Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams

Here are details of Ed Miliband's ministerial team following his October 2013 reshuffle.


The then 40-year-old beat older brother and former foreign secretary David to the Labour leadership in 2010 by the narrowest of margins, with the backing of the trade unions proving decisive. Attempted to shake-off his "Red Ed" tag by talking about the "squeezed middle" - but faced criticism the party lacked direction.

He launched a two-year policy review and consultation exercise on "refounding" Labour as a more modern and inclusive party. He faced criticism his leadership lacked edge, but won support over his reaction to the phone-hacking scandal - and his decision to burn the party's bridges with Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

The son of a Marxist intellectual and an MP since 2005, he was formerly an adviser to Gordon Brown. After entering Parliament, he enjoyed a rapid rise, becoming energy and climate change secretary in 2008. Married his long-term partner and mother of his two young children, Justine Thornton in 2011.


As Gordon Brown's chief economic adviser, he was at the chancellor's side for many years. After being elected an MP in 2005, he quickly became a Treasury minister but had to deny accusations of briefing against Tony Blair. Later he became schools secretary and narrowly held on to his seat in the 2010 election after being targeted by the Tories. Came third in the Labour leadership contest and was named shadow home secretary, despite being tipped for shadow chancellor. His public calls for Labour to change its position on the deficit were widely seen as having lost him the job. However, following Alan Johnson's resignation in January 2011, Mr Balls, at the age of 44, became shadow chancellor after all. Married to shadow cabinet colleague Yvette Cooper.


Popular throughout the party, the then 42-year old got the most votes of any MP in the shadow cabinet elections. A former journalist with the Independent, she was marked out early on as a rising star after being elected in 1997. Two years later, at the age of 30, she became a minister - the youngest at the time. She rose quickly up the ministerial ladder, working in the Treasury before becoming work and pensions secretary. Was urged by some to run for the leadership but decided against it, saying it was not the right time. Another of those seen as a potential shadow chancellor, she was in fact appointed shadow foreign secretary in Ed Miliband's first front bench line-up, but moved to the home affairs brief after Alan Johnson's resignation. Married to Ed Balls - they are the first married couple to serve as cabinet ministers at the same time. They have three children.


The former solicitor is one of only a handful of senior Labour figures who were close to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Once Gordon Brown's speechwriter, he served as Scottish secretary and transport secretary under Tony Blair and international development secretary under Gordon Brown. Blamed by some for the election that never was in 2007 after urging Gordon Brown to call a snap poll. Aged 43, he co-ordinated the 2010 Labour general election campaign. Backed David Miliband in the leadership contest, chairing his campaign.


Historian Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, was promoted from shadow minister to shadow education secretary in the October 2013 reshuffle. He replaced Stephen Twigg. Mr Hunt is best known as a regular newspaper columnist, broadcaster and history lecturer. After taking a first-class degree in history from Cambridge University, he served as an exchange fellow at the University of Chicago before returning to Cambridge to complete his doctorate. He went on to work for Tony Blair in the Labour Party HQ on the 1997 General Election campaign and became a special adviser to former Science Minister Lord Sainsbury.


Turning 40 in 2010, Burnham was the youngest candidate in the Labour leadership contest, in which he came fourth. During the campaign, he argued that Labour had lost touch with its grass roots supporters and been dazzled by wealth. Like many senior figures in the party, he is a former special adviser. He rose quickly through the ranks after becoming an MP, serving as chief secretary to the Treasury, culture secretary and health secretary. He is a keen football player and avid Everton fan. Looked after education in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet before returning to his previous love, health in 2011.


Labour's deputy leader, she took over from Gordon Brown as acting leader in May 2010, capping a remarkable political comeback after she was sacked from Tony Blair's first cabinet in 1998 in a row over welfare reform. She worked her way back into favour and held a number of ministerial positions, including solicitor general, before beating Alan Johnson to the deputy leadership in 2007, at the age of 56. A longstanding campaigner for women's rights, she led a drive while in government to have domestic violence taken more seriously. Widely commended for her Commons performances as acting leader. Swapped briefs with Ivan Lewis in October 2011, having previously spoken on international development.


