After Cameron's haste, it is Miliband who has shown leadership on Syria
By George Eaton - 28 August 21:24

By forcing the PM to delay a decision on military action until after the UN inspectors have reported, Miliband has taken account of the legacy of Iraq.

Intervention in Syria must be aimed at toppling Assad - or there's no point
By Nick Tyrone - 28 August 16:39

Token engagement would be equally damaging to both the west and to Syria. We should consider the costs of leaving the regime in the place.

It's not the UN Security Council that decides whether military action in Syria is right or wrong
By George Eaton - 28 August 14:47

Why do so many still suggest that Russia and China should determine our foreign policy?

Why the Lib Dems are silent on Syria
By Richard Morris - 28 August 11:43

While leaving the door open to military action, the party's MPs know that the evidence required to justify intervention hasn't been presented.

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem voters all oppose strikes against Syria
By George Eaton - 28 August 11:01

The public opposes military action by 50 to 25%, with Labour supporters the most hostile of the three main parties.

Labour set to whip MPs over Syria as Diane Abbott warns she could resign
By George Eaton - 28 August 8:29

Shadow public health minister says intervention "would put me in a very difficult position" as Labour signals it will whip MPs in support of Miliband's stance.

Why Miliband would be foolish to match the Tory EU referendum pledge
By Richard Mylles - 27 August 15:51

Such a clear U-turn would cement a corrosive narrative that could prove far more damaging to his prospects of becoming Prime Minister – that of weakness.

Cameron recalls parliament and promises vote on Syria
By George Eaton - 27 August 12:46

PM says there will be a vote on Thursday on a government motion on UK action in Syria.

David Cameron appoints the Sun's deputy political editor as his press secretary
By George Eaton - 27 August 12:21

Graeme Wilson will take up the post, with Gabby Bertin becoming director of external relations.

Gove tries to flatter Miliband into submission
By George Eaton - 27 August 11:45

Education secretary says the Labour leader is "charming, intelligent, eloquent, thoughtful, generous and chivalrous".

Douglas Alexander warns Cameron: a vote must be held on Syria and Labour could oppose the government
By George Eaton - 27 August 8:52

Shadow foreign secretary says he is "unconvinced" of the case for an air campaign and criticises William Hague for "implying force is inevitable".

The cheek of Michael Gove - it's the Tory party that needs to clean up its finances
By Jon Ashworth - 26 August 8:31

If the Education Secretary is as concerned as he claims about party funding, why doesn't he support Labour's proposed £5,000 donation cap?

The case for High Speed Two is as strong as in 2010.
It would be an act of national self-mutilation for Labour to cancel HS2
By Andrew Adonis - 24 August 7:56

Ignore the latest critics, the case for High Speed Two is as strong now as when Labour committed itself to the project in 2010.

Exclusive: Adonis hits back at HS2 critics and warns Labour not to abandon support
By George Eaton - 24 August 7:55

After Alistair Darling called for the new rail line to be scrapped, the former transport secretary and HS2 architect argues that it would be an "act of national self-mutilation" to do so.

Why a Labour-Lib Dem coalition would be the best outcome in 2015
By Alan Martin - 23 August 15:37

Left-wing policies stand a far greater chance of reaching the statute book when agreed across negotiation tables than when promised in manifestos.

The coalition needs to go much further to uphold the minimum wage
By George Eaton - 23 August 12:03

Naming and shaming employers is a smart move but the maximum fine remains just £5,000 and enforcement is still lax.

Why Miliband shouldn't use his conference speech to promise an EU referendum
By George Eaton - 23 August 8:59

The EU doesn't even make it into the top ten of voters' concerns. Miliband's speech should focus on housing, wages and jobs.

What does a modern Labour Party expect from its leader?
By John Gaffney - 22 August 17:20

What the party has never had and needs today more than ever is a theory of leadership.

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Labour is unlikely to scrap PCCs, so here's how it can reform them
By Max Chambers - 22 August 16:03

Police and Crime Commissioners should become 'ministers for the local criminal justice system' with the political power to set the agenda.

Why won't Osborne let councils borrow to build housing? Even Tories want him to
By George Eaton - 22 August 12:43

Conservative councillors and Boris Johnson are among those calling for the Chancellor to lift the "artificial cap" on borrowing but, for entirely ideological reasons, he still won't act.

How Labour is preparing for a coalition with the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 22 August 8:52

Shadow ministers have been encouraged to look for "points of agreement" with the party and to consider constitutional reforms that would appeal.

Labour and the Tories face the same dilemma: to break the deadlock, they need a big idea
By George Eaton - 21 August 21:46

If they want to avoid another hung parliament, both sides need to take more risks. This isn't a time for small-ball politics.

Working class voters and the 'progressive' left: a widening chasm
By James Bloodworth - 21 August 16:13

The triumph of identity politics means too many progressives appear willing to dismiss the white working class as socially backwards and not worth listening to.

Liam Byrne's last stand: five things we learned
By George Eaton - 21 August 14:20

The shadow work and pensions secretary took Ed Miliband's advice and referred to "social security", rather than "welfare".

Should zero-hours contracts be banned?
By Flip Chart Rick - 21 August 11:50

Banning something that works well for some people just because others are abusing it doesn’t make sense.

Osborne's deficit keeps growing
By George Eaton - 21 August 10:18

Despite the return of growth and no shortage of austerity, the deficit was £1.3bn higher in July than at the same point last year.

How Miliband's TUC conference speech could work to his advantage
By George Eaton - 21 August 8:36

Should the Labour leader be booed and heckled, as on previous occasions, it will undermine the Tories' claim that he is the plaything of the union leaders.

The state can't afford to cut back family support
By Alison Garnham - 20 August 16:17

Children are not a private luxury but the future workers and taxpayers of this country. Labour should pledge to reverse the fall in the value of child benefit.

Are Scotland’s expectations still oil-fired?
By James Maxwell - 20 August 14:39

Scots are not engaged, as they were in the 1970s, in a debate about how best to utilise North Sea assets.

Bill payers are being fracked over by misleading claims from Cameron
By Reg Platt - 20 August 11:16

Even if shale gas does bring down bills, we may need to wait 15 years for it to do so. The government's narrow focus is selling the public short.

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