Five new laws that may have escaped your notice in 2014
By Siobhan Weare - 05 January 12:31

Which pieces of new legislation did you miss last year?

Has Labour descended into the politics of fear over the NHS?
By David Talbot - 05 January 9:14

Ed Miliband's party is repeating the divisive mistakes in the history of Labour's internal debates over the NHS.

Operation conversation: what’s behind Labour’s four million doorstep goal?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 January 8:17

Launching Labour’s election campaign, Ed Miliband will call on his party to hold four million doorstep conversations on the way to May.

The PM is trying to give the false impression that most of the pain lies in the past.
How Cameron misled on cuts in his Marr interview
By George Eaton - 04 January 10:58

The PM is giving the false impression that most of the pain lies in the past. 

George Osborne and his ministers once mocked the opposition for the goal they now boast of achieving.
How the Conservatives ridiculed Labour for pledging to halve the deficit
By Jonathan Portes - 03 January 8:01

George Osborne and his ministers once mocked the opposition for the goal they now boast of achieving. 

The shadow chancellor remembers that it was fear of "Tory cuts" that handed Labour victory in 2001 and 2005, and denied the Conservatives a majority in 2010.
Why Balls is so confident about attacking Osborne's cuts
By George Eaton - 02 January 11:16

The shadow chancellor remembers that it was fear of "Tory cuts" that handed Labour victory in 2001 and 2005, and denied the Conservatives a majority in 2010. 

By accepting vast inequalities of wealth, the political class has acquiesced in the continual erosion of opportunity.
Forget immigration, the big issue in 2015 should be the death of social mobility
By James Bloodworth - 29 December 18:54

By accepting vast inequalities of wealth, the political class has acquiesced in the continual erosion of opportunity. 

The Lib Dems are desperate to win anti-Tory tactical votes.
Why David Laws has changed his tune on spending cuts
By George Eaton - 28 December 15:52

The Lib Dems are desperate to win anti-Tory tactical votes in seats such as Laws's. 

New Scotland poll puts the SNP 17 points ahead of Scottish Labour
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 December 10:04

Does a "bloodbath" really await Labour, as a new poll gives SNP 43 per cent of the vote share next May, with Scottish Labour's share tumbling to 26 per cent?

Earmarking taxes for the NHS won’t guarantee more money for healthcare
By India Keable-Elliott - 24 December 8:47

By clearly linking a tax to overall spending on the NHS, it can help reconnect voters with the purpose of taxation, but makes healthcare spending vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks and cycles.

WATCH: Christmas messages from David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 December 8:34

The three main party leaders have released their Christmas messages.

The truth behind our political parties’ immigration policy arms race
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 December 16:32

This year, all the main parties have been competing over who can curb benefits for migrants the most. Why is this their approach?

We need an approach you can trust on TTIP
By Jude Kirton-Darling and Ian Murray - 23 December 15:50

The Prime Minister shows contempt for people's concerns about this trade deal.

The Chancellor can no longer declare that the UK is the fastest growing major economy.
Fastest US growth for 11 years spoils Osborne's boast
By George Eaton - 23 December 14:18

The Chancellor can no longer declare that the UK is the fastest growing major economy.

Shadow chancellor could act shortly after he takes power.
Balls likely to hold early Budget if Labour win in 2015
By George Eaton - 23 December 12:29

Shadow chancellor set to act before March 2016. 

Former Tory universities minister slams Theresa May's plan to curb overseas student numbers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 December 8:40

The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, blasts the Home Secretary's proposal for a student visa overhaul.

Enforcing “British values” is a convenient pretext for casual xenophobia and bigotry
By Rabah Kherbane - 22 December 16:22

The truth is, there is no substantial definition of "British values" and "integration", which are landmark terms for restrictive measures and border control. 

Looking to 2015: what will happen to households when interest rates rise?
By Hugh Stickland - 22 December 13:47

Budgets are stretched tight but we must be ready for the inevitable change.

The bottom 10 per cent of households pay 47 per cent of their income in tax. But they would gain nothing from the parties' plans.
The poorest still pay the most tax - why aren't the parties promising to help them?
By George Eaton - 22 December 12:46

The bottom 10 per cent of households pay 47 per cent of their income in tax. But they would gain nothing from the parties' plans. 

Politicians ought to have a pint with their opponents more often
By Simon Danczuk - 22 December 11:25

Politics without blind tribal dogma? I’ll drink to that.

The benefit cap is making central London a no-go zone for low income families
By Fiona Twycross - 22 December 11:20

Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts.

Child abuse survivors call on Theresa May to scrap and replace the current inquiry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 December 9:08

The victims of alleged historic cases of child abuse are urging the Home Secretary to set up a whole new, more powerful, inquiry.

Forming alliances: a run-down of the parties’ red lines
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 16:28

Hung parliament preparations.

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January
By George Eaton - 19 December 16:12

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength. 

"People just dismiss me": the leading policeman challenging the War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 December 14:28

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

"The last backstop for the most vulnerable": what now for local welfare schemes?
By Megan Jarvie and Lindsay Judge - 19 December 12:29

Yesterday’s Provisional Local Government Settlement contained the worrying news that dedicated funding for council-run emergency support schemes will cease.

The fight against poverty overseas is undermined by money laundering in the UK
By Steve Barclay - 19 December 11:53

Why the government's anti-corruption plan is a missed opportunity.

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010.
Lib Dems hit new poll low of 5 per cent
By George Eaton - 19 December 11:44

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010. 

Nigel Farage defends Ukip candidate's racist remark
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 10:56

"If you go for a Chinese, what do you call it?"

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