Shortly after returning from maternity leave she was promoted in October 2013 from the post of shadow treasury secretary having been shadow pensions minister in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet. The MP for Leeds West was first elected to Parliament at the age of 31 in 2010. A former Bank of England economist, Ms Reeves quickly became a strong voice in opposition and penned an entry in the Purple Book - produced by Lord Mandelson's Progress group - warning that Labour should address the UK's poor rates of saving with targeted tax relief. Oxford and LSE-educated, she also worked at the British Embassy in Washington and at Halifax Bank of Scotland before entering Parliament.


A former employment lawyer turned MP for the London constituency of Streatham, Mr Umunna has seen his stock rise inexorably since he was elected in 2010. A former PPS to Ed Miliband, he's already been a shadow business minister and also sat on the powerful Treasury select committee. He has attacked the coalition government for not doing enough to foster bank lending through its Project Merlin agreement. Just 31 when elected, he is already been talked of as a potential future leader.


As the son of former Labour Cabinet minister Tony Benn, the MP for Leeds Central is part of a political dynasty. Regarded as more pragmatic than his father, he was a union official and special adviser to then education and employment minister David Blunkett before becoming an MP in 1999. Well-regarded as international development and environment secretary under Gordon Brown despite having a generally low profile. At the age of 53 stood for the deputy leadership in 2007, coming fourth. One of Ed Miliband's primary supporters in the leadership contest.


One of the most high profile Muslim MPs, the then 40-year-old was an early backer of Ed Miliband to be Labour leader and went on to run his campaign. Before becoming an MP in 2005 he was a leading human rights solicitor and chairman of pressure group Liberty. He is a former government whip, local government minister and transport minister, who was promoted to shadow transport secretary when Lord Adonis stood down after the 2010 general election. Since taking on the justice brief, he has admitted Labour did not do enough to tackle reoffending but accused the coalition of focusing on cutting costs not crime. Leading light in Labour think tanks The Fabian Society and Progress.


Moving to defence from shadow Northern Ireland secretary in October 2013, the MP for Gedling held several ministerial positions in the last Labour government. One of those jobs was to look after policing - something he continued in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet. He was also minister for drugs and crime reduction under Tony Blair and sparked controversy, given that role, when he admitted having smoked cannabis as a student. Mr Coaker first entered Parliament in 1997, aged 43, having failed to win seats in both 1992 and 1987. Married with two children, he's also a former government whip.


The then 47-year old caused a stir in 2009 when she quit the government and accused Gordon Brown of regarding her and other senior women in the Cabinet as "window dressing". Like many leading female MPs, the former union worker entered Parliament in the 1997 Labour landslide. Responsible for the controversial eco-town project as housing minister before becoming Europe minister in 2008. Supported David Miliband in the leadership contest. A beneficiary of Ed Miliband's first reshuffle, she moved from the communities and local government brief in October 2011.


One of twin sisters in the shadow cabinet, the MP for Wallasey in Merseyside joined the Labour party when she was 17. The former union official was present on the Labour frontbench throughout the Blair and Brown years, without ever making the Cabinet. Her middle-ranking roles included social security minister and pensions minister. One of Labour's first openly gay MPs, she formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner in 2008. She supported David Miliband in the leadership contest. In Ed Miliband's 2011 reshuffle, at the age of 50, she was shifted to shadow leader of the Commons from shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.


Chris Leslie has been appointed shadow chief secretary to the Treasury in the latest Labour frontbench reshuffle. The former Bradford councillor was elected MP for Shipley - a Tory stronghold in Yorkshire - in 1997. He held several junior positions in the former Labour government within the Cabinet Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He lost his Shipley seat in 2005, but re-entered Parliament in 2010 as MP for Nottingham East. He went on to serve as shadow financial secretary to the Treasury on Labour's front bench in the Commons.


Mary Creagh has moved from shadow environment secretary to shadow transport secretary in October 2013. When she was appointed to Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet in October 2010, the then 42-year old had never held a frontbench role before. The Wakefield MP worked for the European Parliament and in academia before entering Parliament in 2005. A keen Europhile, she is fluent in French and Italian. Worked as parliamentary private secretary to Andy Burnham but voted for David Miliband in the leadership contest.


Maria Eagle moved in October 2013 to shadow environment secretary in a job swap with Mary Creagh. She is the sister of Angela but chose to support Ed Miliband in the leadership contest. Ms Eagle was a solicitor in Liverpool before entering Parliament in 1997. She held a series of ministerial positions under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, including children's minister and equalities minister. Like her twin, she lists cricket as one of her interests and is a proficient chess player.


