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The mass death penalties and the wider crackdown on the opposition cannot be tolerated.
The UK must stand against Egypt's disregard of human rights
By Ian Lucas - 08 May 15:27

The mass death penalties and the wider crackdown on the opposition cannot be tolerated.

Miliband tries to trap the coalition on the wrong side of "Generation Rent".
Labour to stage vote on banning letting agent fees for tenants
By George Eaton - 08 May 11:40

Miliband tries to trap the coalition on the wrong side of "Generation Rent". 

Transforming the right's standing among ethnic groups requires a longer march than is available in the final year of this Parliament.
The Tories' minorities push has come too late to help them in 2015
By Sunder Katwala - 08 May 10:55

Transforming the right's standing among ethnic groups requires a longer march than is available in the final year of this Parliament. 

Aside from his own preservation, any hint that he would depart would aid the Yes campaign.
Why Cameron has said he won't resign if Scotland votes for independence
By George Eaton - 08 May 7:45

Aside from his own preservation, any hint that he would depart would aid the Yes campaign. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 08 May 7:06

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

"The welfare state is a way of alleviating poverty but it cannot be our only means of creating a fairer economy."
Rachel Reeves's Clement Attlee memorial lecture: full text
By New Statesman - 07 May 20:09

"The welfare state is a way of alleviating poverty but it cannot be our only means of creating a fairer economy."

The party is determined to deny Clegg the chance to make a fresh appeal.
Labour's election broadcast shows it fears a Lib Dem revival
By George Eaton - 07 May 15:26

The party is determined to deny Clegg the chance to make a fresh appeal.

"In our globalised world renewing the country begins in local places."
Jon Cruddas's speech on power and belonging: full text
By New Statesman - 07 May 15:15

"In our globalised world renewing the country begins in local places."

PMQs review: Miliband traps Cameron on the side of a failing market
By George Eaton - 07 May 13:18

The Labour leader smartly positioned himself as the defender of "Generation Rent".

In this week’s magazine | India’s worst nightmare
By New Statesman - 07 May 12:33

A first look inside this week’s New Statesman

The claim that the only divide that matters is between the rich and the poor ignores the unequal distribution of political power.
Of course there is a north-south divide – and of course it matters
By James Maxwell - 07 May 10:58

The claim that the only divide that matters is between the rich and the poor ignores the unequal distribution of political power. 

Home Secretary Theresa May. Photo: Getty
Theresa May's citizenship-stripping proposal is worse than medieval banishment
By Donald Campbell - 07 May 9:26

The Home Secretary should remember the US Supreme Court's description of making someone stateless: "a form of punishment more primitive than torture".

In Westminster, it is seats that count. And Miliband's party is still best-placed to win the most.
Why the odds still favour Labour with a year to go
By George Eaton - 07 May 8:40

In Westminster, it is seats that count. And Miliband's party is still best-placed to win the most. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 07 May 7:18

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

Screen-grab of Roger Helmer from YouTube
Meet Ukip's seal-hating, gay-baiting, victim-blaming Newark candidate, Roger Helmer
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 May 17:41

He doesn't think homophobia exists, blames rape victims, and seems to be sexually confused about Earl Grey tea.

Contrary to popular opinion, top graduates do not all want to work in the city.
How to get the best and the brightest working in our public services
By Craig Thorley - 06 May 17:40

Contrary to popular opinion, top graduates do not all want to work in the city. 

Cable hits out at Osborne for seeking to turn UK into a "tax haven"
By George Eaton - 06 May 16:09

Business Secretary issues coded criticisim as Pfizer eyes UK tax advantages over AstraZeneca takeover. 

Rather than preparing for another hung parliament, Labour is focused on "crushing" Clegg's party.
Labour's bombardment of the Lib Dems shows it is going all out for a majority
By George Eaton - 06 May 15:27

Rather than preparing for another hung parliament, Labour is focused on "crushing" Clegg's party. 

All parties should take a step back and appreciate the significant differences between these communities.
As ethnic minorities grow, politicians need a less crude approach to attracting them
By Rishi Sunak - 06 May 12:44

All parties should take a step back and appreciate the significant differences between these communities.

Mayor concedes "sometimes I don't go in" after being challenged by Ken Livingstone on his LBC phone-in show.
Boris admits working from home after denouncing it as a "skivers' paradise"
By George Eaton - 06 May 11:26

Mayor concedes "sometimes I don't go in" after being challenged by Ken Livingstone on his LBC phone-in show. 

The party is behind Ukip and the Greens among those who will vote for the first time in 2015. But 59 per cent won't vote at all.
Who will win the first-time vote in 2015?
By George Eaton - 06 May 8:35

Labour has a 16-point lead over the Tories, with the Lib Dems in fifth place behind Ukip and the Greens. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 06 May 7:19

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

The PM has allowed them to boost profits at the expense of the consumer.
Cameron has let the energy companies pocket his £50 bill cut
By Tom Greatrex - 05 May 11:24

By failing to ensure companies pass on the full reduction, the PM has allowed them to boost profits at the expense of the consumer.

Labour leader denounces PM for acting as a "cheerleader" for the Pfizer-Astrazeneca deal and calls for a new public interest test.
Miliband challenges Cameron's hands-off approach on foreign takeovers
By George Eaton - 04 May 10:41

Labour leader denounces PM for acting as a "cheerleader" for the Pfizer-AstraZeneca deal and calls for a new public interest test.

Our research demonstrates that people aren’t ready for such significant upheaval.
I fear that Universal Credit will leave tenants struggling
By David Orr - 02 May 17:01

Our research demonstrates that people aren’t ready for such significant upheaval.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Forty-Four
By New Statesman - 02 May 15:53

Labour's plans for the rental housing market, the "Arabisation" of Islam, and video games in the New Mexico desert.

The shadow business secretary won't shy away from association with the New Labour godfather.
Why Chuka Umunna is "intensely relaxed" about being compared to Peter Mandelson
By George Eaton - 02 May 15:15

The shadow business secretary admires the New Labour godfather as a champion of industrial activism. 

Education Secretary says in response to presenter's use of the N-word: "He's been clear in his apology and I think we should leave matter there".
Gove says Clarkson should not be sacked for using the N-word
By George Eaton - 02 May 10:11

Education Secretary says "He's been clear in his apology and I think we should leave matter there".

Whenever faced with a choice between caution and boldness, Miliband has opted for boldness.
Labour's radicals are winning the policy battle
By George Eaton - 02 May 9:15

The party's rents policy shows that those wanting to expand, not "shrink", the offer are leading the way.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 02 May 7:28

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

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