If broadcasters want to give extremists a platform, they need to tell us why
By Sunder Katwala - 06 June 17:15

The cases of Anjem Choudary and the English Defence League show the need for broadcasters to explain the dilemmas clearly and how they seek to resolve them.

The poor could be the losers from Labour's welfare cap
By Lindsay Judge - 06 June 14:49

If measures designed to tackle low pay and reduce rents fail to make sufficient progress, the danger is that families will be further impoverished.

Miliband has given Labour a welfare message it can sell
By George Eaton - 06 June 13:32

The speech successfully addressed two of the biggest grievances with the system: "the something for nothing" problem and "the nothing for something" problem.

Clegg hits back at the Tories: I never agreed to new childcare ratios
By George Eaton - 06 June 10:01

The Deputy PM says it is "flatly wrong" to say he approved the changes and that the coalition only agreed to a consultation.

Miliband backs new welfare cap and brands Labour "the party of work"
By George Eaton - 06 June 8:00

In his speech on welfare, Miliband will announce that Labour would cap "structural welfare spending" and will criticise those "who could work and aren’t doing so".

Doubts about Miliband’s commitment to welfare reform go up in flames. In a good way, they hope.
By Rafael Behr - 05 June 17:35

The welfare line that Miliband is going to take owes a lot to the work that Liam Byrne has been doing.

Would Labour cut the NHS? Miliband has already ruled it out
By George Eaton - 05 June 15:26

Contrary to Cameron's assertion at PMQs, Miliband said last month: "we will always be protecting the health service".

The Labour leader refused to rise to Cameron's child benefit jibes.
PMQs review: Miliband keeps his cool and wins another NHS battle
By George Eaton - 05 June 13:10

The Labour leader refused to rise to Cameron's child benefit jibes and left the PM struggling to explain away the A&E crisis.

New Statesman
Primaries aren’t about reducing safe seats: they’re about increasing credible candidates
By Kiran Moodley - 05 June 10:37

A new form of candidate selection would help the UK to emulate the US's more representative system.

Why Labour would not reverse the coalition's child benefit cuts
By George Eaton - 05 June 8:16

The party believes in shifting spending from universal benefits such as child benefit and the winter fuel allowance to services such as childcare and social care.

Labour and the 50p rate: principle or pragmatism?
By George Eaton - 04 June 15:43

While Miliband once said he would "keep the 50p rate permanently", Balls says he would "rather get tax rates down".

We will end the merry-go-round of reoffending
By Chris Grayling - 04 June 14:54

By tapping into the expertise, resources and innovation of the private and voluntary sector, the government is bringing a fresh approach to rehabilitation.

Have they passed the Question Time test?
How to know who's heading up in the shadow cabinet reshuffle
By George Eaton - 04 June 14:16

Have they passed the Question Time test?

Five reasons why MPs should back the 'green jobs' amendment
By Will Straw - 04 June 12:03

The amendment would provide the certainty for which the energy industry is calling and keep the UK on track to meet its legally binding carbon targets at the lowest cost.

Labour derides Tory MP for blaming immigrants for A&E crisis
By George Eaton - 04 June 11:23

Andy Burnham says Chris Skidmore's comments were "beneath contempt" after GPs' head rejects claim that migrants are to blame for the "massive increase" in waiting times.

Labour must make a principled defence of trade union funding
By George Eaton - 04 June 9:09

Confronted by the Tories' cynical manoeuvres, Labour should defend union funding as the most open and democratic source of money in politics.

How Labour can offer something for something on welfare
By Duncan O'Leary - 03 June 16:13

A two-tier system of benefits for job seekers, with higher entitlements for those with strong work records, could be funded by reducing spending on mortgage interest.

Why MPs must block George Osborne’s dash for gas
By Simon Bullock - 03 June 14:00

The Chancellor's plans will cost bill payers £25bn more in the 2020s than developing low-carbon energy and breach the UK's climate change targets.

Balls sharpens his axe: where Labour would cut in 2015
By George Eaton - 03 June 12:22

Free schools, Police and Crime Commissioners, Titan prisons and army admirals are targeted for cuts.

Former Labour cabinet minister attacks U-turn on universal benefits.
Peter Hain attacks Labour plan to remove winter fuel payments from wealthy pensioners
By George Eaton - 03 June 10:18

Former cabinet minister tells The Staggers that the move "raises the question of whether Labour is really going to offer an alternative".

Balls is waking the left up to a grim truth: Labour would cut too
By George Eaton - 03 June 9:26

Not only will Labour be unable to reverse the coalition's cuts, it will have to make its own.

Why Labour has pledged to remove the winter fuel allowance from wealthy pensioners
By George Eaton - 02 June 23:00

Balls's announcement is an attempt to exploit the divide between the Tories and Lib Dems on this issue and to demonstrate his commitment to fiscal discipline.

Duncan Smith has created a ticking social time bomb - and we'll pick up the bill
By Hannah Fearn - 31 May 16:52

Pushing the poorest people to borrow money to pay their rent, and far beyond their means, forces our social problems under the carpet.

The coalition's 'infrastructure boost' is a damp squib, but challenges for Labour remain
By George Eaton - 31 May 16:28

By funding higher capital spending through cuts elsewhere, Osborne will do little to boost growth. But will Labour finally make the case for borrowing for growth?

Patrick Mercer resignation: how would UKIP fare in a by-election?
By George Eaton - 31 May 13:08

Mercer has a majority of 16,152, but UKIP won 17.1 per cent in the county council elections.

Syria and the Middle East: should we really take military action off the table?
By Nick Tyrone - 31 May 12:21

We shouldn't allow the experience of Iraq to prejudice us against intervention in every other case.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer resigns the whip
By George Eaton - 31 May 11:42

The MP, who once described Cameron as a "despicable creature", leaves the party over an alleged lobbying scandal.

The BNP's bid to march in Woolwich shows its desperation
By Matthew Collins - 31 May 10:14

Having once implored BNP members to avoid marches, Griffin is losing a race to the bottom.

Why the Tories should avoid echoing Gove's attacks on Miliband
By George Eaton - 31 May 9:12

Throwing rhetorical jibes at the Labour leader is a crude displacement activity that will do little to aid the Tories' cause.

The Tories shouldn't assume that Miliband's unpopularity will save them
By George Eaton - 30 May 18:41

In 1979, the Tories won despite Jim Callaghan's lead over Margaret Thatcher. Cameron's lead over Miliband isn't enough to guarantee Tory success.

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