The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited.
Balls ambushes Osborne with handshake on head-to-head TV debate
By George Eaton - 15 March 10:46

The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited. 

Low wages and high prices, not laziness, are driving up the social security bill
By Chris Leslie and Rachel Reeves - 13 March 17:41

Low wages and rising prices are pushing up the cost of in-work benefits. Labour will raise wages and keep the cost of social security down.

Shut up about Ed Miliband's two kitchens: if you kick champagne socialists out, champagne Tories will conquer
By Frances Ryan - 13 March 15:29

What matters is not privilege, but what you choose to do with it.

If David Cameron can't bully the broadcasters, how's his EU renegotiation going to work out?
By Alan Martin - 13 March 13:24

David Cameron has muffed his strategy as far as the debates are concerned. Even if he gets away with it, it's a bad sign if he ends up having to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU.

The hollowing out of London: how poverty patterns are changing
By Benjamin Hennig and Danny Dorling - 13 March 12:59

The largest falls in the proportions of households that are neither wealthy or poor has been in outer boroughs of London.

Four years in to the Syria conflict, how are we handling the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time?
By Justin Forsyth - 13 March 11:02

This weekend marks four years since the start of the crisis in Syria.

The latest polls show that nothing is changing in Scotland, and why would they?
"You cannot fight an idea": Why Labour is increasingly bleak about its prospects in Scotland
By Stephen Bush - 13 March 8:55

The latest polls show that nothing is changing in Scotland, and why would they? 

What's good about the right?
By Michael Gove - 12 March 18:31

Michael Gove's speech to the Legatum Institute: the full text.

Chuka Umunna on Nigel Farage: "The mask slips to reveal something that is pretty nasty"
By Stephen Bush - 12 March 17:44

As the election gets closer, Nigel Farage is showing his true face - and Labour must call it for what it is, says Chuka Umunna.

“Why sanction children?" - on the road in Wigan
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 March 14:56

Anoosh Chakelian visits a town made famous for its deprivation in the 1930s and finds parts of it standing tall - and others beaten down by the cuts.

Osborne has at least one big card left to play - but it might help the Conservatives less than they hope.
When will the Tories make their inheritance tax pledge?
By George Eaton - 12 March 14:49

Osborne has at least one big card left to play - but it might help the Conservatives less than they hope. 

"It will be subject to more pressure": Chuka Umunna believes electoral reform is on its way back
By Stephen Bush - 12 March 13:23

The cause of electoral reform will be strengthened in the era of multi-party politics, Labour's shadow Business Secretary believes.

As young Muslims, our community felt under siege. This is what we're doing about it
By Muna Elayeh - 12 March 9:08

When local boys in Butetown left to join Isis, the local Muslim community was shell-shocked and villified. But a group of young women is working to make things better.

The campaign to end the "tampon tax" has found itself an unlikely ally in Ukip
By Barbara Speed - 11 March 17:26

"When we leave Europe, we'll be able to remove it, and rest assured we will."

Exclusive: Labour grassroots revolt over tuition fees
By Stephen Bush - 11 March 16:48

A new internal campaign has called Ed Miliband's tuition fee cut a "weak policy" and is calling for the complete abolition of tuition fees.

Justine Thornton's rebrand as “Mrs Miliband” shows how Ed is again torn in two
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 March 15:39

What does Justine Thornton’s decision to use her husband’s surname "in political life" tell us about her husband's approach to electoral politics?

The men and women behind the shadow chancellor.
Who's who on Team Balls
By George Eaton - 11 March 14:00

The men and women behind the shadow chancellor. 

The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate.
PMQs review: Miliband wastes an opportunity by going on the TV debates again
By George Eaton - 11 March 12:58

The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate. 

Child abuse at Westminster: We haven't even begun to awaken from the nightmare
By Simon Danczuk - 11 March 12:54

Some politicians are finally beginning to realise that they can't bury these scandals under the carpet. But real action is needed, and fast.

A new Bill plots the way back for the NHS - but it's not Labour who are behind it
By Benedict Cooper - 11 March 9:26

Caroline Lucas and Andrew George, a Liberal Democrat rebel, are working together on a bill that could be a roadmap for the NHS.

Steve Reed: "The biggest ideas are coming out of local government"
By Stephen Bush - 11 March 9:03

What's Labour for when there's no money to spend? The same thing it always is, says Steve Reed: giving people power.

Justine Thornton responds to attacks on Ed Miliband: "It's going to get worse"
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 17:00

Justine Thornton, Ed Miliband's wife, has given an interview with BBC News in which she says that the attacks on her husband will intensify in the campaign's final weeks.

About that Liberal Democrat "private polling"...
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 13:29

The Liberal Democrats made a splash with their private polling. But the published results indicate that they may be grasping at straws.

Social segregation is rising - what's to be done about it?
By Matthew Taylor - 10 March 11:59

Social segregation - of races, classes and religions - is on the rise in Britain. A new report suggests ways out of the mess.

Philip Hammond: Russia could be the "single greatest threat" to UK security
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 March 10:46

The Foreign Secretary warns about the threat Russia poses to Britain's security, seeing relations going from prickly to poor.

Gordon Brown sounds a warning on Europe
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 9:19

Gordon Brown is worried that the pro-Europeans are blundering into a referendum defeat. He's not the only one. 

It's not just "boozy" northern cities: health inequality is a national disease
By Dan Holden - 09 March 15:04

Health inequality is a big issue in the UK: tackling it will help income inequality, the NHS and the economy, but the causes of it are not as straightforward as they seem.

Labour's latest PPC has an unbelievable backstory
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 15:02

Naz Shah, the newly-selected Labour candidate in Bradford West, has shed light on her remarkable life.

The low point in 2000 pre-dated the government's spending increases for health and education.
"Public spending was 35% under you!" How Labour plans to rebut this Tory attack
By George Eaton - 09 March 15:00

The low point in 2000 pre-dated the government's spending increases for health and education. 

Oliver Cromwell, Alex Salmond, and the obsession with high-information voters
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 14:09

All of the parties are obsessing over high-information voters. But the people who'll decide the election are messing around on Netflix, juggling childcare, or down the pub.

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