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The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate.
PMQs review: Miliband wastes an opportunity by going on the TV debates again
By George Eaton - 11 March 12:58

The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate. 

Child abuse at Westminster: We haven't even begun to awaken from the nightmare
By Simon Danczuk - 11 March 12:54

Some politicians are finally beginning to realise that they can't bury these scandals under the carpet. But real action is needed, and fast.

A new Bill plots the way back for the NHS - but it's not Labour who are behind it
By Benedict Cooper - 11 March 9:26

Caroline Lucas and Andrew George, a Liberal Democrat rebel, are working together on a bill that could be a roadmap for the NHS.

Steve Reed: "The biggest ideas are coming out of local government"
By Stephen Bush - 11 March 9:03

What's Labour for when there's no money to spend? The same thing it always is, says Steve Reed: giving people power.

Justine Thornton responds to attacks on Ed Miliband: "It's going to get worse"
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 17:00

Justine Thornton, Ed Miliband's wife, has given an interview with BBC News in which she says that the attacks on her husband will intensify in the campaign's final weeks.

About that Liberal Democrat "private polling"...
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 13:29

The Liberal Democrats made a splash with their private polling. But the published results indicate that they may be grasping at straws.

Social segregation is rising - what's to be done about it?
By Matthew Taylor - 10 March 11:59

Social segregation - of races, classes and religions - is on the rise in Britain. A new report suggests ways out of the mess.

Philip Hammond: Russia could be the "single greatest threat" to UK security
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 March 10:46

The Foreign Secretary warns about the threat Russia poses to Britain's security, seeing relations going from prickly to poor.

Gordon Brown sounds a warning on Europe
By Stephen Bush - 10 March 9:19

Gordon Brown is worried that the pro-Europeans are blundering into a referendum defeat. He's not the only one. 

It's not just "boozy" northern cities: health inequality is a national disease
By Dan Holden - 09 March 15:04

Health inequality is a big issue in the UK: tackling it will help income inequality, the NHS and the economy, but the causes of it are not as straightforward as they seem.

Labour's latest PPC has an unbelievable backstory
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 15:02

Naz Shah, the newly-selected Labour candidate in Bradford West, has shed light on her remarkable life.

The low point in 2000 pre-dated the government's spending increases for health and education.
"Public spending was 35% under you!" How Labour plans to rebut this Tory attack
By George Eaton - 09 March 15:00

The low point in 2000 pre-dated the government's spending increases for health and education. 

Oliver Cromwell, Alex Salmond, and the obsession with high-information voters
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 14:09

All of the parties are obsessing over high-information voters. But the people who'll decide the election are messing around on Netflix, juggling childcare, or down the pub.

How do we make the fit-for-work tests fit for purpose?
By James Bolton - 09 March 11:40

Maximus has just taken over the running of the controversial Work Capability Assessment from Atos. What’s broken and how can they fix it?

Say hello to the Tories' secret weapon: Alex Salmond
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 9:27

The SNP has already ended Labour's hopes of a majority. The Conservatives believe it can do even more damage to them than that.

Nation-states aren't households: debating their economies as if they are is stupid
By Eliane Glaser - 09 March 8:30

Our economic debate is conducted in terms of household budgets - a handbag economy. But the economy isn't a handbag, and this "debate" closes down real alternatives to the neoliberal consensus. 

The shadow chancellor will unveil a full analysis of how the Tories' plans would hit public services.
Balls launches new assault on Osborne's "extreme" cuts
By George Eaton - 09 March 0:00

The shadow chancellor will unveil a full analysis of how the Tories' plans would hit public services. 

"I am in my 20s, and I am already getting tired": a woman blogs on her experience in the workplace
By Anon - 08 March 11:54

A woman blogs anonymously on her experiences in the work place for International Women's Day.

Voting in El Salvador. (Photo: Getty)
Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register - and out of the political debate
By Abena Oppong-Asare - 08 March 7:53

Turnout was lower among women than men at the last election, and the problem could get worse.

Leslee Udwin, the documentary-maker whose film, India's Daughter, has been censored on the sub-continent. (Photo:Getty)
The attitudes expressed towards women in India's Daughter are chilling. But they're also universal
By Emily Dyer - 08 March 7:50

India's Daughter has exposed that country's rape culture. But don't imagine that these attitudes aren't found around the world. 

Labour pledges law to ensure debates happen at every election
By Stephen Bush - 07 March 23:15

Labour are trying to keep the debates in people's minds - but if they're not careful, they run the risk of making fools themselves

Barbara Castle with Harold Wilson at a Labour party conference. Photo: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
We need a new Equal Pay Act
By Emily Thornberry - 07 March 20:00

It has been 45 years since Barbara Castle’s Equal Pay Act - and we still don't have equal pay. So what would an updated act need to cover? Emily Thornberry explains.

An IWD protest in Brazil. Photo: Getty
On International Women's Day, let's ask men why progress towards equality is so slow
By Stella Creasy - 07 March 16:02

Men need to do more than ask for gratitude for being an ‘ally’ or say they think equality is a ‘good thing’ in principle. They need to feel real anger - and help make a change.

 

Ed Miliband confirms he will attend the leaders' debates
By Stephen Bush - 07 March 15:31

Ed Miliband has given David Cameron both barrels as he aims to keep the pressure on the Prime Minister.

Believe the hype: Nick Clegg could lose his seat
By LouieWoodall - 06 March 17:55

Speaking in Sutton before the 2010 general election, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, said to an audience of young voters: “The opportunity is immense this time. The cross you put on the ballot paper might be small, but the opportunity is big.”

The broadcasters hold firm on the TV election debates, leaving David Cameron facing an empty chair
By Stephen Bush - 06 March 17:34

The broadcasters are refusing to accede to the prime minister's proposals.

Western weakness and indecision has fanned the flames in Ukraine
By David Clark - 06 March 15:31

The West's politicians have emboldened Vladimir Putin with their mistakes and indecision. They need to send a signal he can't ignore.

The NHS is under threat - from the Conservatives, and Ukip
By Jon Trickett - 06 March 12:48

The NHS is Labour's finest achievement. But it's under threat from five more years of the Conservatives

Labour believe that Ed Miliband will confound expectations in the debates. Photo: Getty
Labour hit Cameron on debates - but the status quo favours Miliband
By Stephen Bush - 06 March 10:04

Labour have released a video attacking David Cameron for ducking out of the debates. But it may well be Ed Miliband who has the most to gain if they don't take place. 

"You can't be a little bit equal" - Tessa Jowell calls for boardroom quotas
By Tessa Jowell - 06 March 9:01

Germany will require women to make up 30 per cent of members of large boards by 2020. We must do the same here.

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