Now the bidding war is over, the government must turn its attention to what it will do for the under-5s.
The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term.
The electoral system has always been unfair and undemocratic - but now it could shut Labour out for generations. The time is right to embrace reform.
Our liberal political family has lost one of its most admired advocates. British politics has lost one of its best storytellers. This House has lost one of its warmest wits and most loyal Parliamentarians.
Housing is one of the biggest challenges we face in London. I'm backing Tessa Jowell as the politician who can do something about it.
Labour's disappointing showing in London has recalibrated that party's Mayoral race - and the winner is Tessa Jowell.
In seeking to undermine the Labour Party, the Tories are putting our most fundamental freedoms at risk.
Andy Burnham has secured a half-century of nominations, including his first from outside Wales and the North of England.
In theory, apprenticeships are great news. But they pose great danger to adult education in England.
At the beginning of the year, even some of Labour's activists didn't know who she was. In just a few months, she could be the party's leader. But who exactly is Liz Kendall?
Ahead of Brussels visit, leadership candidate says he will "learn the lessons of the Scottish independence referendum" by not joining forces with the Conservatives.
The emphatic ballot in favour of industrial action at Tata Steel must serve as a wake-up call.
MPs consider alternatives after "break clause" is rejected by acting leader Harman.
The Conservatives aren't 11 points ahead of Labour. And, to be frank, if they were, that's the least of Labour's problems.
Labour's bond with the Jewish community is at breaking point. What's to be done about it?
Andy Burnham is still waiting for the support of an MP south of Warrington. Does it matter?
Labour leadership candidate becomes the first to formally pass the nominations threshold of 35.
We created a false impression that we somehow wanted the state to run, control or own multiple markets – rather than champion their repair. That must never happen again.
Yvette Cooper should be a major player in the Labour leadership campaign. But she's struggling to define herself in a race dominated by Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall. What's going on?
Who will succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader?
Public anxiety over the Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP) must be listened to, and addressed.
I was an "ordinary voter" during the election campaign. It gave me a terrifying window into the state of British politics.
A group of Labour MPs write in defence of the party's trade union link.
The hunt for Harriet Harman's successor.
Labour must recover the spirit of Bryan Gould if it is to not only win but govern again.
The full text of Liz Kendall's speech in her constituency.
By adopting a pro-business message and admitting the deficit was too high, the Labour leadership candidate has frustrated hopes he would turn left.
As Labour's leadership contenders race to bury the Miliband project, they risk unearthing Neil Kinnock's defeat.
Boundary changes, allowing expatriates to vote and changes to trade union funding will all hit the opposition.
Childcare is an sound investment: fund it now and we’ll see the benefits for years to come, in terms of rising levels of maternal employment with additional tax revenues, falling child poverty and improved child development outcomes. The rationale is simple; delivering the policy less so.