We need to end the childcare crunch on our families and the economy
By Lucy Powell - 21 February 22:58

Families have been hit by a triple whammy in childcare: rising childcare costs, falling early years places and cuts to financial support.

Too many many parents are trapped at home or are only able to work a few hours.
To solve the living standards crisis, all parties need to go much further on childcare
By Spencer Thompson - 21 February 12:04

Too many many parents are trapped at home or are only able to work a few hours a week because of the rising cost of childcare.

"I know we all look the same," said Kendall.
Watch: Philip Hammond confuses Liz Kendall with Rachel Reeves on Question Time
By George Eaton - 21 February 10:45

"I know we all look the same," said Kendall after being repeatedly mistaken for her shadow cabinet colleague.

Ed Balls's emphasis on the long-term benefits of investment in flood defences.
Could flood prevention help Labour make the case for "good borrowing"?
By George Eaton - 21 February 8:39

Ed Balls's emphasis on the long-term benefits of investment in flood defences is an example of how the party could challenge the Tory narrative on public spending.

The long-delayed government-commissioned report slipped out.
Ministers can no longer deny the link between food banks and benefit cuts
By Moussa Haddad - 20 February 18:52

The long-delayed government-commissioned report slipped out today contradicts claims by ministers that food bank usage is driven by supply.

A council tax revaluation should be on the table.
Labour needs to go much further to give real meaning to devolution
By Simon Parker - 20 February 13:28

A council tax revaluation, local proportional representation and participatory budgets should all be on the table.

Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws?
What happens to Scottish MPs if Scotland votes Yes?
By George Eaton - 20 February 11:54

Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?

The Tories could use a debate between the Lib Dem leader and his UKIP opposite.
Could a Clegg-Farage debate be followed by a Cameron-Miliband debate?
By George Eaton - 20 February 10:48

The Tories could use a debate between the Lib Dem leader and his UKIP opposite to argue for the head-to-head contest they want between the two main leaders.

The contrast between Blair's bid to save Brooks and Miliband's call for her resignation.
Why the Blair-Brooks revelations are useful for Miliband
By George Eaton - 20 February 8:47

The contrast between Blair's bid to save Brooks and Miliband's call for her resignation is a reminder of how Labour has changed for the better since 2010.

The lack of government legislation is so great.
Cameron's zombie government has nothing of substance to offer
By Jon Ashworth - 19 February 16:01

The lack of government legislation is so great that ministers are now constantly increasing the days allocated to Opposition motions.

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians.
Climate change has finally returned as a mainstream issue
By Guy Shrubsole - 19 February 14:54

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians that have led to a spike in public concern.

The former PM allegedly advised Brooks to "publish a Hutton style report".
Blair's advice to Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking scandal: full details
By George Eaton - 19 February 13:04

The former PM allegedly advised Brooks to "publish a Hutton style report" and offered to act as an "unofficial adviser".

The government still prefers to spend money on expensive solutions.
To tackle our mental health crisis we need to reduce inequality
By Bill Kerry - 19 February 12:01

The government still prefers to spend money on expensive and complicated solutions, rather than cost-effectively addressing causes.

The PM's piece on welfare reform makes no reference.
Is Cameron now afraid to mention Universal Credit?
By George Eaton - 19 February 11:29

The PM's piece on welfare reform makes no reference to Iain Duncan Smith's troubled programme.

A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation.
Only a referendum can solve Britain's European impasse
By Nick Pearce - 19 February 10:18

A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation from the union, and establishing a secure platform for the UK's engagement in its future.

The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled".
How Cameron got his facts wrong on workless families
By George Eaton - 19 February 8:23

The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled" under Labour, but the figures show it fell.

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party.
Balls's pitch to business: Labour can save the UK from EU withdrawal
By George Eaton - 18 February 15:38

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party is hardening against an in/out referendum.

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school.
The Tories' bid to close Sulivan primary school is a triumph of ideology over evidence
By Andy Slaughter - 18 February 10:56

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school shows contempt for parents and for children.

Local voters resent outside interference.
Why Labour's "decapitation strategy" could help Clegg keep his seat
By George Eaton - 18 February 8:54

Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.

There are more working than non-working households in poverty.
The UK needs better jobs not just more jobs
By Katie Schmuecker - 17 February 16:03

There are more working than non-working households in poverty for the first time ever. But don't assume a living wage will solve all problems.

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument.
Salmond didn't even come close to rebutting Osborne's currency threat
By George Eaton - 17 February 14:53

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument for Scotland entering a currency union with the rest of the UK.

A security guard stands at the gates of the Yarl's Wood detention centre
Yarl’s Wood detention centre shames Britain – when did “refugee” become a dirty word?
By Laurie Penny - 17 February 12:25

Hundreds of female asylum-seekers are housed in Yarl’s Wood. They have done nothing wrong, so why are we locking them up?

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy
Andrew Adonis: mansion tax is "socially just" and I support it
By George Eaton - 17 February 10:53

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy.

The Deputy PM's warning that a new coalition would not "break the bank".
Would Clegg force Labour to back tougher cuts?
By George Eaton - 17 February 8:30

The Deputy PM's warning that he would "absolutely insist" that a new coalition would not "break the bank" suggests that he may push Labour to back an Osborne-style deficit plan.

The Lib Dems need to start telling us what they'll be fighting for in 2015
By Richard Morris - 14 February 16:39

At Spring Conference, some of the manifesto raw meat needs to be presented and debated.

Could UKIP revive the debate over electoral reform?
By George Eaton - 14 February 14:54

If the party wins upwards of five per cent of the vote in 2015 but fails to win a single seat, our voting system will be called into question again.

Labour needs to challenge the British tradition of government
By Patrick Diamond - 14 February 13:25

A reforming, centre-left government must fashion a credible and robust statecraft, revitalising the civil service for the challenges of the contemporary age.

Cameron's abandonment of the right to recall shows the death of "the new politics"
By George Eaton - 14 February 10:06

The constitutional transformation promised by the coalition in 2010 has entirely failed to materialise.

Labour win Wythenshawe by-election as UKIP push Tories into third place
By George Eaton - 14 February 2:56

Miliband's party holds the seat on a swing of 11% as UKIP rise from fifth to second and the Lib Dems lose their deposit.

Borrowing is the best way to pay for flood protection
By Julian Morgan - 13 February 17:30

As flood defences provide protection for many years to come, it is wholly appropriate to pay for them gradually with long-term borrowing.

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