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How will our parties cope with the growing generational divide in today's politics?
By Rob Ford - 12 December 15:28

The rise of insurgent parties shows the growing political importance of the value differences which divide the nation’s old and young.

The irony of male cameramen issuing instructions to the protesters. All photos: Anoosh Chakelian
Irony alert: how a protest about porn turned into a lot of men gawping at women
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 December 13:57

At the porn protest outside parliament today, the people sitting on other people's faces behaved impeccably. So why did I come away feeling slightly dirty? Oh yes, because of the way some male cameramen behaved.

"A total distortion": Andy Burnham hits out at Nick Clegg's claims about Labour's NHS record
By Andy Burnham - 12 December 8:36

The shadow health secretary responds to the Deputy Prime Minister's attack on him during PMQs over "privatising" Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

As more people rent, politicians can't rely on the same old home-owning swing voters
By Alex Hilton - 11 December 14:14

Parties will have to shift focus as, by the next census in 2021, roughly 104 parliamentary seats will have a majority of households that are renting.

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."
Miliband all but rules out a VAT rise under Labour
By George Eaton - 11 December 13:15

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."

Ed Miliband finds £500m of efficiency savings in the local government budget
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 12:04

The Labour leader announced the result of his party's zero-based review in his speech on the deficit.

Ed Balls: We will cut every year until the deficit is down
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 8:25

As Labour confronts the deficit problem today, the shadow chancellor warns his shadow cabinet colleagues that they will make cuts every year.

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels.
Miliband confronts Labour's deficit problem and opens new dividing line on the state
By George Eaton - 10 December 22:00

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels. 

Jamal Edwards: "If hundreds of thousands of kids registered, that could sway the election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 18:07

The media entrepreneur Jamal Edwards on politics, his past, and why young people should make sure they register to vote – even if it's to spoil their ballot papers.

Boris Johnson set to leave a toxic legacy on air pollution
By Murad Qureshi - 10 December 14:09

The Mayor has finally woken up to the scale of the capital’s air pollution crisis, six years late.

In this week’s New Statesman | How Isis hijacked the revolution
By New Statesman - 10 December 14:00

A first look at this week’s magazine.

PMQs review: Nick Clegg’s shattered strategy of “differentiation” from the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 12:53

A combination of Harriet Harman’s tricky questioning and Tory MPs’ enthusiasm destroyed the Lib Dem leader’s recent attempts to distance himself from his coalition partners.

Labour will be hardest hit by the collapse of Westminster’s three party system
By John Curtice - 10 December 11:40

Why is the Labour party struggling to benefit from the unpopularity of the coalition government?

They may have “a long history of chauvinism”, but Ukip is not the only party failing women
By Rainbow Murray - 10 December 9:21

With a harassment scandal rumbling on, and its leader's breastfeeding comments, it's been a bad week for Ukip. But it's not the only party failing women.

"Torture is always wrong": David Cameron responds to the CIA report
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 8:18

The Prime Minister comments on the shocking report published by Democrat senators on CIA torture techniques.

Sketch: Ed Miliband meets young people
By Harry Lambert - 09 December 17:25

We re-run yesterday’s unremarkable debate between Ed Miliband and young people.

Social democrats face irrelevance at best, extinction at worse
By Neal Lawson - 08 December 16:34

Labour could find itself in office come May, but without the power to act. Social democrats everywhere need to understand the crisis they are in and how much they need to change.

Steven Woolfe: “We have to understand that we do want immigrants in this country”
By Tim Wigmore - 08 December 16:13

Ukip's migration spokesman Steven Woolfe on racism, "old Ukip and new Ukip", taking on Labour, and renationalising the railways.

Ukip's high command remains confused about the NHS
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 December 15:46

To outsource or not to outsource?

Why Ed Miliband should reconcile One Nation ideals with New Labour rhetoric
By John Gaffney - 08 December 14:51

How the story of Ed Miliband’s leadership can still have a happy ending.

The two-against-one dynamic harms wiht the Tories while also exposing Clegg's party to the charge of hypocrisy.
How the Lib Dems' attacks on the Tories help Labour
By George Eaton - 08 December 14:49

The two-against-one dynamic harms the Tories while exposing Clegg's party to the charge of hypocrisy. 

There is nothing "ordinary" about the devastation of homelessness
By Jon Sparkes - 08 December 14:26

Homelessness charities will soon present evidence to the Supreme Court in a landmark case – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge the way the law is used to turn people away to live on the streets.

Food banks: why can't people afford to eat in the world's sixth richest country?
By Frank Field and John Glen - 08 December 13:53

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty have published a new report into food banks, and how best to feed impoverished Britain.

How Chris Grayling's treatment of prisoners shows why Justice Secretary is a job for a lawyer
By Anthony Lloyd - 08 December 13:08

The story of the Lord Chancellor and the indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public.

Are there really similarities between The Road to Wigan Pier and poverty today?
By Cameron Tait - 08 December 12:05

After the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor criticised the BBC for making "hyperbolic" comparisons with George Orwell's 1937 exploration of poverty.

Slowing the coalition's dash for gas: Labour will overhaul shale gas regulations
By Tom Greatrex - 08 December 11:33

Labour’s amendments to the Infrastructure Bill would overhaul the existing framework and give us a regulatory regime that is fit for purpose.

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