The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Gentrification in Brixton: who wins, who loses and who's to blame?
By Morgan Meaker - 26 April 12:00

"These are only people who have been priced out of Clapham and Fulham. No one should feel guilty because everyone in some way is in a sense complicit."

Don't lead Britain out of Europe, Andrew Adonis warns Nick Clegg
By Tim Wigmore - 25 April 14:02

Labour peer urges Clegg to " turn left rather than right" in a hung parliament after Deputy PM hints at second coalition with Tories. 

The Conservative campaign: disingenous and dangerous - but what if it works?
By Stephen Bush - 25 April 11:43

The Tory campaign is putting that party's own principles in the shredder - but if it works, they could shut Labour out for decades.

WATCH: David Cameron forgets his football team
By Media Mole - 25 April 10:17

David Cameron urged his audience to support West Ham - but he supports a different team in similar colours.

Green space must be for all, not a lucky few
By Maria Eagle - 24 April 16:30

The environmental record of this Government is bad enough but another five years doesn’t bear thinking about. If things are going to change, we need a Labour Government.

No vote, no voice: EU migrants and the general election
By Laura Varriale - 24 April 14:14

The chance has passed to register to vote. Some people will be gutted to have missed it. Some will not have bothered. Some might choose Russell Brand’s decision not to vote to raise their voice. And some people who are bothered will be left with no choice - and no voice.

Sinn Féin manifesto: both more and less important than you think
By Ciara Dunne - 24 April 10:52

Sinn Féin won't take their seats at Westminster. So what is their manifesto for? Mainly, it's a dry run for the contests that really matter to the party in 2016.

Naked men, diminutive voters, existential questions: what really happens "on the doorstep"
By Stephen Bush - 24 April 8:10

Good response on the #labourdoorstep? Here's what really happened on the doors this week.

Labour leader accuses Cameron of presiding over the "biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation" through "small-minded isolationism".
Miliband promises "hard-headed multilateralism" in first major foreign policy speech
By George Eaton - 24 April 0:01

Labour leader accuses Cameron of presiding over the "biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation" through "small-minded isolationism".

Who asks websites who they should vote for, and who listens?
By Alan Wager - 23 April 16:08

The Internet is awash with vote-matching apps. But who uses them - and which party benefits most?

The shadow chancellor emphasises growth while the IFS emphasises austerity.
Balls says IFS wrong not to assume Labour wants a surplus - but how would it be achieved?
By George Eaton - 23 April 15:42

The shadow chancellor emphasises growth while the IFS emphasises austerity. 

Paul Birch, Bebo founder: "I’ve been consuming [cannabis] since I was 23"
By Laura Gozzi - 23 April 15:14

Laura Gozzi talks to Paul Birch, the Bebo founder turned party leader for Cista, the Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol party.

A straight swap: the Greens’ Natalie Bennett for Labour’s Ed Miliband. Images: Getty.
Why I swapped my vote with a stranger
By Barbara Speed - 23 April 14:25

A "vote-swapping" website lets you get around the first past the post system.

Why aren't Plaid Cymru surging?
By Stephen Bush - 23 April 13:26

In an election defined by populist parties, Plaid Cymru have failed to break out of their heartlands. Why not?

Lutfur Rahman found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices
By Stephen Bush - 23 April 12:22

The election in Tower Hamlets has been declared void and will be re-run.

The young are losing the battle of the generations – and it could get even worse
By Tim Wigmore - 23 April 12:17

An ageing population is bad news for the young.

The party is forecast to spend less than Labour and the Lib Dems by the end of the parliament as austerity is prolonged.
SNP's anti-austerity rhetoric does not reflect its plans, says the IFS
By George Eaton - 23 April 11:30

The party is forecast to spend less than Labour and the Lib Dems by the end of the parliament through slower but longer austerity. 

Rest in peace, Roy Mason, and good riddance
By Kevin Meagher - 23 April 9:12

Roy Mason, Labour's Northern Ireland Secretary from 1976 to 1979, has died. His legacy, sadly, is still with us.

Winning the popular vote may appear to give Labour or the Tories greater legitimacy. But it is seats that will determine who governs.
Tactical voting: Do votes or seats matter more?
By George Eaton - 22 April 17:20

Winning the popular vote may appear to give Labour or the Tories greater legitimacy. But it is seats that will determine who governs. 

None of the parties can communicate their plans to the public
By Nida Broughton - 22 April 17:17

The BBC's Daily Politics debate was a familiar scene: of a political class unable to communicate its plans to the voters

Cobra beer founder Lord Bilimoria on Tories trying to be “nastier” than Ukip, and “economically illiterate” Theresa May
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 April 16:55

The crossbench peer and lager tycoon Karan Bilimoria lashes out at the government’s immigration rhetoric, calls our levels of defence spending "dangerous", and questions Ed Miliband's knowledge of business.

The comeback kid. Photo:Getty
Why the Tories still have a spring in their step
By Stephen Bush - 22 April 12:57

Senior Conservatives are drawing comfort from Binyamin Netanyhu's late comeback in the Israeli elections.

How has Britain's most deprived community fared under the coalition?
By Morgan Meaker - 22 April 10:00

At the start of the parliament, Jaywick was ranked the most deprived area in Britain. Coalition policies have left their mark.

David Cameron has dusted off the 1974 playbook
By Adam Evans - 22 April 9:00

In February 1974, the-then Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath famously went to the country on the question of ‘who governs Britain?’ In 2015 David Cameron appears to be fighting a campaign on the question of ‘who governs England.’ 

Can internet vote-match quizzes really help you decide who to vote for?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 April 18:38

The 21-year-old CEO of one of them thinks you can’t just focus on policies, even in impartial vote-matching programmes.

Consensus breaks out over childcare
By Giselle Cory - 21 April 15:50

Across the political spectrum, we are seeing the beginnings of a decent offer of childcare that addresses the anachronistic divide between work and family. Despite the differences in detail, these pledges show the tide is turning for childcare.

Miriam González Durántez hits out at the "victim complex" of politicians and their families in the public eye
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 April 14:38

The international trade lawyer and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister discusses election campaign scrutiny, defending her husband's record, and protecting her family from the public eye.

How do the manifestos rate for ethnic minorities?
By Lester Holloway - 21 April 13:21

Labour do best, the Greens scrape a pass, the Liberals make the right noises and Ukip have nothing to say.

Immigrants help UK PLC - whatever Labour says
By Tim Wigmore - 21 April 13:14

Miliband is acquiescing in a rightward-shift in political rhetoric on immigration.