History shows that parties can win despite the unpopularity of their leaders, but to do so Labour needs to offer policy substance.
The former election co-ordinator's call for an early EU referendum highlights the danger of Labour replicating Tory divisions over Europe.
News of the "cost of living crisis" is spreading beyond these shores.
While big energy companies are reaping billions in profits, millions of vulnerable households are being pushed deeper into fuel poverty.
The shadow London minister attacks Boris Johnson's "abysmal record of hiking fares year on year".
The story of the Conservatives’ shrivelled membership is potentially as significant as the story of Labour’s presentational shambles.
Policies likely to be announced before the election include building a million affordable homes, scrapping the bedroom tax and creating living wage zones.
The assailant, Dean Porter, says that "Labour no longer stands up for the poor" and that it would "all have been different if it had been David not Ed".
The trade unions accounted for 77 per cent (£2.4m) of all donations to the party, with just £354,692 received in individual donations.
In 1997, the Tories enjoyed a 22-point lead over Labour on "managing the economy" but with growth restored, voters decided it was safe to change captain.