Jim Murphy was moved - demoted in many people's eyes - in October 2013 from shadow defence secretary. He is a Blairite who worked on David Miliband's leadership campaign. He has held a string of government jobs since entering Parliament in 1997, after snatching the Conservative Party's safest seat in Scotland. He served Labour in power as a whip, Cabinet Office minister, welfare minister, Europe minister and, finally, at the age of 41, Scottish secretary. The East Renfrewshire MP is a former president of the National Union of Students, who lists his hobbies as model trains and playing football.


Previously an MSP, Ms Curran represented Glasgow Bailliestone since the Scottish Parliament's inception in 1999. But when that constituency was torn up in boundary changes she made the move to Westminster in 2010. Under her, Labour took back Glasgow East having lost it in a by-election defeat by the SNP in 2008. In Holyrood, she held various posts, including minister for communities, overseeing the executive's flagship anti-social behaviour laws. Before entering politics she was a lecturer in community education. The then 52-year-old took up her first full shadow cabinet role in October 2011.


Jon Trickett takes over from the departing Tom Watson as deputy Labour party chair. Gordon Brown's former parliamentary aide, Mr Trickett previously attended shadow cabinet as a junior minister and became a full member as shadow Cabinet Office minister in Ed Miliband's 2011 reshuffle. The then 61-year-old MP for Hemsworth took over the role from Tessa Jowell.


Michael Dugher became shadow Cabinet Office minister in October 2013 after attending the shadow cabinet as shadow minister without portfolio. Mr Dugher won the seat of Barnsley East at the 2010 General Election, after serving as chief political spokesman for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Having joined the ranks of the Labour parliamentary party, he then became a parliamentary private secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. He is also currently vice-chairman of the Labour Party.


Gloria De Piero was appointed shadow women and equalities minister in the October 2013 reshuffle. The former GMTV political editor was an political admirer of Tony Blair and backed David Miliband as party leader. She was elected as MP for Ashfield at the 2010 General Election and appointed to a junior role in the shadow Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. Since October 2011, Ms De Piero has served as a junior shadow Home Office minister.


Former BBC radio producer and special adviser who has risen quickly through the ranks. The then 40-year-old was elected in 2010 for Pontypridd, but previously stood unsuccessfully in the 2006 Blaenau Gwent by-election where he lost to independent Dai Davies. He supported Ed Miliband for the leadership and was given a role in his shadow team five months after entering the House, first as shadow Wales minister and then in the shadow Treasury team. This is his first shadow cabinet role.


Moving from shadow minister for international development in October 2013, former charity worker and chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Federation, Mr Lewis held a string of junior ministerial posts in the Labour government after becoming an MP in 1997 at the age of 31. He started out as a parliamentary private secretary to then Trade Secretary Stephen Byers, before going on to be an education minister, Treasury minister, health minister and international development minister. Most recently, he was minister of state at the Foreign Office. His previous shadow cabinet role was as culture spokesman in which he was a vocal campaigner on phone hacking.


The then 52-year-old was elected unopposed in a ballot for chief whip in 2010. A former local government minister, the Doncaster Central MP is responsible for maintaining discipline among Labour MPs in crucial Commons votes.


Continues to lead her party in the Lords, having done the job, while in government, under Gordon Brown. She is also a spokesman on education, work and pensions, Northern Ireland and equality issues. Born in 1955, she started her political career as a special adviser to Neil - now Lord - Kinnock in the 1980s.


A long-serving leader of Brighton and Hove Council, Lord Bassam was given a peerage in 1997 at the age of 44. The former local government official has continued as Labour's chief whip in the Lords, having done the job since before the 2010 general election.

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    @piersmorgan 17:23: Piers Morgan, columnist

    tweets: The guts? I'd destroy him. > RT @NicholasRees1: @piersmorgan Would you ever have the guts to do a Paxo interview?

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    @DPJHodges Dan Hodges, commentator for the Telegraph

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    Jane Merrick, Independent on Sunday tweets: Miliband: "like so many races in the Olympics, it may come down to the wire, neck and neck". Is he the Mo Farah of British politics?

    @tnewtondunn Tom Newton, The Sun

    Tom Newton, The Sun tweets: The Labour Party refused to invite certain newspapers to its election campaign launch today. Last time this happened was under Kinnock.

