Turning up the heat: 12 green crunch points for 2015
By Guy Shrubsole - 09 January 17:06

From the Infrastructure Bill to Paris talks.

Why benefits sanctions don't work, and we need a more personalised service
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 January 16:46

Visiting a job-shop in a Salford suburb, we learn why the government's current benefits sanctions need to be reformed.

Having ruled that the Greens should not be included, the publicly-funded broadcaster should stand its ground.
Cameron's threat to avoid the TV debates is a test of the BBC's independence
By George Eaton - 09 January 14:54

Having ruled that the Greens should not be included, the publicly-funded broadcaster should stand its ground. 

The NHS privatisation experiment is unravelling before our eyes
By Benedict Cooper - 09 January 13:56

As Circle Holdings, the first private firm to manage an NHS hospital, looks to leaving its contract, we have a depressing example of how privatisation can go badly wrong.

Tactical voting, fewer wasted votes and lower turnout explain why the party can win more seats with the same number of votes.
Labour's electoral advantage isn't mainly due to the boundaries
By George Eaton - 09 January 13:43

Tactical voting, fewer wasted votes and lower turnout explain why the party can win more seats with the same number of votes. 

MI5 chief warns "we cannot stop every UK terror threat"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 January 8:30

The head of MI5, speaking after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, describes Britain's vulnerability.

The Ukip leader's attack on multiculturalism is a demonstration of his malign intent.
Farage's exploitation of the Charlie Hebdo murders is a new low
By George Eaton - 08 January 15:25

The Ukip leader's attack on multiculturalism is a demonstration of his malign intent. 

TV debates: Ofcom rules Ukip is a major party but the Greens are not
By Harry Lambert - 08 January 11:55

The Greens’ case for inclusion has been undermined by Ofcom’s ruling.

Could Nick Clegg be the price for a Lib Dem coalition with Labour?
By Richard Morris - 08 January 9:21

Would the Lib Dems manage to keep Nick Clegg as leader during coalition negotiations with Labour?

Front pages: the British press reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 January 8:20

How British newspapers have responded to the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on their front pages.

The real root of the A&E crisis lies far beyond the wards
By Benedict Cooper - 07 January 17:30

Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron both brushed off Labour's concerns over the A&E crisis as political hot air today – they do so at their own peril.

Is being self-employed becoming the new normal?
By Izzy Hatfield - 07 January 16:07

In the last four years, 40 per cent of new jobs have been in self-employment. This is more likely to be a permanent shift than a temporary phenomenon.

Shadow justice secretary departs from Labour stance by saying broadcasters should invite the party.
Sadiq Khan: The Greens should be included in TV debates
By George Eaton - 07 January 15:07

Shadow justice secretary departs from Labour stance by saying broadcasters should invite the party. 

Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham kick the NHS "political football" around the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 January 13:41

The Health Secretary responded to an Urgent Question from the shadow health secretary about the number of major incidents declared at A&E units.

The Prime Minister was left to resort to accusing the Labour leader of playing politics.
PMQs review: Cameron fails to neutralise Miliband's NHS attack
By George Eaton - 07 January 13:17

The Prime Minister was left to resort to accusing the Labour leader of playing politics. 

The rightwing group Pegida is protesting across Germany against "islamisation". Photo: Getty
In pictures: the Pegida protests in Germany
By New Statesman - 07 January 10:00

A look at the anti-"islamisation" rallies of the rightwing group Pegida taking place in Germany.

Angela Merkel is set to back migrant benefit curbs in talks with David Cameron
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 January 8:32

The German Chancellor is poised to support UK plans for cutting benefits to migrants.

Dominant China, India back on track, and creative artificial intelligence: 10 predictions for 2015
By IPPR - 06 January 16:44

Ten different writers give their predictions for this year.

Jim Murphy versus Diane Abbott: what Labour's mansion tax war tells us
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 January 15:08

What can we learn from the divisions revealed by the Scottish Labour leader's policy proposal?

The shadow London minister warns that the party "will not forgive" those focused on the contest to come.
Sadiq Khan: Labour London mayoral candidates must not be "distracted" from general election
By George Eaton - 06 January 14:28

The shadow London minister warns that the party "will not forgive" those focused on the contest to come. 

NHS pressures hitting A&E causes a political crisis for the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 January 8:41

A number of hospitals in recent days have declared "major incidents" because of A&E pressures.

Would Labour consider scrapping Trident to make way for a deal with the SNP?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 January 18:18

Ed Miliband hints he could water down his stance on Trident in order to make a deal with the Scottish National Party.

Is Labour losing the ethnic minority vote?
By Tim Wigmore - 05 January 16:52

Labour should not ignore the electoral gains that a higher ethnic minority turnout could bring.

The battle for Scotland will echo the referendum and may define the election – and beyond
By Douglas Beattie - 05 January 16:20

Labour and the SNP have competing visions for Scotland and the UK – could they really find common ground in Westminster?

Stalemate? The legal mechanics of having two general elections this year
By Andrew Lomas - 05 January 15:52

What are the legal and constitutional impediments on there being, as some commentators have suggested, two general elections this year?

Osborne's claim of a "backhole" in its plans is forcing the opposition to shout louder about its commitment to continued austerity.
The trap the Tories have set for Labour on cuts
By George Eaton - 05 January 14:31

Osborne's claim of a "blackhole" in Miliband's plans is forcing his party to shout louder about its commitment to continued austerity. 

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?

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