When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention.
Big reform, not big spending, will save Sure Start
By Lucy Powell - 10 August 0:01

When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention. 

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance.
Parliament should be recalled to authorise military support for Iraq
By Mike Gapes - 09 August 19:57

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance. 

The Ukip leader finally makes his choice.
Farage to stand for selection in South Thanet
By George Eaton - 08 August 15:48

Ukip leader plans to run in Tory-held constituency where his party currently polls first. 

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice.
Westminster's pledge to deny Scotland the pound has been vindicated
By George Eaton - 08 August 14:48

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice. 

Last summer's defeat over Syria has made the PM wary of intervention.
Cameron backs US military action in Iraq - but he won't join it
By George Eaton - 08 August 9:33

Last summer's defeat over Syria has made the PM wary of intervention.

George Galloway MP under investigation over anti-Israel remarks
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 August 7:52

The Respect MP is being investigated by the police for calling on Bradford to be “declared an Israel-free zone”.

The airport, which the Mayor has demanded be closed, is one of the biggest local employers.
Will Boris change his stance on Heathrow if he stands for Uxbridge?
By George Eaton - 07 August 17:49

The airport, which the Mayor has demanded be closed, is one of the biggest local employers.

Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough and Tom Daley among 200 famous faces calling for a Scotland No vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 August 16:39

Two hundred public figures have signed an open letter addressed to the people of Scotland, calling on them to vote "No" in the independence referendum.

If Labour scraps Police and Crime Commissioners, it will be rowing back on democracy
By Vera Baird - 07 August 12:42

The Labour Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria calls on Labour to retain PCCs, or a variant of the position, to allow transparency in policing.

The party would win all 10 of the target seats polled.
Labour nine points ahead in new poll of Tory marginals
By George Eaton - 07 August 12:13

The party would win all 10 of the target seats polled. 

Labour says joining up social care and health can plug the NHS budget shortfall
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 August 9:06

The Labour party says it would make savings in the NHS through joined-up services; what does this tell us about its approach to health policy in austere times?

Parliament must shed privately-educated and Westminster bubble MPs to win voters' trust
By Tim Wigmore - 07 August 7:50

As voters become more inclined to plump for an option outside the mainstream, or stay at home altogether, parties should recognise the electoral gains in becoming more genuinely representative of Britain today.

When it comes to tackling the real issues facing the city, Boris has failed spectacularly.
Boris's frivolity has left London craving serious leadership
By David Lammy - 06 August 18:13

When it comes to tackling the real issues facing the city, Boris has failed spectacularly. 

The Communities Secretary is a fierce opponent of
Eric Pickles's appointment as Faith Minister is bad news for secularists
By George Eaton - 06 August 16:07

The Communities Secretary is a fierce defender of religious privilege. 

The dark side of localisation: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out
By Megan Jarvie and Lindsay Judge - 06 August 16:06

For those on a lower income or not working, some boroughs are considerably more welcoming than others.

How relieving a million small businesses of business rates would help the high street
By Bill Grimsey - 06 August 14:24

The high street is crying out for serious policy: let’s take a million small businesses out of paying business rates.

Boris Johnson denied at least 17 times that he would return to parliament in 2015
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 August 12:33

The Mayor of London, who has announced he'll be running to be an MP, has consistently denied his wish to return to parliament in 2015.

Johnson's pledge to serve a full term leaves him in a difficult position if the Tories are defeated in 2015.
Boris can be mayor and an MP - but could he really be mayor and Tory leader?
By George Eaton - 06 August 11:27

Johnson's pledge to serve a full term leaves him in a difficult position if the Tories are defeated in 2015. 

To avoid squeezed households struggling, we must beware of premature interest rate rises
By Matthew Whittaker - 06 August 9:23

Households may struggle unnecessarily from premature interest rate rises if we continue to rely on the current key indicator of income growth.

Lib Dems pile the pressure on David Cameron over Gaza
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 August 8:15

Following the resignation of a Tory minister, the PM’s coalition partners are now calling for the suspension of arms export licences to Israel

The Better Together head's mastery of the detail consistently gave him the edge.
Scottish debate: Salmond needed a win, but Darling triumphed
By George Eaton - 05 August 22:41

The Better Together head’s mastery of the detail consistently gave him the edge. 

The Scottish First Minister and the Better Together chair go head-to-head in Scottish independence debate.
Alex Salmond vs. Alistair Darling: live blog
By George Eaton - 05 August 19:56

The Scottish First Minister and the Better Together chair go head-to-head in Scottish independence debate.

Would anyone care if Northern Ireland left the Union?
By Kevin Meagher - 05 August 14:30

If there is a majority that opts for Irish unity at some stage, then change will take place. No one is making a first principles argument for Northern Ireland remaining part of the UK.

Nick Clegg's revised stance on immigration just shows up his previous bungles
By Richard Morris - 05 August 12:40

The Lib Dem leader's tougher words on immigration policy today reveal the lack of "wisdom" from his advisers during his debates with Ukip's Nigel Farage.

"Disproportionate, ugly and tragic": Boris Johnson on Gaza eclipses the PM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 August 12:09

A government minister resigned this morning over Gaza. No 10, the Chancellor and the Mayor of London have all responded to this move, revealing an increasingly untenable situation for the PM.

Conservative minister Baroness Warsi resigns over government policy on Gaza
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 August 9:32

The government minister Sayeeda Warsi has resigned from the government over Gaza.

Labour continues tough line as it condemns Tories for ballooning housing benefit bill
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 August 8:27

The shadow work and pensions secretary is to slam the Conservatives for welfare spending, which follows her tougher stance on EU migrants.

Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems issue joint declaration on "further strengthening" the Scottish Parliament.
Party leaders unite to promise more powers for Scotland
By George Eaton - 05 August 0:01

Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems issue joint declaration on "further strengthening" the Scottish Parliament. 

Politicians will never please the public on immigration, so they should stop trying
By James Bloodworth - 04 August 15:59

On immigration, we demand that our politicians serve us a dish of fried snowballs and then feign disappointment when they fail to deliver it. 

A memorial to domestic violence victims. Photo: Getty
A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims
By Anna Hedge - 04 August 15:48

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area – by withdrawing their right to council tax support.

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