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From left to right: Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Getty Images
Which CLPs nominated who in the 2015 Labour leadership contest?
By New Statesman - 31 July 23:18

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

Andy Burnham addresses a Labour party hustings. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Burnham is in third place - and the beneficiary is Jeremy Corbyn
By Stephen Bush - 31 July 18:06

The Welfare Bill has dealt lasting damage to Andy Burnham, and further boosted Jeremy Corbyn's chances of victory. 

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Cuts to council tax benefits have gone largely unreported - but the consequences are big news for Britain's poorest
By Megan Jarvie - 31 July 12:53

The axe has been devolved, with big consequences for Britain's poorest families. 

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Labour cannot be pure but impotent
By Stella Creasy - 31 July 9:53

The full text of Stella Creasy's speech on the challenge facing Labour, and where it goes next.

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Cricket in Britain is under threat from its own success
By David Skelton - 30 July 17:05

English cricket is achieving great success on the field of play - but is available to watch only for a privileged few. 

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Calm down. Jeremy Corbyn hasn't won this - yet
By Keiran Pedley - 30 July 15:47

Rumours of Jeremy Corbyn's victory are greatly exaggerrated, says pollster Keiran Pedley.

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London's housing problem has a simple solution - we need to build more. For that, we need Tessa Jowell
By Ken Clark - 30 July 15:05

We need the Olympic spirit applied to housing, says the former head of London Labour.

Andy Burnham addresses a Labour party hustings. Photo: Getty Images
Labour must learn to be radical again
By Barry Gardiner MP - 30 July 13:15

Andy Burnham is right; Labour must learn to be bold again. 

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The real victims of increased tuition fees? The old
By Tim Wigmore - 30 July 8:00

Applications from 18-year-olds are on the rise, including from Britain's poorest families. But part-time and mature students are being deterred. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.