Labour aims to turn the NHS crisis into Cameron's tuition fees moment
By George Eaton - 07 November 12:51

The party's new attack video shows how it will maximise the damage for the PM by reminding voters how he promised in 2010 to protect the health service.

Don’t bully those who wish to commemorate the war dead in their own way
By James Bloodworth - 07 November 11:17

All too often events aimed at remembering the victims casually morph into uncritical reverence of the First World War.

How is Iain Duncan Smith still in his job?
By George Eaton - 07 November 9:14

If the doctrine of ministerial responsibility means anything, the Work and Pensions Secretary should have resigned over the failure of Universal Credit long ago.

Why benefit sanctions could end up costing the taxpayer more
By Helen Barnard - 06 November 17:48

Sanctions push people into insecure, badly-paid jobs that leave them back on welfare soon afterwards.

Don't celebrate too soon, this recovery is dangerously unsustainable
By David Blanchflower - 06 November 16:41

The increase in growth has been driven by rising consumer debt and reverse austerity. Investment and wages remain stagnant.

The lessons Labour still needs to learn from Obama 2012
By Kirsty McNeill - 06 November 14:48

The party should aspire to build a campaign that redistributes resources from safe seats to the battlegrounds that will determine the outcome.

PMQs review: Cameron just wants to talk about Unite, but Bercow won't let him
By George Eaton - 06 November 13:28

The Tories go to war with the Speaker after he rebukes Cameron for ignoring a question in favour of an attack on the unions.

The energy price freeze is a means - market reform is the end
By Tom Greatrex - 06 November 10:14

Long after the price freeze has been lifted, Labour's market reforms will go on delivering a more transparent and more competitive deal for consumers and businesses.

How Miliband can skewer Cameron on low pay today
By George Eaton - 06 November 8:52

In May 2010, Cameron declared that the living wage was "an idea whose time has come". But the PM has said nothing substantive on the subject since.

Don't be fooled by the economic recovery, the odds are still against a Tory win in 2015
By Richard Mylles - 05 November 17:39

The challenges facing the Conservatives are mostly structural and may be impossible to overcome.

Why the Lib Dems need to start drawing red lines now
By Richard Morris - 05 November 16:02

To win back trust, Clegg needs to spend the next 548 days telling voters about his policy guarantees.

New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's success should give hope to Miliband
By George Eaton - 05 November 15:09

The triumph of the radical Democrat proves that you can run from the left and win.

Balls shows how Labour will counter Osborne's green tax gambit
By George Eaton - 05 November 13:04

The shadow chancellor charges the Tories with penalising "the ordinary taxpayer" by shifting green charges from bills without punishing the energy companies.

Ed Miliband's speech on the cost of living crisis: full text
By Ed Miliband - 05 November 11:31

"The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for ordinary families are rising."

The success of the state-run East Coast Main Line.
Rail privatisation has failed on every count - but there is an alternative
By Val Shawcross - 05 November 10:07

The success of the state-run East Coast Main Line proves it's time to bring the other rail franchises under public control.

Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote
By George Eaton - 05 November 8:41

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party who have condemned it.

David Miliband's speech on the lessons from JFK: full text
By David Miliband - 04 November 19:00

"Kennedy’s great insight was to know that we can live together better and more peaceably if we find ways to co-operate."

Why Scottish independence wouldn't mean a permanent majority for the Tories
By George Eaton - 04 November 16:02

Unless the Tories dramatically improve their performance in the north, independence would most likely lead to further hung parliaments or small majorities for them or Labour.

Why the Tories are wrong to assume that Help to Buy is political gold
By George Eaton - 04 November 13:56

While Osborne believes that "everyone will be happy as property values go up", new polling shows most of the public don't believe rising house prices are good for them or good for Britain.

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Ed Balls's speech to the CBI: full text
By Ed Balls - 04 November 12:39

"Being pro-market and pro-competition also means acting when markets fail and competition does not operate".

Cameron's concession to Labour on HS2 costs
By George Eaton - 04 November 11:30

After ministers previously pledged to deliver the new line "on budget", the PM now promises that it will come in "under budget".

Miliband offers answers on living standards, but the Tories just want to change the subject
By George Eaton - 04 November 9:01

On the politically defining issue of low pay, the Labour leader has the pitch all to himself.

The seven-year rule: why Labour doesn't think Cameron will save the Tories in 2015
By George Eaton - 01 November 15:39

History shows that after seven years at the top, politicians' ratings go into decline - and Cameron can't afford to lose votes in 2015.

Tony Blair and Russell Brand are right: career politics must end
By Kiran Moodley - 01 November 13:47

Both men recognise that politicians need to live, to experience the world, its hardships as well as its highs, before taking office.

Labour protests after former Tory staffer is made Head of the PM's Appointments Unit
By George Eaton - 01 November 11:56

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth writes to Jeremy Heywood demanding to know how former Laura Wyld was appointed to the "politically impartial" post.

John Cridland's assault on Miliband completes the CBI's divorce from reality
By George Eaton - 01 November 9:14

The CBI head presents the Labour leader's plans as dangerous Bolshevism. But in an age of market failure, most businesses won't agree with him.

HS2 vote: the Tory and Labour rebels
By George Eaton - 31 October 19:03

18 Conservatives and 11 Labour MPs voted against the new high speed line. But the real battle will come next spring.

The government's Energy Statement was an Annual Excuses Statement
By Caroline Flint - 31 October 17:39

We have an out-of-touch Prime Minister who would rather announce endless reviews and consultations than stand up to the big energy companies.

The Tories will find it harder to justify austerity now growth has returned
By George Eaton - 31 October 16:26

As the economy accelerates, it will become increasingly difficult for Osborne to defend the 1% cap on public sector pay rises.

Chuka Umunna's speech on race, class and social mobility: full text
By Chuka Umunna - 31 October 13:03

"We want to create a society in which the son of a bus driver can go on not only to run but own the bus company."

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