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Germany and Sweden have both recently been governered by parties that finished second.
Can Labour enter power if it finishes second? Europe shows it can
By George Eaton - 20 April 15:23

Germany and Sweden have both recently been governered by parties that finished second. 

Foreign devils. Photo:Getty
Britain's immigration debate has taken a turn for the toxic
By Kavya Kaushik - 20 April 13:58

Whether it is the attacks on migrants crossing the Mediterranean or questions about Nick Clegg's heritage, our national debate on immigration has taken a nasty turn.

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence.
Balls says Labour would speak to SNP - but rules out negotiations
By George Eaton - 20 April 13:40

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence. 

Exclusive: George Foulkes calls on Philip Hammond to intervene in the Mediterranean
By George Foulkes - 20 April 13:17

We cannot, therefore, continue to bury our heads in the sand, nor can we hide behind talk of a more comprehensive EU strategy. The simple fact is, unless more boats are sent out to patrol the region and rescue people, more innocent lives, including those of children, will be lost in the days and weeks to come.

SNP manifesto 2015: A document drafted in weakness
By Stephen Bush - 20 April 12:43

The SNP combine electoral hegemony with political weakness, and their manifesto reflects that.

The Lib Dems' coalition red lines are too agreeable – they need to start playing hard to get
By Richard Morris - 20 April 12:01

No one's talking about deals with the Lib Dems, because there's nothing in their manifesto to scare the Tory or Labour horses.

What's wrong with tax avoidance?
By Mark Rowney - 20 April 11:30

In 2012, Ed Miliband said it wasn’t “for politicians to lecture people about morality”; he was right. Notwithstanding some politicians’ moral convictions, society cannot agree a moral standard for tax. 

The DWP's new solution to the problem of low pay? Blame working families
By Lindsay Judge - 20 April 10:58

The latest developments to the Universal Credit will hit working parents hard, while doing little to tackle the real problem.

What will Labour do for people with disabilities?
By David Blunkett - 20 April 8:52

I have been very fortunate in my life to have had essential help when I have needed it and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others. This election is the moment when disabled people can exercise their power and make their voice heard. And today, with the launch of its disability manifesto, Labour is hoping to win their support.

What can be done about the rising number of food banks?
By Frank Field and John Glen - 20 April 7:44

The number using food banks continues to rise. What's being done about the problem of public hunger, and what must we do next?

Milibandimania! Watch as Ed Miliband mobbed by screaming ladies
By Media Mole - 19 April 13:49

Ed Miliband's transformation from punchline into rockstar Prime Minister is almost complete.

The deaths this week are a wake-up call. We need a change of direction
By Tim Farron - 19 April 13:00

This latest horror is neither isolated nor unexpected. We can't sit by and leave people to drown.

The Conservatives and Labour are both wedded to the failed War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 April 12:04

On drug policy, mindless tub-thumping trumps trumps what actually works. 

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland.
Tetchy Cameron dials up SNP attack by warning English voters would lose out
By George Eaton - 19 April 11:05

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland. 

About that Conservative jobs miracle...
By Jonathan Portes - 18 April 9:17

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed.

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.
How Labour could call the SNP's bluff in a hung parliament
By George Eaton - 17 April 13:02

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech. 

Restart the rescue: the most important policy you've never heard of
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 11:57

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

Labour's young people manifesto keeps the promise of Britain alive
By Ivan Lewis - 17 April 11:10

The launch of Labour's groundbreaking young people manifesto today is further evidence of Ed Miliband's determination to put the future of the younger generation at the heart of this election campaign.

Liz Kendall: "Nobody wants to think about what they'll be like when they're incredibly old"
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 10:59

The shadow minister for care and older people on the future of old age in Britain, parents versus the state, and what she's most excited about.

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks.
Miliband pledges to ban unpaid internships as Labour woos youth vote
By George Eaton - 17 April 0:01

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks. 

An interview with Ken Clarke: "The iron of the Treasury has entered my soul"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 23:53

The Tory MP and former Chancellor on how politics has changed, the dangers of unfunded spending pledges, and how his party is "too right-wing".

The Labour leader filled the prime ministerial hole on the stage and threw down the gauntlet to Cameron.
TV debate: Miliband passes his toughest test - he looked like a prime minister
By George Eaton - 16 April 22:26

The Labour leader filled the prime ministerial void on the stage and threw down the gauntlet to Cameron. 

Five things we learned from the TV election challengers' debate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 21:59

It was everyone but David Cameron and Nick Clegg on the BBC's "challengers' debate" panel. Here's what it revealed.

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Seven
By New Statesman - 16 April 18:22

Build more bloody houses.

The biggest losers from the manifesto season? The young and the poor
By Javed Khan - 16 April 17:36

As it stands, on election day, the young people who have been rejected throughout their lives will find that they yet again have no one to turn to.

Partying with Paddy Ashdown, Ed's Labour HQ rules, and a literally rubbish Tory
By Kevin Maguire - 16 April 16:09

Plus young Tory exploits with the Northern Ireland Secretary's red box.

Here's why London should bid to be the next City of Culture
By Gareth Thomas - 16 April 14:47

London is home to the biggest galleries, the most famous museums and some of the country's most famous cultural destinations. But in outer London, many venues are struggling and deserve a moment to shine.

Labour launch registration push: "Take a hold of your future, or someone else will"
By Stephen Bush - 16 April 14:17

As the latest ONS figures show 830,000 people falling off the electoral register, Labour release a non-partisan video urging people to register to vote.

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