There was little in the speech to revive growth and employment this side of the election. But can Labour take advantage?
"Royal Mail for sale. Queen's head privatised," the Labour MP declared today. We collect his most memorable bon mots from previous years.
If there is a lesson to be learned from the road not taken by New Labour, it is that economic reform and political reform are necessarily connected.
The Unite general secretary claims that my piece on him was "a distortion". Here's why it wasn't.
At this stage of the electoral cycle, the party needs to be performing much better to justify hopes of a majority in 2015.
UKIP won the day, but not because of Europe, a Tory MP may well defect and parliament will be hung after 2015.
The party has already made 42 gains and is averaging 26 per cent of the vote in those areas where it stood.
Lib Dems pushed into seventh place as Labour wins in David Miliband's old constituency.
Tight budgets will demand imagination and innovation in the way public services are run.
The party needs to win back most or all of the four councils it lost in 2009 and make significant gains in the Midlands battlegrounds.