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Why does the UK now oppose funding search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean?
By Tim Wigmore - 28 October 12:17

Political expediency trumps the needs of the most desperate.

Is the Labour party prepared to up its game on the EU?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 October 17:57

With Ukip’s noisy presence in the European Parliament, and Tory euroscepticism rampant at home, is Labour prepared to speak sense on Britain’s EU membership?

"What I want to see is peace": When will Labour stop opposing academies?
By Harry Lambert - 27 October 15:53

Labour's unclear opposition to academies could drag high-performing chains like ARK back under local bureaucracy.

Women are worse off after four years of George Osborne's spending decisions
By Catherine McKinnell - 27 October 12:37

The gender pay gap is widening again and the Chancellor’s Budgets have hit women a staggering four times harder than men.

5 things you need to know about the next election
By May2015 - 27 October 12:09

Is this election unpredictable? Are the main parties in good shape? We expand on Biteback's election guide.

Why you should only have to work four days a week
By Anna Thomas - 27 October 9:54

How a four-day working week would improve our country's health and happiness.

Ukip fills a vacuum left by Westminster parties in Northern Ireland
By Philip Bell - 27 October 8:56

Absent-minded protagonists? The UK parties are contributing to a political crisis in Northern Ireland.

The politics behind government backing for HS3
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 October 8:40

David Cameron and George Osborne have given joint support for proposals to improve services across the Pennines.

The departure of the party's leader leaves it without an immediately obvious successor.
Johann Lamont resigns - what now for Scottish Labour?
By George Eaton - 24 October 23:14

The departure of the party's leader leaves it without an immediately obvious successor. 

Why David Cameron's political point-scoring on the Welsh NHS won't wash
By Owen Smith - 24 October 16:55

The Daily Mail and Prime Minister peddling myths about the Welsh NHS won't work in their favour.

The PM found out about the demand several days later than the department.
Cameron admits that the Treasury kept him in the dark over £1.7bn EU bill
By George Eaton - 24 October 16:27

The PM found out about the demand several days later than George Osborne. 

Rather than waiting for a presidential knight or knightess in shining armour, progressives are getting back to basics and organising from the bottom-up.
How the living wage movement is re-energising the US left
By Jake Richards - 24 October 15:15

Rather than waiting for a presidential knight or knightess in shining armour, progressives are getting back to basics and organising from the bottom-up.

Could there be two elections next year for the first time in 40 years?
By Harry Lambert - 24 October 13:27

Miliband may have to offer the SNP another referendum, or the Lib Dems work with Ukip, for any coalition to manage a majority next year.

Does this university funding system unite free-marketeers and egalitarians?
By Philip Booth - 24 October 13:23

A free-market graduate "tax" could be the solution to the university funding problem.

The Chancellor is still confronted by the awkward truth that for most people there is no recovery at all.
Falling wages are still spoiling Osborne's boasts on growth
By George Eaton - 24 October 12:47

The Chancellor is still confronted by the awkward truth that for most people there is no recovery at all. 

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls playing football against a team of journalists at the Labour Party Conference. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty
Politicians are trying to reform football – there must be a general election on the way
By Martin Cloake - 24 October 12:16

Nonetheless, if the current proposals to include fan reps on club boards go through, it will be a significant breakthrough for the sport.

Costing Cameron his credibility: the EU tells Britain to pay an extra £1.7bn to its budget
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 October 8:44

At a time when the Prime Minister is under intense pressure over Europe, the British government is facing a heavy surcharge.

The Unite head's comments suggest the shadow health secretary could win his support in a future leadership contest.
Another boost for Burnham as McCluskey names him as most impressive shadow cabinet minister
By George Eaton - 23 October 21:12

The Unite head's comments suggest the shadow health secretary could win his support in a future leadership contest. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Six
By New Statesman - 23 October 18:33

Nuclear versus wind, the Tories, Ukip and immigration.

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change.
The thinking behind Miliband's five-point plan on immigration
By George Eaton - 23 October 13:43

The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change. 

Lib Dems are guilty of aiding and abetting the Tories; they deserve a long sentence
By Sadiq Khan - 23 October 9:22

We can't forget how many policies the Lib Dems have happily supported that are against the grain of everything we thought they believed in.

How to fix Britain’s broken workplaces
By Paul Hunter - 23 October 9:08

A new inquiry into Britain's work problems presents a vision of workplace citizenship.

Could NHS England's call for more funding and an overhaul help Labour?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 October 8:25

Health service leaders have released a report calling for drastic changes; could this help Ed Miliband on the way to the election?

Ukip may have contaminated the eurosceptic brand, but there are other factors at play.
Why has support for EU membership reached a record high?
By George Eaton - 22 October 14:58

Ukip may have contaminated the eurosceptic brand, but there are other factors at play.

How the Ukip calypso drowns out more sinister stories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 October 13:44

"Oh, look! Ukip's doing something funny again!" stories only really work to overshadow the party's actual failings.

The Labour leader repelled Cameron's assault by declaring: "Instead of smearing the NHS in Wales, he should be saving the NHS in England".
PMQs review: Miliband wins again by leading on the NHS
By George Eaton - 22 October 13:26

The Labour leader repelled Cameron's assault by declaring: "Instead of smearing the NHS in Wales, he should be saving the NHS in England". 

What's behind John Kerry's curious appointment of Gary Hart as his Northern Ireland rep?
By Kevin Meagher - 22 October 9:36

The US Secretary of State has appointed former senator and presidential hopeful, Gary Hart, as his “personal representative” on Northern Ireland. Why?

What does the Lib Dem manifesto leak tell us?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 October 9:17

A high-resolution photograph of a party adviser holding manifesto proposals reveals the Lib Dems' plans.

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