UK politics

By Tim Wigmore - 25 Apr 2015

Labour peer urges Clegg to " turn left rather than right" in a hung parliament after Deputy PM hints at second coalition with Tories. 

By Stephen Bush - 25 Apr 2015

The Tory campaign is putting that party's own principles in the shredder - but if it works, they could shut Labour out for decades.

By Media Mole - 25 Apr 2015

David Cameron urged his audience to support West Ham - but he supports a different team in similar colours.

By Maria Eagle - 24 Apr 2015

The environmental record of this Government is bad enough but another five years doesn’t bear thinking about. If things are going to change, we need a Labour Government.

By Daniel Griliopoulos - 24 Apr 2015
We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if Ukip wins...

Human Rights

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.

Rohingya children play by a relief tent at Bawdupah's Internally Displaced People camp on the outskirts of Sittwe. Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
By Oliver Griffin - 06 Feb 2015

The status of Burma’s Rohingya people has devolved to the point where even naming them has become controversial. We need to do more.

Blogs

By Tim Wigmore - 25 Apr 2015

Labour peer urges Clegg to " turn left rather than right" in a hung parliament after Deputy PM hints at second coalition with Tories. 

By Stephen Bush - 25 Apr 2015

The Tory campaign is putting that party's own principles in the shredder - but if it works, they could shut Labour out for decades.

By Media Mole - 25 Apr 2015

David Cameron urged his audience to support West Ham - but he supports a different team in similar colours.

By Maria Eagle - 24 Apr 2015

The environmental record of this Government is bad enough but another five years doesn’t bear thinking about. If things are going to change, we need a Labour Government.

By Laura Varriale - 24 Apr 2015

The chance has passed to register to vote. Some people will be gutted to have missed it. Some will not have bothered. Some might choose Russell Brand’s decision not to vote to raise their voice. And some people who are bothered will be left with no choice - and no voice.

By Ciara Dunne - 24 Apr 2015

Sinn Féin won't take their seats at Westminster. So what is their manifesto for? Mainly, it's a dry run for the contests that really matter to the party in 2016.

International politics

The Armenian genocide memorial in Armenia. Photo: Flickr/z@doune
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 Apr 2015

The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?

By Alan Wager - 23 Apr 2015

The Internet is awash with vote-matching apps. But who uses them - and which party benefits most?

A shipwrecked migrant and child on arrival in Greece. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty
By Daniel Trilling - 23 Apr 2015

It seems that the British government views migrant deaths as a useful deterrent, but criminal activity remains unaffected by the decision to let desperate migrants drown.

By Samira Shackle - 23 Apr 2015

The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?

A woman at work in the Who Made Your Pants workshop. Photo: WMYP
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 22 Apr 2015

Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.

Big beasts: Francois Mitterrand, David Cameron and Barack Obama. Photomontage by Dan Murrell.
By Mark Damazer - 21 Apr 2015

In a world where depoliticising politics is sure to get a cheer on Question Time, the parties are key to keeping the system running.

Environment

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.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
By Bob Ward - 30 Jul 2014

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
By Ed Wallis - 09 Jun 2014

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

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.