    @MichaelPDeacon Michael Deacon, The Telegraph

    Michael Deacon, The Telegraph tweets: Ed Miliband's election launch speech has been going for 11 minutes and almost all of it has been about the NHS

    @YouGov YouGov

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    @FraserNelson Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator

    Tweets: On welfare, the NHS and Europe conservatives are winning the argument. Shame about the election.My @telegraph column

    06:59: Murdoch response

    When the Labour leader declared he was tough enough to be prime minister by virtue of having stood up to Mr Murdoch, the News International owner tweeted: "Thanks for 2 mentions, Ed Miliband. Only met once for all of 2 minutes when you embarrassed me with over the top flattery."

    06:58: The Twitter conversation

    In a blog post, Twitter cited Kantar Media analysis stating the leaders' TV grilling made up 94.7% of UK Twitter conversation about TV over the evening, with more than 300,000 tweets sent by 10.15pm. There were more mentions of Mr Cameron than Mr Miliband but Labour saw more mentions than the Conservatives, while the moment that generated the most tweets came at the end of the debate as Mr Paxman asked the Labour leader: "Are you OK, Ed?" And Miliband replied: "Yeah, are you?"

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    06:38: Post-match opinions

    Here's a quick round up of what some people have been saying in the aftermath of last night's televised interviews with Ed Miliband and David Cameron.

    • BBC presenter Andrew Neil: "Paxo was superb tonight. But winging it towards end with Miliband. Seemed better prepared against Cameron. Miliband was struggling at times but viewers will perhaps think he stood up better to Paxo than the PM."
    • Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell said: "Good night for Ed, neutral for Kay, bad for Jeremy, dire for Dave."
    • Piers Morgan weighed in, tweeting: "Paxman eviscerated Cameron with such masterful savagery ... that Cameron won all the debate polls."
    • Apprentice boss Lord Sugar tweeted: "I think Miliband made mincemeat out of Paxman."
    • UKIP leader Nigel Farage had a kind word for his Labour counterpart, tweeting: "Miliband is showing more humour and courage than Cameron! BattleForNumber10."

    06:25: Good Morning

    Good morning. Dominic Howell and Matthew West will be bringing you all the latest news and analysis from the main political stories of the day.

    Here's a quick round up of the main points from the last night's television performance

    • Cameron conceded he could not live on an exclusive zero-hours contract
    • Cameron said he did not ask Lord Green about the HSBC allegations when he made him trade minister
    • Ed Miliband described his relationship with David as "healing"
    • Miliband insisted that "Hell, yes, I'm tough enough" to stand up to world leaders
    • An instant poll from ICM/Guardian put Cameron as the winner 54% to 46% but of the 8% who said it had changed their view, more opted for Labour
    23:59: Thursday recap
    • David Cameron and Ed Miliband were grilled by Jeremy Paxman and faced questions from a studio audience in an election special hosted by Sky News and Channel 4
    • The Labour leader said wealth creation is "incredibly important" and said his relationship with brother David was "healing"
    • Mr Cameron said he had "turned the economy around"
    • A snap Guardian/ICM poll suggested a victory for the prime minister with 56% thinking he won, compared to 46% for the Labour leader
    • A government bid to change the rules on electing the Commons Speaker was defeated
    • The Electoral Commission revealed it has referred two allegations the Liberal Democrats received donations in breach of party funding rules to the Metropolitan Police

    That's all from Politics Live for tonight. We're back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT.

    @benatipsosmori Ben Page, Chief executive of Ipsos MORI

    tweets: Labour much more disciplined online that Conservatives. Their MPs sent 358 Tweets. Conservative MPs sent just 27, #BattleforNo10

    23:57: Miliband 'quite happy' The Spectator

    James Forsyth says Ed Milliband will be pleased with tonight's performance. Despite the Labour leader losing the night by 54% to 46%, according to the Guardian's instant ICM poll, he will be reassured by the narrowness of his defeat, Mr Forsyth argues.

    Writing in the Spectator, he says: "I suspect that Labour will be quite happy with Miliband going head to head with Cameron and only losing by a narrow margin. That might sound absurd but it reflects the two parties' relative confidence in their leaders."

    23:56: Labour fracas Chris Mason Political correspondent, BBC News

    A senior Labour source has acknowledged that Ed Miliband was caught up in what Friday's Daily Mirror describes as an "ambush" in which he was "pushed and shoved by protesters" whilst out campaigning.

