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NHS reorganisation has caused a crisis by taking GPs out of consulting rooms
By Onkar Sahota - 21 October 11:38

GPs face low morale, extra responsibilities and the largest patient load ever – it’s time for government to let them get back to seeing patients.

Collective panic over ebola is just one example of the politics of fear gripping our leaders
By Sophie Foster - 21 October 10:09

Our experts are being drowned out by baying, panicked mobs, and in this increasingly voter-pleasing landscape, it’s the loudest who wins.

Ukip partners with a Polish MEP from a Holocaust-denying party to rescue its EU funding
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 October 9:44

Ukip, whose EU political group recently collapsed, does a deal with a far-right Polish politician to keep its funding.

Migrants check a lorry heading to the UK in the port of Calais, 24 September. Photo: Getty
As an MEP, I’m ashamed of our government's stance on immigration
By Keith Taylor - 21 October 9:03

The government’s stance on immigration is a source of much shame for many MEPs in Europe.

Who went where in Labour’s mini-reshuffle?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 October 8:47

Ed Miliband has reshuffled the lower tiers of his frontbench team.

Have the Greens really overtaken the Lib Dems in the polls?
By Harry Lambert - 20 October 18:11

Today's numbers rely on nearly one in three young voters backing the Greens - we need more data before we can confirm today's spike. 

Why we now need to reset the child poverty targets
By Alison Garnham - 20 October 17:40

Alan Milburn's call to reset the 2020 target to end child poverty is both necessary and regrettable.

The Labour London mayoral hopeful warns the policy remains a "tax on London" but Tessa Jowell "welcomes" the changes.
David Lammy stands firm on opposition to mansion tax despite Balls concessions
By George Eaton - 20 October 16:37

The Labour London mayoral hopeful wants higher tax bands introduced by local councils. 

Polls can shape reality, not just reflect it
By Harry Lambert - 20 October 11:07

The pollsters and the media have to make decisions based on public opinion – but those decisions can then shape us.

Alan Milburn attacks Miliband for not being "ambitious" enough on the minimum wage - is he right?
By George Eaton - 20 October 10:37

The Labour leader's plan to raise the main rate to £8 by 2020 is more radical than Milburn suggests. 

The Lyons report reveals our politicians' fear to discuss borrowing for investment
By Emran Mian - 20 October 9:27

In its major housing review, Labour seems to be ruling out borrowing more to pay for increased investment. This could be a mistake.

Recent strikes are a make or break moment for the British left, but they're not enough
By Michael Chessum - 20 October 9:16

Simply marching, having trade union general secretaries endorse you, and having essentially symbolic strikes cannot defeat austerity politics.

We need a mayor who works to help Londoners with second jobs, not those with second homes.
When it comes to pay, Londoners need real change
By Sadiq Khan - 18 October 16:24

We need a mayor who works to help Londoners with second jobs, not those with second homes. 

Pledge will be funded through £750m raised by new windfall levy on tobacco firms.
Miliband sharpens NHS dividing line with one-week cancer test guarantee
By George Eaton - 17 October 22:00

Pledge will be funded through £750m raised by new windfall levy on tobacco firms. 

London mayoral candidates Ken Livingstone, Jenny Jones, and Boris Johnson. Photo: Getty
On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Five
By New Statesman - 17 October 17:08

Labour’s woes, the Green Party’s election chances and hopes of colonising Mars.

The Tories stand up for the privileged few on climate change
By Maria Eagle - 17 October 17:05

The Tory lurch to the right has shattered the cross-party consensus on climate change policy

Who’s who in the Green party?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 October 16:11

As the Greens are experiencing a surge, we ask who the main players are in what could end up being the “Ukip of the left”.

Ukip's European Parliament group has collapsed: what does this mean?
By Catherine Bearder - 17 October 14:11

Why the collapse of Ukip's EU political group is good news for the UK and Europe.

Both parties will be portrayed as unserious and lacking in credibility.
How the Tories plan to attack Labour and Ukip as one
By George Eaton - 17 October 13:24

Both parties will be portrayed as unserious and lacking in credibility. 

Eric Pickles’ planning changes are putting economic recovery at risk
By Nicky Gavron and James Governor - 17 October 12:01

Businesses risk eviction, higher rents and no space to grow if government changes to planning policies are approved.

Fratton Park, the home ground of Portsmouth FC, the largest fan-owned football club in England. Photo: Getty Images
Supporters Direct welcomes Labour's plans to put fans on football club boards
By Martin Cloake - 17 October 10:58

Football supporters will be given the right to appoint and remove up to a quarter of a football club’s board of directors under new proposals from the Labour Party. Fans will also be given the right to buy up to 10 per cent of a club’s shares on offer during a change of ownership. We assess the proposals and get the views of Supporters Direct chief executive Robin Osterley.

Inadequate wages and extortionate rents are pushing up the housing benefit bill.
The OBR shows why welfare cuts won't control spending
By George Eaton - 16 October 17:18

Inadequate wages and extortionate rents are pushing up the housing benefit bill. 

Unfinished abolitionists: Britain returns to the frontline of the war on slavery
By Michael Pollitt - 16 October 15:07

After a year in the firing line of a new abolitionist movement, the Home Office is going global with its anti-slavery legislation.

A “game-changing” immigration policy won't help David Cameron now
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 October 13:40

The Prime Minister is wrong, morally and politically, to seek an even tougher policy on immigration in an attempt to respond to the Ukip threat.

Ashcroft's latest polls: Labour ahead but any majority likely precarious
By Harry Lambert - 16 October 13:17

Labour are only convincingly ahead in four of the ten seats in today's Ashcroft polls, but they need to win all for a majority in May 2015.

By resisting a progressive measure backed by most Londoners, they have given Sadiq Khan the chance to position himself as the radical candidate.
Why Labour's London mayoral hopefuls might regret their opposition to a mansion tax
By George Eaton - 16 October 13:14

By resisting a progressive measure backed by most Londoners, they have given Sadiq Khan the chance to position himself as the radical candidate. 

Labour must be bolder about curbing the growth of landlord-investors
By Daniel Bentley - 16 October 12:49

The Lyons review is too timid about the principle of putting first-time buyers at the front of the queue.

An XXL size tag on a coat hanger. Photo: Getty
Why all new legislation should face an obesity test
By Julia Manning - 16 October 12:10

Obesity is not a future theoretical threat, it is a present catastrophe.

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