By presenting himself as a man for "principles", not photo-ops, the Labour leader is seeking to ensure the election is fought on his terms.
Miliband's new leadership pitch is a gamble worth taking
By George Eaton - 25 July 12:15

By framing himself as a man of "principle", not one for photo-ops, the Labour leader is seeking to ensure the election is fought on his terms. 

The economy may be larger than ever, but for most people the recovery hasn't even begun.
GDP exceeds its peak - but most are still worse off
By George Eaton - 25 July 9:43

The economy may be larger than ever, but for most people the recovery hasn't even begun.

But which will benefit the most?
Labour and the Tories are both framing 2015 as a two-horse race
By George Eaton - 24 July 17:55

But which will benefit the most?

Why Ed Miliband should gamble on a snap election after 2015
By Owen Bennett - 24 July 16:46

After 2015, Ed Miliband should evoke the spirit of Harold Wilson and gamble on a snap election – not dither and drown like Gordon Brown.

Is a return to constructive relations between Russia and the West possible?
By David Clark - 24 July 15:48

Russia may be destined to remain a source of instability and confrontation for as long as Putin remains in the Kremlin.

“But they have a space programme!”: untangling the foreign aid debate
By Richard Mallett - 24 July 14:09

Mainstream narratives about aid are clumsy and confused: here's how to talk about international development.

Debt and disability: the real cost of being disabled in Britain
By Stella Creasy and Kate Green - 24 July 13:24

Disabled people have seen their dignity and their budgets shredded under this government; Labour is looking to challenge this.

It is crucial that Britain takes the lead in defending human rights
By Simon Hughes - 24 July 12:06

Some Conservatives are desperate to see Britain withdraw from our international human rights obligations. They are wrong, argues the Justice Minister Simon Hughes.

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

Labour plans football tax to boost grassroots sport
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 July 8:54

Labour is to propose new taxes on the Premier League and sports betting firms to boost sport at the grassroots level.

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.

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