The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling.
Scottish No campaign lead falls to six points in first post-debate poll
By George Eaton - 28 August 22:26

The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling. 

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge.
John Redwood: I don't understand why Carswell has defected to Ukip
By George Eaton - 28 August 16:12

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge. 

Watch: David Cameron and Douglas Carswell clash in the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 15:45

Watch the PM clash back in 2012 with the backbench MP who has today defected from his party to Ukip.

Gloria De Piero MP on social mobility: "parliament still operates like a closed shop"
By Gloria De Piero - 28 August 15:25

As the news emerged today that Britain remains deeply elitist, the shadow women and equalities minister discusses her own experience, and how Labour can boost social mobility.

The party's best hope of beating the defector lies in winning tactical support from centrist voters.
To beat Carswell, the Tories need to mobilise the anti-Ukip vote
By George Eaton - 28 August 12:31

The party's best hope of defeating the defector lies in winning tactical support from centrist voters. 

Social immobility: the triumph of politicos over manual workers in parliament
By Tim Wigmore - 28 August 12:30

The lack of social mobility is reflected in parliament, and Labour’s own claims to represent the working class have never been more dubious.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip and triggers by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 11:18

The MP for Clacton has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip.

How have MPs dealt with cases like the Rotherham child abuse scandal in the past?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 8:54

An investigation has found that at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were sexually exploited for 16 years. Blame is flying everywhere, so how have MPs dealt with similar cases in the past?

Childcare is a new election battleground, so why do none of the parties get it?
By Vidhya Alakeson - 28 August 7:22

Although politicians are focusing on childcare, British parents are still expected to pay a higher price than in much of the rest of the developed world. We need better-quality investment.

“Twittering is for the birds!”: MPs have spent 115 days tweeting in a year
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 August 16:15

Is the increasing amount of time our MPs spend sending tweets impinging on their more traditional engagement with voters, and each other?

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted.
Ukip still claim Labour will promise an EU referendum - but what if they're wrong?
By George Eaton - 27 August 15:44

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted. 

During an unexpected boom in the industry, David Cameron is fumbling on slavery
By Michael Pollitt - 27 August 14:15

As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top.

Carnival clearing, not backing Boris, and Korean comparisons: politics in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 27 August 10:18

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he tells us some truths about the area and its history, as he cleans up after Notting Hill Carnival.

From surviving to leading: the women changing how we look at domestic abuse
By Charlotte Smith - 27 August 8:39

How women as community leaders can combat domestic abuse.

Scottish business leaders call for No vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 August 8:17

More than 130 businesses have signed a letter in the Scotsman newspaper calling on Scotland to vote against independence.

The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too
By Tim Wigmore - 26 August 15:41

The public’s views on immigration are more nuanced than is often assumed.

Rotherham Council leader stands down as report finds 1400 children exploited over 16 years
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 15:33

The leader of Rotherham Council, Roger Stone, is standing down, as a report finds a "collective failure" by both the police and the local council to stop the abuse of children in the area.

Boris Johnson intends to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 14:45

The Mayor of London, who surprised no one earlier this month by announcing he'd return to parliament, will seek to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Why the government must pledge to eliminate sink estates in ten years
By Gavin Knight - 26 August 12:04

Deprived estates can be recovered from within; the government must commit to a ten-year programme to clean them up with them help of dedicated individuals.

Police adopt new stop and search code of conduct: analysing Theresa May's role
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 8:26

Tracking the Home Secretary's tenacity on stop and search is an interesting context for the police now having agreed to adopt a new code of conduct.

The Scottish First Minister skillfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little.
Salmond triumphs over Darling – but will it make any difference?
By George Eaton - 25 August 22:51

The Scottish First Minister skilfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little. 

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".
When Boris attacked Blair's "astonishing" assault on the right to trial
By George Eaton - 25 August 14:31

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".

Conservative party conference. Photo: Getty
Angela Eagle: The Tories have broken their promises on political reform
By Angela Eagle - 23 August 10:16

David Cameron has reinforced the political power of a few big money donors and well established vested interests, argues the shadow leader of the Commons.  Now that his grassroots have taken flight he is even more reliant on the privileged few he uses his power to support.

Would you watch a film about Nick Clegg? Channel 4 thinks so
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 16:50

A new TV drama will include the Lib Dem leader as its central character, in a show about the creation of the coalition.

Young people need more help moving from education into work
By Tony Dolphin - 21 August 16:12

The latest NEETs figures show that many of the children receiving their GCSE results today won't have a smooth journey from education into work.

If Israel has better drones than anyone, why are so many innocent people dying?
By Ann Rogers - 21 August 16:01

Manless in Gaza: the story of how civilians have lost the drone war.

Why Ukip's new manifesto ideas are worrying
By Justin Cash - 21 August 11:33

How many of their new, worrying ideas make it through to the final manifesto will be key in setting the tone of an undoubtedly aggressive campaign by Ukip.

For the sixth time since Boris became Mayor, Londoners will be hit with transport fare hikes
By Val Shawcross - 21 August 9:21

The Mayor's planned above-inflation jump in fares will negatively impact London's commuters, and is just one aspect of the wider poor transport legacy of his mayoralty.

It’s GCSE results day, but what did our party leaders get in their school exams?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 8:53

As hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results today, we look back to see what our party leaders achieved at school.

It’s GCSE results day, but what did our party leaders get in their school exams?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 8:53

As hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results today, we look back to see what our party leaders achieved at school.

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