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Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign
By Marcus Roberts - 18 April 9:07

The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser
By George Eaton - 17 April 22:31

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff
By Lucille Harvey - 17 April 16:11

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face.
Labour needs to use family policy to support and strengthen relationships
By Susanna Abse - 17 April 15:01

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Forty-Two
By New Statesman - 17 April 11:51

The politics of In The Flesh, Mark Haddon on why he's not just "a nice guy who writes about dogs" and the pros and cons of wearable technology.

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity.
Labour's left and right are growing restive
By George Eaton - 17 April 11:49

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre. 

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion.
Cameron does God, but does Britain want him to?
By George Eaton - 17 April 8:36

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 17 April 7:33

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
UKIP's own privately educated clique
By George Eaton - 16 April 16:18

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
Gordon Brown has "no plans" to stand down as an MP
By George Eaton - 16 April 13:47

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Nigel Farage
A bad press for Farage doesn't automatically help the Tories
By Rafael Behr - 16 April 10:38

Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
Why the Tories can't declare that the living standards crisis is over
By George Eaton - 16 April 10:08

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

The race is not narrowing at the rate the SNP needs to win.
Scottish independence poll puts No campaign 12 points ahead
By George Eaton - 16 April 8:45

The latest TNS survey suggests that the race is not narrowing at the rate the nationalists need to win. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 16 April 7:20

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.
Food bank use rises to record level of more than 900,000
By George Eaton - 16 April 0:01

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.

Party says involvement in Lib Dem strategy may breach code of conduct.
Labour demands investigation into Clegg's special adviser Ryan Coetzee
By George Eaton - 15 April 15:39

Party writes to Jeremy Heywood asking whether Coetzee's involvement in Lib Dem election strategy has breached the special advisers' code of conduct.

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is ahead.
Where have voters gone since 2010?
By Roger Mortimore and Harry Carr - 15 April 12:35

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is maintaining a lead approaching the final year of this parliament. 

In this week's New Statesman: Spring double issue
By New Statesman - 15 April 10:44

A first look at this week's magazine.

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker.
Farage on expenses in 1999: "Everyone's a winner with Europe"
By George Eaton - 15 April 9:42

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker by claiming expenses and employing his wife. 

Farage should publish his accounts in full
By George Eaton - 15 April 8:48

Ukip denounces "smears" from the Times and claims its leader is "confident that he has abided by European parliamentary rules at all times". But will he offer transparency?

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 15 April 7:24

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

The party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.
The next Lib Dem leader must come from the party's left
By Mathew Hulbert - 14 April 16:05

Rather than Jeremy Browne, the party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father would have been barred.
Sajid Javid's father would never have made it into Cameron's Britain
By George Eaton - 14 April 12:29

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father was welcomed in 1961. But the migration cap means his successors are being turned away today. 

A new generation is averse to loud forms of patriotic expression.
The rise of a quieter British patriotism
By Sunder Katwala - 14 April 10:55

A new generation is averse to forms of patriotic expression which are either too demonstrative or too angry. But there is no shortage of pride in British identity. 

The Chancellor's approach could result in a higher than expected deficit.
Osborne's new tax cutting agenda could mean even bigger spending cuts
By George Eaton - 14 April 8:33

The Chancellor's new assumption that tax cuts significantly boost growth could result in a higher than expected deficit. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 14 April 7:32

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

A new report disproves Conservative claims of a health service in meltdown.
The Tories' attacks on the Welsh NHS have been exposed as baseless
By Owen Smith - 12 April 13:26

A new report calmly and authoritatively shows that there is no significant difference in the performance of the four UK health systems.

The Yes campaign needs radicalism to win.
The SNP should stop playing it safe on independence
By James Maxwell - 11 April 16:02

The more radical the Yes campaign’s message becomes, the more likely it is to triumph in September. 

How many know that the party still aspires to abolish tuition fees and plans to review the bedroom tax?
The progressive Lib Dem policies that no one knows about
By Richard Morris - 11 April 12:33

How many know that the party still aspires to abolish tuition fees and plans to review the bedroom tax? 

The London Marathon shows London is a 'Tale of Two Cities'
By Sadiq Khan - 11 April 10:33

I'm running for those Londoners being denied the chance to share in our city’s successes.

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