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Jeremy Corbyn has other jobs in his sight. Photo: Getty
Does Jeremy Corbyn even believe he can't be Labour leader? He's applying for another job...
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 June 15:03

The Labour leadership hopeful has sent an email out to his colleagues asking for their support for him to be elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Liz Kendall wants to deliver "a true Low Pay Commission, not just a Minimum Wage Commission". Photo: Getty
Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has pledged a "Living Wage society" – but what does it mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 June 15:03

The Labour leadership candidate wants to extend the Low Pay Commission's legal remit.

“Different voice”: Burnham’s Scouse charm is bolstered by a fierce pride in his northern, working-class roots. Photo: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian
Andy Burnham interview: "I'm not part of the in-crowd"

The leadership candidate on what his family teaches him about politics, how Labour has promoted too many people with "posh accents", and why he doesn't see himself as part of the Westminster in-crowd.

Norman Lamb. Photo: Getty
Norman Lamb: "It's important and central to my liberalism" for the Lib Dem leader to have voted for gay marriage
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 June 15:25

The Lib Dem leadership contender on his experience of government, what separates him from his rival Tim Farron, and his unlikely involvement in London’s grime scene.

Hilary Benn, master inquisitor. Photo: Getty
Why is Hilary Benn doing PMQs?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 June 11:46

What's happening?

The Labour London mayoral candidates on a panel. Photo: Twitter/@AlvinCarpio
Five things we learnt from the Labour London Mayoral hustings
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 June 22:27

Labour’s candidates for London mayor had their first hustings. What did they reveal?

Elizabeth Jewkes poses in Westminster with a giant cheque.
Meet the ordinary political party member who will cost the Treasury £4bn a year
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 June 11:43

In an illustration of how regular Lib Dem party members can influence policy, we catch up with the woman whose idea led to the current government’s flagship tax policy.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want "charity" to get selected. Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight
Jeremy Corbyn is against "charity nominations", but would he accept a few coppers from Andy Burnham?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 June 15:52

Surely Jeremy Corbyn owes it to his leftwing supporters to accept a helping hand from Andy Burnham, if he's within touching distance of the ballot paper?

Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell are in a tight race as nominations close for Labour's London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 June 12:03

As Labour's London constituency parties' endorsements have rolled in, it looks like Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan will have a tough fight to the finish.

Zac Goldsmith sitting in a meadow. Photo: Getty
Zac Goldsmith MP is running to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor - what chance does he have?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 11:47

The Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, announces his intention to run for the mayoralty.

Sol Campbell wants to be London's next mayor. Photo: Getty
Ex-footballer Sol Campbell running for London Mayor shows the Tories' celebrity strategy at play
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 June 12:31

Sol Campbell is the most high-profile figure to declare his interest in being the Conservative candidate to succeed Boris Johnson so far.

Labour London mayoral hopeful Diane Abbott MP attacks "candidates of the party machine"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 June 17:11

Diane Abbott on shadow cabinet doing "the worst thing" by failing to confront "rubbish" policies, why Labour should campaign separately from the Tories on the EU, and how the leadership contest is too white and on the right.

Jeremy Corbyn could be the Labour leadership candidate of the left. Photo: Flickr/
Could Jeremy Corbyn MP be Labour's leadership candidate of the left?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 19:05

A late alternative option has emerged for Labour's next leader: the ardent socialist, Jeremy Corbyn.

Ex-Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson: “When we went into coalition, I knew it might be impossible to win my seat”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 16:02

The coalition minister who lost her Scottish seat at the election reflects on her party’s defeat.

Tim Farron is on the route to victory. Photo: Getty
Tim Farron has double the backers he needs as nominations close for Lib Dem party leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 11:31

The favourite to succeed Nick Clegg has been formally nominated as a candidate by over 400 party members.

Ex-Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell blames party leaders for lack of women at the 2010 coalition negotiations
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 June 15:12

The former Cabinet Secretary, who directed the coalition negotiations in 2010, has some stern words about gender balance for the key players involved.

The Labour leadership candidates' first hustings. Photo: Getty
Who are the MPs running to be Labour's next leader?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 May 17:49

Who will succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader?

Who are the MPs competing to become Labour's deputy leader?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 May 15:40

The hunt for Harriet Harman's successor.

Mary Creagh is the outsider in Labour's leadership race. Photo: YouTube screengrab
“I had a life before politics”: Labour leadership candidate Mary Creagh MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 May 15:14

Mary Creagh on why she's running to be Labour leader, how her non-Whitehall background makes her a better candidate than her rivals, and her party's role in causing the debt and deficit.

Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
"I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 17:42

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat.

Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 15:49

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital.

“This crying wolf has to stop”: Theresa May attacks the police again
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 May 14:17

Tough on crimestoppers, tough on the causes of crimestoppers.

John Bercow reelected as Speaker of the House of Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 May 15:05

The Speaker is voted through by the Commons, in its first sitting of the new parliament.

Angela Eagle announces that she will stand to be deputy Labour leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 May 11:38

Angela Eagle declares that she will be running for the deputy Labour leadership.

Chuka Umunna withdraws from the Labour leadership contest
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 May 10:45

One of the favourites to succeed Ed Miliband retracts his leadership bid.