The Tories' campaign for re-election has already started.
Cameron's Ctrl-Alt-Del on frozen party relations
By Rafael Behr - 25 April 12:14

A bunch of new appointments and a more aggressive tone indicate that the Tories' campaign for re-election has already started.

Osborne's run of luck continues as he dodges a triple-dip
By George Eaton - 25 April 10:17

The return of the economy to growth, however anaemic, allows the Chancellor to maintain the narrative that the UK is "healing".

Mandelson takes a swipe back at McCluskey
By George Eaton - 25 April 9:12

Labour peer says the Unite head is "the man who reminds us of where we came from and what we left behind" after McCluskey's attack on him in the NS.

Miliband denounces McCluskey over "reprehensible" attack on Blairites
By George Eaton - 24 April 20:20

The Labour leader moves swiftly to condemn the Unite general secretary over his comments to the New Statesman.

There is an alternative: governments can do what markets cannot
By Chuka Umunna - 24 April 15:58

To succeed in age of globalisation, British manufacturers need a government that rejects laissez faire Thatcherism.

Exclusive: Len McCluskey declares war on shadow cabinet "Blairites"
By George Eaton - 24 April 15:09

Unite general secretary says Miliband will be "defeated" and "cast into the dustbin of history" if he gets "seduced" by "the Jim Murphys and the Douglas Alexanders".

PMQs review: Cameron plays dirty on the NHS
By George Eaton - 24 April 13:14

Miliband accuses the PM of a "disgraceful slur" after he says the Mid-Staffs report was a "reminder of Labour's record on the NHS".

Dissident threats to McGuinness’s life but Sinn Fein doggedly sticks to political strategy
By Kevin Meagher - 24 April 10:29

The targeting of Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister helps to reinforce his modernising credentials.

Food bank users triple in a year as the cuts bite
By George Eaton - 24 April 8:39

The number of people who received emergency food aid rose to 346,992 in 2012-13, up from 128,697 the previous year.

Miliband makes his first major spending pledge: Labour won't cut the NHS
By George Eaton - 23 April 14:04

A Labour government would not consider "cutting the health service", says Miliband in his biggest post-2015 commitment.

Why Labour is right to consider a salary insurance scheme
By Graeme Cooke - 23 April 11:57

A welfare system that provides greater support to people when they need it most offers an alternative to the divisive pose bring struck by the coalition.

Revealed: why the deficit actually rose today
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:45

Strip out all special factors and total borrowing was £400m higher in 2012-13 than in the previous year.

Osborne in Scotland: right message, wrong messenger
By George Eaton - 23 April 9:18

The Chancellor is on strong ground when he highlights Scotland's difficult currency options but his toxic reputation could damage the unionist cause.

Chris Grayling
In the future our police, lawyers and jails will be run by G4S
By Russell Fraser - 22 April 17:42

Barrister Russell Fraser explains the reality of cuts to legal aid.

Labour recognises that it could end up closing hospitals too
By Rafael Behr - 22 April 16:45

The party's plan to integrate health and social care makes sense fiscally and clinically but the politics could be more difficult to navigate.

What did Galloway and Miliband really discuss?
By George Eaton - 22 April 16:13

The Respect MP has threatened "to tell the whole truth" after Labour figures dismissed claims he could rejoin the party.

Will Britain have a black prime minister? Don't bet against it
By Sunder Katwala - 22 April 14:19

A bigger barrier today than the remaining levels of prejudice of the electorate is an exaggeration of the prejudice of the electorate by the media and political classes.

Will this be Osborne's worst week yet?
By George Eaton - 22 April 13:35

A higher deficit and a triple-dip recession could make this week even worse for the Chancellor than the last one.

The problems with Labour's benefit loan plan
By Jon Stone - 22 April 10:55

A salary insurance scheme would disincentive work, penalise low earners and likely prove unpopular.

How fears over Romanian and Bulgarian immigration have been exaggerated
By George Eaton - 22 April 8:52

A new survey shows that just one per cent of Romanians and four per cent of Bulgarians have begun to look for work in the UK and most will only migrate with a firm offer.

Interview: Danny Alexander on unemployment, the IMF and Scottish independence
By Nash Riggins - 19 April 16:40

After a 70,000 increase in unemployment and criticism of austerity by the IMF, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury insists the coalition is not on "the wrong path".

New Statesman
Lib Dem activists are prepared for war over the snoopers' charter
By Richard Morris - 19 April 15:52

After repeated assaults on civil liberties by the coalition, the party's grass roots are angry, worried and very distrustful.

The questions Labour needs to answer about its regional benefit cap
By George Eaton - 19 April 15:19

Why support a regional benefit cap but not regional benefit levels? And what level would the cap be set at it in London?

Why did Margaret Thatcher have a jaundiced view of the Irish?
By Kevin Meagher - 19 April 11:43

The revelation from Peter Mandelson that Thatcher told him the Irish are "all liars" is of a piece with her attitude to Northern Ireland and Irish affairs.

Labour rejects claims it would outspend the Tories as "total rubbish"
By George Eaton - 19 April 9:24

A source tells the NS that the party has not decided whether to match Osborne's post-2015 spending limits and says it would be "irresponsible" to do otherwise.

Online supporters could soon be all political parties have left
By Jamie Bartlett - 18 April 17:42

On almost every measure, the number of social media supporters is now significantly greater than the number of formal party members.

Why have Tory MEPs rejected a free market solution to climate change?
By Matthew Spencer - 18 April 16:04

By sabotaging reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Conservative MEPs have shown that they can't be relied upon to champion British interests in Europe.

Inside Miliband's "one nation" project
By George Eaton - 18 April 14:12

The Labour leader's chief strategist Stewart Wood on the inspiration he takes from Thatcher and the five principles behind "one nation".

Why is the American right closing prisons?
By Rick Muir - 18 April 11:58

In the US the tide on criminal justice reform has started to turn as conservatives recognise the huge inefficiency of the prison system. Could the same happen here?

"All Thatcherites now"? Not us, say the voters
By George Eaton - 18 April 9:16

A new YouGov poll shows voters reject policies including the sell off of council housing, the privatisation of public utilities and prioritising inflation over employment.

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