Cammell Laird apprentice Bryn Jones, aged 19, works on a grinding machine at the company's shipyard where he is learning traditional ship building skills. Photo: Getty Images
Apprenticeships come with a price tag that politicians won't tell you about
By Freddie Whittaker - 02 June 11:11

In theory, apprenticeships are great news. But they pose great danger to adult education in England.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's health manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
“I didn't see any point in pretending”: profile of Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall
By Stephen Bush - 02 June 9:54

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 Tories.
Burnham promises to establish pro-EU Labour group separate from the Tories
By George Eaton - 02 June 0:00

Ahead of Brussels visit, leadership candidate says he will "learn the lessons of the Scottish independence referendum" by not joining forces with the Conservatives. 

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The government and Tata Steel are sleepwalking into the first steel strike in decades
By Stephen Kinnock - 01 June 17:14

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.
Could Labour still make it easier to remove its leader?
By George Eaton - 01 June 15:16

MPs consider alternatives after "break clause" is rejected by acting leader Harman. 

Business Secretary Sajid Javid heads to a meeting of the Cabinet. Photo: Getty Images
Do the Conservatives have an 11-point lead?
By Stephen Bush - 01 June 13:19

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 campaigners in Finchley. The party went down to a heavy defeat. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's relationship with Britain's Jews is at a low ebb. Can it be rebuilt?
By Daniel Elton - 01 June 10:07

Labour's bond with the Jewish community is at breaking point. What's to be done about it?

Andy Burnham addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Southern discomfort: does it matter that Andy Burnham can't get the support of MPs in the South?
By Stephen Bush - 01 June 7:54

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.
Burnham confirms frontrunner status as he gains eight new MP supporters
By George Eaton - 31 May 19:00

Labour leadership candidate becomes the first to formally pass the nominations threshold of 35. 

A Labour canvassser out on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
If people don't trust Labour with their wallets, we'll never get their votes
By Chris Leslie - 31 May 10:49

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 addresses the main hall of Labour party conference in 2014. Photo: Getty Images
What's wrong with Yvette Cooper's campaign?
By Stephen Bush - 30 May 0:02

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?

The Labour leadership candidates' first hustings. Photo: Getty
Who are the MPs running to be Labour's next leader?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 May 17:49

Who will succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader?

Anti-TTIP protesters take to the streets. Photo: Getty Images
People's concerns over TTIP must be heard
By Jude Kirton-Darling - 29 May 17:21

Public anxiety over the Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP) must be listened to, and addressed. 

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The Left must speak to us all, not just our own aspiration
By Julia Brosnan - 29 May 16:43

I was an "ordinary voter" during the election campaign. It gave me a terrifying window into the state of British politics.

Families and members of the TUC attend an anti-austerity demo in Westminster. Photo: Getty Images
Labour must defend the trade union link
By New Statesman - 29 May 15:55

A group of Labour MPs write in defence of the party's trade union link. 

Who are the MPs competing to become Labour's deputy leader?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 May 15:40

The hunt for Harriet Harman's successor.

Outside Threadneedle Street. Photo: Getty Images
Labour must confront the financial establishment
By Robert Corfe - 29 May 15:19

Labour must recover the spirit  of Bryan Gould if it is to not only win but govern again.

Liz Kendall on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
Liz Kendall: "The Labour Party I lead will always remember its purpose"
By New Statesman - 29 May 13:50

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.
Andy Burnham's centrist pitch shows he wants to defy Tory caricature
By George Eaton - 29 May 11:17

By adopting a pro-business message and admitting the deficit was too high,  the Labour leadership candidate has frustrated hopes he would turn left. 

Neil Kinnock on the campaign trail in 1992. Photo: Getty Images
In burying Ed Miliband's project, Labour's leadership contenders risk burying themselves
By Stephen Bush - 29 May 9:00

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 hurt the opposition.
How the Tories are trying to make it impossible for Labour to win again
By George Eaton - 28 May 17:16

Boundary changes, allowing expatriates to vote and changes to trade union funding will all hit the opposition. 

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech: lots of promises, but challenges ahead on childcare
By Giselle Cory - 28 May 14:44

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.

 

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It's time to think about boycotting the Qatar World Cup
By Keiran Pedley - 28 May 10:01

Corruption in Fifa and the deaths of migrant workers mean we should think again about England's participation in the World Cup. 

Michael Foot addresses a Labour rally in 1983. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's left flank must ask itself: is it time to walk away?
By Michael Chessum - 28 May 8:00

The choice for Labour's genuine left may be between walking out or fading away.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
I'm backing Liz Kendall for one reason - because she can beat the Conservatives
By Simon Danczuk - 27 May 17:25

So I’m backing Liz for leader because I think she is brave and because I think she is right. But most of all I am backing Liz because I think she can win.

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare.
Labour is "sympathetic" to reducing benefit cap to £23,000, says Harman
By George Eaton - 27 May 16:09

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare. 

David Cameron at a Brussels summit to start his renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A series of hostages to fortune
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 13:14

The Conservatives cannily disarmed Labour's attack lines in the election. But they may end up counting the cost in the not too distant future.

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.
Queen's Speech: Cameron's "one nation" gloss can't mask the divisions to come
By George Eaton - 27 May 12:48

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.

New builds go on sale in Gloucester. Photo:Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A bad policy that will make the housing crisis worse
By Tessa Jowell - 27 May 12:14

Far from helping with the housing crisis, the government's plans to sell off housing association stock will make matters worse.

The Queen addresses the House in her 64th speech to Parliament. Photo: BBC
Queen's Speech 2015: full text
By New Statesman - 27 May 11:58

What the Queen mentioned in the state opening of parliament.

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