Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote
By George Eaton - 05 November 8:41

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party who have condemned it.

David Miliband's speech on the lessons from JFK: full text
By David Miliband - 04 November 19:00

"Kennedy’s great insight was to know that we can live together better and more peaceably if we find ways to co-operate."

Why Scottish independence wouldn't mean a permanent majority for the Tories
By George Eaton - 04 November 16:02

Unless the Tories dramatically improve their performance in the north, independence would most likely lead to further hung parliaments or small majorities for them or Labour.

Why the Tories are wrong to assume that Help to Buy is political gold
By George Eaton - 04 November 13:56

While Osborne believes that "everyone will be happy as property values go up", new polling shows most of the public don't believe rising house prices are good for them or good for Britain.

New Statesman
Ed Balls's speech to the CBI: full text
By Ed Balls - 04 November 12:39

"Being pro-market and pro-competition also means acting when markets fail and competition does not operate".

Cameron's concession to Labour on HS2 costs
By George Eaton - 04 November 11:30

After ministers previously pledged to deliver the new line "on budget", the PM now promises that it will come in "under budget".

Miliband offers answers on living standards, but the Tories just want to change the subject
By George Eaton - 04 November 9:01

On the politically defining issue of low pay, the Labour leader has the pitch all to himself.

The seven-year rule: why Labour doesn't think Cameron will save the Tories in 2015
By George Eaton - 01 November 15:39

History shows that after seven years at the top, politicians' ratings go into decline - and Cameron can't afford to lose votes in 2015.

Tony Blair and Russell Brand are right: career politics must end
By Kiran Moodley - 01 November 13:47

Both men recognise that politicians need to live, to experience the world, its hardships as well as its highs, before taking office.

Labour protests after former Tory staffer is made Head of the PM's Appointments Unit
By George Eaton - 01 November 11:56

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth writes to Jeremy Heywood demanding to know how former Laura Wyld was appointed to the "politically impartial" post.

John Cridland's assault on Miliband completes the CBI's divorce from reality
By George Eaton - 01 November 9:14

The CBI head presents the Labour leader's plans as dangerous Bolshevism. But in an age of market failure, most businesses won't agree with him.

HS2 vote: the Tory and Labour rebels
By George Eaton - 31 October 19:03

18 Conservatives and 11 Labour MPs voted against the new high speed line. But the real battle will come next spring.

The government's Energy Statement was an Annual Excuses Statement
By Caroline Flint - 31 October 17:39

We have an out-of-touch Prime Minister who would rather announce endless reviews and consultations than stand up to the big energy companies.

The Tories will find it harder to justify austerity now growth has returned
By George Eaton - 31 October 16:26

As the economy accelerates, it will become increasingly difficult for Osborne to defend the 1% cap on public sector pay rises.

Chuka Umunna's speech on race, class and social mobility: full text
By Chuka Umunna - 31 October 13:03

"We want to create a society in which the son of a bus driver can go on not only to run but own the bus company."

Osborne's plan to tax foreign property owners is smart politics and smart economics
By George Eaton - 31 October 12:01

Imposing capital gains tax on this increasingly resented group will gift the Treasury more easy revenue.

Cameron's tax crackdown undermined as Lawson accuses him of "prancing around"
By George Eaton - 31 October 9:06

The former Tory chancellor says that the government is "getting nowhere slowly" on reducing tax avoidance by multinationals.

The Peep Show star writes in tomorrow's New Statesman.
Robert Webb re-joins Labour in protest at Russell Brand
By George Eaton - 30 October 15:49

The Peep Show star writes in tomorrow's NS: "if you want to be a nuisance to the people whom you most detest in public life, vote. And vote Labour."

Miliband to make major speech on wages next week
By George Eaton - 30 October 14:27

The Labour leader's first major speech since his conference address will coincide with Living Wage Week.

PMQs review: Miliband's price freeze shields him from Cameron's assault
By George Eaton - 30 October 13:28

The PM raised his game but he is still struggling to change the subject.

New Statesman
Which former Tory chancellor opposes HS2?
By George Eaton - 30 October 11:35

Suspicion falls on Norman Lamont.

Grayling's reckless probation privatisation is a threat to public safety
By Sadiq Khan - 30 October 11:04

The Justice Secretary is pushing ahead without parliamentary approval and without any evidence that his plans will work. Labour will call him to account.

Labour has decided to take the credit for saving it.
How Labour now plans to claim victory on HS2
By George Eaton - 30 October 9:25

Rather than risking the blame for killing the project, Labour has decided to take the credit for saving it by forcing the government to reduce costs.

Do we need an African NATO?
By Richard Darlington - 29 October 15:23

Paul Collier's argument that the continent needs a common standing military force that can be deployed against rebellions is a persuasive one.

EU referendum question should be changed to avoid confusion, says Electoral Commission
By George Eaton - 29 October 11:58

The Commission warns that the proposed question could lead to misunderstanding as some voters do not know whether the UK is already a member.

An energy windfall tax would show that the Tories are on the side of the poorest
By Robert Halfon - 29 October 10:37

It is not sufficient for Conservatives just to focus on reducing green taxes. We need to stop the corporate juggernaut and tax companies' excessive profits.

Labour's poll lead is on the up again
By George Eaton - 29 October 8:46

As Miliband's energy price freeze continues to dominate debate, the party's lead has risen significantly, with a nine-point advantage today.

The Tories' big bet is that living standards will soon start to rise
By George Eaton - 28 October 16:43

Cameron's hope is that warnings of a "cost of living crisis" will fade as higher growth translates into higher wages. But Labour remains sceptical.

Clegg's praise for the Labour programme scrapped by Gove points to an alternative
By Annie Powell - 28 October 15:35

The Deputy PM's recognition of the success of London Challenge reveals - perhaps unintentionally - the tension between collaborative methods of school improvement and Gove’s market-based reforms.

How the coalition has scaled back Universal Credit yet again
By George Eaton - 28 October 13:36

The new welfare system has been launched in just one new area, Hammersmith, rather than six as planned.