The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


What is the Labour party's view of Fiona Woolf's position?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 October 8:41

"Theresa May has totally failed".

100 years since the first case of shell shock, it’s time to prioritise mental health
By Dan Jarvis - 31 October 8:16

It’s 100 years since the first documented case of shell shock today. What progress should we be making a century on?

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader.
Ed Miliband's speech to Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner: full text
By New Statesman - 30 October 22:00

"I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader. 

The shadow cabinet could be his next stop.
Anas Sarwar resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader
By George Eaton - 30 October 21:35

The shadow cabinet is likely his next stop.

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Seven
By New Statesman - 30 October 17:51

Scottish Labour in meltdown, the young British Muslims fighting for Isis in the Middle East, and the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years on.

A teacher writes on a whiteboard. Photo: Getty
Private education wins higher salaries for young graduates
By Claire Crawford and Anna Vignoles - 30 October 16:21

Three and a half years after finishing university, graduates who attended private schools earn an average of 7 per cent more per year than graduates who went to state school.

"The folk who say you can only do this from the left aren't following the lessons of recent Scottish electoral history," says the Scottish Labour leadership frontrunner.
Jim Murphy rejects "Blairite" label but cautions against shift to the left
By George Eaton - 30 October 15:26

"The folk who say you can only do this from the left aren't following the lessons of recent Scottish electoral history," says the Scottish Labour leadership frontrunner. 

Poll: SNP will win 54 seats in Scotland
By Harry Lambert - 30 October 15:21

A poll today suggests the SNP have surged since the referendum campaign. They won't win 50 seats but will stop Labour winning a majority.

For dignity in work, a prosperous economy and a just society, living wages are vital
By Luke Massey - 30 October 13:06

The Ritzy Living Wage campaign is an inspiring example of that call to action for raising wages.

Market rule isn’t working, but we can build a new world
By Jon Trickett - 30 October 12:48

The way we have run our economy is fundamentally flawed. 

Politicians like Calais' mayor should stop telling tales and start listening to asylum seekers
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 30 October 11:58

The experiences of migrants and refugees in Calais are important because they dispel the myths we perpetuate when we talk about immigration.

NHS reform and the hollow marketisation myth
By Benedict Cooper - 30 October 11:42

A metamorphosis is taking place; a mutation of the NHS from a public service into a lucrative marketplace.

How the UK government's hefty Brussels bill could lead us to an EU exit
By Anushka Asthana - 30 October 8:36

Could David Cameron's necessary tantrum over Brussels' £1.7bn surcharge be pushing Britain further down a path that ends with an EU exit?

The War on Drugs is not working (Flickr / Jacob)
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 30 October 8:16

Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end? 

Labour MP Jim Murphy joins the contest for the Scottish Labour leadership
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 October 8:00

The MP and shadow international development secretary has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Labour party in Scotland.

Some suggest the party could change its stance in the event of another hung parliament.
Will Sinn Fein MPs take their seats after the next election?
By George Eaton - 29 October 16:53

Some suggest the party could change its stance in the event of another hung parliament. 

In this week’s New Statesman | The British jihadis fighting for Isis
By New Statesman - 29 October 13:48

A first look at this week’s magazine.

The Labour leader should not acquiesce in the framing of immigration as a negative force.
PMQs review: Miliband paints immigration as the problem - it won't help him
By George Eaton - 29 October 13:36

The Labour leader should not acquiesce in the framing of immigration as a negative force. 

Neil Findlay MSP enters the race to be Scottish Labour's leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 October 12:58

A left-wing candidate is second to enter the contest to succeed Johann Lamont.

What should the Labour party's priorities be for government?
By Patrick Diamond - 29 October 12:41

Labour should be prepared to go in to coalition to prioritise strategic investment, a modern constitutional settlement and fairer austerity measures in government.

Renters are being evicted for complaining about their poor conditions
By Maya Oppenheim - 29 October 11:02

With 200,000 renters evicted for complaining about health and safety problems in the past year, the government has decided to back a Private Members' Bill that would protect tenants from revenge evictions.

Fighting fire with fire: the government's irresponsible approach to this week's strike
By Fiona Twycross - 29 October 10:10

This government wants to bear down on the rights of unions to take industrial action generally, and clearly want to limit the right of firefighters to strike.

Alan Johnson: Labour needs a "proper dialogue" in Europe to solve free movement issues
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 October 9:10

The former minister warns his party to argue in favour of the EU "much more than we have done", and to avoid “chasing a Ukip vote”.

Brighton, where the Green Party run the council. Photo: Getty
The difference between radicalism set in reality, and the Green Party
By Steve Bassam - 28 October 16:04

A vote for Labour in 2015 will bring about a government that will help deliver a progressive economic, social and environmental agenda.

As expected, Greens fall back to 5 per cent in Ashcroft’s weekly poll
By May2015 - 28 October 13:23

Today’s poll blast: the Greens fall back below the Lib Dems, as we forecast last week.

A boat with refugees. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Why does the UK now oppose funding search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean?
By Tim Wigmore - 28 October 12:17

Political expediency trumps the needs of the most desperate.

"What I want to see is peace": When will Labour stop opposing academies?
By Harry Lambert - 27 October 15:53

Labour's unclear opposition to academies could drag high-performing chains like ARK back under local bureaucracy.

Women are worse off after four years of George Osborne's spending decisions
By Catherine McKinnell - 27 October 12:37

The gender pay gap is widening again and the Chancellor’s Budgets have hit women a staggering four times harder than men.

5 things you need to know about the next election
By May2015 - 27 October 12:09

Is this election unpredictable? Are the main parties in good shape? We expand on Biteback's election guide.