The union confirms that its general secretary has died.
RMT leader Bob Crow dies at 52
By George Eaton - 11 March 10:13

The union confirms that its general secretary "sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning."

nflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k.
Why the Lib Dems' £12,500 tax allowance promise is a smaller pledge than it sounds
By Gavin Kelly - 11 March 9:35

Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel.
Jeremy Hunt's "hospital closure clause" could be a new NHS disaster for the Tories
By George Eaton - 11 March 8:50

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel against Clause 119 today, which would give administrators the power to close down any hospital or A&E without consultation.

For ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.
The Tories' opposition to Labour's youth jobs plan shows they are still standing up for the wrong people
By Michael Dugher - 10 March 15:37

Cameron's party can’t and won’t take the action necessary because it can’t admit that for ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.

A "Workers' Budget" for the Tories.
Tory group calls for Osborne to embrace the 45p tax rate - he should listen
By George Eaton - 10 March 14:19

Renewal's call for the 45p tax threshold to be reduced to £62,000 to fund the abolition of the 40p rate is smart politics.

Put local people in charge.
To stop youth crime before it starts, we need to shift power to communities
By Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed - 10 March 13:14

Instead of assuming that politicians have the answers, we should engage with the most affected areas and put local people in charge.

His strong connection with working class Scots.
Why Gordon Brown is a threat to Alex Salmond
By George Eaton - 10 March 10:55

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.

Policy will be funded by bank bonus tax.
Labour's jobs guarantee plan creates smart dividing lines with the Tories
By George Eaton - 10 March 8:50

The party pledges to fund the policy for the whole of the next parliament by introducing a bank bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those earning over £150,000.

Women hit four times harder than men.
Cameron and Osborne can’t avoid the truth that their policies have hit women hardest
By Catherine McKinnell - 08 March 10:34

The Tories’ tax and benefit changes have cost women four times as much as men – little wonder when they are so absent from the top table.

The party is worried about the EU elections.
Beneath the surface, tensions are growing in the Lib Dems
By Richard Morris - 07 March 16:34

Everything right now is analysed through the prism of "what it means about the leadership".

A surprising degree of consensus.
The main parties agree on the EU far more than they suggest
By Pawel Swidlicki - 07 March 14:47

Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.

A fight over the EU is good for both.
Why Clegg and Farage will both win from their debates
By Tom Mludzinski - 07 March 14:11

Farage gets to enter the political establishment, while Clegg has a chance to reconnect with those voters who warmed to him in 2010.

The party is pushed into last place.
Lib Dems beaten by Bus Pass Elvis Party in council by-election
By George Eaton - 07 March 11:27

The party is pushed into last place by a candidate whose policies include the legalisation of brothels with a 30 per cent reduction for OAPs.

Prioritising prevention and relationships.
We need a revolution in public services to tackle multiple needs and exclusions
By Ed Wallis - 07 March 9:46

By focusing on prevention, prioritising relationships and driving down power to the lowest level possible, we can provide the support the most vulnerable in our society really need.

The most uncertain forecast.
How big is Osborne's black hole? The problem is we don't know
By George Eaton - 07 March 9:00

The level of austerity required varies hugely depending on how much growth is thought possible.

A whole family approach to policy making.
How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships
By Jon Cruddas - 06 March 16:49

We are developing a whole family approach to policy making that puts equality, relationships and mutual self-help at the centre of preventing social problems.

Greater focus on integration needed.
Rather than pledging to cut immigration, politicians should promise a fairer system
By Tim Finch - 06 March 15:50

The parties can't promise to reduce the number of newcomers. But they can do more to improve migrant integration and to reassure the public.

The party could prevent Labour winning Tory marginals.
UKIP is a threat to Labour - but not in the north
By George Eaton - 06 March 15:03

Miliband's northern fortresses are safe but Farage's party could prevent Labour winning southern and eastern marginals off the Tories in 2015.

Cameron and Johnson
Leadership speculation harms the Tories but they can't help themselves
By Rafael Behr - 06 March 13:34

Conservative MPs' anguish flows from their knowledge that Cameron is both the best candidate and not good enough to deliver outright victory.

The new system could have a huge effect.
We must not let individual voter registration disenfranchise students
By Stephen Twigg - 06 March 10:35

The new system could have a huge effect in student-heavy marginals. Universities, councils and others must be aware of the dangers.

The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives.
Cable's warning to the Tories: lower immigration will harm deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 06 March 8:53

The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives by highlighting that reduced EU migration will lead to "a much slower reduction in the public debt".

The union will expect policy concessions.
Unite's £1.5m funding cut means Labour will need to bargain with McCluskey
By George Eaton - 05 March 18:33

The union is prepared to reduce the shortfall but will expect policy concessions in return.

Defeat would open up space for reinvention.
Tory modernisers' best hope is an Ed Miliband victory
By Steven Akehurst - 05 March 17:24

Being beaten after just one term by a man deemed unelectable would open up space for those who understand the need to reinvent the party.

Energy security must be pursued with far greater speed.
How the west can match Putin's grand strategy
By Marcus Roberts - 05 March 14:34

Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.
Cameron’s petty and parochial view of politics has accelerated the decline of British power
By Rafael Behr - 05 March 13:28

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.

Cameron pressed on trade sanctions.
PMQs review: Miliband urges Cameron not to put profit before people over Russia
By George Eaton - 05 March 13:17

The Labour leader pressed Cameron on trade sanctions after a No. 10 document appeared to rule them out.

"Business and society - we need each other."
Chuka Umunna's speech on Agenda 2030: Earning and growing our way to a higher standard of living
By Chuka Umunna - 05 March 11:06

"We are strongest when we understand our mutual dependence: that business and society - we need each other. That we rise and fall together."

"The beacon of progressive opinion."
Alex Salmond's New Statesman lecture: full text
By Alex Salmond - 05 March 10:33

"We would exert a powerful and positive influence through example – the beacon of progressive opinion."

Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage".
Alex Salmond refuses to commit to reintroducing 50p tax rate in Scotland
By George Eaton - 05 March 8:19

The First Minister says Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage with the rest of the UK" at New Statesman event.

The PM's words from the first 2010 leaders' debate.
When Cameron said "we cannot afford" a £10,000 tax threshold
By George Eaton - 04 March 17:03

The PM said during the first 2010 leaders' debate that the Lib Dem policy was too expensive.

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