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Reshuffle news: after yesterday's sackings, here come the ministerial promotions
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 10:05

In a dramatic shake-up of his government, David Cameron is now on the promotions, having culled a number of key figures last night.

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Michael Gove becomes Chief Whip; Nicky Morgan takes over as Education Secretary
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 9:34

The former Education Secretary Michael Gove is now Chief Whip, replacing Sir George Young. Women's minister Nicky Morgan has replaced Gove - although she will also keep her equalities role.

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“We should have all-women shortlists”: Ken Clarke’s reshuffle reaction
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 July 8:41

The former chancellor and veteran Tory frontbencher Ken Clarke talks to the Today programme, following his resignation from the cabinet yesterday.

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Does David Cameron realise he needs Lib Dem voters to remain PM?
By Tim Wigmore - 15 July 7:48

The Conservatives need to woo 2010 Lib Dem supporters.

One Nation figures have tumbled from the stage.
George Eaton: David Cameron's reshuffle has culled the Tory left
By George Eaton - 14 July 23:32

One Nation figures have tumbled from the stage. 

William Hague arrives in Downing Street earlier today. Photograph: Getty Images.
William Hague resigns as Foreign Secretary
By George Eaton - 14 July 22:00

Former Tory leader will step down at the next election and serve as Leader of the House of Commons until then. 

One Nation veteran steps down from the government before he is pushed.
Ken Clarke resigns as Cameron's reshuffle begins
By George Eaton - 14 July 17:56

One Nation veteran steps down from the government before he is pushed.

Charles Clarke: Tories set to win general election and Kinnock a better leader than Miliband
By Lucy Fisher - 14 July 16:29

The former Labour cabinet minister launched a vicious attack on Ed Miliband and his party.

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IPSA has made the expenses system like the "19th century" for women MPs
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 July 16:03

A report launched by the women in parliament APPG today highlighted the thorny battleground of MPs' expenses as an obstacle for female politicians.

The Home Secretary failed to carry out the most basic background checks.
The blame for the Butler-Sloss debacle rests with Theresa May
By George Eaton - 14 July 14:19

The Home Secretary failed to carry out the most basic background checks. 

Former High Court judge steps down over conflicts of interest.
Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss resigns as head of child abuse inquiry
By George Eaton - 14 July 12:00

Former High Court judge steps down over conflicts of interest. 

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Football patriotism has saved modern Germany from its worries about national identity
By Sunder Katwala - 14 July 12:00

No country has worried more about the dangers of national identity than modern Germany. That is why football patriotism has been good for it.

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Is council tax going the same way as the poll tax did?
By Sabrina Bushe - 14 July 11:29

While councils are collecting more council tax than a year ago, arrears are mounting; are we seeing the beginnings of a trend that mirrors that of the poll tax?

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Reshuffle speculation: a round-up
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 July 8:58

A shake-up of government figures is expected early this week. Here are the latest rumours.

Business minister will replace Alistair Carmichael as Scottish Secretary following the independence referendum.
Lib Dems delay Jo Swinson's promotion to the cabinet
By George Eaton - 12 July 10:33

Business minister will replace Alistair Carmichael as Scottish Secretary following the independence referendum. 

The party says the watchdog should track the government's record after progress goes into reverse.
Labour calls for OBR to monitor child poverty rates
By George Eaton - 11 July 21:00

The party says the watchdog should track the government's record after progress goes into reverse. 

The pair are divided over where future welfare cuts should be made and Universal Credit.
How Duncan Smith's departure would help Osborne
By George Eaton - 11 July 16:50

The pair are divided over where future welfare cuts should be made.

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Gerry Hassan is wrong – radical Scotland has left its ghetto
By Jamie Maxwell - 11 July 14:15

Hassan’s account of Scotland’s “new radicals” – the generation of activists who have emerged over the last two years, as a result of the referendum – is guilty of the very thing Hassan warns against: over-simplification.

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition.
Cameron's reshuffle will cull the last of the One Nation Tories
By George Eaton - 11 July 12:35

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition. 

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition.
Cameron's reshuffle will cull the last of the One Nation Tories
By George Eaton - 11 July 12:35

The departure of Ken Clarke and George Young from the cabinet will mark the end of a long political tradition. 

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The Lib Dems have a future, but Clegg’s neo-liberals are finished
By Kevin Meagher - 11 July 12:08

In rediscovering the value of wielding influence rather than power, the Lib Dems should reconnect with their social democratic heritage.

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Politics condemned Harriet Harman as "One of Those Women" after her sexism speech
By Sadie Smith - 11 July 11:26

If you’re a female MP being asked about sexism in parliament, you're expected to file it under Worse Things Happen At Sea, lest you appear weak or, a worse, “One of Those Women.”

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"Gamed out"? At least Ed Miliband's in the news cycle
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 July 9:13

Labour's policy review chief was recorded saying his leader is being "gamed out" by the media. But at least Ed's making the news, unlike his political opponents.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Three
By New Statesman - 10 July 18:59

The Conservative Party's lady troubles, Mark Lawson on the Monty Python reunion and the government's emergency data laws.

Health Secretary agrees to look at Labour MP's plan to raise National Insurance to fund higher spending.
Jeremy Hunt to meet Frank Field to discuss NHS funding crisis
By George Eaton - 10 July 18:22

Health Secretary agrees to look at Labour MP's plan to raise National Insurance to fund higher spending. 

Female MPs photographed outside Parliament in May to campaign for the return of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Female MPs in the press: slated or ignored
By Lucy Fisher - 10 July 15:36

A new study hints at sexism in the press.

You are probably becoming more conservative
By Harry Lambert - 10 July 13:11

New research suggests we are defined by the political events we experience between 14 and 24. But they may only shape us so much – voters appear to drift to the right over time.

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey.
Exclusive: Jo Swinson tipped to enter cabinet in Lib Dem reshuffle
By George Eaton - 10 July 13:01

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey. 

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To save the NHS, Labour must face the ugly truth of PFI debts
By Benedict Cooper - 10 July 11:38

Labour is right to focus on rescuing the NHS from the harm done by this government, but must face the truth that it was the party that introduced private finance into the health service in the first place.

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Why our policy-makers have little idea of what workers are really paid
By Laura Gardiner - 10 July 11:03

None of the official wage measures include the self-employed – who are 4.5m people – one in seven of all workers.

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