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Steven Sotloff, centre in black helmet, in Libya in 2011. Photo: Getty
American journalist Steven Sotloff "beheaded by Islamic state"
By Helen Lewis - 02 September 20:43

A video claiming to show the killing of another kidnapped American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has been released.

Scottish nationalism isn't about how bad Westminster is; it's about how good Holyrood is
By Gary Hayes - 02 September 16:45

The rest of the UK's reaction to Scottish nationalism is one that shows the independence debate is more tied to Holyrood's success than to how bad Westminster is.

The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland
By Harry Lambert - 02 September 13:24

The Yes campaign's efforts on the ground are helping it close the gap in the race for independence.

Scotland poll puts Yes vote nearly neck-and-neck with Union support
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 12:28

A poll on Scottish independence for the Times has found the Union "on a knife edge" with the Yes campaign only three points away from victory.

“I'm the only Yes in the village”: speaking to swing voters and activists in the Scottish Borders
By Dominic Hinde - 02 September 11:36

Along the Anglo-Scottish border from Dumfries to Berwick, activists and swing voters give their opinions on the Scottish independence question.

Nick Clegg: “It’s not obvious” what the UK can do legally on new terror powers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 9:00

The Deputy Prime Minister admits that effectively stripping suspected terrorists of their UK citizenship is difficult in terms of Britain’s legal obligations.

Boris Island plans are rejected, but is this really a blow for the Mayor?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 8:08

A proposal to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary is to be rejected in an apparent blow to the Mayor of London. But could it help him?

Is a Commons vote a better way of taking Britain to war than the Royal Prerogative was?
By James Gray and Mark Lomas - 02 September 7:17

The most crucial of all decisions – to go to war – must not be left in the constitutional and procedural shadowy shambles it currently is.

Former Tory attorney general says plan to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law".
Dominic Grieve warns Cameron that anti-terrorism plan would breach UK law
By George Eaton - 01 September 17:07

Former Tory attorney general says proposal to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law". 

Transfer Deadline Day blows apart scare stories of Labour's plan to reinstate 50p tax rate
By James Mills - 01 September 15:17

How footballers behave on Transfer Deadline Day suggests that raising the top tax rate isn't that dangerous.

Austerity is making life unbearable for those with mental health conditions
By James Elliott - 01 September 14:52

Strangulation of funds has seen the NHS Mental Health Trusts lose £253m, 2.3 per cent of their funding.

The government must stop treating international students with hostility
By Karan Bilimoria - 01 September 14:36

This year, the number of foreign students undertaking higher education in Britain fell for the first time since 1983. The government must stop treating them with contempt.

Tories criticising Douglas Carswell should remember there aren't just two choices for 2015
By Richard Morris - 01 September 14:07

If Carswell wins his by-election, and the potential momentum that could give Ukip, an EU referendum will look more likely – and the renegotiation would suddenly look very different.

We didn’t “crash the car”: what is Labour’s message on Brown’s legacy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 September 10:31

As the shadow business secretary’s comments blaming Gordon Brown for damaging Labour’s credibility make headlines this week, it’s worth looking closer at the party’s attitude towards their most recent PM

The decision of nine MPs elected in 2010 to stand down suggests many fear defeat - and makes it more likely.
Why the drain of 2010 Tory MPs spells trouble for Cameron
By George Eaton - 01 September 9:20

The decision of nine Conservative MPs elected in 2010 to stand down suggests many fear defeat - and makes it more likely. 

Alert: Police officers in Downing Street after Home Secretary Theresa May raised the UK's terror threat level to 'severe', 29 August. Photo: Getty
David Cameron to announce new plan to tackle Islamic extremist threat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 September 8:08

The Prime Minister will make a statement in the Commons later today as parliament returns after recess and the coalition continues this morning negotiating how to widen anti-terror laws.

Ukip could cost Labour several seats next year.
Ukip’s rise isn’t all good news for Labour
By Tim Wigmore - 31 August 13:39

Ukip could cost Labour several seats next year.

Douglas Carswell set for landslide victory after his defection to Ukip from the Tories.
Ukip 44 points ahead of the Tories in Clacton by-election poll
By George Eaton - 30 August 23:43

Douglas Carswell set for landslide victory after his defection to Ukip from the Tories. 

The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism".
Cameron echoes Blair on terrorism: western military action is not to blame
By George Eaton - 29 August 16:26

The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism". 

Nicola Blackwood MP on reforming the law in child sex cases, and why Oxford isn't elitist
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 16:18

The Conservative MP and classically trained singer defends Oxford from claims of elitism, discusses how the law should change for child exploitation cases, and reveals why she came into politics.

"I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts, but I've changed my vote from No to Yes"
By Kev Sherry - 29 August 13:13

Kev Sherry, of Glaswegian indie outfit Attic Lights, explains why he's changed from No to Yes on the Scottish independence question.

Had the PM refused to promise a referendum, he would likely have been deposed as Conservative leader.
Cameron's appeasement of the eurosceptics hasn't worked, but he had no alternative
By George Eaton - 29 August 13:05

Had the PM refused to promise a referendum, he would likely have been deposed as Conservative leader.

Roger Lord, Ukip's original Clacton candidate, may defect to the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 12:05

Ukip's Clacton candidate, who is refusing to give way to Douglas Carswell, is now considering defecting himself - to the Conservative party.

A successful radical left party should be anti-Ukip and not just picking up on Labour's failings
By Salman Shaheen - 29 August 9:35

Without a strong left presence, there is no one to counter the rightward march of British politics.

The very nature of left-wing policies and party funding means there isn't a Ukip of the left
By Clare Phipps - 29 August 9:08

Instead of asking why there isn't a feasible left-of-centre party, we should be asking why, when support for their policies is so high, only 1 per cent of voters crossed the Greens' box in May 2010.

Nigel Farage has his eye on more Tory defections, but will it happen?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 8:34

Following the surprise news this week that Douglas Carswell MP has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip, Nigel Farage is anticipating more Tories joining his fold.

As Europe's economy slowly recovers, popular support for EU reform is falling
By Richard Mylles - 29 August 7:29

The time available to achieve European reform looks to be running out.

The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling.
Scottish No campaign lead falls to six points in first post-debate poll
By George Eaton - 28 August 22:26

The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling. 

What Carswell's defection means for Labour and the Left
By Matthew Ward - 28 August 17:41

How confused has politics become when it takes an irritable right-winger to state a philosophy of the Left?

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge.
John Redwood: I don't understand why Carswell has defected to Ukip
By George Eaton - 28 August 16:12

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge. 

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