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The debate. Photo: Getty
The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Six
By New Statesman - 08 April 14:12

Seven-ways and non-doms.

David Cameron. Photo: Getty
The Tories' decision to oppose Labour's non-dom move is a serious error
By George Eaton - 08 April 12:58

By resisting this progressive policy, the Conservatives risk confirming their reputation as the political wing of the City of London. 

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
The left must think big to win
By David Clark and Paul Hackett - 08 April 12:44

Whatever happens in May, the only way forward for the centre-left is to raises it sights.

Nigel Farage. Photo: Getty
We can't just give Nigel Farage the silent treatment
By Will Heilpern - 08 April 9:46

Nigel Farage's attacks on the vulnerable - the unemployed, immigrants, and in this case, people with AIDS and HIV musn't go unchallenged.

Labour leader vows to end system under which wealthy individuals avoid paying tax on their overseas earnings.
Miliband pledges to abolish non-dom tax status
By George Eaton - 07 April 22:45

Labour leader vows to end system under which wealthy individuals avoid paying tax on their overseas earnings. 

4 things we learned from the Scottish TV debates
By Stephen Bush - 07 April 22:03

Nicola Sturgeon isn't half as impressive when someone gets up in her grill, and Labour must thank their lucky stars that Ruth Davidson isn't moving south any time soon.

Bring back grammar schools? Great news - for the rich
By Sam Bright - 07 April 17:00

Beneath the populist chatter, Ukip's preferred policy - grammar schools - would do nothing for the poor.

There is an acute tension in Scottish politics. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Scotland and the clash of two nationalisms
By Gerry Hassan - 07 April 15:10

The election debate is being defined by the claim and counter-claim of two nationalisms – one Scottish and out, and one British and in denial.

The Tories and UKIP are preparing to work together
By Alan Johnson - 07 April 13:30

The Conservatives are getting ready for another coalition - this time with Ukip.

The former PM, who once said he didn't mind how much David Beckham earned, says he agrees "completely" with the Labour leader on the subject.
Blair's surprising agreement with Miliband on inequality
By George Eaton - 07 April 12:10

The former PM, who once said he didn't mind how much David Beckham earned, says he agrees "completely" with the Labour leader on the subject. 

No really, the SNP are going to win at least 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats
By Harry Lambert - 07 April 11:58

The swing in Labour’s heartlands is even greater than the swing implied by national polls.

5 things that we know for certain about the next election
By Steve van Riel - 07 April 8:00

The outcome of the election is uncertain. But there are some things that will definitely happen afterwards, regardless of the result.

Nicola Sturgeon with deputy first minister John Swinney. Photo: Getty
Leak inquiry ordered over memo that claimed Nicola Sturgeon wants David Cameron to remain prime minister
By Helen Lewis - 04 April 18:14

The cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has confirmed that an official inquiry will take place.

Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Getty
Alistair Carmichael revealed as the leaker of the SNP memo
By Stephen Bush - 04 April 11:28

The former Scottish secretary admits to being behind the leaked memorandum that had the SNP furiously denying said conversation ever took place and got Scottish Labour elated.

The cost of a Conservative chancellor: Labour unveil new poster
By Stephen Bush - 03 April 23:00

Ahead of the new financial year, Ed Balls will unveil a new poster attacking the cost of the Conservative government.

Whoever wins, Britain will only thrive if we all come together
By Chuka Umunna - 03 April 14:54

Labour's shadow business secretary reflects on the first week of the campaign. 

How Labour must wish that Nicola Sturgeon were their leader
By Jason Cowley - 03 April 11:25

Last night’s debate made for good television but told us little we didn’t know and changed nothing. And so the jamboree goes on. 

Who won the seven-way debates? I watched with my girlfriend to find out
By Alan Martin - 03 April 10:41

Alan Martin's girlfriend didn't watch the 2010 debates and isn't interested in politics - so what did she make of the debates?

Miliband again impressed - but the limits of the format left him unable to land the knock-out blow against the PM he craved.
TV debate verdict: Cameron gets the murky result he wanted
By George Eaton - 02 April 23:15

Miliband again impressed - but the limits of the format left him unable to land the knock-out blow against the PM he craved. 

7 things we learned from the seven-way TV election debate
By Stephen Bush - 02 April 22:20

Ed Miliband erred in taking part in the challengers' debate, Nigel Farage is a one-trick pony, Nicola Sturgeon is a classy operator - and Leanne Wood isn't.

Whatever happened to the election posters in our windows?
By Ivor Gaber - 02 April 18:59

You could always tell it was election time from the posters in people's windows. Where have they vanished to?

The Liberal Democrats don't realise how much trouble they're in - but they will soon
By Ross McCafferty - 02 April 18:39

The Liberal Democrats a bad joke - and they're the only ones who don't get it.

Here's one group you won't hear from in tonight's debates
By Javed Khan - 02 April 16:27

The youngest and the poorest are being shut out of the election

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Five
By New Statesman - 02 April 16:21

Politics, philosophy and economics.

We need to bring back the Blair approach to foreign policy
By Nick Tyrone - 02 April 15:50

As far as foreign policy is concerned, Britain's leaders would benefit from a lesson or two from Tony Blair.

The story of how universities opened their gates to disadvantaged students – and the challenge that lies ahead
By Tim Wigmore - 02 April 14:34

Since 2006, entry rates for disadvantaged pupils to university have soared by 61 per cent

Is he even registered to vote? Photo: Getty
Who would Doctor Who vote for?
By Pete May - 02 April 11:15

David Tennant's backing Labour, but what side would the Doctor come down on?

David Lammy: “I grew up looking at a London that I often didn’t feel a part of"
By Stephen Bush - 02 April 8:00

In a first of a series following the mayoral runners and riders on the campaign trail in London, Stephen Bush talks to David Lammy about Stuart Hall, housing, immigration and growing up poor.

Which Liberal Democrats will be left to negotiate in a hung parliament?
By Stephen Bush - 01 April 17:43

It's not just Nick Clegg who is in jeopardy. His negotiating team could be knocked out before the coalition talks even begin.

Where's the letter from 100 people living in poverty?
By Stewart Lansley - 01 April 15:46

The election debate will be dominated by business leaders, bond markets, the Health Service and the public finances. The poor have been written out of the script.