Former transport secretary says that the "chronic incompetence" of the government means "there’s a very good chance that the contract won’t be let by the election".
At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Labour is right to look to boost wages and housing, but international evidence shows that pre-distribution can never be the whole answer.
If the party does borrow for investment after 2015, it will be childcare, jobs and housing that benefit.
Faced with austerity and a crisis of public confidence, we need to get money out of Whitehall and down to communities where it can be used to best effect.
Miliband must address deeper public grievances if banking, benefits and other reforms Labour announces this month are to even get a hearing.
“We are the party born of the self-respect and solidarity of working communities.”
The party needs a "social investment" strategy to reduce the subsidisation of private landlords, low-paying employers and long-term worklessness.
By seeking to ensure that all jobseekers acquire English and maths skills, the party is tackling one of the long-term causes of unemployment and of low pay.
It would look presumptive to start naming his cabinet before the election and would put him under pressure to guarantee others their jobs.