The emergency action is a damning indictment of the pressures the government has created on the frontline.
The party says the watchdog should track the government's record after progress goes into reverse.
In a damaging move for its future prospects in Scotland, Labour has vacated the main battleground from which it should have been able to rebuild support: devolution.
New research suggests we are defined by the political events we experience between 14 and 24. But they may only shape us so much – voters appear to drift to the right over time.
To achieve economic credibility, Miliband needs to speak the language of priorities.
Despite the media assault on Miliband and the strengthening economic recovery, the party is seven points ahead.
Where is the centre ground in British politics? A recent comment from Peter Mandelson, a once powerful and still perennial political figure, has sparked another round of answers to this eternal question.
The claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion.
The shadow communities secretary and head of Labour's policy review explain why Labour will adopt a radically different approach to delivering public services, moving away from top-down central control.
Miliband has asked radical questions but the answers have been too cautious for some.