David Cameron and his childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, pictured in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
What next for childcare?
By Hollie Warren - 03 June 14:31

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.
PMQs review: Cameron in charge as he lashes Labour over "aspiration"
By George Eaton - 03 June 13:39

The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term. 

The SNP secured 50 per cent of the vote but took 95 per cent of Scotland's seats. Photo: Getty Images
The time is right for Labour to embrace electoral reform
By Katie Ghose - 03 June 13:38

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. 

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, pictured earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images
Nick Clegg's tribute to Charles Kennedy
By New Statesman - 03 June 13:06

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. 

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Housing in London faces a crisis point: only the right Mayor of London can fix it
By Alan Strickland - 03 June 12:55

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.

Tessa Jowell waits stage-side at Labour Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Can anyone stop Tessa Jowell?
By Stephen Bush - 03 June 8:00

Labour's disappointing showing in London has recalibrated that party's Mayoral race - and the winner is Tessa Jowell.

Striking gardeners demonstrate in central London. Photo: Getty
The Conservatives' attacks on trade unions are an attack on our most fundamental freedoms
By Owen Smith - 02 June 15:49

In seeking to undermine the Labour Party, the Tories are putting our most fundamental freedoms at risk.

Andy Burnham picks up 16 more nominations
By Stephen Bush - 02 June 13:56

Andy Burnham has secured a half-century of nominations, including his first from outside Wales and the North of England.

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. 

Question Time's studio audience. Photo: Getty Images
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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