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Get Nigel? The infighting in Ukip kicks up a notch
By Tim Wigmore - 14 May 12:48

The knives are out for Nigel Farage - and the biggest loser may be Ukip's great cause.

What is Labour's future?
By Robert Corfe - 14 May 11:54

The Labour rout offers lessons for the party's future, as long as the party refocuses on the emerging "middle-middle" majority.

It wasn't just Labour that failed - the wider movement has questions to answer, too
By Michael Chessum - 14 May 7:58

Since 2010, we have witnessed the abject failure of the left’s own institutions to put forward either a coherent narrative or strategy.

Yvette Cooper enters the Labour leadership race
By Stephen Bush - 13 May 21:59

The Shadow Home Secretary and arguably the race's most heavyweight candidate has declared that she will stand in an article in the Mirror.

Labour must avoid exchanging one comfort zone for another
By David Clark - 13 May 18:28

The risk is that the party starts by narrowing rather than broadening its appeal. 

Andy Burnham launches his campaign for the Labour leadership
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 May 18:19

"Labour wins when it speaks for everyone".

It was the working class, not the middle class that sunk Labour
By Jon Trickett - 13 May 16:15

Labour's next leader must hold onto and increase our middle class vote, reaching out to working class voters, and mobilise Labour identifiers who did not vote Labour.

20 seats with the lowest turnout show Labour voters drifting to Ukip - or not voting at all
By Tim Wigmore - 13 May 15:12

Tristram Hunt was elected by just 19 per cent of his constituents. 

In the magazine this week | The Tory triumph
By New Statesman - 13 May 14:15

A first look at this week's magazine.

Labour's path back to power is tougher than you think
By Stephen Bush - 13 May 13:40

A putative list of Labour's targets reveals the scale of the party's challenge. 

Former shadow justice secretary and shadow London minister joins the race.
Sadiq Khan launches bid to be Labour's London mayoral candidate
By George Eaton - 13 May 12:10

Former shadow justice secretary and shadow London minister joins the race.

The UK broke its own record for LGBT representation last week
By Andrew Reynolds - 13 May 11:05

We now have a record 32 out LGBT MPs in the House, but all are white, only six are women and none are trans.

Without a U-Turn, the homeless will be the biggest victims of the Conservative victory
By Heather Spurr - 13 May 8:00

David Cameron's record on homelessness has been shambolic. Now, benefit cuts will make it worse.

Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery are the two leading contenders to represent the left in the contest.
Labour left seek to run candidate in leadership election
By George Eaton - 12 May 18:27

Jon Trickett and Ian Lavery are the two leading contenders to represent the left in the contest. 

"Too many pointy-heads and too few street fighters": Labour's Michael Dugher on what went wrong
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 May 17:15

Michael Dugher MP, who served as vice-chair of the party in Ed Miliband's top team, on identity politics, emotion over intellect, and "fucking up" the Scottish referendum campaign.

Did Labour's internal polling show them behind?
By Stephen Bush - 12 May 13:53

Labour's official pollster has said that the party's private polling had the Tories ahead since before Christmas - but others are sceptical. 

Chuka Umunna launches his bid for the Labour leadership
By Stephen Bush - 12 May 11:24

Chuka Umunna has launched his campaign for the Labour leadership with a video in Swindon, where the party was defeated by the Conservatives in both seats.

Where did it go wrong for Ed Miliband?
By Tim Bale - 12 May 10:47

Ed cannot escape responsibility for his defeat but neither can the Labour Party as a whole.

The long road back: how can Labour win again?
By Keiran Pedley - 12 May 8:09

If Labour reconciles with its past and leaves its comfort zone, it can win again.

Late swing? Labour's private polls showed Tories ahead before Christmas
By James Morris - 11 May 23:21

Labour's polling position was worse than it looked in the public polls, reveals Labour's official pollster.

Acting leader tells first PLP meeting that party must "throw off any sense of loss or mourning".
Harman warns Labour MPs: "We are not commentators, we are campaigners"
By George Eaton - 11 May 19:51

Acting leader tells first PLP meeting that party must "throw off any sense of loss or mourning".

David Miliband condemns Ed Miliband's strategy
By Stephen Bush - 11 May 17:39

Like Cain and Abel, but for social democrats.

The NS Podcast #91 | The election post-mortem
By New Statesman - 11 May 16:51

Plus: the candidates for Labour leader.

Suzanne Evans is set to be Ukip's new leader
By Tim Wigmore - 11 May 13:02

Keeping Farage's seat warm?

Reshuffle: Who will be in David Cameron's new all-Conservative cabinet?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 May 11:10

David Cameron has re-appointed some key figures, and reached out to his backbenchers, in forming the new Conservative majority government.

Why I'm backing Tim Farron
By Andrew Emmerson - 11 May 7:52

We must no longer split the difference, or indeed ride of the coat tails of Labour or the Tories. It is a cliché that we must develop radical liberal identity, but it is true now more than ever.  Other parties can’t do this, we must.