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From left to right: Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Getty Images
Which CLPs are nominating who in the Labour leadership contest?
By New Statesman - 29 July 17:32

The race now moves onto supporting nominations from constituency Labour parties: who will emerge the strongest?

Unison members picket Manchester town hall. Photo: Getty Images
Why has Labour's "swing voter" endorsed Jeremy Corbyn
By Stephen Bush - 29 July 16:40

Jeremy Corbyn has picked up the endorsement of Unison, Labour's second-largest union and seen as the "swing vote" in the Labour party. What's going on?

Jeremy Corbyn has gained the backing of Unison. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Unison endorse Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader
By Stephanie Boland - 29 July 16:05

Jeremy Corbyn has earned the endorsement of the trade union Unison.

In this week's magazine | The Summer Double Issue
By New Statesman - 29 July 15:07

A first look at the new issue.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Durham Miners' Gala. Photo: Getty Images
25 campaign groups and activists back Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader
By Stephen Bush - 29 July 13:22

The surprise frontruner for the Labour leadership has been given a boost with the support of 25 campaign groups.

A Labour rosette: can the party survive without appealing to a broad church? Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty
A sectional Labour party would consign itself to permanent minority status
By Peter Harris - 29 July 11:35

The electoral system, combined with basic arithmetic, dictates that a party in search of power must eschew sectionalism and adopt a big-tent electoral strategy.

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After the climbdown: where next for Greece and the left?
By Michael Chessum - 29 July 11:11

Michael Chessum looks back at the Greek climbdown.

Jeremy Corbyn says: “Labour should be staying to fight together for a better Europe.” Photo: Getty
Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to stay in the EU
By New Statesman - 29 July 10:47

The Labour leadership candidate has clarified his positions on our membership of the European Union.

Sweets Way estate in Barnet is scheduled for demolition later this year. The show home (and its newly planted garden) can be seen in the background. Photo: Author's own.
At the Sweets Way show home, activists are standing up to developers using hammers and paintbrushes
By Barbara Speed - 29 July 10:38

Campaigners are renovating a condemned home in a Barnet estate to show that regeneration doesn't have to mean demolition. 

Ed Miliband addresses Citizens UK. Photo: Getty Images
This isn't the end. It's just a phase Labour has to go through
By Kevin Meagher - 29 July 8:00

Far from ending its terminal phase, Labour is merely repeating recent history, says Kevin Meagher.

Yvette Cooper addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Does a new poll show Yvette Cooper in second place?
By Stephen Bush - 28 July 20:04

A new leaked poll shows Yvette Cooper in second place against Jeremy Corbyn - but there are reasons to be sceptical.

The Labour bus, turning. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
Now isn't the time for partisanship - Labour must look like a government in waiting
By Andrew Harrop - 28 July 18:19

Labour will only secure a majority by persuading people who voted Conservative this year to return to Labour in 2020.

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As Mayor, keeping Londoners safe will be among my highest priorities
By Sadiq Khan - 28 July 16:46

Keeping Londoners safe should be a top priority for any Mayor, says Sadiq Khan.

A filing cabinet in a GP's surgery. Photo: Getty Images
An open letter from a doctor to Jeremy Hunt
By Lucy Bradbeer - 28 July 15:31

Your plans are neither safe, nor sustainable, nor morally okay. 

A man holds a Welsh Labour sign. Photo: Getty Images
Social democracy in a cold climate: how can the Welsh government turn around its schools?
By Ross Davies - 28 July 14:47

The Welsh government will have to do more with less.

The recent ruling was a brutal blow for Northern Irish women. Photo: Getty
Why the class divide is growing in Northern Ireland’s abortion debate
By Siobhan Fenton - 28 July 12:48

A court ruling that English NHS funding should prioritise English patients means that only Northern Irish women with money will be able to make the trip to get round the restrictive abortion laws in their own country.

Jeremy Hunt addresses a medical convention. Photo: Getty Images
We need to talk about Jeremy: why doctors are so angry with Jeremy Hunt
By Benedict Cooper - 28 July 9:35

Jeremy Hunt is at the centre with another row with the medical profession. What's going on?

Tim Farron addresses an audience. Photo: Getty Images
The Lib Dem leadership brought their party closer together. Labour's is tearing them apart
By Dan Falvey - 27 July 17:00

The Liberal Democrats' short contest has allowed that party to get back on the road to recovery. Labour's long one has them on the road to ruin, says Dan Falvey.

Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech. Photo: Getty Images
I'm more convinced than ever that Jeremy Corbyn is going to win
By Stephen Bush - 27 July 15:12

The polls felt wrong at the general election. But nothing I've seen or heard suggests the polls showing Corbyn ahead are anything other than correct. 

Green protesters, including then-mayoral hopeful Sian Berry, hold up placards. Photo: Getty Images
The time has come for the Greens to come of age
By Jon Bartley - 27 July 12:42

The Greens have a choice: persist with the old failed approach and get the same old disappointment. Or we can take ourselves seriously. 

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I can't even afford to be a property guardian
By Maya Oppenheim - 27 July 11:35

Property guardianships, where tenants trade rights for lower rent, look an attractive alternative. But London's property market means even they are increasingly out of reach, writes Maya Oppenheim. 

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's health manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
There are two ways out of the wilderness for Labour: Jeremy Corbyn or Liz Kendall
By Michael Chessum - 27 July 8:00

There are two paths to a Labour victory in 2020, argues Michael Chessum: either Labour reject the principles of neoliberalism with Corbyn, or embrace them with Liz Kendall.

John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in discussion. Photo: Getty Images
The left/right divide is outdated and unhelpful
By Matilda Murday - 24 July 17:54

Lines in the sand don't make for good policy-making, says Matilda Murday of the Democratic Society.

Tim Farron addresses the crowd at his victory rally. Photo: Getty Images
Sorry Tim Farron, there's plenty of tribalism in the Liberal Democrats
By Richard Grayson - 24 July 17:16

Tim Farron smacked away the hand of friendship when Ed Miliband offered it, says Richard Grayson. 

Yvette Cooper addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
What actually happens at a CLP nomination meeting, anyway?
By Steve Fielding - 24 July 16:16

Steve Fielding, professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, reports from his local CLP meeting.

Ed Miliband addresses Citizens UK. Photo: Getty Images
Labour needs to win most where it lost the worst
By Paul Hunter - 24 July 14:42

Labour's task is large - but not impossible. The party can still thrive if it pulls together. 

Jeremy Corbyn addresses an anti-austerity march. Photo: Getty Images
These are new times - we need a new style of leader
By Jon Trickett - 24 July 9:18

These are new and challenging times for the Labour Party. We need new ways of thinking says Jon Trickett MP.

A Labour canvasser heads out on the doorstep. Photo: Getty Images
Labour didn't just lose because of its leader. The party's campaign tactics need looking at too
By Emma Burnell - 23 July 14:45

There's a danger that Labour's canvassing becomes a religion.

Liz Kendall speaks at a Labour party hustings. Photo: Getty Images
I'm not a Tory, and I won't be called one
By Alison McGovern - 23 July 12:22

Different people in the Labour party might disagree about how we beat the Conservatives, but none of us want to become them, says Alison McGovern MP.