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Poorer students beware: university maintenance grants face being cut
By Tim Wigmore - 12 June 17:04

To satisfy artificial political requirements, disadvantaged students risk being put off from applying to university.

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Our planet stands on a precipice. David Cameron's most important task lies ahead
By Maria Eagle - 12 June 16:00

It's vital that the government secures a global deal on climate change at the Paris summit. Our futures depend on it.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want "charity" to get selected. Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight
Jeremy Corbyn is against "charity nominations", but would he accept a few coppers from Andy Burnham?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 June 15:52

Surely Jeremy Corbyn owes it to his leftwing supporters to accept a helping hand from Andy Burnham, if he's within touching distance of the ballot paper?

The adoption of living wage contracts is one way that the party could reduce the damage from cuts to tax credits.
Do the Tories have a plan to soften the blow from welfare cuts?
By George Eaton - 12 June 15:11

The adoption of living wage contracts is one way that the party could reduce the damage from cuts to tax credits. 

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A merger between Labour and the Liberal Democrats could never work, and here's why
By Andrew Emmerson - 12 June 13:01

Jamie Reed's proposal that Labour merge with the Liberal Democrats is simply a ruse so Labour can finish what they tried to do at the election: wipe out the Liberal Democrats.

The NS Podcast #97: What makes us bored?
By New Statesman - 12 June 11:36

Plus: the tube map is rubbish.

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Here's what should really terrify Labour about trade union influence in the party
By Stephen Bush - 12 June 7:58

Far from deciding the outcome, the trade unions will be largely incidental to selecting Labour's leader.

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What's going on in the Labour deputy leadership race?
By Stephen Bush - 11 June 14:39

The parliamentary Labour party is desperate for someone to stop Tom Watson. That's one reason why it's unlikely to happen.

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"This leftwing label is potentially unhelpful": the Greens on why they missed their moment
By Tim Wigmore - 11 June 14:28

What happened to the Green Surge, and why aren't the Greens on a par with their European equivalents?

Don't be fooled by the new legislation, our fight against modern-day slavery in the UK isn’t over
By Michael Pollitt - 11 June 12:01

As the last bubbles drip from the champagne bottles that welcomed the Modern Slavery Bill on to the statute books, champions of the UK’s anti-trafficking legislation should take a sober look at what they've woken up with.

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It's time for Labour and the Liberal Democrats to talk about a merger
By Jamie Reed - 11 June 8:16

The reconfiguration of Scottish politics means a rethink is needed in England and Wales.

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Here's why I'm nominating Rushanara Ali to be Labour's deputy leader
By Chi Onwurah - 10 June 18:08

I’m nominating Rushanara Ali so another voice will be heard. I urge my fellow MPs to do the same.

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems would only enter coalition with guarantee of electoral reform
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:11

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation. 

In this week's magazine | Who owns the future?
By New Statesman - 10 June 13:55

A first look at this week's issue.

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Here's why I'm backing Andy Burnham to lead Labour back to power
By Louise Haigh - 10 June 13:39

It’s hard to find a more genuine, decent person in politics than Andy, and I think people will connect with him at a time when we’re battling scepticism and apathy as much as we’re fighting the other side. 

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Don't be fooled. The country needs and wants a honest debate about tax
By Daisy Srblin - 10 June 13:18

Labour's chastening defeat has led some to claim the party is abandoning its commitments on tax. But that's a myth.

Labour's acting leader delivered an improved performance. But how wise is her new tactic?
PMQs review: Harman recovers some ground as she disciplines "gloating" Cameron
By George Eaton - 10 June 13:01

Labour's acting leader delivered an improved performance. But how wise is her new tactic?

Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell are in a tight race as nominations close for Labour's London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 June 12:03

As Labour's London constituency parties' endorsements have rolled in, it looks like Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan will have a tough fight to the finish.

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Deputy leader? It's a Stella for me
By John Prescott - 10 June 11:51

Prezza for Stella may sound like I’m after a lager, but I think Creasy could refresh parts of the party other candidates cannot reach.

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism.
Osborne's budget surplus trap will force Labour to finally offer economic clarity
By George Eaton - 10 June 11:03

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism. 

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We need to talk about inequality, even when it makes us feel uncomfortable
By Wes Streeting - 10 June 8:31

The failure of state education in so many white working class areas is utterly unacceptable. Not to talk about it or to have any answers for how we overcome it, equally so. 

Andy Burnham plays in the Labour vs the Lobby match at Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
We're beginning to see the outlines of the Labour leadership race
By Stephen Bush - 09 June 18:07

Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have reasons to be cheerful after the GMB hustings.

Ed Miliband resigns after leading Labour to a heavy defeat. Photo: Getty Images
I lost to the Conservatives by just 378 votes. Here's what I've learned
By James Frith - 09 June 15:33

Labour didn't have enough to say to businesses, or enough for people on long hours not zero hours. That must never happen again. 

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Labour faces a fight for its very survival. Andy Burnham is the man to put the party back on track
By Owen Smith - 09 June 14:37

2015 might not be rock bottom for Labour. It's vital the party picks the right leader.

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Ukip are the least powerful nationalist party in Europe
By Harry Lambert - 09 June 13:51

Since the crisis, coalitions of the right and populist right have become the norm - but under the British electoral system, Ukip are shut out.

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I'm backing Sadiq Khan to get a fair deal for London's commuters
By Ken Livingstone - 09 June 12:35

Helping the city's commuters is one of the biggest jobs of London's Mayor - and I should know.

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Zac Goldsmith MP is running to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor - what chance does he have?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 11:47

The Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, announces his intention to run for the mayoralty.

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Why I'm backing Caroline Flint to be deputy leader
By David Blunkett - 09 June 9:00

Caroline isn't afraid of confronting hard truths and she doesn't avoid hard work. She's my choice for deputy leader.

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Angela Eagle: “We just have to get over it and get on with it”
By Caroline Crampton - 09 June 7:30

The deputy Labour leadership candidate talks to Caroline Crampton about her pitch to the party, what went wrong at the general election, and why she wants one of the top jobs after 23 years as an MP.