Why haven't Labour's other proposals matched the success of their energy price freeze plan?
By Adam Ludlow - 06 February 12:29

The lessons in communication and research political parties can learn from how Ed Miliband's energy price freeze announcement played out.

When Scottish Labour’s walls come tumbling down
By Gerry Hassan - 06 February 11:48

Scottish Labour needs to work out what kind of Scotland it wants to champion and bring about.

What exactly did Tristram Hunt say about nuns, and why is everyone so angry?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 11:09

People are criticising the shadow education secretary for being contemptuous of nuns, but what really happened?

Does London's housing industry have a problem with race?
By Alastair Sloan - 06 February 9:27

The UK has perfectly decent race discrimination laws – but in an area as complex as housing, the government must double down on efforts to enforce this legislation.

FGM Zero Tolerance Day: we mustn't forget prevention is more crucial than prosecution
By June Eric-Udorie - 06 February 9:03

As the UK's first trial for female genital mutilation ends this week, we must remember that education is key to ending the practice.

The government's NHS reforms have been "disastrous"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 8:40

A respected health policy think tank, the King's Fund, has blasted the government's restructuring of the health service.

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable.
Even if Clegg keeps his seat, most Lib Dems expect him to depart
By George Eaton - 05 February 16:55

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable. 

Why the government’s anti-terror plans won’t work and risk damaging universities
By Sally Hunt - 05 February 16:46

The government wants to introduce legislation that would force a new statutory duty on universities and colleges to, "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

We don't need tax cuts for the rich, we need greater say in where our tax goes
By Lauren Razavi - 05 February 16:38

A system of tax sovereignty would be easy to achieve for Britain, and would give our democracy a truly radical boost.

Labour's biggest own-goal on business isn't forgetting Bill Somebody's name
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 16:00

The Labour party has missed a good opportunity to win over British business, and it’s nothing to do with forgetting the names of its advocates.

Can Labour kick Nick Clegg out of Sheffield Hallam in May?
By Tim Wigmore - 05 February 15:08

Labour could depose Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, but scarce funding, another anti-Clegg vote (the Greens), and Tories voting tactically could save the Deputy Prime Minister.

It is no longer enough for our parties just to talk about mental health
By Dan Holden - 05 February 13:46

Since the last election, mental health has risen higher in the agenda than many campaigners even dreamt of. Labour, however, is behaving as though just talking about the issue is still good enough. 

Over 200,000 young people have fallen off the electoral register: time to get them back
By Liz Kendall - 05 February 11:26

It's National Voter Registration Day today and time for the young people hit by the system changes to sign up.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be".
Ivan Lewis: Labour needs "stronger and bolder" policies to win over young voters
By George Eaton - 05 February 10:39

In an interview with the NS, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be". 

New crop of MPs unlikely to be anymore socially diverse  Photo: Getty/ Christopher Furlong
Old boys’ club will continue their reign into the next Parliament
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 9:40

According to the research by the Sutton Trust, 31 per cent of parliamentary candidates attended private school, compared with 7 per cent of the population.

MPs condemn the UK government role in fighting Islamic State as "strikingly modest"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 8:33

A cross-party group of MPs are calling for greater action against the extremist militants.

From Scotland to Spain to Greece, we see a new political world emerging
By Neal Lawson - 04 February 18:00

Politics is now operating at "three speeds". Can our establishment parties keep up?

What does Margaret Hodge bowing out mean for Labour's mayoral election race?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 17:45

The Public Accounts Committee chair and MP for Barking has ruled herself out as a potential candidate for the mayoral election.

Cameron condemns "sickening murder" of Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 17:10

The Prime Minister says the brutal attack has strengthened international resolve to defeat the extremist militants.

employment minister speaks at select committee
Grieving relative confronts DWP minister Esther McVey after benefit sanctions inquiry
By Ashley Cowburn - 04 February 16:29

The sister of a diabetic who died after having his benefits cut wept after hearing the minister say there is state support for vulnerable people.

The Tory leader's exuberant confidence allowed him to dominate the chamber.
PMQs review: Cameron rides roughshod over Miliband again
By George Eaton - 04 February 13:24

The Tory leader's exuberant confidence allowed him to dominate the chamber. 

The party's biggest opponent in Scotland is time.
Labour needs a generation to unwind the SNP surge
By George Eaton - 04 February 11:07

The party's biggest opponent in Scotland is time.

Work Programme staff were told to increase sanctions against clients, says former employee
By Philip Hegarty - 04 February 10:00

A former employee of three separate Work Programme providers describes how staff members were compelled to increase sanctions in order to hit financial targets.

Ashcroft Scotland polling: Danny and Douglas Alexander could lose their seats in SNP surge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 8:43

New polling of Scottish constituencies show the shadow foreign secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury could lose their seats, and Labour could be left with only six seats.

Emergency duvets, sword pegs and the “Plastic Fantastic”: review of Inside the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 February 16:48

Will the first instalment of Michael Cockerell’s documentary series given unprecedented access to parliament horrify or mollify voters?

Why is Labour planning to make LGBT-inclusive sex education compulsory?
By Gloria De Piero - 03 February 16:47

The party is building on its progressive legacy in its LGBT policy announcement this week.

Late decisions, the Ukip temptation, and NHS fears: a Labour MP's doorstep marathon
By Dan Jarvis - 03 February 14:46

Britain is undecided: we must help it decide, one conversation at a time, argues Dan Jarvis, who went doorknocking in nine regions in nine days.

Government NHS reforms adviser: Burnham's plan for patient choice is the right way
By Stephen Bubb - 03 February 13:33

A health expert who advised this government during the passage of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 argues that Labour's plan to integrate health and social care is preferable to the coalition's approach.

Why Labour's help for "generation rent" is not a radical enough offer
By David Binder - 03 February 12:15

While Ed Miliband's plans this week are welcome, much more needs to be done to ease the increasingly hostile renting and housing conditions faced by a generation.

Students celebrate graduating. Photo: Dan Kitwood
If Labour cuts tuition fees, it won't help more disadvantaged students go to university
By Tim Wigmore - 03 February 11:38

In higher education policy, Labour can be more radical – and on the cheap.

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