UK politics

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
By Simon Danczuk - 27 May 2015

So I’m backing Liz for leader because I think she is brave and because I think she is right. But most of all I am backing Liz because I think she can win.

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare.
By George Eaton - 27 May 2015

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare. 

David Cameron at a Brussels summit to start his renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 2015

The Conservatives cannily disarmed Labour's attack lines in the election. But they may end up counting the cost in the not too distant future.

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.
By George Eaton - 27 May 2015

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.

New builds go on sale in Gloucester. Photo:Getty Images
By Tessa Jowell - 27 May 2015

Far from helping with the housing crisis, the government's plans to sell off housing association stock will make matters worse.

The Queen addresses the House in her 64th speech to Parliament. Photo: BBC
By New Statesman - 27 May 2015

What the Queen mentioned in the state opening of parliament.

Human Rights

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.

By Caroline Criado-Perez - 17 Mar 2015

Is parliament dragging its heels on modern-day slavery because women's domestic "work" is still considered part of the natural order?

By Tom Batchelor - 10 Mar 2015

Gay people who seek asylum in Britain and end up in detention centres continue to face the "reverse of justice" and the threat of deportation.

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.

Blogs

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
By Simon Danczuk - 27 May 2015

So I’m backing Liz for leader because I think she is brave and because I think she is right. But most of all I am backing Liz because I think she can win.

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare.
By George Eaton - 27 May 2015

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare. 

David Cameron at a Brussels summit to start his renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 2015

The Conservatives cannily disarmed Labour's attack lines in the election. But they may end up counting the cost in the not too distant future.

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.
By George Eaton - 27 May 2015

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.

New builds go on sale in Gloucester. Photo:Getty Images
By Tessa Jowell - 27 May 2015

Far from helping with the housing crisis, the government's plans to sell off housing association stock will make matters worse.

The Queen addresses the House in her 64th speech to Parliament. Photo: BBC
By New Statesman - 27 May 2015

What the Queen mentioned in the state opening of parliament.

International politics

Conchita Wurst hands over the trophy to 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerloew of Sweden. Photo: Nigel Treblin/Getty
By Eleanor Margolis - 26 May 2015

What with Russia’s homophobia and Britain’s EU tensions, it’s not really about the music anymore.

A Palestinian boy looks out across the al-Tufah neighbourhood of Gaza City on 6 August 2014. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
By Yehuda Shaul - 26 May 2015

2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.

The celebrations at Dublin Castle. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images
By Aoife Moriarty - 25 May 2015

This referendum result is a significant step towards a more inclusive Ireland. But we still have a way to go.

Israeli women cuddle a newborn baby of a homosexual couple who was born in Nepal to a surrogate mother after they were repatriated to Israel from earthquake-hit Nepal. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/AFP/Getty Images
By Glosswitch - 22 May 2015

Surrogacy rates are rising in the UK, and 95 per cent of these births are taking place overseas. Glosswitch looks at decades of feminist thinking on surrogacy to see how women’s labour and female lived experience can be incorporated in this complex ethical debate.

An elderly Somali woman sits outside a kitchen in the Hagadera sector of the Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
By Samira Shackle - 22 May 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees have fled Al-Shabab across the border. But in Kenya, they face racial profiling, police searches and the constant threat of repatriation.

Jesús Muñoz, flat in the LA River bed, features in James Ellroy's LAPD '53. Photo: © 2015 LOS ANGELES POLICE MUSEUM
By Ryan Gattis - 21 May 2015

Ryan Gattis reviews two books on the Los Angeles police – and finds a city plagued by a national problem.

Environment

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.

Growing appeal: the Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas. Photo: David Levene/Eyevine
By Tim Wigmore - 06 Nov 2014

In 2010, there was little to suggest that Ukip would comprehensively surpass the Greens. While Lucas won the seat of Brighton Pavilion, Nigel Farage came in third when he tried to oust John Bercow in Buckingham.

Houses not covered by the coalition's Flood Re scheme could become uninsurable. Photo: Getty
By Guy Shrubsole - 12 Aug 2014

New Conservative Environment Secretary Liz Truss ahd her Lib Dem coalition partners need to be clear on how they will better protect Britain from climate change.

Law

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". 

The atrium at HMP Pentonville in London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty
By Andrew Katzen - 27 Jan 2015

Thanks to our ageing population and the surge in harsher sentences, British prisons are slowly turning into dysfunctional nursing homes.