Cameron rebuked by UK Statistics Authority over debt lies
By George Eaton - 01 February 13:48

After the PM falsely claimed the coalition "was paying down Britain’s debts", the UK Statistics Authority points out that the national debt has risen by £300bn.

The Tories' EU poll bounce is over already - but it's no surprise
By George Eaton - 01 February 11:40

Tory MPs need to remember that just six per cent of voters name the EU as one of the most "important issues" facing Britain.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves Number 11 Downing Street
Tory rebels set Cameron a deadline - but it's Osborne who's in greater danger
By George Eaton - 01 February 9:11

Conservative MPs are planning to demand the removal of Osborne as Chancellor if the economy fails to recover by May.

Ending all-male panels is not tokenism
By Clare McNeil - 31 January 16:51

Public debate is in a bad way when efforts aimed at achieving a better gender balance can be dismissed.

A protest in Trafalgar Square in 1990 against the poll tax.
Poll Tax II: the poorest face council tax rises of up to 333%
By George Eaton - 31 January 12:11

A single parent working part-time on the minimum wage could pay £404 more in council tax from this April.

Tories in turmoil as Hammond says Cameron hasn't promised to protect defence
By George Eaton - 31 January 9:20

Defence Secretary forced to clarify that the PM's pledge to protect spending only applies to defence equipment, not the total budget.

Welfare cuts mean a dramatic rise in council tax for the poorest
By Matthew Pennycook - 31 January 8:09

The decision to reduce the budget for council tax support by 10 per cent means low-income households face a tax increase of up to £600.

The sun sets on Berlin's Reichstag building.
To reform the economy, Miliband should learn from Germany
By Maurice Glasman - 30 January 17:34

The German economy, with its works councils, its regional banks and its vocational training system was much better equipped to deal with globalisation than we were.

Change is needed in Europe, but David Cameron’s posturing is not the way to bring it about
By Roy Hattersley - 30 January 15:30

The Prime Minister may encourage Tory Europhobes to believe he can change the shape of the EU — but, as our history shows, he can’t.

Young voters know Britain's future lies in the EU
By Ed Wallis - 30 January 14:41

New polling by the Fabian Society shows that 18-34 year olds are significantly more pro-European than the previous generation.

PMQs review: professor Miliband gives Cameron an economics lesson
By George Eaton - 30 January 13:19

The Labour leader had the stats on his side but will voters accept his distinction between 'good' borrowing and 'bad' borrowing?

Labour tuts at the Tories' "public school-boy games" over Europe
By Rafael Behr - 30 January 11:53

The afternoon's Europe debate is purposely designed to discomfit Labour. But Miliband's high-minded opposition is a risky strategy.

Salmond forced to change biased Scottish independence referendum question
By George Eaton - 30 January 11:33

Electoral Commission says proposed referendum question "should be replaced by more neutral wording".

Who are the other two cabinet ministers who dined with Murdoch?
By George Eaton - 30 January 10:57

Jeremy Hunt has "never been to Rupert Murdoch's house", says a spokeswoman, but what about Michael Gove?

German foreign minister slaps down Cameron: "there can be no cherry-picking"
By George Eaton - 30 January 9:02

Guido Westerwelle criticises Cameron's EU demands and warns that "'You either do what I want or I’ll leave!' is not an attitude that works".

David Owen's NHS bill offers a final chance to save our health service
By Allyson Pollock and David Price - 29 January 16:31

Labour and the Lib Dems must support a bill that restores the right of all citizens to comprehensive care.

The case for looser childcare ratios rests on confusion
By James Plunkett - 29 January 14:34

The government claims to want to reduce costs and increase quality. It can't have it both ways.

Osborne called out for holding "two Budgets" a year
By George Eaton - 29 January 12:15

The Autumn Statement was never meant to become a "second Budget" but Osborne has made it one. And the Treasury Select Committee is right to say so.

Why the Tories' dream of a majority could finally end today
By George Eaton - 29 January 9:08

The likely defeat of the boundary changes by Labour and the Lib Dems means the Tories will need a lead of seven points to win a majority in 2015.

Was Adam Afriyie stitched up as a warning to other would-be Tory rebels?
By Rafael Behr - 28 January 16:17

Tory MPs are in no hurry to dismiss the possibility that Downing Street leaked the story to expose a small rebel cell early in its development.

Osborne tries to blame the EU for "taxes" - it doesn't charge any
By George Eaton - 28 January 15:59

Is the Chancellor hoping the public will forget he's responsible for raising taxes?

Students protest against the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance.
The bias towards traditional welfare threatens social justice
By Patrick Diamond - 28 January 13:29

Rather than defending existing social security entitlements, politicians need to mobilise public support for a new set of social investment priorities.

Another Cameron myth: the coalition hasn't reduced the deficit by "a quarter"
By George Eaton - 28 January 11:39

The most recent figures show that current borrowing has fallen by just 6.4 per cent since 2010, while net borrowing has fallen by 18.3 per cent.

Why high-speed rail could become one of Osborne's biggest headaches
By George Eaton - 28 January 9:14

The Chancellor faces a local revolt over the new route, which passes through his Tatton constituency.

The Tories win an EU poll bounce but Labour shouldn't panic
By George Eaton - 26 January 19:30

Labour's lead falls to just six points after Cameron's EU referendum pledge but returning UKIP supporters aren't enough to transform Tory fortunes.

Europe is still a Tory obsession. Labour should leave them to it
By Ben Fox - 24 January 23:28

The next election will be decided by the economy, not by which party is the most eurosceptic.

To recover, the Scottish Yes campaign needs to go on the attack
By James Maxwell - 24 January 15:37

The pro-independence camp can't afford to spend the next 20 months simply responding to aggressive unionist and media questioning.

Former Labour prime minister Harold Wilson.
What Ed Miliband can learn from Harold Wilson about an EU referendum
By Kevin Meagher - 24 January 14:43

It is a question of when, not if, Miliband will offer an EU referendum. Here's what he can learn from his predecessor-but-seven.

The real reason the right is baying for Denis MacShane's blood
By Francis Beckett - 24 January 12:16

The former Labour MP has been targeted because he's the EU's greatest defender, not because of his expenses.

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves.
Labour makes official complaint over Cameron's debt lies
By George Eaton - 24 January 11:39

Rachel Reeves writes to the UK Statistics Authority after Cameron claimed in a Conservative Party political broadcast that the coalition "was paying down Britain’s debts".

Pages