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“But they have a space programme!”: untangling the foreign aid debate
By Richard Mallett - 24 July 14:09

Mainstream narratives about aid are clumsy and confused: here's how to talk about international development.

Debt and disability: the real cost of being disabled in Britain
By Stella Creasy and Kate Green - 24 July 13:24

Disabled people have seen their dignity and their budgets shredded under this government; Labour is looking to challenge this.

Heatwave: but part of the East Anglian coast contains some of England's poorest-performing schools: Photo: Getty
Ukip does well in areas with failing schools
By Tim Wigmore - 24 July 13:00

Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Waveney all fall in the area of East Anglia where Ukip recorded its best results in local elections. They also contain some of the country’s worst schools.

It is crucial that Britain takes the lead in defending human rights
By Simon Hughes - 24 July 12:06

Some Conservatives are desperate to see Britain withdraw from our international human rights obligations. They are wrong, argues the Justice Minister Simon Hughes.

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

Labour plans football tax to boost grassroots sport
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 July 8:54

Labour is to propose new taxes on the Premier League and sports betting firms to boost sport at the grassroots level.

Too many households with modest means are shouldering too high a debt burden
By Gavin Kelly - 24 July 8:12

As we anticipate interest rates rising, how can the government help households in debt through the painful transition?

A wealth tax can help deliver real change for the common good
By Natalie Bennett - 24 July 7:44

The Green party's leader Natalie Bennett announces a new policy: an annual wealth tax to combat inequality in Britain.

The Arctic Monkeys sing of working class life, but used the Liberty tax scheme. Photo: Getty
Tax Avoidance: Why it stings more when it's musicians
By Luke Nightingale - 23 July 15:11

We expect corporations to dodge their civic responsibilities, but musicians are meant to speak for everyman. They leave Main St when they try to avoid tax on their millions.

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader".
Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down
By George Eaton - 23 July 14:01

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader". 

The MH17 crash has hardened public opinion towards Russia
By Harry Lambert - 23 July 12:15

Last Thursday's MH17 crash has changed perceptions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Most voters now think the issue is a matter for the West, and support three specific policies.

Israeli soldiers at the border with Gaza today
Why the UK must end its military support for Israel
By Andrew Smith - 23 July 11:14

Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against Arms Trade argues that those who oppose Israel's actions in Gaza must acknowledge that Britain is implicitly supporting them through its military trade. 

In this week’s New Statesman | Summer Double Issue
By New Statesman - 23 July 10:56

A first look inside this week’s magazine.

Getting alongside – not on top of – teachers doesn’t have to be the soft option
By Marc Kidson - 23 July 10:18

The Institute for Government’s new case study on implementing the London Challenge should show new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan how to build an empowering relationship with teachers.

The Commonwealth Games begin: will they be a political spectacle?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 July 8:27

The Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow today, and Alex Salmond has promised not to use them for political purposes. Will he keep his word?

The whip must be withdrawn.
Lib Dem MP David Ward: I would fire rockets at Israel
By George Eaton - 22 July 22:51

The whip must be withdrawn.

Surprise! White men are over-represented on Question Time
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 16:52

White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance. Then again, Westminster is far worse.

A man stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011.
Teens fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime in London, youth crime summit warned
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 16:12

The risk posed by traumatised asylum seekers was one of many themes identified at Labour's Youth Crime Summit in London today. 

Ed Miliband: "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 15:49

The Labour leader says his party opposes Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

Its share price has fallen, but the Royal Mail sale was still a debacle
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 14:08

The government lost between £750m and £1.7bn in selling off the Royal Mail – or three times as much as the bedroom tax might save.

Ashcroft polls: sealing Nigel Farage's seat as Thanet South?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 13:18

Lord Ashcroft’s latest marginal polls put Ukip in first place in the constituencies of Thurrock and Thanet South.

135,000 FGM survivors in the UK, says new study
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 10:45

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Without older voters the Greens have little hope
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 9:27

Are the Greens set to become the latest party of significance? Their lack of support among older voters is pegging them at 5 per cent.

Cameron pledges tougher law on FGM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 8:23

The Prime Minister, hosting the Girl Summit in London today, will announce new, stronger measures against female genital mutilation.

he pair met for 25 minutes at the White House.
What Miliband and Obama talked about
By George Eaton - 21 July 21:43

The pair met for 25 minutes at the White House and discussed issues including the economy, climate change and the Scottish referendum. 

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.
Nick Griffin is gone - but hatred of the political class remains
By Tim Wigmore - 21 July 18:09

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.

Defining "acting heroically" in legal terms: Chris Grayling's Heroism Bill is a waste of time
By Andy Slaughter - 21 July 16:54

The government has a patchy record with criminal justice bills – and the latest is no exception. The Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill is attacked as a “vacuous waste of time” by the Labour party.

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
David Cameron: Russia faces tougher sanctions for MH17 crash
By Lucy Fisher - 21 July 16:24

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

Announcing the jury for the New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy
By New Statesman - 21 July 15:46

The jury for the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and the New Statesman's new prize for original and critical writing in political economy has been decided.

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