UK politics

Heathrow, viewed from below. Photo: Getty Images
By Tessa Jowell - 04 Jul 2015

Once again we stand to have a major decision of national consequence determined more by the political management of the Tory party than the national interest, says Tessa Jowell.

A benefits poster in Lewisham high street. As new changes come in, it's essential the vulnerable are protected. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
By Rachael Badger - 03 Jul 2015

The Government has consistently maintained its intention to protect vulnerable people - but will it deliver?

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg head to the Cenotaph. Photo: Getty Images
By John Wright - 03 Jul 2015

The Conservatives took office with just 36 per cent of the vote. Only a radical rethink will stop this happening again, says John Wright. 

Rochdale's Failinge estate, where 4 out of 5 children live in poverty. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image
By Alison Garnham - 03 Jul 2015

At a stroke, the Government is about to abolish the concept, if not the reality, of child and working poverty. But a crisis is looming.

Andy Burnham poses for photographers after announcing his leadership bid. Photo: Getty Images
By Jamie Reed - 03 Jul 2015

Labour needs someone with the approachability of Tony Blair who can speak to working class values. Sounds like a job for Andy Burnham, says Jamie Reed. 

David Cameron addresses the press. Photo: Getty Images
By Rosie Fletcher - 03 Jul 2015

Disease isn’t like a gas meter. It has no notion of economics. It doesn’t switch off because you’ve stopped putting money in.

Human Rights

An anti-abortion campaigner in Belfast. The 1967 Abortion Act does not apply in Nothern Ireland. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
By Helen Lewis - 25 Jun 2015

In this parliament, campaigners will again attempt to chip away at abortion rights - but will the new leaders of Labour and the Lib Dems have the stomach to fight them?

The UNHCR refugee camp. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
By Khaled Hosseini - 04 Jun 2015

Khaled Hosseini, the bestselling author of The Kite Runner, goes inside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

The FIFA headquarters in Switzerland, from where Sepp Blatter resigned. Photo: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images
By Jonathan Wilson - 03 Jun 2015

Sepp Blatter is a consummate politician who took advantage of a shifting world order and Fifa’s history.

By Harriet Harman - 18 May 2015

Harriet Harman has given a speech laying out the party's plans and approach to the leadership election. 

By George Foulkes - 20 Apr 2015

We cannot, therefore, continue to bury our heads in the sand, nor can we hide behind talk of a more comprehensive EU strategy. The simple fact is, unless more boats are sent out to patrol the region and rescue people, more innocent lives, including those of children, will be lost in the days and weeks to come.

The price of beans: today in Britain, some working families are so stretched that parents are going without the basics so that they can feed their children. Photo: FELICITY MCCABE
By Sophie McBain - 30 Mar 2015

Last year, almost a million free food parcels were handed out. At the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, Sophie McBain meets the people only a pay cheque from crisis.

Blogs

Heathrow, viewed from below. Photo: Getty Images
By Tessa Jowell - 04 Jul 2015

Once again we stand to have a major decision of national consequence determined more by the political management of the Tory party than the national interest, says Tessa Jowell.

A benefits poster in Lewisham high street. As new changes come in, it's essential the vulnerable are protected. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
By Rachael Badger - 03 Jul 2015

The Government has consistently maintained its intention to protect vulnerable people - but will it deliver?

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg head to the Cenotaph. Photo: Getty Images
By John Wright - 03 Jul 2015

The Conservatives took office with just 36 per cent of the vote. Only a radical rethink will stop this happening again, says John Wright. 

Rochdale's Failinge estate, where 4 out of 5 children live in poverty. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image
By Alison Garnham - 03 Jul 2015

At a stroke, the Government is about to abolish the concept, if not the reality, of child and working poverty. But a crisis is looming.

Andy Burnham poses for photographers after announcing his leadership bid. Photo: Getty Images
By Jamie Reed - 03 Jul 2015

Labour needs someone with the approachability of Tony Blair who can speak to working class values. Sounds like a job for Andy Burnham, says Jamie Reed. 