    Mr Miliband was in Rotherhithe, in south east London, at lunchtime today when he found his path back to his car blocked by a few noisy demonstrators - including one wearing a facemask of the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.

    Those around the Labour leader don't want to make much of it.

    A senior source told me: "This is part of the rough and tumble of the election campaign. Ed shrugged it off and moved on."

    I'm told the protester wearing the facemask "got a bit exuberant."

    Labour suspect he was a Conservative activist "who got a bit carried away."

    23:43: Leader interviews: Ed on David Sky News
    Ed Miliband (L) and David Miliband (R) embrace at Labour Party conference in September 2010

    One of the most interesting exchanges tonight was over Ed Miliband's relationship with his brother David. Ed Miliband conceded their relationship is still "healing" after both stood to be leader of the Labour Party in 2010. Mr Miliband was asked by a member of the audience if he thought David Miliband would have done a better job. "No" was his answer.

    Asked if he had regrets about creating division in his family, Mr Miliband said it was "hard", adding it, "was bruising for me, it was bruising for David". He described the brothers' relationship as "strained". "It's healed or healing I would say - just being completely frank with you about that," he said.

    But he maintained he was right to stand.

    @AndrewSparrow Andrew Sparrow, Guardian journalist

    tweets: Cameron/Miliband showdown - Verdict from the Twitter commentariat - Generally, they think Miliband did best

    23:36: SNP membership
    Humza Yousaf

    Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf says 300 people joined the SNP during tonight's leaders interviews.

    23:33: English 'worry' over election deals
    Janet Street Porter on Question Time

    People in England find talk of deals with the SNP and Plaid Cymru after the election "worrying" says Janet Street Porter on Question Time.

    23:31: Tomorrow's Herald front page
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    23:29: Your say Vincent Adams, Reading, UK

    writes: I am a floating voter swaying towards the Conservatives. With that in mind I was surprised at how well Ed came across, after what I thought was a shaky start. I think David edged it but it was closer than I thought it would be.

    ‏@brianpaddick Brian Paddick, Lib Dem peer and former London mayoral candidate

    tweets: Left-leaning people call it for Miliband, right-leaning for Cameron, poll about even. Conclusion: neither convincing. Need to see Nick Clegg

    23:24: Salmond wants to 'write Labour budget'
    Nicky Morgan

    Alex Salmond wants the power to write the next Labour budget, says Conservative Nicky Morgan on Question Time. If the Tories are in government, George Osborne will write the budget, she says.

    23:24: Murphy on Salmond

    Alex Salmond loves the sound of his own voice, Jim Murphy says on Question Time. It's surprising the Tories want to give him a megaphone to amplify that voice, the Scottish Labour leader adds.

    23:14: UKIP on Barnett Formula

    England gets a raw deal from the Barnett Formula, UKIP's Steven Woolfe says on Question Time. People who are really suffering want to know they are getting a fair share, he adds. Jim Murphy says he agrees with the current set up. You have more rural communities in Scotland, it is often more difficult and expensive to provide for them, he says.

    @RichardA Richard Adams, Guardian education editor

    tweets: Ed Miliband made a big mistake by not going first tonight. He missed out on the biggest TV audience, which he needed.

    @DPJHodges Dan Hodges, Commentator for the Telegraph

    tweets: Apparently, those "switchers" in the Guardian/ICM poll represented just 8% of the sample. Just 80-90 people. Statistically meaningless.

    23:10: Interviews poll

    Some more from the Guardian/ICM poll on tonight's leader interviews. It suggests that from those who said they might change their mind, 56% said they would now vote for Labour, compared with 30% who said they'd now vote for the Conservatives. More on the Guardian website.

    (Add: this part of the sample was a very small part of the wider group).

    23:09: Pic: Question Time continues the debate
    Question Time wide

    We're spoilt for choice for post-match analysis - as well as Newsnight and This Week later, Question Time is also dissecting the leaders' performance at the moment on BBC One.

    Coming up on This Week
    Stuart Rose

    There will be more reaction to the leaders' interviews with Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott, Michael Portillo and Miranda Green on This Week, live from 23:45 GMT. They will start off talking about how long prime ministers and business leaders should go on in the job with former M&S boss Stuart Rose. Watch his film here.

    23:08: Recap on brotherly relations

    Ed Miliband has conceded that his relationship with his brother, David, is still "healing" after both stood to be leader of the Labour Party in 2010.

