The party may argue for its abolition in the future, but it isn't doing so today.
The Lib Dems are calling for the bedroom tax to be reformed, not scrapped
By George Eaton - 16 July 23:27

The party is splitting the difference again. 

The emergency action is a damning indictment of the pressures the government has created on the frontline.
The Tories can't avoid the blame for hospitals being put in special measures
By Jamie Reed - 16 July 18:17

The emergency action is a damning indictment of the pressures the government has created on the frontline.

If Gove is the most unpopular politician, why have the Tories made him minister for TV?
By George Eaton - 16 July 16:47

The man charged with wooing voters is more likely to repel them. 

This reshuffle shows David Cameron doesn't have a clue about modern Britain
By Jon Trickett - 16 July 16:17

The PM had the chance with his reshuffle to signal that he intends to make a fresh start in tackling a divided and uneasy country. But he fluffed it. 

The Labour leader struggled after the PM twisted a Harriet Harman quote on middle earners and tax.
PMQs review: Cameron's tax attack throws Miliband off course
By George Eaton - 16 July 13:31

The Labour leader struggled after the PM twisted a Harriet Harman quote on middle earners and tax.

Esther McVey and Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Getty
The new Cabinet ministers are divided on the EU and gay rights
By Harry Lambert - 16 July 13:29

Cameron's new group of ministers agree with his policies on welfare, education and health, but have mixed voting records on the EU and gay rights.

Salmond and Farage forget the modern world doesn't want to squabble over borders
By Clive Soley - 16 July 13:17

What do Scotland's First Minister and Ukip's leader have in common? They both fail to realise the modern world has better things to do than squabble over borders.

Badgers may cheer at Owen Paterson's exit, but we shouldn't disregard his achievements
By Charles Cowap - 16 July 11:53

The outgoing Environment Secretary may be an environmentalist's nightmare, but he wasn't all bad.

Earnings rose by just 0.7 per cent in the three months to May, the lowest level since records began in 2001.
Miliband's "cost-of-living" attack endures as wage growth hits record low
By George Eaton - 16 July 11:00

Earnings rose by just 0.7 per cent in the three months to May, the lowest level since records began in 2001. 

The PM will try to secure a top job for his new European Commissioner
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 July 8:52

David Cameron, who has already kicked up a futile and unnecessary fuss over the European Commission presidency, must go to Brussels and try for a top job for his new man in Europe.

Minimum wage. Photo: Getty
We haven't yet tackled inequality; here are five ways to reduce it
By Tim Stacey - 16 July 8:11

The coalition boasts that it's reduced inequality, but actually no government policy in the last 30 years has actually come close to bringing it down to average OECD levels.

William Hague. Photo: Getty
Are we witnessing the death of the long-haul political career?
By Kevin Meagher - 15 July 16:47

What William Hague's career trajectory tells us about British politics.

Nicky Morgan. Photo: Getty
Nicky Morgan's opposition to equal marriage causes further headaches for the PM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 12:34

Nicky Morgan, the new Education Secretary, is also Women and Equalities minister. But responsibility for same-sex marriage has trickled down to a junior minister because of her opposition to the flagship policy.

Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
Michael Gove: loved by the media, loathed by the public
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 10:51

The former Education Secretary is a brilliant media performer, has great contacts in the press – but public opinion meant he had to be reshuffled.

Liz Truss. Photo: Getty
Reshuffle news: after yesterday's sackings, here come the ministerial promotions
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 10:05

In a dramatic shake-up of his government, David Cameron is now on the promotions, having culled a number of key figures last night.

Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
Michael Gove becomes Chief Whip; Nicky Morgan takes over as Education Secretary
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 9:34

The former Education Secretary Michael Gove is now Chief Whip, replacing Sir George Young. Women's minister Nicky Morgan has replaced Gove - although she will also keep her equalities role.

Ken Clarke. Photo: Getty
“We should have all-women shortlists”: Ken Clarke’s reshuffle reaction
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 8:41

The former chancellor and veteran Tory frontbencher Ken Clarke talks to the Today programme, following his resignation from the cabinet yesterday.

Jeremy Browne. Photo: Getty
Does David Cameron realise he needs Lib Dem voters to remain PM?
By Tim Wigmore - 15 July 7:48

The Conservatives need to woo 2010 Lib Dem supporters.

One Nation figures have tumbled from the stage.
George Eaton: David Cameron's reshuffle has culled the Tory left
By George Eaton - 14 July 23:32

One Nation figures have tumbled from the stage. 

William Hague arrives in Downing Street earlier today. Photograph: Getty Images.
William Hague resigns as Foreign Secretary
By George Eaton - 14 July 22:00

Former Tory leader will step down at the next election and serve as Leader of the House of Commons until then. 

One Nation veteran steps down from the government before he is pushed.
Ken Clarke resigns as Cameron's reshuffle begins
By George Eaton - 14 July 17:56

One Nation veteran steps down from the government before he is pushed.

Caroline Spelman. Photo: Getty
IPSA has made the expenses system like the "19th century" for women MPs
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 July 16:03

A report launched by the women in parliament APPG today highlighted the thorny battleground of MPs' expenses as an obstacle for female politicians.

The Home Secretary failed to carry out the most basic background checks.
The blame for the Butler-Sloss debacle rests with Theresa May
By George Eaton - 14 July 14:19

The Home Secretary failed to carry out the most basic background checks. 

Former High Court judge steps down over conflicts of interest.
Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss resigns as head of child abuse inquiry
By George Eaton - 14 July 12:00

Former High Court judge steps down over conflicts of interest. 

David Cameron. Photo: Getty
Reshuffle speculation: a round-up
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 July 8:58

A shake-up of government figures is expected early this week. Here are the latest rumours.

Business minister will replace Alistair Carmichael as Scottish Secretary following the independence referendum.
Lib Dems delay Jo Swinson's promotion to the cabinet
By George Eaton - 12 July 10:33

Business minister will replace Alistair Carmichael as Scottish Secretary following the independence referendum. 

The party says the watchdog should track the government's record after progress goes into reverse.
Labour calls for OBR to monitor child poverty rates
By George Eaton - 11 July 21:00

The party says the watchdog should track the government's record after progress goes into reverse. 

The pair are divided over where future welfare cuts should be made and Universal Credit.
How Duncan Smith's departure would help Osborne
By George Eaton - 11 July 16:50

The pair are divided over where future welfare cuts should be made.

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition.
Cameron's reshuffle will cull the last of the One Nation Tories
By George Eaton - 11 July 12:35

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition. 

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition.
Cameron's reshuffle will cull the last of the One Nation Tories
By George Eaton - 11 July 12:35

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition. 

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