David Cameron addresses the press. Photo: Getty Images
By Rosie Fletcher - 03 Jul 2015

Disease isn’t like a gas meter. It has no notion of economics. It doesn’t switch off because you’ve stopped putting money in.

International politics

A still from the Roof's fundraising site.
By Stephen Bush - 02 Jul 2015

Dylann Roof's sister, Amber, has launched an online fundraising drive to to recoup lost wedding costs after her brother's massacre forced her to cancel the wedding. 

An EU flag in Greece, which has been devastated by European austerity policies.Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
By New Statesman - 02 Jul 2015

The European Union has indeed brought peace and prosperity, but now this hard-earned and long-cherished stability is fracturing.

Dylan Roof appears in court via video link in North Carolina. But why is he not called a "terrorist"? Photo: Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images
By Helen Lewis - 02 Jul 2015

Dylan Roof, Anders Breivik - these men aren't called "terrorists" because we're not allowed to fear white supremacy or male violence.

Kristian Thulesen Dahl, leader of The Danish People’s Party, celebrates after the election. Photo: Linda Kastrup/AFP/Getty Images
By Mark Leonard - 02 Jul 2015

The fall of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Scandinavia’s move to the right.

Too far from home: a symbolic graveyard for migrants created on the lawns of the Reichstag building, Berlin, by activists protesting against EU refugee policy. Photo: Ian McGowan
By Musa Okwonga - 02 Jul 2015

Musa Okwonga attends the burial of a Syrian man, lost trying to cross the Mediterranean, organised by Berliners.

Environment

An activist dressed as the grim reaper with his scythe through a globe. Photo: Getty
By India Bourke - 18 Jun 2015

Analysing the most effective genres of environmental storytelling.

Tessa Jowell waits stage-side at Labour Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
By Stephen Bush - 03 Jun 2015

Labour's disappointing showing in London has recalibrated that party's Mayoral race - and the winner is Tessa Jowell.

Patrolling areas of the Mediterranean for illegal driftnets, Jun 2013. Photo © by Chris Grodotzki
By Xan Rice - 21 May 2015

With up to one-third of fish harvested in European waters caught illegally, the Black Fish’s Citizen Inspector Network is going undercover.

High-street healer: the Reverend Billy preaches anti-consumerism. Photo: David X Pritting/BFANYC.com/Rex
By Erica Wagner - 21 May 2015

Talen and the Stop Shopping Choir have been preaching an anti-consumerist message outside banks and shops for fifteen years.

By Bob Ward - 20 Mar 2015

Climate sceptics are turning to increasingly tricky ruses to hide their motives.

Stacked peat turf in Connemara. Photo: Tim Graham/Rex
By John Burnside - 27 Jan 2015

94 percent of our peat bogs have been destroyed. Saving them is a vital step in securing our planet's future.

Law

Barristers protesting the legal aid cuts outside Southwark Crown Court in 2014. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty
By Jeremy Hutchinson - 19 Jun 2015

Jeremy Hutchinson surveys the recent history of Britain’s criminal justice system, and finds much to be concerned about.

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
By Rob Crilly - 04 Mar 2015

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

A portion of the first ever printed copy of the Magna Carta. Photo: British Library
By Anthony Barnett - 26 Feb 2015

A protest march against the Global Law Summit reminds us that the charter is still relevant today.

Surprisingly, “Be Aware B4 You Share” is targeted at the perpetrators of revenge porn. Photo: Getty
By Eleanor Margolis - 13 Feb 2015

Finally, some culprit-blaming as the Ministry of Justice takes an important step forward with the “Be Aware B4 You Share” campaign.

By Aisha Gill - 06 Feb 2015

It is changing attitudes to FGM, rather than high profile trials, that will finally bring the practice to an end.

A branch of Paradise brothel in Spain. Photo: Getty
By Sarah Ditum - 05 Feb 2015

The Liberal Democrats and Greens both support the decriminalisation of prostitution - in the hope of making it "safe". But Germany legalised it in 2002 and it still isn't "a job like any other".