How council tax benefit cuts have hit the poorest
By George Eaton - 21 January 8:57

More than a million low-income households are now required to pay the tax after the coalition cut support by 10 per cent last year.

The Lib Dems can't afford to look this ridiculous
By Rafael Behr - 21 January 7:45

The Rennard shambles risks undermining the graduation into a serious party of government.

Labour's policy ideas are pointless if the public just isn't listening
By Tom Belger - 20 January 16:05

Miliband must address deeper public grievances if banking, benefits and other reforms Labour announces this month are to even get a hearing.

The Lib Dems suspend Rennard from the party
By George Eaton - 20 January 14:47

Former party chief executive has his membership suspended in advance of a new investigation over his failure to apologise to Lib Dem women.

How many female MPs will the Lib Dems have left after 2015?
By George Eaton - 20 January 12:52

Of the Lib Dems' seven female MPs, five hold seats among the party's 12 most marginal.

Rachel Reeves’s speech on social security: full text
By New Statesman - 20 January 11:06

“We are the party born of the self-respect and solidarity of working communities.”

Labour's challenge is to show that it has the best plan to control welfare spending
By Graeme Cooke - 20 January 9:08

The party needs a "social investment" strategy to reduce the subsidisation of private landlords, low-paying employers and long-term worklessness.

Labour's plan to make benefit claimants take skills tests is smart policy
By George Eaton - 20 January 7:44

By seeking to ensure that all jobseekers acquire English and maths skills, the party is tackling one of the long-term causes of unemployment and of low pay.

Why Miliband hasn't guaranteed that Balls will be Chancellor
By George Eaton - 19 January 11:34

It would look presumptive to start naming his cabinet before the election and would put him under pressure to guarantee others their jobs.

Miliband has brought together living standards and responsible capitalism
By Andrew Harrop - 17 January 17:03

The Labour leader argued convincingly that the cost-of-living crisis is the direct result of the deep structural faults in the economy.

It's time to protect pubs from exploitative PubCos
By Toby Perkins - 17 January 16:14

Too many pub companies force their licencees to buy limited products at inflated prices. But the Tories have consistently failed to act.

The Tories have decided that the Lib Dem playbook is the one with the right answers
By Richard Morris - 17 January 15:10

Restoring the minimum wage to its pre-crash level is the perfect encapsulation of a "stronger economy, fairer society" policy.

Balls hits out at Carney over bank bonuses
By George Eaton - 17 January 14:38

Shadow chancellor insists "there’s no prospect of an unhappy relationship" but says the Bank of England governor is wrong to oppose a cap on bank bonuses.

Osborne's minimum wage move is a huge political opportunity for Labour
By George Eaton - 17 January 9:02

By conceding that a large rise would not cost jobs or damage the public finances, Osborne has made it harder for the Tories to credibly oppose a more radical offer from Miliband.

Ed Miliband's banking reform speech: the full details
By George Eaton - 16 January 22:00

In another no-notes speech, the Labour leader will promise to introduce a cap on banks' market share and to create two new challenger banks.

How Labour's proposed new leadership election system would work
By George Eaton - 16 January 16:01

The introduction of a one-member-one-vote system would dramatically reduce the disproportionate power wielded by MPs.

Miliband's big opportunity is to unite the middle and working class
By David Boyle - 16 January 12:17

By promising fundamental changes to the economy, the Labour leader can carve out a new coalition which quietly puts to bed the old battle lines of the 1980s.

Progressive parties should cut National Insurance, not income tax
By Adam Corlett - 16 January 9:36

Rather than raising the personal allowance or introducing a 10p rate, the Lib Dems and Labour should cut NI if they want to help the poorest.

Labour remain ahead in European election poll, but who'll triumph in May?
By George Eaton - 16 January 8:37

UKIP trails Labour by six points but, as in 2009, the party is hoping for a late surge in the polls.

No 10’s “barnacle-stripping” has failed to keep irreconcilable Tory tribes on message
By Rafael Behr - 15 January 23:19

Any communications strategy devised in Downing Street also has to compete with noisy agendas elsewhere in the party.

Lib Dem source: "hell will freeze over" before Chris Rennard resumes roles
By George Eaton - 15 January 14:37

A party source rejects the former chief executive's suggestion that he could resume his roles after being cleared of sexual harassing female party members.

PMQs review: one for Miliband to forget as Cameron takes the gloves off
By George Eaton - 15 January 13:24

The "truce" between the two leaders lasted just a week as Cameron declared that Miliband had "all the moral authority of the Reverend Flowers".

Only Labour can be trusted to strengthen the minimum wage
By Ian Murray - 15 January 10:29

Despite ministers promising to name and shame firms which aren’t paying the legal minimum, not a single firm has been named so far.

Labour pins Osborne down on bank bonuses
By George Eaton - 15 January 8:36

The party challenges the Chancellor to veto any move by RBS to double the bank bonus cap under new EU rules.

Right to Buy is making the housing crisis worse. Here's how to reform it
By Tom Copley - 14 January 16:23

The government should ban private landlords from buying former council housing and abolish discounts on the properties.

Inflation is down, but the Tories shouldn't declare the living standards crisis over
By George Eaton - 14 January 13:59

Average wages are still rising slower than prices and will almost certainly be lower in 2015 than they were in 2010.

Cameron's flooding review must test the nation's preparedness for climate change
By Guy Shrubsole - 14 January 11:20

To date, the coalition has unforgivably weakened Britain's climate adaptation plans.

Miliband pitches for the middle class: five observations
By George Eaton - 14 January 9:12

The Labour leader reaches beyond his party's core vote and acknowledges that the living standards crisis began before the coalition.

Duncan Smith hints at cut in the benefit cap
By George Eaton - 13 January 15:59

Work and Pensions Secretary says "we will keep the policy under review" when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000.

It's time to give our education system a year off from reform
By Joe Hallgarten - 13 January 14:17

A politics-free period in schools could improve outcomes faster than any policy change.

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