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.

Why the government should restore the Ministry for Tourism and Heritage
By William Cash - 10 February 15:00

As the UK tourism industry meets this week, William Cash says the coalition has failed the tourism sector which is the envy of the world.

Chuka Umunna and David Cameron's consensus on what business rifts mean for Labour
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 February 13:38

Both the shadow business secretary and Prime Minister suggest how harmful business rifts could be for Ed Miliband.

Ukip's position on halal and kosher meat is about stoking division, not animal welfare
By Catherine Bearder - 10 February 13:01

Judging by Ukip's poor show on wildlife issues in the European Parliament, its latest proposal is more about exploiting xenophobia than protecting animals.

Ed Balls: "EU exit is the biggest risk to our economy in the next decade"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 February 12:08

The shadow chancellor is forthright in his pro-EU membership stance, but how do British businesses feel about this?

The British Chambers of Commerce calls on government to bring forward the EU referendum to 2016
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 February 8:34

The director general of the BCC is urging politicians to call an EU referendum next year.

An analysis by NIESR finds the party's less aggressive deficit reduction programme would boost growth.
The economy would grow faster under Labour - new study aids Miliband and Balls
By George Eaton - 09 February 14:59

An analysis by NIESR finds the party's less aggressive deficit reduction programme would boost growth. 

Even the right is attacking George Osborne's perks for pensioners
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 February 14:15

The Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee has criticised the Chancellor's election bribe more honestly than Labour has.

Green deputy leaders contradict Caroline Lucas: Citizens’ Income will be in the manifesto
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 February 13:23

Last week, the Green MP Caroline Lucas called the Citizens' Income policy a "longer-term aspiration", but the party's deputy leaders insist it will be on their 2015 programme for government.

Three years after the horsemeat scandal, are we any closer to knowing what we're eating?
By Glenis Willmott - 09 February 13:07

This week, MEPs will vote on proposals for the mandatory country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods – a vital measure for food safety and consumer choice.

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