The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy.
What the Tories can't say about today's immigration figures: political failure is economic success
By George Eaton - 26 February 11:20

 The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy. 

Glasgow's missing millions? Labour should look at themselves, not the SNP
By Susan Aitken - 26 February 8:40

Glasgow's budget cuts are due to the austerity agenda of the Conservatives, not the Sturgeon administration, an SNP councillor says.

Peter Pinkney is a union leader and Green candidate. Photo: YouTube screengrab
From Labour careerists to middle-class Marxists: Peter Pinkney, the union boss and Green candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 February 8:07

The socialist firebrand and RMT president is running for the Greens in Redcar. Why?

The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care.
Osborne's dramatic Manchester NHS plan is a dangerous distraction
By George Eaton - 25 February 17:59

The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care. 

The Prime Minister was left looking as inert as Gordon Brown following the expenses scandal.
PMQs review: Miliband floors Cameron on MPs' second jobs
By George Eaton - 25 February 13:21

The Prime Minister was left looking as inert as Gordon Brown following the expenses scandal. 

Blacklists, exploitation and the mask of flexibility: the rise of zero-hours contracts
By James Nickerson - 25 February 11:33

Zero-hours contracts have become the "norm" in many workplaces, but how can we avoid taking advantage of workers in the quest for flexibility?

Bristol West: Painting the Town Green
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 February 15:40

Can Darren Hall take the Greens from obscurity to first place in Bristol? We visit a seat that is turning into a three-way marginal between the Liberals, Labour, and the Greens.

What do we know so far about the Greens working with Labour in government?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 February 12:40

Progressive alliances, no joint tickets, and ruling out working with Tories: the Greens clarify how they would work with Labour.

The proposed figure of £6.70 fails to meet the Chancellor's aim of restoring the minimum wage to its pre-recession value.
Osborne falls far short of £7 minimum wage target
By George Eaton - 23 February 18:19

The proposed figure of £6.70 fails to meet the Chancellor's aim of restoring the minimum wage to its pre-recession value. 

A view from Athens: why the left shouldn't put all its faith in Syriza
By Evel Economakis - 23 February 14:38

A Greek schoolteacher describes the response in Greece to Syriza's victory, and warns the European left to look closer at the triumphant party's "peculiar socialism".

Cases of abuse have cast a shadow over the care industry. Photo: John Moore
“We’re almost sneered at by society”: a care worker on her stigmatised profession
By Ashley Cowburn - 23 February 13:18

Steve Doran has worked at a care home in Dartford for four years, but she believes that a concentration on abuse cases has blighted the reputation of her industry.

Lobbying sting: Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind suspended from their parties
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 February 12:30

Senior MPs secretly filmed by journalists deny that they have broken the rules in a "cash for access" sting.

Cameron's promise creates a new dividing line with Labour and the Lib Dems.
The Tories woo the grey vote again with pledge to protect pensioner benefits
By George Eaton - 22 February 22:37

Cameron's promise creates a new dividing line with Labour and the Lib Dems, who would means-test some payments. 

The Conservatives' negative approach reveals a party bereft of ideas or empathy for working families.
Without a record of delivery, the Tories are reliant on Crosby's campaign of division
By Lucy Powell - 22 February 12:40

The Conservatives' negative approach reveals a party bereft of ideas or empathy for working families.

To ease Greece's burden would cost Europe little – and could prevent a eurozone collapse
By Vicky Pryce - 20 February 18:22

A refusal to acknowledge the democratic remit of the new, however irritating, Greek government could result in a contagion effect across the rest of the eurozone.

"The others see it as a career move": Christian Wolmar, outsider in Labour's mayoral contest
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 17:27

The political outsider running to be a mayoral candidate discusses his MP opponents, Margaret Hodge's "political malice", and why it's "really patronising" to call for a non-white mayor.

Theresa May's "British values" test for overseas visitors has been branded a "ridiculous idea" – and rightly so
By Ashley Cowburn - 20 February 15:46

New plans from the Home Secretary aim to introduce a "British values" test for foreigners seeking to work, study and attend business meetings in the UK.

The new measure encourages the perception that the party is for some, not for all.
The Tories' marriage tax allowance will further poison their brand
By George Eaton - 20 February 15:03

The new measure encourages the perception that the party is for some, not for all. 

The resurgence of grime music exposes a new form of political disillusionment
By Ciaran Thapar - 20 February 12:16

Young people are still frustrated – but the genre's revival shows a universal urban discontent.

Ukraine crisis: The UK and Europe are accused of having "badly misread Russia"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 9:58

A damning report by the House of Lords condemns the UK's failure to take the Russian threat and Ukraine crisis seriously.

What does Lord Mandelson's tuition fees warning to Labour reveal about its policy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 8:51

The former Labour Business Secretary is to warn Labour about their imminent higher education pledge.

The fragmentation of the UK party system is reawakening divisions on electoral reform.
The battle between Labour's pluralists and tribalists will define its future
By George Eaton - 19 February 16:03

The fragmentation of the UK party system is reawakening divisions on electoral reform. 

Labour's biggest non-union donation is from PwC – a firm accused of "promoting tax avoidance"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 February 12:51

The latest party donation figures show the Labour party's biggest donation, aside from the unions, is in staff secondments from the huge accountancy firm slammed by the Public Accounts Committee.

A happy Nigel Farage / Photo: Peter Macdiarmid
Why "more Tory than the Tories" attacks on Ukip aren't working
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 9:11

Ukip voters care less about policy than supporters of any other party.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: "Nato is getting ready" for Russian aggression in Baltics
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 February 8:34

In light of Russia's seizure of Crimea and fighting in Ukraine, the Defence Secretary warns that the Baltics may be next.

“I know what life’s like”: On the road with Lee Sherriff, the working single mother heading for Westminster
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 15:40

Labour’s candidate for Carlisle on being a political outsider, why we need more working-class voices in politics, and how her background helps her campaign.

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network".
Exclusive: Michael Dugher promises "public control" of railways under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 February 14:00

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network". 

In defence of compulsory voting
By Mathew Lawrence - 18 February 11:11

How growing political inequality threatens our democracy and why a civic duty to vote could make a difference.

David Cameron should take a restorative holiday in Wales – he might just learn a thing or two
By Owen Smith - 18 February 10:58

The active economy in Wales shows an alternative to the Tory laissez-faire model.

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