Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

Jim Pickard

To all intents and purposes Labour’s position on Libya is still the same; that is, the party backs the government in the pursuit of UN Resolution 1973. But last night’s Nato air strikes, which killed Gaddafi’s youngest son and three of his grandchildren, may mark a divergence in the extent of its support.

Though there are highly critical voices raised today, they belong mainly to coalition MPs who are already on the record as sceptics of the action. John Baron, the only Tory to vote against intervention, told me that the UK has now “lost any sort of credibility when it comes to taking the moral high ground“. Peter Bone, another Tory backbencher, said the action was further proof that Nato was seeking regime change in Libya, which was “certainly not envisaged” when MPs debated the initial action several weeks ago. 

Jim Pickard

I reported a few weeks back that Iain McNichol, political officer at GMB, is widely regarded in Labour circles as the best candidate to be Labour’s next general secretary. (He also faces opposition from Joe Irvin, Gordon Brown’s former political adviser).

Interesting then to see a throwaway line today in Anne McElvoy’s profile of Ed Miliband for the Sunday Times: