Too many households with modest means are shouldering too high a debt burden
By Gavin Kelly - 24 July 8:12

As we anticipate interest rates rising, how can the government help households in debt through the painful transition?

A wealth tax can help deliver real change for the common good
By Natalie Bennett - 24 July 7:44

The Green party's leader Natalie Bennett announces a new policy: an annual wealth tax to combat inequality in Britain.

The party faces the prospect of inheriting a state that, in parts, is on the brink of collapse.
As its poll lead holds, Labour is divided – between those who fear defeat and those who fear victory
By George Eaton - 23 July 22:39

The party could inherit a state that, in parts, is on the brink of collapse. 

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader".
Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down
By George Eaton - 23 July 14:01

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader". 

The Commonwealth Games begin: will they be a political spectacle?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 July 8:27

The Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow today, and Alex Salmond has promised not to use them for political purposes. Will he keep his word?

The whip must be withdrawn.
Lib Dem MP David Ward: I would fire rockets at Israel
By George Eaton - 22 July 22:51

The whip must be withdrawn.

Surprise! White men are over-represented on Question Time
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 16:52

White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance. Then again, Westminster is far worse.

Ed Miliband: "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 15:49

The Labour leader says his party opposes Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

Its share price has fallen, but the Royal Mail sale was still a debacle
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 14:08

The government lost between £750m and £1.7bn in selling off the Royal Mail – or three times as much as the bedroom tax might save.

Ashcroft polls: sealing Nigel Farage's seat as Thanet South?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 13:18

Lord Ashcroft’s latest marginal polls put Ukip in first place in the constituencies of Thurrock and Thanet South.

As trains regain their prestige, it's time for a trip through their chequered past
By Oliver Farry - 22 July 11:26

While air travel has become progressively less exclusive, rail is edging back towards the prestige it once had. But it has had a chequered historical and cultural past.

We need action, not more words: fight FGM the way we fight forced marriage

Instead of immediately implementing protective measures to fight female genital mutilation, the government has called for further "consultation". But it's time for action, not more talking.

Cameron pledges tougher law on FGM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 8:23

The Prime Minister, hosting the Girl Summit in London today, will announce new, stronger measures against female genital mutilation.

he pair met for 25 minutes at the White House.
What Miliband and Obama talked about
By George Eaton - 21 July 21:43

The pair met for 25 minutes at the White House and discussed issues including the economy, climate change and the Scottish referendum. 

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.
Nick Griffin is gone - but hatred of the political class remains
By Tim Wigmore - 21 July 18:09

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.

Defining "acting heroically" in legal terms: Chris Grayling's Heroism Bill is a waste of time
By Andy Slaughter - 21 July 16:54

The government has a patchy record with criminal justice bills – and the latest is no exception. The Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill is attacked as a “vacuous waste of time” by the Labour party.

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU.
Blair on Miliband: disagreement, but also consensus
By George Eaton - 21 July 15:13

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU. 

Margot James on New Labour's "tragedy", rebellious schooldays, & being the first lesbian Tory MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 14:12

The Tory MP for Stourbridge discusses her business background, flirting with New Labour, breaking school rules, and being the first openly gay female Conservative MP.

Why we need whole-person education
By Dan Holden - 21 July 13:08

Long-term thinking in education policy is vital to the way we reform our political economy.

The Greens may become a force to be reckoned with
By Kevin Meagher - 21 July 8:48

It could be a blip, but the Green party's polling suggests a bright future.

David Cameron calls for more sanctions on Russia after the MH17 crash
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 8:16

The PM has spoken to Putin about Russia's role in the Malaysian Airlines crash, and is urging his EU allies to impose harsher sanctions on Russia.

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14.
Labour defeats rebellion over spending plans
By George Eaton - 20 July 14:21

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14 as consensus is achieved on programme for government. 

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference.
Tim Farron's Beveridge Memorial Lecture: full text
By New Statesman - 19 July 20:44

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference. 

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.
Miliband defines his programme: big reforms, not big spending
By George Eaton - 19 July 0:00

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation.
Why Labour hasn't pledged to fully renationalise the railways
By George Eaton - 18 July 20:51

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation. 

This latest assault on the Gaza Strip is the tipping point for Palestine
By Grahame Morris - 18 July 16:21

The chair of Labour Friends of Palestine argues that the latest events in Gaza highlight a need for a paradigm shift in the international community. Focusing exclusively on negotiations, whilst failing to hold Israel accountable for their human rights violations and annexation of Palestinian land, is not enough.

Employment tribunal fees are a tax on justice
By Johanna Baxter - 18 July 15:22

Employment tribunal fees are a tax on justice; Labour's National Policy Forum should commit to abolishing them.

Why the Yes campaign isn't winning the economic argument in "middle" Scotland
By Jamie Maxwell - 18 July 15:06

The Yes campaign is losing the economic argument – this could be more to do with establishment unionism than seeing through the SNP's "bluff".

Europe has a duty to act more effectively on the Russia Ukraine conflict
By Mike Gapes - 18 July 13:28

The Labour MP Mike Gapes argues that it is becoming increasingly likely the crashed airliner in Ukraine was shot down by Russian separatist fighters, and that it's time Europe took action on the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says "I don’t see any reason whatsoever why she shouldn’t be the deputy prime minister in a Labour administration."
Angela Eagle backs Harman to become deputy prime minister under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 July 9:35

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says no "reason whatsoever" why deputy leader should not do job after reports she could be denied it.

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