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Politicians will never please the public on immigration, so they should stop trying
By James Bloodworth - 04 August 15:59

On immigration, we demand that our politicians serve us a dish of fried snowballs and then feign disappointment when they fail to deliver it. 

A memorial to domestic violence victims. Photo: Getty
A new Poor Law? How councils are trying to cut the benefits of domestic violence victims
By Anna Hedge - 04 August 15:48

Councils are trying to penalise women who have to use domestic violence refuges outside their local area – by withdrawing their right to council tax support.

Why Ed Miliband's WWI wreath message wasn’t handwritten
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 August 14:48

A picture was tweeted out today of David Cameron’s handsigned WWI memorial wreath, contrasted with a generic “From the Leader of the Opposition” from Ed Miliband. But it’s not what it looks like.

The Lib Dem leader cannot afford to look intensely relaxed about tens of thousands of newcomers.
Clegg's new stance on EU immigration shows he has learned from his defeat to Farage
By George Eaton - 04 August 11:14

The Lib Dem leader cannot afford to look intensely relaxed about tens of thousands of newcomers. 

The most detailed analysis yet of Ukip’s performance shows its threat to the Labour Party.
Ed Miliband is warned of Ukip’s threat to Labour: it cuts into his party's key division
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 August 8:42

The most detailed analysis yet of Ukip’s performance shows its threat to the Labour Party.

Our democracy expanded, society became less deferential, the trade union movement grew and our politics would never be the same.
To remember the First World War we need lively debate as well as silent tributes
By Dan Jarvis - 04 August 0:00

Our democracy expanded, society became less deferential, the trade union movement grew and our politics would never be the same.

Back in 2006 the PM attacked Israel's Lebanon offensive as "disproportionate".
When Cameron was prepared to criticise Israel
By George Eaton - 03 August 16:21

Back in 2006 the PM attacked Israel's Lebanon offensive as "disproportionate". 

Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system.
Labour outflanks the Tories on immigrant benefits
By George Eaton - 03 August 11:10

Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system. 

Could political party youth wings galvanise young Brits to vote?
By Lucy Fisher - 01 August 17:33

As interest in Ukip's Young Independence surges, youth wings of political parties may be the best hope of staving off apathy in the young.

The old style of leadership is at odds with our complex and networked world.
This new era demands collective leadership, not heroic individuals
By Neal Lawson - 01 August 14:50

The old style of leadership is at odds with our complex and networked world. 

With less than 50 days to go, the No side retains a double-digit lead.
The Scottish Yes campaign is running out of time
By George Eaton - 01 August 9:51

With less than 50 days to go, the No side retains a double-digit lead. 

Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

A mourner grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the April 24 Rana Plaza garment building collapse.
Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on
By Jim Murphy and Alison McGovern - 31 July 15:32

The campaign to aid victims hit by the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory last year has produced results, but decent working conditions for all is still a long way off.

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time.
The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land
By George Eaton - 31 July 15:08

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time. 

Far from obsessing over kilts, ceilidhs and pipers, nationalists today are pragmatic.
It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity
By Jamie Maxwell - 31 July 11:02

The mainstream nationalists' arguments for independence are broadly civic and pragmatic, it is the unionists who obsess about the threat an independent Scotland presents to "Britishness".

Will the economy hand Tories the election?

The recovery may be feeble, but voters are rewarding the Tories as GDP rises – and the 'cost-of-living' is half the issue it was in 2011.

Shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell, who previously served as Ed Miliband's deputy chief of staff.
Miliband may use Labour reshuffle to achieve half-female shadow cabinet
By George Eaton - 30 July 15:25

Lucy Powell and Luciana Berger tipped for promotion. 

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
MPs who reject science are undermining the public interest
By Bob Ward - 30 July 10:59

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes.
“Poor doors” show why we need to get councils building again
By David Lammy - 30 July 9:23

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p.
Balls puts the Tories on the spot over tax cuts for the rich
By George Eaton - 30 July 2:35

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p. 

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.
Exclusive: Tories to announce "tens of thousands" increase in membership at party conference
By George Eaton - 29 July 17:53

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership.
How Labour outraised the Tories in 2013
By George Eaton - 29 July 16:48

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership. 

The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
Tracey Crouch: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to be promoted”
By Lucy Fisher - 29 July 14:34

The Conservative MP talks to Lucy Fisher about rebelling against the government, mindfulness and football.

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip.
Why Cameron's crackdown on immigrant benefits won't help the Tories
By George Eaton - 29 July 9:19

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip. 

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply.
Labour’s Help to Build scheme will succeed where the coalition has failed
By Chris Leslie and Emma Reynolds - 28 July 18:09

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply. 

The London mayor could be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term.
Boris could be mayor and an MP - but he couldn't be mayor and Tory leader
By George Eaton - 28 July 17:43

The London mayor would be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term were he to become leader of his party.

Image is crucial to how we decide between policies
By Harry Lambert - 28 July 12:02

Ed Miliband thinks image should be secondary to issues and ideas, but snap judgements matter when voters have little time.

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes.
The NHS is becoming an ever-bigger headache for the Tories
By George Eaton - 28 July 10:31

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes. 

Labour leader says the Prime Minister should take questions "from members of the public in the Palace of Westminster".
Miliband calls for public question time for Prime Ministers
By George Eaton - 27 July 9:15

Labour leader says voters should be able to ask the Prime Minister questions in the Palace of Westminster. 

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.
Labour will show that people really do have a choice in 2015
By Michael Dugher - 27 July 7:00

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.

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