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Zac Goldsmith MP is running to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor - what chance does he have?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 11:47

The Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, announces his intention to run for the mayoralty.

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Why I'm backing Caroline Flint to be deputy leader
By David Blunkett - 09 June 9:00

Caroline isn't afraid of confronting hard truths and she doesn't avoid hard work. She's my choice for deputy leader.

Sadiq Khan will serve a full term as MP for Tooting if he becomes Mayor of London
By Stephen Bush - 08 June 21:31

The move will head off fears that Labour will lose the seat in a by-election, but the Tories may use it against Khan.

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We're very different MPs - but we're backing the same woman for London Mayor

From Sure Start to the Olympics, Tessa has delivered for London before and she can do so again. 

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality.
Labour leadership candidates clash on the EU and the past at PLP hustings
By George Eaton - 08 June 15:57

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality. 

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There are big questions to answer for Manchester's new mayor
By Daniel Kenealy - 08 June 13:07

Devolution to Greater Manchester was greeted with general celebration. But there are broader concerns about the role and how it develops.

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Ex-footballer Sol Campbell running for London Mayor shows the Tories' celebrity strategy at play
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 June 12:31

Sol Campbell is the most high-profile figure to declare his interest in being the Conservative candidate to succeed Boris Johnson so far.

Tony Blair greets the crowd after his first landslide victory in 1997. Photo: Getty Images
Is Labour dead?
By Neal Lawson - 08 June 11:26

Time is running out for the party to prove it can revitalise itself.

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What is "trust" anyway, and why did Labour lose it?
By Steve van Riel - 08 June 7:57

You can't win if people don't trust you - but "trust" is rather more complicated than you might think.

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Labour's next split: the referendum
By Stephen Bush - 06 June 9:30

Labour may soon find itself just as riven by Europe as the Conservative Party.

Caroline Flint launches her candidacy at Progress conference. Photo: Getty Images
Labour deputy leadership candidate Caroline Flint unveils another 12 supporters
By Stephen Bush - 06 June 8:50

Caroline Flint has revealed the names of 12 more supporters, taking her total to 24 overall.

The First Minister, Peter Robinson, outside Stormont. Photo: Getty Images
Why an argument over welfare reform could have big consequences for Northern Ireland
By Ciara Dunne - 05 June 15:57

Welfare reform could have momentous consequences for Northern Ireland and the future of the Stormont parliament.

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Solving the housing crisis will be at the heart of my mayoralty
By Sadiq Khan - 05 June 14:00

The single biggest thing that Londoners need from their next Mayor: a solution to the housing crisis.

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The story of Britain is the story of immigration - and we must stand up for it
By Keith Burnett - 05 June 13:49

Immigration is part of our history, and our future must be neither narrow nor fragmented.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses a Stop the War rally. Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr
Will Jeremy Corbyn make the ballot?
By Stephen Bush - 05 June 11:28

Jeremy Corbyn, the leftwing MP, has announced he will seek nominations for the Labour leadership race. His chances are better than they look.

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Don't look back in anger: why both In and Out must move on 1975
By Sunder Katwala - 05 June 8:59

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Britain's last referendum on its membership of the European Union. But both In and Out must move on from that contest if they are to win the next one.

Voters head to the polling station on May 7 2015. Photo: Getty
It's not just what Labour does, but how the party does it, that needs to change
By Stella Creasy - 05 June 8:00

The way Labour does politics must change - or the party will simply lose again.

The former leader has quickly taken up the cause he championed in office.
Miliband's inequality speech shows he will be a participant in Labour's future
By George Eaton - 04 June 17:40

The former leader has quickly taken up the cause he championed in office.

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Where next for Libya?
By Daniel Kawczynski - 04 June 14:28

Libya has fallen victim to poor planning and wooly thinking. But a document from the country's past could save its future.

David Cameron in 2013, shortly before committing to an In-Out referendum. Photo: Getty Images
The complacency of the Yes campaign may yet lead to a European exit
By Hugo Winn - 04 June 13:15

The In-Out referendum isn't a foregone conclusion - and complacy could win it for No.

Tim Farron addresses Liberal Democrat party conference. Photo: Getty Images
"God rest you, Charlie": Tim Farron's tribute to Charles Kennedy
By New Statesman - 04 June 9:01

The full text of Tim Farron's tribute to Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader, who died this week.

Jeremy Corbyn could be the Labour leadership candidate of the left. Photo: Flickr/stopwar.org.uk
Could Jeremy Corbyn MP be Labour's leadership candidate of the left?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 19:05

A late alternative option has emerged for Labour's next leader: the ardent socialist, Jeremy Corbyn.

Unite boss Len McCluskey addresses the TUC. Photo: Getty Images
Are the trade unions really signing up 1,000 members a day to vote in the Labour leadership election?
By Stephen Bush - 03 June 17:42

You should never trust a round number in politics, and this one in particular looks fishy.

Ex-Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson: “When we went into coalition, I knew it might be impossible to win my seat”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 16:02

The coalition minister who lost her Scottish seat at the election reflects on her party’s defeat.

Struggling white working-class students are good news for Ukip. Photo: Phil Boorman
Failing schools provide Ukip with their supporters of tomorrow
By Tim Wigmore - 03 June 15:28

White working-class boys do worse than anyone else at school.

David Cameron and his childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, pictured in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
What next for childcare?
By Hollie Warren - 03 June 14:31

Now the bidding war is over, the government must turn its attention to what it will do for the under-5s.

The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term.
PMQs review: Cameron in charge as he lashes Labour over "aspiration"
By George Eaton - 03 June 13:39

The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term. 

The SNP secured 50 per cent of the vote but took 95 per cent of Scotland's seats. Photo: Getty Images
The time is right for Labour to embrace electoral reform
By Katie Ghose - 03 June 13:38

The electoral system has always been unfair and undemocratic - but now it could shut Labour out for generations. The time is right to embrace reform. 

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, pictured earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images
Nick Clegg's tribute to Charles Kennedy
By New Statesman - 03 June 13:06

Our liberal political family has lost one of its most admired advocates. British politics has lost one of its best storytellers.  This House has lost one of its warmest wits and most loyal Parliamentarians. 

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