The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


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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.

The NS Podcast #105: Live from Latitude
By New Statesman - 21 July 19:41

Politics, marriage, and identity.

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What was Harriet Harman thinking?
By Stephen Bush - 21 July 17:20

Harriet Harman has suffered a blow over the Welfare Bill - but she didn't have a lot of other options.

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Has Boris Johnson snubbed the Pope?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 16:48

The Mayor of London is missing a meeting of the world's mayors at the Vatican to discuss climate change with the Pope. Why?

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The Greens should relish, not fear, the chance to take on Zac Goldsmith
By Sian Berry - 21 July 14:32

The last election showed that London is not a Conservative city - and is there for the taking, argues the Greens' Sian Berry.

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Does "sharing the facts" win elections?
By Steve van Riel - 21 July 13:20

The psychological evidence is that sharing the facts doesn't change people's minds. 

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The Euro has become a prison. There needs to be a way out
By Molly Scott Cato - 21 July 12:43

I've long opposed the single currency for Britain. But a middle way has to be found between leaving the European Union and being trapped by the single currency, and not just for the UK, argues Molly Scott Cato.

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How does Labour move on from tax and spend?
By Jolyon Maugham - 21 July 8:53

Voting against further increases to the personal allowance would expose George Osborne's rhetoric for what it is.

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There is still work to do to repair Labour's relationship with Britain's Jews
By Jay Stoll - 21 July 8:16

Last night's hustings were a vital step forward - but there is a lot of work to be done to restore Labour's relations with the community.

The opposition is badly split as MPs reject acting leader Harriet Harman's call to abstain.
Welfare bill passed as 48 Labour MPs defy leadership and vote against
By George Eaton - 20 July 22:37

The opposition is badly split as MPs reject acting leader Harriet Harman's call to abstain.

If Andy Burnham doesn't fix his relationship with the Sun, he's dead meat
By Tom Latchem - 20 July 17:27

I've interviewed Andy Burnham. He's a great guy, but if he doesn't fix his relationship with the Sun, he's doomed, says broadcaster Tom Latchem.

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Far from offering a new approach, Cameron has the same tired solutions on terrorism
By Maria Norris - 20 July 16:01

David Cameron's speech was billed as a drastic break from the past. But the reality is this speech could easily have been delivered by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.

Leadership candidate accepts Harman's position but says he will oppose the bill at Third Reading in the absence of "major changes".
Burnham agrees to abstain on welfare bill - but threatens opposition as leader
By George Eaton - 20 July 14:45

Leadership candidate accepts Harman's position but says he will oppose the bill at Third Reading in the absence of "major changes". 

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Labour need to get real: Jeremy Corbyn isn't the answer
By Keiran Pedley - 20 July 13:56

What Labour needs is a competent team capable to winning back the centre ground. Jeremy Corbyn would keep Labour out of power for decades, warns Keiran Pedley. 

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Conservative cuts to crime and police budgets put us all in danger
By Jack Dromey and Ron Hogg - 20 July 8:55

Crime is not so much down, as changing, and the government can't get to grips with it, say Jack Dromey and Ron Hogg.

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The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron refuses to say whether he believes gay sex is a sin
By New Statesman - 18 July 11:53

The new Lib Dem leader, who is a Christian, has been criticised for his stance on abortion and gay marriage. On Friday Channel 4's Cathy Newman asked him three times if he believed that gay sex was sinful. 

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Why should the BBC make programmes like Strictly Come Dancing?
By Chris Bryant - 17 July 14:41

From the beginning, the BBC has had a brief to educate, inform and entertain. That last one isn't an afterthought.