    At the Sky/Channel 4 election question and answer, Mr Miliband was asked if he had regrets about creating division in his family. Mr Miliband said it was "hard" and it "was bruising for me, it was bruising for David". He described the brothers' relationship as "strained". "It's healed or healing I would say - just being completely frank with you about that," he said.

    @SamCoatesTimes Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor, The Times

    tweets: Instant result on tonight's TV debate by YouGov's First Verdict app for The Times:

    Cameron 51%

    Miliband 49%

    802 respondents

    @IndyPolitics IndyPolitics

    ‏tweets: Labour spin doctor dismisses 1st poll (showing Ed lost): "People who watch late at night are "older, richer & tend to be more Conservative"

    23:07: Recap of the Lord Green question

    David Cameron said during tonight's interview that he did not ask Lord Green about allegations of wrongdoing at HSBC when he appointed him trade minister.

    Lord Green, who was trade minister from January 2011 to December 2013, had been head of HSBC during the period it is accused of actively helping clients avoid tax.

    Being questioned by Jeremy Paxman, Mr Cameron said Lord Green's appointment to the government was "welcomed across the political spectrum" and no concerns about HSBC were raised.

    "I didn't ask him about that specific question but we went through all the normal processes and procedures that you would with appointing a minister," he said.

    "Proper checks, including checks by the inland revenue into someone's tax affairs, so it was properly dealt with."

    @afneil Andrew Neil, BBC presenter

    tweets: Paxo was superb tonight. But winging it towards end with Miliband. Seemed better prepared against Cameron.

    22:58: FT front page
    FT front page
    22:58: Plaid on interviews

    Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, says on Question Time that there was no acknowledgment from the prime minister about the impact of austerity during tonight's interviews. Ed Miliband's acceptance that his party was wrong on regulation of the banks was important, she says - he should now ensure the banks and bankers pay for cuts, not poorer people.

    22:56: Nicky Morgan's verdict

    Nicky Morgan, the Conservative education secretary, tells Question Time the debates have some merit, particularly if they get people involved in politics. People want to know what David Cameron and Ed Miliband are like, she says. But Mr Cameron has been doing the job for five years and has made a strong case for what he has done.

    22:56: Janet Street Porter's verdict

    "A lot of flim flam" - that's how Janet Street Porter has described tonight's leaders interviews on Question Time.

    ‏@faisalislam Faisal Islam, Political editor, Sky News

    tweets: Snap icm poll gives it narrowly 54:46 to @David_Cameron ... Labour would take that as an approval rating score

    22:55: Murphy on mansion tax

    Jim Murphy, the Scottish Labour leader, is responding to questions about the mansion tax on Question Time. He says the policy is about redistribution of wealth. An audience member isn't happy - he asks why "we" should give more resources to Scotland when 40% voted to leave the Scotland. Mr Murphy says Scotland voted to stay and we should keep on sharing resources.

    @ChrisMasonBBC Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    ‏tweets: @KayBurley says Ed Miliband was "shaking" beforehand #battlefornumber10

    22:48: Farage preparing...

    Nigel Farage is preparing for the debate next week in a similar way to how he prepared for the Europe debates with Nick Clegg last year, Patrick O'Flynn says. We'll be giving it our absolute best shot, he says.

    22:48: Miliband 'gave as good as he got' BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30
    Caroline Flint

    Caroline Flint is spearheading the Labour spin effort on Newsnight, where she says, despite a combative interview from Jeremy Paxman, Ed Miliband "gave as good as he got".

    22:48: UKIP verdict

    Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP's economic spokesman, says he thought David Cameron was poor tonight. He says he's surprised the Guardian poll suggests people think David Cameron won.

    22:47: SNP verdict

    The SNP's Humza Yousaf, says: "This programme showed that neither the Tories nor Labour reflect the needs and priorities of the people of Scotland. David Cameron had no answers to where the cuts would fall, but we know from the Tory record that they would fall on the most vulnerable in society and the working poor. Ed Miliband's fatal flaw is to accept the same level of Tory spending cuts, while wanting to waste £100 billion on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons to be dumped in Scotland."

    22:44: Bouts to come... BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30
    Next week's contest

    BBC Newsnight is assessing the evening's events now. There's also this rather fun graphic to trail ahead to next week's seven-way debate...

