If Labour perseveres, it might change the terms of debate on a fundamental issue.
Unlike the Chancellor, the majority of voters believe that benefits should rise in line with inflation or more.
On a Labour front bench that’s hardly groaning with heavyweight talent, the shadow chancellor is as close as anyone to being indispensable.
Even those in Labour who were once sympathetic to the idea of working with the Lib Dems have lost faith in the idea.
Pegging the welfare uprating to the 50p tax rate would be an expensive decision in terms of future policy development.
Labour releases data showing that thousands of working families in Conservative marginals will be hit by the cuts.
Shadow chancellor says his party will oppose any bill that unfairly hits working families.
Eight Labour MPs are on record as opposing equal marriage, which Ed Miliband will offer a free vote on.
The party decided to hold a free vote after the government agreed to allow ceremonies in religious buildings.
A jobs guarantee would allow Labour to defend benefits from a position that resonates with the public.