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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The NHS needs to change - but how?
By Harry Quilter-Pinner - 23 July 11:48

When the NHS was founded, chronic illnesses and long-term care were non-issues. Adapting to the new reality means big changes are needed.

The Conservatives are exploiting Labour's weaknesses and addressing their own.
Why the Tories feel so secure even with a majority of just 12
By George Eaton - 23 July 11:46

The Conservatives are exploiting Labour's weaknesses and addressing their own. 

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Who's backing Jeremy Corbyn? The young
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 23 July 9:10

For Labour's young members, Jeremy Corbyn feels like the fresh start the party needs, says Rhiannion Lucy Cosslett. 

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Chuka Umunna: These are "perilous times" for the Left
By Chuka Umunna - 22 July 18:10

Read: the full text of Chuka Umunna's speech to the Progressive Policy Institute.

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Our high streets need a sense of community just as much as retail
By George Ferguson - 22 July 17:39

Why Bristol will be resisting plans to extend Sunday trading hours, and why the government should prioritise the "social recovery" that David Cameron previously said was his mission.

In this week's magazine | How Labour went mad for Jeremy Corbyn
By New Statesman - 22 July 13:42

A first look at this week's issue.

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How can Labour be more pro-business?
By Jolyon Maugham - 22 July 13:14

Increasing the amount of money ringfenced for genuine investment, rather than further cuts to corporation tax, is a better idea, argues Jolyon Maugham.

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Tony Blair warns Labour against "a traditional leftist platform"
By Stephen Bush - 22 July 9:11

Labour's only living election winner has cautioned the party against a lurch to the left.

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Jeremy Corbyn given huge lead in new poll of Labour leadership voters
By Stephen Bush - 21 July 22:36

A YouGov poll for the Times confirms figures seen by the New Statesman - the veteran left-winger is far ahead in overall votes, and would win a run-off with Andy Burnham.

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