England's councils are on a "cliff-edge" due to cuts
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 8:46

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has warned that local services could "collapse" due to cuts.

For many Romanian migrants, the phrase "freedom to move" is contradictory
By James Bluemel - 17 February 16:35

The director of Channel 4's The Romanians Are Coming describes the choices and the journey faced by Romanians who move to the UK to work.

How can Labour prove it's not on the side of a small cabal in the Square Mile?
By Peter Hain - 17 February 16:10

How the recent tax avoidance scandal shows that the softly softly approach won't work, and we need a financial transaction tax.

How the Church wants you to vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 15:21

For the first time, the Church of England has produced a letter saying how we – and our politicians – should approach the general election.

Record inflation low: is there a blind spot in our living standards debate?
By James Plunkett - 17 February 12:56

The UK inflation rate has fallen to a record low of 0.3 per cent in January – time to talk about consumer policy.

This election is unpredictable, but we can predict that the media could damage Labour's chances
By Ian Taylor - 17 February 9:43

They say this election will be the most unpredictable for a long time. But the media’s coverage won’t be, and it could even help to shape the outcome.

Cameron has a plan for NEETs – has he only just noticed the youth unemployment problem?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 8:49

The PM faces the youth unemployment problem with a plan for "intensive action" on young people not in education, employment or training.

Ministers are reaching beyond "scroungers" and aiming at Britain’s working poor
By Heather Spurr - 16 February 16:40

David Cameron has started targeting the low-paid in a new benefits trial; this message could undermine his claim to be in favour of Britain’s "hardworking people".

Tessa Jowell wants to close the gap between "two Londons". Photo: Getty
Tessa Jowell: “My best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is talking to Tories”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 13:45

The outgoing Labour MP for Dulwich and London mayoral contender speaks to Anoosh Chakelian about election strategy, immigration, and her plan to make “two Londons one”.

Labour will "guarantee" apprenticeships for every school leaver with required grades
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 12:19

Ed Miliband announces an "apprenticeship guarantee" for school leavers by 2020.

Is there a cheaper but credible alternative to Trident?
By Toby Fenwick - 16 February 11:37

A new dual-role system for our nuclear deterrent could save money and remove all nuclear weapons from Scotland in the process.

What a horse, Keith Vaz and a French policeman tell us about Britain's neglect of refugees
By Alastair Sloan - 16 February 11:19

When it comes to taking in asylum seekers, the UK government is shifting blame and responsibility.

Ed Balls vows to "crack down" on tax evasion, accusing Tories of turning "a blind eye"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 8:46

The shadow chancellor vows to crack down on tax evasion, as the HSBC row rumbles on.

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.
Miliband pitches to business with "a better" economic plan
By George Eaton - 15 February 22:00

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.  

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit child benefit to two children.
Duncan Smith hints at cap on child benefit for large families
By George Eaton - 15 February 10:38

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit payment to two children. 

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest".
Labour and the SNP aren't as far apart on austerity as assumed
By George Eaton - 13 February 14:34

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest". 

The coast and country question: why should Labour bother with the rural vote?
By Jack Eddy - 13 February 14:02

There should be more engagement from the Labour party in Britain's neglected rural and coastal areas.

Fighting tax dodgers and clawing back bankers' bonuses: Labour sticks it to "vested interests"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 February 8:55

The opposition continues to wage its war on the misconduct of the wealthy, as it is to extend the bankers' bonus clawback to ten years.

Miliband is confident that his promise to invest more better reflects the public's priorities. But the Tories will present him as profligate.
Labour pledges to outspend the Tories on education: who'll benefit politically?
By George Eaton - 12 February 14:31

Miliband is confident that his promise to invest more better reflects the public's priorities. But the Tories will present him as profligate. 

So Iain Duncan Smith is setting housing policy now? God help us all
By Jonn Elledge - 12 February 13:20

Five reasons why Iain Duncan Smith's plan to give free houses to those who come off benefits is a terrible policy. 

Lord Fink climbs down in clash with Ed Miliband over tax avoidance
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 February 12:01

We were expecting Lord Fink to follow through with his threat to sue Ed Miliband over suggestions about his tax affairs, but he seems to have blinked first.

Nigel Farage blasts "incredibly dull" election campaign: is Ukip being ignored?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 February 8:59

The Ukip leader has dismissed the election campaign as "incredibly dull" so far – is it because the main parties are finally ignoring Ukip?

Miliband revives 1997 pledge to limit class sizes to 30 pupils for 5, 6 and 7-year-olds.
Labour to cap infant class sizes by ending free schools in surplus areas
By George Eaton - 11 February 22:23

Miliband revives 1997 pledge to limit class sizes to 30 pupils for 5 to 7-year-olds. 

The HSBC tax scandal exposes a secretive industry serving a wealthy global elite
By Margaret Hodge - 11 February 17:37

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee on HSBC's role in cheating the public purse, and why HMRC has some serious questions to answer.

PMQs review: Cameron dodges questions on tax avoidance
By Ashley Cowburn - 11 February 13:50

Miliband compared Cameron's blind eye over the current HSBC tax avoidance scandal with the employment of ex-News of the World editor, Andy Coulson.  

The SNP leader's demand for an end to spending cuts is shared with a significant number of Miliband's backbenchers.
Nicola Sturgeon knows that she has allies in Labour on austerity
By George Eaton - 11 February 10:40

The SNP leader's demand for an end to spending cuts is shared with a significant number of Miliband's backbenchers. 

Yes, it's bright pink and looks silly, but at least Labour has a women's campaign bus
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 February 9:02

Labour has received mockery and outrage over its choice of a hot pink minibus to launch its campaign targeted at female voters.

The Home Front: why housing will be a key general election battleground
By Ben Marshall - 10 February 15:41

New Ipsos MORI research shows how important housing is as an electoral issue. So what next for policymakers?

"The unthinkable happened": comedian Adam Hills reviews Nick Clegg's performance on The Last Leg
By Adam Hills - 10 February 15:03

The presenter of The Last Leg, an anarchic chat show that recently played host to the Lib Dem leader, reviews his appearance.

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