Miliband's gamble on union funding could cost Labour millions - but it is one he had to take
By George Eaton - 09 July 6:58

If the Labour leader is to be a consistent supporter of democracy and transparency, he cannot defend a system that allows unions to donate millions from their members without permission.

I believe in trade unions but the Unite machine alienated me
By Faye Lipson - 08 July 17:32

I joined the union as a fresh-faced student idealist but the camaraderie which I expected never materialised.

How our gung-ho parliament turned against military interventionism
By James Evans - 08 July 14:48

Blair was able to win more support for a full-scale invasion than Cameron can for arming a rebel group.

Labour and Unite accuse the Tories of "wasting police time" - and they're right
By George Eaton - 08 July 13:55

Tory MP Bob Neill's letter to the Metropolitan Police contains no evidence that the law may have been broken in seats other than Falkirk.

Why Miliband should support an opt-in system for trade union donations
By George Eaton - 08 July 11:27

It would give greater legitimacy to Labour funding and force trade unions to make a positive case for supporting the party.

More trouble for IDS: how claimants are unprepared for Universal Credit
By George Eaton - 08 July 8:31

Ahead of Duncan Smith's grilling by MPs, a new study shows 92 per cent of claimants are unprepared for the new system in at least one area.

Scottish and British: why Andy Murray brings a fragmenting UK together
By Sunder Katwala - 06 July 17:11

It is a sign of the health and maturity of civic Scottish nationalism that sport matters so much less to nationhood than it did a generation ago.

Labour and the Tories' woes show our political system is breaking apart
By Kevin Meagher - 06 July 16:41

The growing strength of the Tory right and the anti-austerity left suggests our stable, predictable system of party politics may be coming to an end.

Labour's opponents are trying to break the union link - we won't let them
By Owen Smith - 05 July 17:32

Desperate attempts to present Falkirk as part of a pattern of union abuse are as predictable as they are risible.

The six Labour MPs who voted in favour of Tory MP James Wharton's EU referendum.
The Labour EU referendum rebels: the full list
By George Eaton - 05 July 16:37

The six Labour MPs who voted in favour of Tory MP James Wharton's EU referendum bill.

Labour hands Falkirk report to the police: what laws could Unite have broken?
By George Eaton - 05 July 13:34

If the allegation that the union signed up members to Labour without their knowledge or consent is proven, it could be charged with fraud.

The Labour leader must use this moment to emancipate himself from the machine.
Miliband needs to go much further to restore confidence
By Rafael Behr - 05 July 11:06

The Labour leader must use this moment to emancipate himself from the machine that won him the job in the first place.

Miliband must not lose control of Labour's EU referendum policy
By George Eaton - 05 July 9:08

Shadow minister Ian Austin's dramatic call for an in/out referendum next year shows how party unity is fraying.

Labour and Unite at war: McCluskey accuses party HQ of a "stitch-up"
By George Eaton - 04 July 19:38

The Unite general secretary hits back after Labour announces the end of the "union join" scheme and suspends Unite candidate Karie Murphy from the party.

Will Watson's departure prevent a new round of Labour bloodletting?
By Rafael Behr - 04 July 16:54

The chatter in the party has been that Watson runs around the country making sure 'his' people get chosen as candidates.

After Watson: who will run Labour's general election campaign?
By George Eaton - 04 July 15:59

Douglas Alexander, who ran the 2010 campaign, is the frontrunner.

Tom Watson resigns as Labour's general election co-ordinator
By George Eaton - 04 July 15:09

Read the full text of the Labour MP's resignation letter to Ed Miliband.

Why Theresa May should back down on immigration bonds
By Jon Ashworth - 04 July 14:53

A £3,000 visitor bond will hurt the poorest families, while doing nothing to deal with illegal immigration.

Meet Mr Predistribution: Jacob Hacker
By George Eaton - 04 July 12:17

An interview with the Yale political scientist behind Ed Miliband's big idea.

Labour's culture of fixing goes far beyond the unions
By Ben Cobley - 04 July 10:46

Privileges and patronage are wired into the party's institutions. Falkirk is merely the latest example.

Labour MPs urge police to consider charging Murdoch after secret tape is released
By George Eaton - 04 July 9:01

Tom Watson and Chris Bryant suggest that Murdoch could be charged with perverting the course of justice.

Why McCluskey's statement of support is bad for Miliband
By George Eaton - 03 July 17:16

By choosing to answer the question "who runs Labour?" the Unite general secretary has suggested the answer was in doubt.

Activists shouldn't be dismissed as 'naïve' or 'immature' for expecting politici
The Lib Dems and Labour need to remember why their activists go into politics
By Richard Morris - 03 July 16:09

Activists shouldn't be dismissed as 'naïve' or 'immature' for expecting politicians to deliver on party policy.

PMQs review: Cameron lets his Unite obsession get the better of him
By George Eaton - 03 July 13:19

The Tories should not make the mistake of assuming that the public shares their instinctive loathing of the trade unions.

Labour and Unite: how The Times misled its readers
By George Eaton - 03 July 11:15

Of the 14 Labour constituency parties placed under "special measures", just one, Falkirk West, was due to concerns over activity by Unite.

Why Hunt's crackdown on "health tourism" could cost more than it saves
By George Eaton - 03 July 8:50

"Health tourism" currently costs £12m, just 0.01 per cent of the NHS budget. The new crackdown could cost far more.

The coalition's cuts to early years education are storing up problems for the future
By Imogen Parker - 02 July 16:32

By neglecting the early years we risk having to spend more playing catch-up later on.

Why the odds are still on a Labour victory in 2015
By George Eaton - 02 July 14:29

The electoral system, UKIP and the strength of the Labour brand all mean that the party is still likely to be the largest after the next election even after a fall in support.

New Statesman
How Labour can come to the rescue of Sure Start
By Michael Pavey - 02 July 12:07

The revolutionary power of early intervention is now comprehensively proven. Labour needs to put Sure Start at the heart of its plans to enthuse a weary electorate.

The problem with allowing schools to set their own term dates
By George Eaton - 02 July 8:46

What about parents with children at different schools? Gove and Twigg should recognise the need for local co-ordination.