UK politics

Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 2015

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
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 2015

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.

Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images
By Oona King and Margaret Hodge - 22 May 2015

Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination

Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images
By Ben Bradshaw - 22 May 2015

Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again.

Listen to the people, not big business, on the EU. Photo: Getty
By Natalie Bennett - 22 May 2015

The leader of the Green party writes why her party is in favour of an EU referendum, campaigning to stay in, and also for young people to have a voice.

Alan Johnson, on the campaign trail in Hull. Photo:Getty Images
By Kevin Meagher - 22 May 2015

Far from revitalising Labour, having an interim leader would just damage it further.

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

Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 2015

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
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 2015

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.

Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images
By Oona King and Margaret Hodge - 22 May 2015

Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination

Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images
By Ben Bradshaw - 22 May 2015

Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again.

Listen to the people, not big business, on the EU. Photo: Getty
By Natalie Bennett - 22 May 2015

The leader of the Green party writes why her party is in favour of an EU referendum, campaigning to stay in, and also for young people to have a voice.

Alan Johnson, on the campaign trail in Hull. Photo:Getty Images
By Kevin Meagher - 22 May 2015

Far from revitalising Labour, having an interim leader would just damage it further.

International politics

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.

Protesters in Burundi hitch a ride on a police vehicle. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
By Jessica Hatcher - 20 May 2015

The government’s divide-and-rule strategy seems to be working and there are rumours the police have drawn up a “kill list”.

A yes campaign poster in Dublin. Photo: Getty
By Aoife Moriarty - 20 May 2015

This referendum has brought a clear dichotomy in Irish society into sharp focus: the divide between traditional Catholicism and a more progressive, global outlook.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Photo: Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images
By Noah Richler - 18 May 2015

From Islam to oil sands critics, Harper is using a fear of outsiders to unite voters.

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.