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It's not a National Living Wage, but it's a step in the right direction
By Cameron Tait - 10 July 16:35

George Osborne has at least made a start on the problem of low pay, argues Cameron Tait.

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George Osborne's latest budget leaves us all a prisoner of debt
By Louise Haigh - 10 July 16:04

Britain's resilience is lower than it was before the last crisis, and this budget has piled yet more debt onto households, warns Louise Haigh.

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What makes a mother put her child on a "lilo with sides"?
By Kirsty McNeill - 10 July 14:16

Yesterday, I visited one of the boats rescuing people crossing the Mediterranean. Here's what I learned.

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Without anyone noticing, doctors are leaving the NHS in droves
By Benedict Cooper - 10 July 13:40

Increased paperwork, increased hours, and ever more pressure are forcing GPs out of the NHS - either to the private sector, or abroad.  

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I'm voting for Norman Lamb so we can get the Liberal Democrats back where they belong: in government
By Charlie Kingsbury - 10 July 13:24

We can't just campaign ourselves into the ground. We need to prove we have ideas worth voting for: that's why we need Norman Lamb, says Charlie Kingsbury.

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The Met has three tests to pass on Stop and Search

Tessa Jowell and Doreen Lawrence write on what the Met can do to ensure Stop and Search works for everyone. 

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It's not yet time for the British Left to contemplate Brexit
By Michael Chessum - 10 July 11:04

Recent events in Greece have shaken the British Left's pro-Europeanism. But the Left case for Brexit is still unmade, argues Michael Chessum.

Watch: David Lammy's latest campaign video
By New Statesman - 10 July 10:24

In David Lammy's latest campaign video, the candidate's friends and family tell his story, going from growing up poor in Tottenham to becoming a barrister and MP.

Alexis Tsipras believes he has no "mandate" to leave the euro and is seeking more ambitious debt relief.
Why Greece backed down on austerity
By George Eaton - 10 July 9:48

Alexis Tsipras believes he has no "mandate" to leave the euro and is seeking more ambitious debt relief.

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Alistair Darling backs Caroline Flint
By Stephen Bush - 10 July 8:00

Caroline Flint's campaign for the deputy leadership has recieved a boost thanks to the endorsement of Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and head of Better Together.

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Seriously, could Jeremy Corbyn win?
By Stephen Bush - 09 July 16:28

The endorsement of Unite, tumbling odds with the bookmakers, and now second place among local parties all raise the same question - could Jeremy Corbyn really win?

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Government cries "common sense" as it refuses to debate Budget plan that could require women to prove rape
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 July 16:01

Leader of the House Chris Grayling has dismissed MPs' calls to set aside time to debate what has been described as an "incredibly distasteful" policy.

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George Osborne has made a big gamble - Labour must make sure he pays for it
By Karim Palant - 09 July 14:27

Amidst the noise about a living wage and the Labour leadership race, George Osborne has left a big hostage to fortune. Labour must hold him to it.

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Liz Kendall appoints Margaret Hodge to investigate Britain's £100bn tax relief bill
By Stephen Bush - 09 July 13:26

The Labour leadership has appointed the former head of the Public Affairs Committee and anti-tax avoidance campaigner Margaret Hodge to review the £100bn that Britain gives away in tax relief each year. 

The new £9 rate will give the UK one of the highest minimum wages in the OECD.
Osborne's living wage will increase immigration - but he won't mind
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:09

The new £9 rate will give the UK one of the highest minimum wages in the OECD. 

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The battle over TTIP is far from over - and we're not ready to give up the fight
By Jude Kirton-Darling - 09 July 10:48

The Left won a partial victory in the European parliament yesterday - but the battle continues.

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The battle over TTIP is far from over - and we're not ready to give up the fight
By Jude Kirton-Darling - 09 July 10:48

The Left won a partial victory in the European parliament yesterday - but the battle continues.

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Budget 2015: George Osborne misses his targets again
By Nida Broughton - 09 July 8:55

George Osborne has offered some reprieve on austerity. Let’s hope it gets used wisely.

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Once again, the biggest losers from George Osborne's budget are women
By Yvette Cooper - 08 July 19:50

Labour needs to have the strength to stand for a better approach – for a stronger economy with sustainable public finances and a fairer, less divided country.

 

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says "difficult decisions have to be made" after Osborne limits pay increases to 1 per cent.
Labour backs four-year public sector pay cap
By George Eaton - 08 July 17:25

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says "difficult decisions have to be made" after Osborne limits pay increases to 1 per cent. 

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The welfare cap is government policy at its worst - but Labour won't challenge it
By Caroline Lucas - 08 July 16:25

In a crowded field, the welfare cap is the coalition's worst policy. It's a failure of courage not to oppose it, says Caroline Lucas.

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George Osborne's Budget is an attack on the young
By Tim Wigmore - 08 July 16:14

Don't vote, don't get.

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Budget 2015: For too many poor students, getting to university is just half the battle
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 08 July 16:10

It's not so much the getting to university as it is the staying there. The surviving.

The Chancellor ruthlessly exploited the opposition's weaknesses and addressed the Tories'.
Osborne's politically deft Budget makes life even harder for Labour
By George Eaton - 08 July 15:32

The Chancellor ruthlessly exploited the opposition's weaknesses and addressed his party's own. 

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Budget 2015: George Osborne steals Ed Miliband's clothes - but the body is still Tory
By Stephen Bush - 08 July 14:05

Ed Miliband got something in the budget after all - but the rest was throughly Conservative. 

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George Osborne to slow pace of welfare cuts in another bad cop-steady cop manoeuvre
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 July 10:44

The Budget will lay out the government's £12bn welfare cuts programme to take a year longer than first planned.

Labour backbencher's supporters consider switching their second preference votes in the leadership contest.
Corbyn backers threaten to transfer support from Burnham to Cooper
By George Eaton - 08 July 10:32

Labour backbencher's supporters consider switching their second preference votes in the leadership contest.

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Cutting inheritance tax will be good news for a privileged few, bad news for the rest
By Tim Wigmore - 08 July 10:14

Cutting inheritance tax will mean happy days for the top 10 per cent, and nothing to everyone else.

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Think the end of Sunday trading sounds good? Think again
By Paul Seller - 08 July 10:08

There is a real danger that these proposals will lower the quality of life for retail workers, small shop-keepers and those who live in town centres, warns Paul Sellers.

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The end of Sunday trading will spell misery for shopworkers
By John Hannett - 08 July 8:00

"Devolving" control over Sunday trading is deregulation by the back door, argues Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett.

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