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Tristram Hunt endorses Liz Kendall
By Stephen Bush - 20 May 10:49

Tristram Hunt has confirmed he will not be standing for the Labour leadership, and has instead endorsed Liz Kendall's campaign.

Look behind you: Ukip could do yet more damage to Labour
By Geoff Hoon - 20 May 9:23

Labour could find themselves squeezed on both sides by Ukip and the Conservatives.

Why has Northern Ireland's "nice party" gone to war?
By Kevin Meagher - 20 May 9:14

A continuing squeeze from both sides and an underwhelming leader all add up to a party in crisis.

Ukip's first rule: "Nigel always wins"
By Tim Wigmore - 20 May 8:03

Nigel Farage has turned on his opponents.

The Trident whistleblower should make us all question Britain's nuclear deterrent
By Kate Hudson - 19 May 17:33

The revelations about conditions at Faslane and the security of Britain's nuclear weapons should worry us all - and underline why Britain should lose its nukes.

Britain’s Data Surveillance Bill is a grave misstep
By Emily Taylor - 19 May 17:19

The so-called Snoopers’ Charter will undermine key freedoms without strengthening security.

A candidate's lessons from Hemel Hempstead
By Tony Breslin - 19 May 16:20

Tony Breslin, Labour's candidate in Hemel Hempstead, reflects on what went wrong. 

A letter from a trade unionist to Britain's trade unionists
By Liz Kendall - 19 May 13:02

Liz Kendall, candidate for the Labour leadership, writes an open letter to Britain's trade unionists.

Is Andy Burnham inevitable?
By Stephen Bush - 19 May 9:00

A series of canny political moves and a slew of endorsements have put Andy Burnham in the driving seat as far as the Labour leadership race is concerned - but the race isn't over yet.

Labour's problems in Scotland go well beyond Jim Murphy
By Johanna Baxter - 19 May 8:00

Labour's troubles in Scotland go beyond left and right, and there's blame to be shared on both sides of the border. 

The suicide of Britain? Not yet, and here's how it can be avoided
By Tim Roca and Michael Payne - 18 May 16:58

The election has put the Union at risk. Here's how it can be saved. 

Lessons from a parliamentary candidate: why did Labour flop in the marginals?
By Lucy Rigby - 18 May 15:25

Lucy Rigby, the party's candidate in Lincoln, writes for the Staggers about what went wrong, and what Labour can learn. 

John Bercow reelected as Speaker of the House of Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 May 15:05

The Speaker is voted through by the Commons, in its first sitting of the new parliament.

The frontrunner to become Labour's deputy leader appeals for calm.
Tom Watson: McCluskey and Murphy should stop "slugging it out"
By George Eaton - 18 May 14:34

The frontrunner to become Labour's deputy leader appeals for calm. 

What can Labour learn from the Miliband approach to tax?
By Jolyon Maugham - 18 May 14:10

Ed Miliband did well when appealing to broad principles and good policy - less so when acting from the crude politics of us against them.

Where next for Ukip?
By James Nickerson - 18 May 12:30

Ukip have a history of lapsing into factional in-fighting 

Harriet Harman: "When it comes to elections the public are the boss. We do not question their decision. We heed it."
By Harriet Harman - 18 May 11:51

Harriet Harman has given a speech laying out the party's plans and approach to the leadership election. 

Angela Eagle announces that she will stand to be deputy Labour leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 May 11:38

Angela Eagle declares that she will be running for the deputy Labour leadership.

Three questions that Labour's next leader must answer
By Ian Kearns - 18 May 11:11

The next Labour leader will face varied challenges. If they can't answer them all, they're doomed to failure. 

Britain's chances of leaving Europe are higher than you think
By Stephen Bush - 18 May 8:00

The forces of In are in bigger trouble than they realise.

Labour MP in line to become shadow chancellor if Burnham is elected leader.
Another boost for Burnham as he wins Rachel Reeves's support
By George Eaton - 17 May 10:14

The Labour leadership frontrunner adds to his big tent of backers with the endorsement of the shadow work and pensions secretary. 

Stella Creasy announces she will stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour party
By Stephen Bush - 16 May 22:31

Stella Creasy, the popular MP for Walthamstow, will challenge Tom Watson and Caroline Flint for the post.

Jim Murphy, who has resigned: Not waving but... Photo: Getty
Jim Murphy resigns as leader of Scottish Labour
By Stephen Bush - 16 May 13:57

Jim Murphy has resigned his position after narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote.

Caroline Flint launches bid for Labour's deputy leadership
By Stephen Bush - 16 May 10:00

Caroline Flint has launched her bid to replace Harriet Harman as deputy leader with a video.

Leaflets urging Muslims not to vote issued in Tower Hamlets
By Bethany Gault - 15 May 17:35

Locations targeted included streets near polling stations in the Poplar and Limehouse constituency, which has previously been reported for displaying an Isis flag. 

The NS Podcast #93 | What does the SNP want?
By New Statesman - 15 May 15:39

Plus, the collapse of Scottish Labour.

2015 was the first election I cared about. It didn't end well
By June Eric-Udorie - 15 May 14:32

Five years ago, the election was thousands of miles away in both sense. This time, it was up close and personal. The worst thing is, I'm one of the luckier ones.

Labour has to be honest about the hole that it's in
By Richard Angell - 15 May 13:44

Labour suffered a "hidden landslip" at the polls last week. Getting out of the hole requires some frank conversations.