Ed Miliband- Miliband has had a good week, with his party still ahead in the polls by a significant margin and a decent performance at Leveson. Issues do seem to arising with the right wing of Labour however, with unions calling for the (Blairite) Progress group to be expelled from the movement. If Progress was expelled from the Labour movement it would almost certainly alienate a large chunk of the activist base (and delight the other large chunk). Therefore Miliband needs to do everything humanly possible to keep Progress inside the movement as divided parties historically do not win elections.
Nick Clegg- Clegg has had his usual quiet week with his appearance at Leveson being largely unreported.
Jon Cruddas- Labour’s new policy guru this week released his vision for Labour to regain power. Cruddas has formulated a list of largely sensible if left wing draft policies. Cruddas is one of the most underutilized members of the opposition and Labour really should be putting him forward for more media appearances in my opinion.
David Cameron- Cameron has had a relatively dull week only blighted only by his party’s woeful poll ratings. Leveson was slightly embarrassing for the Prime Minister but certainly not as bad as it could have been. The Tories (and to a lesser extent the Lib Dems) clearly wish the Sumer Recess would hurry up to stem some of the political pain caused by the Budget back in March.
Gordon Brown- Brown at Leveson stated that he did not know of briefings against the then Prime Minister Tony Blair by his “colleagues”. His statements were plausible but not at all believeable. At this time Brown is of no real use to Labour, in fact I would say he is a hinderance to the party as a whole.
Emily Thornberry- The usually half decent media performer Thornberry was caught off guard this week on Question Time by her party’s blank sheet of policies on the subject of immigration.