    22:44: Guardian poll

    An instant Guardian/ICM poll suggests people think David Cameron had a better night. Their data suggests 56% think the prime minister won, while 46% thought Ed Miliband did.

    22:44: Pic: Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman share a smile
    Miliband and Paxman
    @paulwaugh Paul Waugh, Editor, PoliticsHome

    ‏tweets: Tonight proved Lynton Crosby right that Cameron has most to lose from TV debates. Public get to see Miliband in way not previously seen

    22:43: Hague's verdict

    Ex-Conservative leader William Hague says he thinks, unsurprisingly perhaps, that David Cameron gave "very good" answers to the questions he was asked. There was no economic plan from Ed Miliband, the Tory MP and out-going leader of the house says.

    22:40: Mirror verdict

    Kevin Maguire from the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror says David Cameron hasn't done himself any lasting damage tonight, but probably hasn't done himself any good either. He says Ed Miliband decided attack was the best form of defence. I suspect Ed Miliband learned about how to deal with Paxman from the early exchange with Mr Cameron, says Mr Maguire.

    @MarinaHyde Marina Hyde, Guardian columnist

    tweets: Went to one of the spin rooms in 2010. A definite two-bath event.

    @rupertmurdoch Rupert Murdoch

    tweets: Thanks for 2 mentions, Ed Miliband. Only met once for all of 2 minutes when you embarrassed me with over-the-top flattery.

    22:38: Pic: Miliband finished, now for the spin...
    Spin room
    @TheEconomist The Economist

    tweets: First TV duel of British election campaign over. Verdict: passionate Ed Miliband bested tetchy David Cameron. Full details on @EconBritain.

    @PickardJE Jim Pickard, Chief political correspondent, Financial Times

    ‏tweets: The press room at Sky HQ has gone spin-tastic. William Hague: "Miliband had a series of disconnected policies that don't add up."

    @Jeremy_Hunt Jeremy Hunt, Tory health secretary

    tweets: The more we saw of Ed M the less he felt like a PM

    @campbellclaret Alastair Campbell

    tweets: Good night for Ed, neutral for Kay, bad for Jeremy, dire for Dave

    22:33: Independent front page
    Independent front page
    22:32: Post match analysis

    Well, there was a lot of get your teeth into there. Who did it better? Have you changed your mind on who you'll vote for? Email us politics@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @bbcpolitics with your views

    ‏@rosschawkins Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: Labour are confronting the - is your leader up to it issue head on. All the tough guy stuff no coincidence.

    @DavidWooding David Wooding, Political editor, Sun on Sunday

    tweets: Bet both Cameron and Miliband would have preferred a head-to-head than separate maulings by Paxo. But both survived it. #BattleForNumber10

    22:28: We're all alright

    As they finish, the microphones pick up Jeremy Paxman asking Ed Miliband: "Are you ok, Ed?" The Labour leader replies: ""Yeah, are you?"

    22:28: Pic: Paxman finishes interview and asks 'You alright?'
    Sky interview
    22:27: Tough enough?

    "You need a toughness in this job... I'm a pretty resilient guy and I have been underestimated at every turn," says Ed Miliband. There's an audible sympathetic "ooh" from the audience at that question.

    @georgeeaton George Eaton, Political editor, News Statesmen

    tweets: Miliband clearly better-prepared than Cameron - advantage of not being PM. #BattleForNumber10

    22:27: Geek?

    "They see you as a north London geek", says Jeremy Paxman. "Who cares?" replies Ed Miliband.

    22:26: Star front page
    Daily Star front page
    22:25: Media image

    Ed Miliband says criticism of him in the media are "water off a duck's back". The thing I have learned most in this job, he says, is to be yourself. He has stood up for the things he believes in, he says. "I don't care about what the newspapers say... I care about British people and what happens to them," he says.

    22:25: Tough enough

    People think you're not tough enough, Jeremy Paxman says. Let me tell you, Ed Miliband says, looking a bit tougher. On Syria and intervention there, Mr Miliband says he made up his mind and said No. Standing up to the leader of the free world shows character, he adds. He adds: "Am I tough enough? Hell yes, I'm tough enough."

