David Lammy launches his mayoral bid: what does this mean for his rivals?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 12:32

Labour backbencher and Tottenham MP David Lammy is the first politician to declare his wish to be Labour's London mayoral candidate.

Labour underestimates Ukip in thinking purely about its electoral impact
By Sam Fowles - 04 September 9:30

Ukip could prove to be of merely short-term electoral advantage to Ed Miliband; Labour may be in power after 2015, but its principles will not.

Cameron and Obama pledge to “confront” Islamic State, ahead of Nato summit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 8:41

The Prime Minister and US President have vowed against isolationism in the face of Islamic militants and the situation in Ukraine; will Cameron finally clarify Britain's stance on air strikes against Islamic State?

How can we reinvigorate local papers to ensure scrutiny of failing public agencies?
By Kevin Meagher - 03 September 16:25

In light of the failing public agencies in cases such as Rotherham and Mid-Staffordshire hospital, we need a plan to enhance proper local scrutiny.

How Clacton could be a crucial watershed in the history of Ukip
By Matthew Goodwin - 03 September 15:11

What impact will the Clacton by-election and Douglas Carswell's defection have on the UK Independence Party?

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.
PMQs review: Miliband exploits the coalition divide on anti-terror powers
By George Eaton - 03 September 13:41

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.

Arms sales can never be apolitical acts: the UK should not sell to Bahrain
By Andrew Smith - 03 September 12:26

There are few regimes as authoritarian as the one in Bahrain, and even fewer that enjoy such a level of support from the UK.

Boris Johnson owes Londoners an apology for wasting public money over airport folly
By Val Shawcross - 03 September 11:31

The Thames estuary airport idea has been rejected; the Mayor of London wasted £5.2m on lobbying for it.

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards.
Why the Scottish Tory leader said it's unlikely the Conservatives will win the general election
By George Eaton - 03 September 10:40

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards. 

David Cameron to chair emergency meeting on UK hostage death threat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 September 8:32

After a video apparently showing the beheading of another American journalist has been released, a Cobra meeting will be held to discuss the threat to a UK hostage.

Scottish nationalism isn't about how bad Westminster is; it's about how good Holyrood is
By Gary Hayes - 02 September 16:45

The rest of the UK's reaction to Scottish nationalism is one that shows the independence debate is more tied to Holyrood's success than to how bad Westminster is.

The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland
By Harry Lambert - 02 September 13:24

The Yes campaign's efforts on the ground are helping it close the gap in the race for independence.

Scotland poll puts Yes vote nearly neck-and-neck with Union support
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 12:28

A poll on Scottish independence for the Times has found the Union "on a knife edge" with the Yes campaign only three points away from victory.

“I'm the only Yes in the village”: speaking to swing voters and activists in the Scottish Borders
By Dominic Hinde - 02 September 11:36

Along the Anglo-Scottish border from Dumfries to Berwick, activists and swing voters give their opinions on the Scottish independence question.

Nick Clegg: “It’s not obvious” what the UK can do legally on new terror powers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 9:00

The Deputy Prime Minister admits that effectively stripping suspected terrorists of their UK citizenship is difficult in terms of Britain’s legal obligations.

Boris Island plans are rejected, but is this really a blow for the Mayor?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 8:08

A proposal to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary is to be rejected in an apparent blow to the Mayor of London. But could it help him?

Is a Commons vote a better way of taking Britain to war than the Royal Prerogative was?
By James Gray and Mark Lomas - 02 September 7:17

The most crucial of all decisions – to go to war – must not be left in the constitutional and procedural shadowy shambles it currently is.

Former Tory attorney general says plan to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law".
Dominic Grieve warns Cameron that anti-terrorism plan would breach UK law
By George Eaton - 01 September 17:07

Former Tory attorney general says proposal to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law". 

Transfer Deadline Day blows apart scare stories of Labour's plan to reinstate 50p tax rate
By James Mills - 01 September 15:17

How footballers behave on Transfer Deadline Day suggests that raising the top tax rate isn't that dangerous.

Austerity is making life unbearable for those with mental health conditions
By James Elliott - 01 September 14:52

Strangulation of funds has seen the NHS Mental Health Trusts lose £253m, 2.3 per cent of their funding.

The government must stop treating international students with hostility
By Karan Bilimoria - 01 September 14:36

This year, the number of foreign students undertaking higher education in Britain fell for the first time since 1983. The government must stop treating them with contempt.

Tories criticising Douglas Carswell should remember there aren't just two choices for 2015
By Richard Morris - 01 September 14:07

If Carswell wins his by-election, and the potential momentum that could give Ukip, an EU referendum will look more likely – and the renegotiation would suddenly look very different.

We didn’t “crash the car”: what is Labour’s message on Brown’s legacy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 September 10:31

As the shadow business secretary’s comments blaming Gordon Brown for damaging Labour’s credibility make headlines this week, it’s worth looking closer at the party’s attitude towards their most recent PM

The decision of nine MPs elected in 2010 to stand down suggests many fear defeat - and makes it more likely.
Why the drain of 2010 Tory MPs spells trouble for Cameron
By George Eaton - 01 September 9:20

The decision of nine Conservative MPs elected in 2010 to stand down suggests many fear defeat - and makes it more likely. 

Alert: Police officers in Downing Street after Home Secretary Theresa May raised the UK's terror threat level to 'severe', 29 August. Photo: Getty
David Cameron to announce new plan to tackle Islamic extremist threat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 September 8:08

The Prime Minister will make a statement in the Commons later today as parliament returns after recess and the coalition continues this morning negotiating how to widen anti-terror laws.

Ukip could cost Labour several seats next year.
Ukip’s rise isn’t all good news for Labour
By Tim Wigmore - 31 August 13:39

Ukip could cost Labour several seats next year.

Douglas Carswell set for landslide victory after his defection to Ukip from the Tories.
Ukip 44 points ahead of the Tories in Clacton by-election poll
By George Eaton - 30 August 23:43

Douglas Carswell set for landslide victory after his defection to Ukip from the Tories. 

The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism".
Cameron echoes Blair on terrorism: western military action is not to blame
By George Eaton - 29 August 16:26

The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism". 

Nicola Blackwood MP on reforming the law in child sex cases, and why Oxford isn't elitist
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 16:18

The Conservative MP and classically trained singer defends Oxford from claims of elitism, discusses how the law should change for child exploitation cases, and reveals why she came into politics.

“I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts, but I've changed my vote from No to Yes”
By Kev Sherry - 29 August 13:13

Kev Sherry, of Glaswegian indie outfit Attic Lights, explains why he's changed from No to Yes on the Scottish independence question. 

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