Party reform will help turn Labour into a movement again.
Ed Miliband's Special Conference speech: the three key themes
By George Eaton - 28 February 22:07

The Labour leader's message: the reforms will get working people back into politics, transfer power from MPs to party members, and help turn Labour into a movement again.

The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics.
The flaw in Osborne’s pre-emptive strike against a currency union
By David Scheffer - 28 February 20:11

The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics. But these are tactics the Scottish government could also successfully employ.

The europhile and the europhobe.
Where Clegg and Farage agree: Cameron's EU renegotiation plan is a fantasy
By George Eaton - 28 February 15:53

It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.

UKIP tries to remove journalists from fringe meeting on sharia law
By George Eaton - 28 February 13:52

"How can you be both a Muslim and an English man?" asks activist at meeting the party tried to keep reporters out of.

The Scottish Secretary could be the man to hold the Lib Dems together.
Why Alistair Carmichael could be the next Lib Dem leader
By Thomas Byrne - 28 February 12:30

Having successfully transcended his party's left-right divide, the Scottish Secretary could be the man to hold the Lib Dems together after the next election.

Don't assume that 2015 will result in another hung parliament.
A Labour majority is far more likely than most think
By George Eaton - 28 February 8:59

Having failed to predict the hung parliament of 2010, commentators may now be making the reverse error by underestimating the chance of an overall Labour victory.

Too many essential workers are being priced out.
We need rent controls to solve London's housing crisis
By David Lammy - 27 February 11:02

Too many essential workers are being priced out of the capital. Rent controls could address the uncertainty and unaffordability they face.

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.
Labour's view on an EU referendum - a work in progress
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 8:32

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic.
Behind the gun-slinging sceptic act, Cameron is a good European. Will he dare show it in public?
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.

The trend is moving in the right direction.
How a minimum wage rise will help the coalition
By George Eaton - 26 February 17:19

The first real-terms increase since 2008 will make it easier for the Tories and the Lib Dems to argue that the trend is moving in the right direction.

This blue collar phase will pass unnoticed and unloved.
The Tories' claim to be the "Workers' Party" is just another cheap rebrand
By Owen Smith - 26 February 14:32

Just as earlier iterations have faded fast, so too will this blue collar phase pass unnoticed and unloved.

The Labour leader skillfully drove a wedge between the PM and his party.
PMQs review: Miliband calls Cameron out on the Tory climate change deniers
By George Eaton - 26 February 13:24

By forcing Cameron to reaffirm his green credentials, the Labour leader skillfully drove a wedge between the PM and his party.

A pact with UKIP would alienate centrist voters.
Tory group Renewal sharpens the case against a Conservative-UKIP pact
By George Eaton - 26 February 10:54

As the blue collar modernising group warns, a deal with UKIP would alienate the centrist voters that the Tories need if they are to ever win a majority again.

A report on the policy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Exclusive: The government's private assessment of Labour's energy price freeze
By George Eaton - 26 February 8:57

A report on the policy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change is released following a freedom of information request by the New Statesman.

Chris Leslie's pledge to avoid the wasteful short-termism.
Labour's plan to "declutter" public services is part of true fiscal responsibility
By George Eaton - 25 February 19:11

Chris Leslie's pledge to avoid the wasteful short-termism of the coalition is a good place to start. But far tougher choices lie ahead.

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' latest Europe row
By Nick Tyrone - 25 February 15:54

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.

Labour tribalists would demand a promise.
A pledge by Cameron to avoid another coalition would put pressure on Miliband to do the same
By George Eaton - 25 February 12:43

Labour tribalists and the media would immediately demand that Miliband follow the PM and promise to govern alone after May 2015.

Any minority government would soon collapse.
If Cameron rules out coalition, he rules out being in government after 2015
By Mark Thompson - 25 February 10:40

Any minority government would soon collapse as there would be no impetus for the Lib Dems to support the Queen's Speech.

Rather than merely rebutting the paper's smears.
Harman is right to go to war with the Daily Mail
By George Eaton - 25 February 9:19

Rather than merely rebutting the paper's smears, Labour's deputy leader is right to question its fitness to deliver moral lectures at all.

Cameron has been squandering the UK’s lead.
After years of inaction, the Tories need to go much further on carbon capture
By Tom Greatrex - 24 February 15:45

Cameron has been squandering the UK’s lead in a technology with a large and growing global market.

Scotland would be left with no central bank.
Salmond's plan to use the pound without permission would be dangerous for Scotland
By George Eaton - 24 February 14:34

Scotland would be left with no central bank, no lender of last resort and no control over its interest rates, and would breach EU membership conditions.

"David Cameron was still fooling around on the playing fields of Eton".
Salmond plays the class card against Cameron with Eton jibe
By George Eaton - 24 February 9:05

The Scottish First Minister says that "while I was compiling the oil and gas index, David Cameron was still fooling around on the playing fields of Eton".

The Labour leader says "there’s a big, big contrast between us as an expanding party."
Ed Miliband interview - on the trade unions, party funding and Arnie Graf
By George Eaton - 24 February 7:50

The Labour leader says "there’s a big, big contrast between us as an expanding party and the Tories".

We need to end the childcare crunch on our families and the economy
By Lucy Powell - 21 February 22:58

Families have been hit by a triple whammy in childcare: rising childcare costs, falling early years places and cuts to financial support.

Too many many parents are trapped at home or are only able to work a few hours.
To solve the living standards crisis, all parties need to go much further on childcare
By Spencer Thompson - 21 February 12:04

Too many many parents are trapped at home or are only able to work a few hours a week because of the rising cost of childcare.

"I know we all look the same," said Kendall.
Watch: Philip Hammond confuses Liz Kendall with Rachel Reeves on Question Time
By George Eaton - 21 February 10:45

"I know we all look the same," said Kendall after being repeatedly mistaken for her shadow cabinet colleague.

Ed Balls's emphasis on the long-term benefits of investment in flood defences.
Could flood prevention help Labour make the case for "good borrowing"?
By George Eaton - 21 February 8:39

Ed Balls's emphasis on the long-term benefits of investment in flood defences is an example of how the party could challenge the Tory narrative on public spending.

The long-delayed government-commissioned report slipped out.
Ministers can no longer deny the link between food banks and benefit cuts
By Moussa Haddad - 20 February 18:52

The long-delayed government-commissioned report slipped out today contradicts claims by ministers that food bank usage is driven by supply.

A council tax revaluation should be on the table.
Labour needs to go much further to give real meaning to devolution
By Simon Parker - 20 February 13:28

A council tax revaluation, local proportional representation and participatory budgets should all be on the table.

Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws?
What happens to Scottish MPs if Scotland votes Yes?
By George Eaton - 20 February 11:54

Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?

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