UK politics

By Ashley Cowburn - 29 Mar 2015

The distinctive dancer and 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner has joined the battle to become MP for Salford & Eccles. Does he have what it takes to become an MP?

By Stephen Bush - 28 Mar 2015

The party is under fire for its latest round of mugs. But the problem is bigger than a bargain-basement bit of crockery.

By Tim Wigmore - 28 Mar 2015

Attitudes north of the border are almost identical to attitudes in the rest of the UK

By Stephen Bush - 28 Mar 2015

5 things we learned from the Prime Minister's sit-down with the Times

By Lilian Greenwood - 27 Mar 2015

The coalition government have no plan for Britain's railways - the only way to change their future is to change the government.
 

By June Eric-Udorie - 27 Mar 2015

Women! British politics needs us.

Human Rights

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.

US Military Police guard detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Photo: Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy/Getty Image
By David Rose - 05 Feb 2015

Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of the camp is heartbreaking. But it is crucial the truth is told.

Amnesty International activists protesting the flogging of Raif Badawi outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Berlin. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images
By Diana Garrisi - 03 Feb 2015

Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s brutal and inhumane treatment of blogger Raif Badawi, flogging as a punishment is back in the news. In 19th century Britain, the case of a young soldier who died after a similar assault provoked a national outcry.

Blogs

By Ashley Cowburn - 29 Mar 2015

The distinctive dancer and 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner has joined the battle to become MP for Salford & Eccles. Does he have what it takes to become an MP?

By Stephen Bush - 28 Mar 2015

The party is under fire for its latest round of mugs. But the problem is bigger than a bargain-basement bit of crockery.

By Tim Wigmore - 28 Mar 2015

Attitudes north of the border are almost identical to attitudes in the rest of the UK

By Stephen Bush - 28 Mar 2015

5 things we learned from the Prime Minister's sit-down with the Times

By Lilian Greenwood - 27 Mar 2015

The coalition government have no plan for Britain's railways - the only way to change their future is to change the government.
 

By June Eric-Udorie - 27 Mar 2015

Women! British politics needs us.

International politics

Binyamin Netanyahu celebrates his re-election. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
By Uri Dromi - 26 Mar 2015

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu defied the polls to win re-election last week. Uri Dromes offers his quiet wish for statesmanship from the leader.

Muslim members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) pray during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
By Tolu Ogunlesi - 26 Mar 2015

As the PDP and APC battle it out on the billboards, alliances continue to shift in a country defined by its political changeability.

Bright lights, big city: a bustling crossing in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo in 2013. Photo: MARTIN ROEMERS / PANOS
By Roland Kelts - 26 Mar 2015

Roland Kelts wonders whether Japan-style stagnation would really be so bad in the west.

Ukip MEP Roger Helmer falls asleep in the European Parliament. Photo: Twitter
By Frances Robinson - 25 Mar 2015

Frances Robinson tells us all we need to know about how successful Britain could be in a renegotiation of its EU membership.

European MPs attend a debate on the future of European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 15, 2013 during a plenary session. Photo: Getty Images
By Frances Robinson - 18 Mar 2015

Frances Robinson continues her series on what we really need to know about the EU. This week: migration and the money.

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.