Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
The myth of Gove's "popular" free schools
By George Eaton - 24 April 8:10

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.

Why Scottish independence will benefit England.
Alex Salmond's St George's Day speech: full text
By Alex Salmond - 23 April 18:30

Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class.
How the left can win in the 5-75-20 society
By Patrick Diamond - 23 April 17:07

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again. 

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
Is illegal immigration really "getting worse"?
By Jonathan Portes - 23 April 16:13

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.

Cameron and his allies are sincere in their desire for social emancipation.
The Tories are taking the morality war to the enemy
By Bruce Anderson - 23 April 12:20

Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it. 

But Ukip is betting on a late surge.
Labour retains stubborn lead in European elections
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:31

But Ukip is betting on a late surge.

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
Tony Blair's speech on the Middle East: full text
By Tony Blair - 23 April 8:45

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."

The Tories should start to consider the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year.
Would Boris resign as mayor in order to become Conservative leader?
By George Eaton - 23 April 8:32

The Tories should start preparing for the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year. 

The party is focusing on remaining the largest in a hung parliament.
The Tories are planning a defensive election strategy - and that's bad news for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 April 16:28

With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party. 

Farage is courting the working class with a new populist programme.
How Ukip is turning left on the economy
By George Eaton - 22 April 11:37

The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation. 

Why I say Ukip posters are racist
By Mike Gapes - 22 April 9:02

The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country.

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.
Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign
By George Eaton - 22 April 8:19

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

Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign
By Marcus Roberts - 18 April 9:07

The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser
By George Eaton - 17 April 22:31

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff
By Lucille Harvey - 17 April 16:11

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face.
Labour needs to use family policy to support and strengthen relationships
By Susanna Abse - 17 April 15:01

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity.
Labour's left and right are growing restive
By George Eaton - 17 April 11:49

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre. 

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion.
Cameron does God, but does Britain want him to?
By George Eaton - 17 April 8:36

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives. 

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
UKIP's own privately educated clique
By George Eaton - 16 April 16:18

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
Gordon Brown has "no plans" to stand down as an MP
By George Eaton - 16 April 13:47

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Nigel Farage
A bad press for Farage doesn't automatically help the Tories
By Rafael Behr - 16 April 10:38

Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
Why the Tories can't declare that the living standards crisis is over
By George Eaton - 16 April 10:08

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

The race is not narrowing at the rate the SNP needs to win.
Scottish independence poll puts No campaign 12 points ahead
By George Eaton - 16 April 8:45

The latest TNS survey suggests that the race is not narrowing at the rate the nationalists need to win. 

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.
Food bank use rises to record level of more than 900,000
By George Eaton - 16 April 0:01

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.

With the general election result so uncertain, leadership contenders in the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are making themselves known.
In the era of hung politics, all three main parties are preparing for a leadership contest
By George Eaton - 15 April 22:41

With the general election result so uncertain, leadership contenders in the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are making themselves known.

Party says involvement in Lib Dem strategy may breach code of conduct.
Labour demands investigation into Clegg's special adviser Ryan Coetzee
By George Eaton - 15 April 15:39

Party writes to Jeremy Heywood asking whether Coetzee's involvement in Lib Dem election strategy has breached the special advisers' code of conduct.

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is ahead.
Where have voters gone since 2010?
By Roger Mortimore and Harry Carr - 15 April 12:35

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is maintaining a lead approaching the final year of this parliament. 

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker.
Farage on expenses in 1999: "Everyone's a winner with Europe"
By George Eaton - 15 April 9:42

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker by claiming expenses and employing his wife. 

Farage should publish his accounts in full
By George Eaton - 15 April 8:48

Ukip denounces "smears" from the Times and claims its leader is "confident that he has abided by European parliamentary rules at all times". But will he offer transparency?

The party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.
The next Lib Dem leader must come from the party's left
By Mathew Hulbert - 14 April 16:05

Rather than Jeremy Browne, the party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.

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