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Labour leadership hopefuls unite in promising a 50/50 gender balance and all-women shortlists
By Stephen Bush - 29 June 11:48

All four Labour leadership candidates have vowed to maintain all-women shortlists.

Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper leave a Cabinet meeting in 2008. Photo: Getty Images
Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham need to show why they're not just more of the same
By John Woodcock - 29 June 8:00

The same words with a different accent or gender will lead to the same result, warns Labour MP John Woodcock.

The government has questions to answer over the rail fiasco
By Lilian Greenwood - 26 June 15:43

Passengers deserve better than ministers who are happy to be photographed next to new trains but then withhold the truth from the public.

Jeremy Corbyn has other jobs in his sight. Photo: Getty
Does Jeremy Corbyn even believe he can't be Labour leader? He's applying for another job...
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 June 15:03

The Labour leadership hopeful has sent an email out to his colleagues asking for their support for him to be elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

Watch: David Lammy's new campaign video.
By New Statesman - 26 June 15:01

"I've been written off all of my life," says a defiant Lammy in a new video. 

David Cameron leaves Downing Street. Photo: Getty Images
What causes Islamic terror? David Cameron can't decide
By Stephen Bush - 26 June 14:55

David Cameron seems to have a different take on what causes Islamic terrorism every week.

Tessa Jowell attends the Evening Standard's Culture and Commerce luncheon. Photo: Getty Images
Tessa Jowell secures the backing of more than half Labour's local authority leaders
By Stephen Bush - 26 June 14:01

Tessa Jowell's campaign has recieved another boost with the endorsements of more than half of London Labour local authority leaders. 

Clement Attlee and Ernest Bevin arrive at Potsdam shortly after the 1945 election. Photo: Harry Truman Library.
Why has Labour forgotten its past?
By Steve Fielding - 26 June 11:53

The anniversary of Labour's first majority has passed unnoticed in Labour circles. Why?

Ed and David Miliband embrace after the former beat the latter to the Labour leadership. Photo: Getty Images
Why Labour MPs could still decide the final result
By Chris Hanretty - 26 June 9:00

The backing of MPs could still have a decisive effect on the votes of Labour members.

A nebula, viewed by the Hubble Telescope. Photo: Getty Images
Will the trade unions pick the next Labour leader after all?
By Stephen Bush - 25 June 17:58

The small numbers of trade unionists signing up to vote in the Labour leadership election has some smelling a stitch-up. The reality is more mundane.

The NS Podcast #99: Andy Burnham and abortion drones
By New Statesman - 25 June 17:36

And the leadership races continue.

There are principled and pragmatic reasons for the Chancellor to act in his first Budget of the new parliament.
Why Osborne might well reduce the top tax rate to 40p
By George Eaton - 25 June 17:17

There are principled and pragmatic reasons for the Chancellor to act in his first Budget of the new parliament.

Iain Duncan Smith addresses Conservative Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Could Universal Credit hold the key to tackling child poverty?
By David Finch - 25 June 15:41

The troubled programme, if done right, could hold the keys to tackling child poverty. 

Liz Kendall wants to deliver "a true Low Pay Commission, not just a Minimum Wage Commission". Photo: Getty
Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has pledged a "Living Wage society" – but what does it mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 June 15:03

The Labour leadership candidate wants to extend the Low Pay Commission's legal remit.

Books pile up in an old shop. Photo: Getty Images
Two books that Labour's next leader must read
By David Blunkett - 25 June 12:58

Labour must avoid suffering its own strange death. 

Ed Miliband addresses Citizens UK. Photo: Getty Images
This is the true end of New Labour
By Stephen Bush - 25 June 8:00

Ed Miliband's political project was to bury New Labour. Today he succeeds, but not in the way he'd have wished.

David Cameron's attempts to move the goalposts on poverty are a disaster - but don't take my word for it
By Alison Garnham - 24 June 17:20

You can't define away poverty - and David Cameron himself has admitted that. 

In this week’s New Statesman | Bush vs Clinton 2
By New Statesman - 24 June 16:19

A first look at the new issue.

Unions said to restricting affiliated supporters' data to preferred candidates.
Trade unions accused of withholding members' details in bid to sway Labour contest
By George Eaton - 24 June 15:20

Unions said to restricting affiliated supporters' data to preferred candidates. 

Jon Cruddas poses for photos during his bid for Labour's deputy leadership. Photo: Getty Images
Is an English Labour party on its way?
By Stephen Bush - 24 June 14:49

Jon Cruddas appears to have let slip that an English Labour party is on its way. But Labour insiders say the idea is not on the agenda - yet.

“Different voice”: Burnham’s Scouse charm is bolstered by a fierce pride in his northern, working-class roots. Photo: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian
Andy Burnham interview: "I'm not part of the in-crowd"

The leadership candidate on what his family teaches him about politics, how Labour has promoted too many people with "posh accents", and why he doesn't see himself as part of the Westminster in-crowd.

The Queen on a visit to Berlin. The hats don't buy themselves, you know. Photo: Getty
Is the SNP really trying to break up with the Queen?
By Caroline Crampton - 24 June 13:16

News that the Scottish government could withhold money from QEII has been exaggerated, but there is a political point to the SNP defining itself against the monarchy.

Labour's acting leader seized on the hole in the PM's argument by warning "You don’t get higher pay by cutting tax credits".
PMQs review: Harman exploits Cameron's tax credits problem
By George Eaton - 24 June 13:01

Labour's acting leader seized on the hole in the PM's argument by warning "You don’t get higher pay by cutting tax credits". 

Nigel Farage addresses Ukip conference in 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Look behind you: how Labour can avoid the threat of Ukip
By Patrick Diamond - 24 June 12:03

Ukip did untold damage to Labour both in its heartlands and in the battlegrounds. What can be done about it?

Watch: Tessa Jowell's One London campaign video
By New Statesman - 24 June 11:42

Tessa Jowell re-introduces herself to Labour and to Londoners with a slick new video.

Enola Gay, the first nuclear bomber, goes on display. Photo: Getty Images
Trident's an outdated waste. Even the military say so
By Kate Hudson - 24 June 8:00

A new report shows how antiquated our nuclear deterrent is.

David Cameron during Xi Jinping's visit to Britain. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's sums don't add up - his cuts would hurt, not help, the working poor
By Spencer Thompson - 23 June 16:39

Cameron's merry-go-round isn't as crazy as it sounds - and his attempts to fix it would deal real damage. 

Here's why I, and 324 councillors, are backing Tessa Jowell for London Mayor
By Peter Mason - 23 June 15:44

We require three things of our next Mayor: the ability to win the confidence of Londoners; the determination to change our city for the better; and the experience of getting things done. 

New Broadcasting House. Photo: Getty Images
If anything, the BBC tilts to the right
By Douglas Beattie - 23 June 13:44

The role of newspapers in shaping the news agenda has given the institution a right-wing editorial bias. 

David Cameron and George Osborne attend the Queen's Speech. Photo: Getty Images
The government should be tackling low pay, not hitting the lowest paid
By Stephen Timms and Chris Leslie - 23 June 11:19

The government's plans to cut £12bn from the welfare bill are aiming at the wrong target, say Chris Leslie and Stephen Timms.