With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again.
Thanks to Ed Miliband, Tony Benn died at peace with Labour
By George Eaton - 14 March 11:54

With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again in the party he served for so long.

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"
Tony Benn (1925-2014): ten of his greatest quotes
By George Eaton - 14 March 8:24

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"

The Labour giant died this morning.
Tony Benn dies at 88
By George Eaton - 14 March 7:20

The Labour giant died this morning at his home in west London.

Shadow chancellor urges fairer policy.
Balls calls for Osborne to scrap marriage tax allowance to fund 10p tax rate
By George Eaton - 13 March 17:26

Shadow chancellor says 10p tax rate would benefit two-thirds of married couples, while tax allowance would help just one-third.

Overthrowing the neoliberal settlement.
Can Labour learn from Thatcher and turn the wheel of history?
By Jon Trickett - 13 March 11:30

To overthrow the neoliberal settlement, the party must emulate the radicalism of the Conservative prime minister.

The remarkable degree of policy overlap.
Whisper it, but there's almost nothing Labour and the Lib Dems disagree on
By George Eaton - 13 March 8:56

Compared to the New Labour years, the degree of policy overlap between the two parties is remarkable.

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do.
Westminster is in thrall to the cult of Farage – but Clegg knows that most voters see through it
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 22:46

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do, including many who despise pub-bore nationalism.

Stopping a race to the bottom.
Only a radical government can end the Great British Rip-Off
By Sadiq Khan - 12 March 21:44

The next Labour government will tackle vested interests, reduce income inequality and end the race to the bottom.

An open letter to outgoing CEO Euan Sutherland.
The Co-operative needs to set a higher standard
By Rowenna Davis - 12 March 15:22

An open letter to outgoing chief executive Euan Sutherland.

He believes No.10 is within reach.
Miliband's EU referendum stance shows he is confident of election victory
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 14:06

The very fact that the Labour leader feels secure enough to affront Eurosceptics suggests he believes No.10 is within reach.

Labour can't afford to go soft.
PMQs review: Harman shows Clegg no mercy
By George Eaton - 12 March 13:08

Labour's deputy leader's all-out assault on the Lib Dems' record showed that she believes the party can't afford to go soft on the yellows.

Labour's smart focus on living standards.
Why Miliband is right not to promise an EU referendum
By George Eaton - 12 March 7:59

Guaranteeing an in/out vote would have shifted the debate back onto Tory territory and could have wrecked a future Miliband premiership.

The system has to change.
The coalition can't ignore the fall in sexual and domestic violence prosecutions
By Emily Thornberry - 11 March 16:37

A future Labour government will require police forces and the CPS to regularly publish how they perform on violence against women and girls.

Osborne's stance is contradicted.
Danny Alexander says OBR could audit Labour's manifesto
By George Eaton - 11 March 15:01

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury contradicts Osborne and says the idea is "well worth further consideration".

The RMT leader showed gains can be made.
What Bob Crow knew: better pay can’t be won without a fight
By George Eaton - 11 March 13:26

While many pay lip service to the need for higher wages, the RMT general secretary was prepared to take the action required to secure them.

The union confirms that its general secretary has died.
RMT leader Bob Crow dies at 52
By George Eaton - 11 March 10:13

The union confirms that its general secretary "sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning."

nflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k.
Why the Lib Dems' £12,500 tax allowance promise is a smaller pledge than it sounds
By Gavin Kelly - 11 March 9:35

Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel.
Jeremy Hunt's "hospital closure clause" could be a new NHS disaster for the Tories
By George Eaton - 11 March 8:50

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel against Clause 119 today, which would give administrators the power to close down any hospital or A&E without consultation.

For ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.
The Tories' opposition to Labour's youth jobs plan shows they are still standing up for the wrong people
By Michael Dugher - 10 March 15:37

Cameron's party can’t and won’t take the action necessary because it can’t admit that for ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.

A "Workers' Budget" for the Tories.
Tory group calls for Osborne to embrace the 45p tax rate - he should listen
By George Eaton - 10 March 14:19

Renewal's call for the 45p tax threshold to be reduced to £62,000 to fund the abolition of the 40p rate is smart politics.

Put local people in charge.
To stop youth crime before it starts, we need to shift power to communities
By Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed - 10 March 13:14

Instead of assuming that politicians have the answers, we should engage with the most affected areas and put local people in charge.

His strong connection with working class Scots.
Why Gordon Brown is a threat to Alex Salmond
By George Eaton - 10 March 10:55

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.

Policy will be funded by bank bonus tax.
Labour's jobs guarantee plan creates smart dividing lines with the Tories
By George Eaton - 10 March 8:50

The party pledges to fund the policy for the whole of the next parliament by introducing a bank bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those earning over £150,000.

Women hit four times harder than men.
Cameron and Osborne can’t avoid the truth that their policies have hit women hardest
By Catherine McKinnell - 08 March 10:34

The Tories’ tax and benefit changes have cost women four times as much as men – little wonder when they are so absent from the top table.

The party is worried about the EU elections.
Beneath the surface, tensions are growing in the Lib Dems
By Richard Morris - 07 March 16:34

Everything right now is analysed through the prism of "what it means about the leadership".

A surprising degree of consensus.
The main parties agree on the EU far more than they suggest
By Pawel Swidlicki - 07 March 14:47

Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.

A fight over the EU is good for both.
Why Clegg and Farage will both win from their debates
By Tom Mludzinski - 07 March 14:11

Farage gets to enter the political establishment, while Clegg has a chance to reconnect with those voters who warmed to him in 2010.

The party is pushed into last place.
Lib Dems beaten by Bus Pass Elvis Party in council by-election
By George Eaton - 07 March 11:27

The party is pushed into last place by a candidate whose policies include the legalisation of brothels with a 30 per cent reduction for OAPs.

Prioritising prevention and relationships.
We need a revolution in public services to tackle multiple needs and exclusions
By Ed Wallis - 07 March 9:46

By focusing on prevention, prioritising relationships and driving down power to the lowest level possible, we can provide the support the most vulnerable in our society really need.

The most uncertain forecast.
How big is Osborne's black hole? The problem is we don't know
By George Eaton - 07 March 9:00

The level of austerity required varies hugely depending on how much growth is thought possible.

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