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How would the government and civil service deal with a Scottish Yes vote?
By Emran Mian - 15 September 10:26

The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing
By Andrew Rynham - 15 September 9:52

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Is Britain preparing to step up its response to Islamic State?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 8:56

The Foreign Secretary is meeting foreign leaders today to discuss plans to tackle extremist militants in Iraq and Syria.

David Cameron will make his final plea to Scotland not to vote Yes
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 7:57

The Prime Minister is flying to Scotland today to make his final case to voters not to opt for independence.

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated.
Social Democrat victory in Swedish election marred by far-right surge
By George Eaton - 14 September 23:37

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated. 

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else?
Alex Salmond: I won't hold a second referendum if it's a narrow No
By George Eaton - 14 September 10:49

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else? 

50 years of David Dimbleby
By May2015 - 13 September 13:50

The nation’s longest-serving television presenter first took part in an election broadcast 50 years ago. Next year will be his last.

Members of public visit the pier at Clacton-on-sea.
As the Tories choose their candidate, the battle for Clacton begins in earnest
By Alexander Woolley - 12 September 17:30

Giles Watling, former 80s TV star, is selected through an open primary to fight the by-election against Douglas Carswell.

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party.
Yes Scotland resorts to fearmongering with warning of Tory-Ukip coalition
By George Eaton - 12 September 17:16

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party. 

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.
Yes or No, this won’t be the “good result” that Better Together wanted
By Jason Cowley - 12 September 16:21

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.

Latest independence poll puts unionists two points ahead
By May2015 - 12 September 13:59

How many undecided voters are there? Different polling methods pick up different results.

A general view of the Ministry of Justice building in Westminster. Photo: Getty Images
New fees cause 70 per cent drop in employment tribunal cases
By Ian Steadman - 12 September 12:25

Figures released today show that charges brought in by the coalition have caused a severe drop in the number of workers bringing tribunal cases against their employers, leading to accusations that justice is now available only to those who can afford it.

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.
The incumbency effect is hurting the Tories, not helping them
By Harry Lambert - 12 September 12:14

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16.
The Scottish Yes side's women problem gives No the edge
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:21

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16. 

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.
Salmond's NHS claims have been shredded by the IFS
By George Eaton - 11 September 16:38

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty
By New Statesman - 11 September 16:12

Jason Cowley and Gerry Hassan on the last days of the British state, our team on the panic in Westminster and the banality of the Apple Watch.

How would a Scottish Yes vote affect Northern Ireland's Unionist politics?
By Philip Bell - 11 September 16:02

The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.

A new concept for the unemployed, the Job Centre. Two people seen reading the adverts.
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
By Maya Oppenheim - 11 September 15:18

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.

Grayson Perry, who will guest edit the New Statesman in October. Photo: Getty
Uncovering the Great White Male: Grayson Perry to guest edit the New Statesman
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 15:03

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is to guest-edit a special issue of the New Statesman, themed around the "Great White Male".

Gordon Brown speaks at a Better Together rally on in Kilmarnock, 11 September. Photo: Getty
Gordon Brown: I’ll stand for the Scottish parliament if Salmond keeps peddling lies
By George Eaton - 11 September 13:03

Former PM vows to return to “frontline politics” to secure a Scottish Labour government if the SNP keeps misleading voters over the NHS. 

Yes, No… what do the latest polls suggest?
By May2015 - 11 September 8:49

The No campaign still hold a 1-2 per cent lead after last's night Survation poll, but the SNP have built on this kind of momentum in the past.

A train crosses the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Scottish referendum means Berwick-upon-Tweed faces an uncertain future
By Alexander Woolley - 11 September 7:12

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England's most Scottish town – concern has become the order of the day.

Big red buttons, a biscuit inquiry, and deforestation: notes from a Labour councillor in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 11 September 7:05

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he reveals the drama of a full-scale biscuit inquiry.

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53-47.
Scottish No side ahead by six points in new poll
By George Eaton - 10 September 19:13

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53%-47%. 

Miliband is under pressure to back the government's climate change plan
By Bob Ward - 10 September 17:02

Labour is facing a test of Ed Miliband's commitment to climate change ahead of its party conference later this month.

“Head, heart and soul”: Ed Miliband’s plea to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 15:57

The Labour leader gave a speech in Scotland today, with an argument “from the head, from the heart, from the soul”. But using Labour's appeal in Scotland was his most promising strategy.

Do the party leaders' promises of more power to Scotland mean anything?
By May2015 - 10 September 15:52

William Hague has told the House that the party leaders' indications of further devolution to Scotland are not government policy.

Inside this week’s New Statesman | Britain in meltdown
By New Statesman - 10 September 14:23

A first look at this week’s magazine.

BP chief executive says No to Scottish independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 13:31

BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, has confirmed his support for a No vote in the Scottish referendum.

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick.
Will Cameron's "effing Tories" remark help or hurt the No side?
By George Eaton - 10 September 13:05

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick. 

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