food and energy has increased most rapidly over the last five years.
The Tories and the conservative media would revolt against a Labour government dependent on Scottish MPs for its majority.
UKIP has surged into second place but it won't be troubling Labour next Thursday.
Any relocation would be largely symbolic but the Scottish economy desperately needs to be rebalanced.
Unless there is investment to help schools build nursery classrooms, this announcement is meaningless for parents.
Former cabinet ministers Peter Hain and John Healey argue that the party must make an explicit case for investment if it is to counter the Tories' attack lines before the election.
The party once attracted far more female than male support but since 2005 the reverse has been true.
Unlike the education secretary, Tristram Hunt has nothing to say on the dominance of the private schools.
The coalition made the Labour leader's point for him as it fielded an entirely male frontbench.
The party should radically devolve power and budgets to bridge the gap between "representative" and "responsible" government.
The Lib Dems says the top tax rate will be cut "over my dead body". But he said the same about the 50p rate in 2011.
We need a concerted national debate about how we best protect ourselves from increasingly extreme weather.
The founder of the academies programme says Labour peer Sally Morgan "should be reappointed as chair of Ofsted, to preserve its independence and integrity."
The mayor wants strikes to be banned unless 50 per cent of staff vote, but turnout in the 2012 mayoral election was just 38 per cent.
The Education Secretary has fallen for his own hype.