    @MASieghart Mary Ann Sieghart

    tweets: "Keep the language simple, Ed." "OK - can I use words like 'consequentials' and 'redistribution' then?" No! #BattleForNumber10

    22:23: Trident

    Would you move Trident out of Scotland if the SNP demanded it? No, Ed Miliband says. I'm not going to get into a bargaining game with Alex Salmond, Mr Miliband says. Oh yes you will if you need a coalition deal, is the suggestion from Jeremy Paxman as they discuss the subject.

    haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Get involved

    Charlotte in Baildon writes: Utterly appalled by Paxman's inconsistent approach to these interviews. Cameron allowed to answer questions fully and Miliband hardly allowed to answer before he's interrupted and hit with another question. Not impressed.

    haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Get involved

    ARC Cornwall writes: The most impressive person in these debates was definitely Jeremy Paxman. Why can't we have him as Prime Minister? No weasel words or wishy-washy views with him at least. I'd vote for the Paxman Party any day.

    22:22: Miliband to Paxman: You won't decide election
    Paxman interview
    22:20: Mansion tax

    Mansion tax next. Is this his way of taking money from the south-east of England to give to Scotland? Ed Miliband says the levy will involve homes mostly in the south east but this is part of being a United Kingdom, he says. You can have redistribution across the UK, he adds.

    22:18: Energy bills

    On energy policy, Ed Miliband used to believe in raising energy bills, now he wants them to fall, Jeremy Paxman says. Mr Miliband says that isn't the case - he didn't think higher bills would tackle climate change. He always said energy bills should be fair, he adds.

    @matthancockmp Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy

    tweets: On this evidence, can anyone imagine Ed Miliband standing up to Putin? #BattleForNumber10

    22:18: 'Give us a clue'

    The audience enjoys Miliband struggling to specify which programmes the Labour leader thought were examples of over-spending under the previous government. He was asked: "Did you spend too much?" by Jeremy Paxman, who then pressed: "Give us a clue, come on."

    22:17: Cuts?

    What would you cut, Ed Miliband is asked. There are going to be reductions in spending outside some protected areas, he says. Labour is going to make these decisions in government, Ed Miliband says. He adds his overall approach is based on fair taxes and cutting spending. Would overall spending go up? No, it is likely to fall, Ed Miliband says.

    22:15: Economic forecasts

    Haven't you got your economic forecasts wrong under this government, Jeremy Paxman says. Ed Miliband defends his figures - he says wages have fallen. David Cameron says things are good, Mr Miliband says. He doesn't think things are ok.

    22:15: The future

    Government make mistakes, there are always inefficiencies, Ed Miliband. But let's talk about the future, he adds. "Yes let's," says Paxman. It's getting a bit feisty.

    22:14: Where did Labour go wrong?

    What else did Labour get wrong when last in power, Jeremy Paxman asks. Ed Miliband, in addition to immigration, adds the party was "too relaxed about inequality". Asked if they borrowed too much, Ed Miliband said the figure was high because of the global financial crisis. He says no government gets it completely right.

    22:13: Immigration figure

    "I'm not going to pluck a figure out the air on migration," Ed Miliband says. "There's no finite limit?" Jeremy Paxman asks.

    @BuzzFeedUKPol BuzzFeed UK Politics
    Miliband at Sky leader interview

    tweets: For sale: one lectern, barely used, one careful owner. #BattleForNumber10

    22:12: Pic: Paxman says 'you're making up a question to yourself'
    Jeremy Paxman
    22:12: Population size

    We can get low-skilled migration down, Ed Miliband says. But he won't be drawn on numbers as Jeremy Paxman asks if a population of 75m or 80m was too many people.

    22:10: Immigration

    Jeremy Paxman starts on immigration - and whether Britain is full. Ed Miliband says he wouldn't describe it that way; we have high levels of migration that need to be reduced, but he says he won't make false promises. He admits Labour has got it wrong before on the issue.

    22:10: Pic: Miliband's grilling commences
    Sky studio
    22:06: The fourth quarter

    Next up, Ed Miliband is quizzed by Jeremy Paxman.

    @Kevin_Maguire Kevin Maguire, Associate editor, Daily Mirror

    ‏tweets: Mili accepts Lab was wrong not to regulate banks more toughly. Too true

    22:04: Pic: Half time break
    Ed Miliband
    22:03: Lessons learned?

    Have you learned from the mistakes of the last Labour government, Ed Miliband is asked. We were wrong on the regulation of the banks, Ed Miliband says. "I'm sorry we got it wrong", he adds, "but we've learned the lesson". Has Ed Balls learned the lesson the questioner asks - "yes" says Mr Miliband.



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