Cameron won't repeat Romney's gaffes and enjoys the advantage of incumbency.
Why Axelrod has his work cut out with Labour
By Nick Faith - 28 April 17:52

Cameron won't repeat Romney's gaffes and enjoys the advantage of incumbency.

Shadow health secretary will back the bill despite criticisms.
HS2 critic Andy Burnham to vote in favour tonight
By George Eaton - 28 April 15:05

Shadow health secretary will back the bill, despite previous criticisms, as it only applies to the first phase of the project.

Were the debate to be held before the campaign, the impartiality rules would not apply.
Would Clegg be able to block a Cameron-Miliband TV debate?
By George Eaton - 28 April 11:54

Were the debate to be held before the general election campaign begins, the impartiality rules would not apply. 

People enter the Jobcentre Plus office in Bath. Photograph: Getty Images.
The coalition's "Help to Work" won't help the jobless
By George Eaton - 28 April 8:44

The DWP's own study found that forcing claimants to do community work or attend daily jobcentre meetings made almost no difference to employment levels. 

The Chancellor has chosen political opportunism over intellectual consistency.
Osborne's U-turn on RBS bonuses has undermined his credibility
By George Eaton - 25 April 16:10

After voting against a cap as recently as January, the Chancellor has taken fright. 

Those with the power to make decisions on your behalf should share in the risks, not just enjoy the rewards.
Why "skin in the game" could be the key to reforming markets
By Jon Cruddas - 25 April 10:22

Those with the power to make decisions on your behalf should share in the risks, not just enjoy the rewards.

Workers will now receive a full-time contract after a year, not 12 weeks.
Why has Labour watered down its plans to tackle zero-hour contracts?
By George Eaton - 25 April 9:02

The party previously suggested that workers would be offered a fixed-hours contract after 12 weeks. But that period has been extended to a year. 

Cable has previously suggested that the coalition could end early.
Is Lord Oakeshott speaking for Vince Cable?
By George Eaton - 24 April 22:04

Cable has previously suggested that the coalition could end early, a demand now made by the Lib Dem peer.

A new high-speed rail connection would be transformative for the north.
We need to go beyond HS2 and build a Liverpool-Leeds rail link
By David Kirkby - 24 April 16:34

A high-speed rail connection between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would be transformative for the north.

The party has reduced its debts from £25m in 2005 to £4.5m but risks to funding have increased.
Labour's finances are healthier than most think - but dangers remain
By George Eaton - 24 April 14:55

The party has reduced its debts from £25m in 2005 to £4.5m but risks to funding have increased. 

A secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
Clegg calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England - and he's right
By George Eaton - 24 April 10:54

In an increasingly atheistic and multi-faith society, a secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
The myth of Gove's "popular" free schools
By George Eaton - 24 April 8:10

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.

Why Scottish independence will benefit England.
Alex Salmond's St George's Day speech: full text
By Alex Salmond - 23 April 18:30

Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class.
How the left can win in the 5-75-20 society
By Patrick Diamond - 23 April 17:07

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again. 

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
Is illegal immigration really "getting worse"?
By Jonathan Portes - 23 April 16:13

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.

Cameron and his allies are sincere in their desire for social emancipation.
The Tories are taking the morality war to the enemy
By Bruce Anderson - 23 April 12:20

Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it. 

But Ukip is betting on a late surge.
Labour retains stubborn lead in European elections
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:31

But Ukip is betting on a late surge.

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
Tony Blair's speech on the Middle East: full text
By Tony Blair - 23 April 8:45

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."

The Tories should start to consider the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year.
Would Boris resign as mayor in order to become Conservative leader?
By George Eaton - 23 April 8:32

The Tories should start preparing for the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year. 

The party is focusing on remaining the largest in a hung parliament.
The Tories are planning a defensive election strategy - and that's bad news for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 April 16:28

With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party. 

Farage is courting the working class with a new populist programme.
How Ukip is turning left on the economy
By George Eaton - 22 April 11:37

The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation. 

Why I say Ukip posters are racist
By Mike Gapes - 22 April 9:02

The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country.

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.
Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign
By George Eaton - 22 April 8:19

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

Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign
By Marcus Roberts - 18 April 9:07

The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser
By George Eaton - 17 April 22:31

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff
By Lucille Harvey - 17 April 16:11

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face.
Labour needs to use family policy to support and strengthen relationships
By Susanna Abse - 17 April 15:01

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity.
Labour's left and right are growing restive
By George Eaton - 17 April 11:49

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre. 

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion.
Cameron does God, but does Britain want him to?
By George Eaton - 17 April 8:36

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives. 

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
UKIP's own privately educated clique
By George Eaton - 16 April 16:18

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

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