The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled".
How Cameron got his facts wrong on workless families
By George Eaton - 19 February 8:23

The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled" under Labour, but the figures show it fell.

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party.
Balls's pitch to business: Labour can save the UK from EU withdrawal
By George Eaton - 18 February 15:38

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party is hardening against an in/out referendum.

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school.
The Tories' bid to close Sulivan primary school is a triumph of ideology over evidence
By Andy Slaughter - 18 February 10:56

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school shows contempt for parents and for children.

Local voters resent outside interference.
Why Labour's "decapitation strategy" could help Clegg keep his seat
By George Eaton - 18 February 8:54

Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.

There are more working than non-working households in poverty.
The UK needs better jobs not just more jobs
By Katie Schmuecker - 17 February 16:03

There are more working than non-working households in poverty for the first time ever. But don't assume a living wage will solve all problems.

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument.
Salmond didn't even come close to rebutting Osborne's currency threat
By George Eaton - 17 February 14:53

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument for Scotland entering a currency union with the rest of the UK.

A security guard stands at the gates of the Yarl's Wood detention centre
Laurie Penny on Yarl’s Wood detention centre: it shames Britain – when did “refugee” become a dirty word?
By Laurie Penny - 17 February 12:25

Hundreds of female asylum-seekers are housed in Yarl’s Wood. They have done nothing wrong, so why are we locking them up?

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy
Andrew Adonis: mansion tax is "socially just" and I support it
By George Eaton - 17 February 10:53

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy.

The Deputy PM's warning that a new coalition would not "break the bank".
Would Clegg force Labour to back tougher cuts?
By George Eaton - 17 February 8:30

The Deputy PM's warning that he would "absolutely insist" that a new coalition would not "break the bank" suggests that he may push Labour to back an Osborne-style deficit plan.

The Lib Dems need to start telling us what they'll be fighting for in 2015
By Richard Morris - 14 February 16:39

At Spring Conference, some of the manifesto raw meat needs to be presented and debated.

Could UKIP revive the debate over electoral reform?
By George Eaton - 14 February 14:54

If the party wins upwards of five per cent of the vote in 2015 but fails to win a single seat, our voting system will be called into question again.

Labour needs to challenge the British tradition of government
By Patrick Diamond - 14 February 13:25

A reforming, centre-left government must fashion a credible and robust statecraft, revitalising the civil service for the challenges of the contemporary age.

Cameron's abandonment of the right to recall shows the death of "the new politics"
By George Eaton - 14 February 10:06

The constitutional transformation promised by the coalition in 2010 has entirely failed to materialise.

Labour win Wythenshawe by-election as UKIP push Tories into third place
By George Eaton - 14 February 2:56

Miliband's party holds the seat on a swing of 11% as UKIP rise from fifth to second and the Lib Dems lose their deposit.

Borrowing is the best way to pay for flood protection
By Julian Morgan - 13 February 17:30

As flood defences provide protection for many years to come, it is wholly appropriate to pay for them gradually with long-term borrowing.

Andy Burnham: NHS must be exempted from EU-US free trade agreement
By George Eaton - 13 February 16:38

Shadow health secretary reveals he will soon travel to Brussels to lobby for the health service to be exempted from international competition law.

How Labour will give people the power to shape their own services
By Lisa Nandy - 13 February 11:45

The trick is to understand where communities are at their strongest and most energetic and build capacity around them.

George Osborne's speech on Scotland and the Pound: full text
By New Statesman - 13 February 10:58

"If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the Pound."

Lib Dem rebellion over cuts highlights post-2015 dilemmas
By George Eaton - 13 February 8:50

The decision by Tim Farron and four other Lib Dems to rebel against local government cuts is a reminder of the more open debate needed about the austerity to come.

Jon Cruddas's speech on power, democracy and devolution: full text
By Jon Cruddas - 12 February 17:24

"In our global world it is the local that will be the agent of political change, the place of belonging, the source of identity."

New Statesman
Andy Burnham interview: “You can’t have a blanket position on HS2”
By George Eaton - 12 February 15:51

The shadow health secretary on why he’s prepared to rebel.

Exclusive: Andy Burnham: I'm prepared to rebel against Labour over HS2
By George Eaton - 12 February 15:05

The shadow health secretary says the party "can’t have a blanket position" because "it doesn’t affect everybody equally".

PMQs review: Miliband traps Cameron over "money is no object"
By George Eaton - 12 February 13:15

The PM's loose rhetoric handed Miliband a win as he challenged plans to make 550 Environment Agency Staff redundant.

The coalition and the floods: from "money is no object" to "no blank cheque"
By George Eaton - 12 February 9:08

After Cameron's declaration that "money is no object in this relief effort", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin insists "I don’t think it’s a blank cheque".

Cameron's declaration that "money is no object" has destroyed his austerity message
By George Eaton - 12 February 8:46

By insisting that he will spend "whatever money is needed" on flood relief, Cameron has undermined his claim that austerity means we must tolerate rising homelessness and poverty.

Labour set to avoid promising EU referendum in general election manifesto
By George Eaton - 11 February 16:01

Party sources tell the NS that they do not expect Labour to change its stance on a referendum before May 2015.

Cutting foreign aid is no way to respond to the floods
By Jonathan Tanner - 11 February 14:59

Farage is relying on misconceptions about the scale, purpose and outcomes of aid spending to argue for this cynical raid.

Tom Watson attacks Tristram Hunt for crossing a picket line
By George Eaton - 11 February 13:27

Labour MP says he would rather the shadow education secretary "resign his post as a lecturer than cross a picket line of striking lecturers".

UKIP needs to learn to manage expectations
By George Eaton - 11 February 9:07

After Farage's promise to "cause an earthquake", anything less than first in the European elections will be deemed a failure - and the polls suggest Labour may well win.

It's too early to be pessimistic about boosting living standards
By Gavin Kelly - 11 February 7:00

Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.

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