The Chancellor says he has "no plans" to increase the tax: the same phrase he used before the 2010 increase.
Osborne refuses to rule out raising VAT after promising £2bn for NHS
By George Eaton - 30 November 10:44

The Chancellor says he"doesn't have any plans" to increase the tax: the same phrase he used before the 2010 increase. 

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus.
How Osborne watered down his deficit reduction vote
By George Eaton - 28 November 16:52

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus. 

We should welcome devolution to Scotland, but let’s not leave London behind
By David Lammy - 28 November 15:55

Radical devolution means new powers for cities, regions and local communities around the country.

Conservatives are pushing for stronger laws to face the threat from Islamic State
By Grant Shapps - 28 November 14:38

How the Communications Data Bill is intended to tackle Islamic State.

Why cracking down on "benefits tourism" won't get David Cameron very far
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 November 12:34

Central to the Prime Minister's plan to "toughen" his stance on immigration is to curb welfare to migrants. But "benefits tourism" is a myth.

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right.
Cameron's speech was a reaffirmation of faith in EU membership
By George Eaton - 28 November 12:14

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right. 

Will the next UN Secretary General be a woman?
By David Clark - 28 November 11:18

Buggin's turn principle.

What are EU migrants entitled to in terms of benefits and housing, and when?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 November 9:35

David Cameron wants to delay benefits to EU migrants for four years, Labour for two years. What are they currently entitled to, when, and how much do they claim?

A "game-changing" policy? David Cameron plans for EU migrants to wait four years for benefits
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 November 8:17

In his long-awaited speech on immigration, the Prime Minister will set out benefit restrictions for European migrants, but this is not exactly "game-changing".

The ruling against the former chief whip and David Mellor's snobbish attack on a taxi driver have confirmed the Tories' image as "the party of the rich".
Andrew Mitchell's defeat over plebgate caps a terrible week for the Tories' reputation
By George Eaton - 27 November 17:31

The ruling against the former chief whip and David Mellor's snobbish attack on a taxi driver have confirmed the Tories' image as "the party of the rich". 

The frustrating reality of having Ukip represent the UK’s interests in Europe
By Keith Taylor - 27 November 15:51

I’m afraid to say we made the wrong choice as Ukip are beginning to prove time and time again their insignificance in Europe. 

Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell loses his libel trial, which rules he did say the words alleged
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 November 15:26

The judge has ruled that former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell did say the word "pleb", or something close to it, in his libel trial against the Sun's owners over the Plebgate scandal.

The PM, Labour, SNP and the BBC: the political muddle of Scottish devolution
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 November 14:29

The Smith Commission says Scotland should set its income tax: what is the politics behind this decision?

Ukip are five points behind the Tories in Thanet South with the Lib Dems just three points ahead of Labour in Sheffield Hallam.
Farage struggling and Clegg in danger of losing seat, Ashcroft poll shows
By George Eaton - 27 November 14:03

Ukip are five points behind the Tories in Thanet South with the Lib Dems just three points ahead of Labour in Sheffield Hallam. 

The Smith Commission recommends devolving full income tax powers to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 November 8:57

The Commission tasked with deciding which powers to devolve to Scotland's recommendations will make life tricky for Labour.

Unlike the Tories, we will confront the issue of a "two nation" education system.
Only Labour has the will to tackle the private-state education divide
By Jon Ashworth - 26 November 17:56

Unlike the Tories, we will confront the issue of a "two nation" education system. 

Shadow work and pensions secretary says Conservative MPs apologised to her over Duncan Smith's claim that she had not bothered to vote.
Rachel Reeves: Tory MPs apologised to me over "incredibly rude" Duncan Smith
By George Eaton - 26 November 15:20

Shadow work and pensions secretary says Conservative MPs apologised to her over Duncan Smith's claim that she had not bothered to vote. 

Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper deserves its place
By Douglas Beattie - 26 November 14:38

Avowedly pro-independence, The National hit the streets on Monday and sold out in a matter of hours.

There’s far more to be angry about in Tory Britain than a white van tweet
By Salman Shaheen - 26 November 14:31

In sacking Emily Thornberry, Miliband has once again pandered to the right and to the politics of reaction. It's time for an alternative party of the left.

What is Labour's plan for building a digital government?
By Chi Onwurah - 26 November 14:15

Innovation and democracy.

We need a change in the law on information about climate change impacts
By Bob Ward - 26 November 13:25

The failure by government to make the public aware of how climate change is affecting the UK exposes a loophole in key legislation.

The Labour leader is determined to keep his party's strongest issue at the top of the agenda.
PMQs review: Miliband bangs on about the NHS
By George Eaton - 26 November 13:08

The Labour leader is determined to keep his party's strongest issue at the top of the agenda. 

Iain Duncan Smith is at risk of wasting billions on the Universal Credit scheme
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 12:52

The public spending watchdog has found further woes for the government's flagship welfare reforms programme.

What are Theresa May's new plans to combat terrorism?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 9:20

The Home Secretary is to announce new measures to respond to the terror threat.

Nick Clegg warns the Prime Minister against caps or quotas on immigration
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 9:02

The Deputy Prime Minister enters the immigration debate, backing a crackdown on "benefits tourism" but opposing a cap on migrant numbers.

How "care in the community" overlooks people with learning disabilities
By Lucy Hurst-Brown - 26 November 7:59

The government and social care sector must do more to deliver true community integration.

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