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The government must speak out firmly against her barbaric sentence and call on the Sudanese government to revoke it.
We must stand up for Meriam Ibrahim and other persecuted Christians
By Douglas Alexander - 31 May 9:22

The government must speak out firmly against her barbaric sentence and call on the Sudanese government to revoke it.

New legal loophole allows developers to shirk affordable housing obligations
Developers able to demolish affordable housing provision
By Lucy Fisher - 30 May 18:25

A new law is allowing property developers to wriggle out of their affordable housing obligations.

The party should face a far more rigorous examination of its unscientific beliefs
It's time to challenge Ukip over its climate change denial
By Bob Ward - 30 May 15:46

The party should face a far more rigorous examination of its unscientific beliefs.

Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove the public sector can be fiscally responsible.
Labour's axeman puts the left-wing case for deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 30 May 12:40

Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove they can be fiscally responsible.

Our boldest claims should be reserved not for data, but for the values we hold.
The Piketty row shows we should focus on the moral case against inequality
By Alison McGovern - 30 May 11:13

Our boldest claims should be reserved for the values we hold, not for uncertain data.

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.
Tories ahead in Newark by-election poll, but Ukip could still win
By George Eaton - 30 May 8:14

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 30 May 7:23

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system.
Grammar schools don’t help the poor – the evidence grows
By Tim Wigmore - 29 May 17:28

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system. 

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode forty-eight
By New Statesman - 29 May 17:10

Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Tim Wigmore and Lucy Fisher discuss the Lib Dems in turmoil, Ian Leslie on the pilot determined to banish errors in the NHS, and Ian Steadman on "climate change" versus "global warming".

He must use its publication to remind voters of how he has learned from the mistakes of New Labour.
The Iraq inquiry is an opportunity for Miliband
By George Eaton - 29 May 16:43

He must use its publication to remind voters of how he has learned from the mistakes of New Labour. 

David Cameron on a visit to Hammersmith in 2011
How the Tories lost David Cameron’s favourite council
By Lucy Fisher - 29 May 14:26

The Conservatives' shock loss of Hammersmith and Fulham last week rocked the party. Why did the celebrated Tory borough swing to Labour?

The demise of the BNP is an important achievement which tells us something positive about Britain.
The strange death of British fascism
By Sunder Katwala - 29 May 12:00

The demise of the BNP is an important achievement which tells us something positive about mainstream civic society and politics in Britain.

"We cannot afford to be two nations in retirement where the benefits of growth accrue to only a few."
Rachel Reeves's speech on a better deal for savers: full text
By Rachel Reeves - 29 May 11:26

"We cannot afford to be two nations in retirement where the benefits of growth accrue to only a few."

The Lib Dem leader has avoided a palace coup but party activists are circling.
Will Clegg suffer death by a thousand cuts?
By George Eaton - 29 May 8:32

The Lib Dem leader has avoided a palace coup but party activists are circling. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 29 May 7:28

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

The party president is the only major figure to have been untainted by coalition and by allegations of plotting.
Farron is in a stronger position than ever to be the next Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 28 May 16:56

The party president is the only major figure to have been untainted by coalition and by allegations of plotting.

In this week’s New Statesman | The elites vs the people
By New Statesman - 28 May 16:44

A first look inside this week’s magazine. 

Lib Dem peer says his efforts to "expose and end cash-for-peerages in all parties, including our own" have failed.
Lord Oakeshott accuses the Lib Dems of "cash-for-peerages"
By George Eaton - 28 May 13:21

Lib Dem peer says his efforts to "expose and end cash-for-peerages in all parties, including our own" have failed.

Lord Oakeshott resigns from the Lib Dems over leaked Clegg poll
By George Eaton - 28 May 12:28

Peer leaves the party and warns it is "heading for disaster" under Clegg.

"Appropriate steps" will be taken against the rebellious peer.
Clegg hints that Lord Oakeshott could lose Lib Dem whip
By George Eaton - 28 May 11:24

"Appropriate steps" will be taken against the rebellious peer. 

Iain Duncan Smith
Universal Credit “reset”: was there an attempt to bury the bad news?
By Lucy Fisher - 28 May 10:52

Low expectations remain for the government's flagship welfare reform as a watchdog deems it a high risk of failure. Was the report deliberately released amid coverage of the local elections to avoid bad publicity?

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent.
"Tax Freedom Day" comes earlier for the rich than the poor
By John Hood - 28 May 9:53

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent. 

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay.
The polls that show why Clegg should stay as Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 28 May 8:19

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 28 May 7:26

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

Vince Cable at his party's conference last year. Photo: Getty
Vince Cable on leaked polling: “Lord Oakeshott’s actions are totally inexcusable”
By New Statesman - 27 May 18:06

The business secretary releases a statement saying that he has made it “very clear repeatedly” that Oakeshott does not act for him.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat party leader, at a public event where he is wearing safety goggles. Photo: Getty Images
Lib Dem torment is not all good news for Labour
By Rafael Behr - 27 May 12:24

Ed Miliband benefits when leftwing voters desert Nick Clegg but he suffers when moderate positions on Europe and immigration are shunted to the margins.

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.
The Pfizer / AstraZeneca takeover bid – the story of what Labour did and why
By Chuka Umunna - 27 May 10:25

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.

The Labour leader has broken with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.
Miliband will follow Blair's advice on an EU referendum but not on immigration
By George Eaton - 27 May 10:00

He has broken unambiguously with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.
Farage's gamble pays off - but where do Ukip go next?
By Tim Wigmore - 26 May 14:26

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.
Clegg should tell the rebels to "put up or shut up"
By Richard Morris - 26 May 13:24

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.

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