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Harriet Harman sits at the back of the pink bus. Photo: Getty Images
What was Harriet Harman thinking?
By Stephen Bush - 21 July 17:20

Harriet Harman has suffered a blow over the Welfare Bill - but she didn't have a lot of other options.

Boris Johnson's MP duties seem to have stopped him attending Pope Francis's climate change summit. Photos: Getty
Has Boris Johnson snubbed the Pope?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 16:48

The Mayor of London is missing a meeting of the world's mayors at the Vatican to discuss climate change with the Pope. Why?

Zac Goldsmith delivers a speech. Photo: Getty Images
The Greens should relish, not fear, the chance to take on Zac Goldsmith
By Sian Berry - 21 July 14:32

The last election showed that London is not a Conservative city - and is there for the taking, argues the Greens' Sian Berry.

Russell Brand attends an anti-austerity march. Photo: Getty Images
Does "sharing the facts" win elections?
By Steve van Riel - 21 July 13:20

The psychological evidence is that sharing the facts doesn't change people's minds. 

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The Euro has become a prison. There needs to be a way out
By Molly Scott Cato - 21 July 12:43

I've long opposed the single currency for Britain. But a middle way has to be found between leaving the European Union and being trapped by the single currency, and not just for the UK, argues Molly Scott Cato.

George Osborne smiles for the camera while visiting a factory. Photo: Getty Images
How does Labour move on from tax and spend?
By Jolyon Maugham - 21 July 8:53

Voting against further increases to the personal allowance would expose George Osborne's rhetoric for what it is.

Yvette Cooper addresses a hustings. Photo: Getty Images
There is still work to do to repair Labour's relationship with Britain's Jews
By Jay Stoll - 21 July 8:16

Last night's hustings were a vital step forward - but there is a lot of work to be done to restore Labour's relations with the community.

The opposition is badly split as MPs reject acting leader Harriet Harman's call to abstain.
Welfare bill passed as 48 Labour MPs defy leadership and vote against
By George Eaton - 20 July 22:37

The opposition is badly split as MPs reject acting leader Harriet Harman's call to abstain.

If Andy Burnham doesn't fix his relationship with the Sun, he's dead meat
By Tom Latchem - 20 July 17:27

I've interviewed Andy Burnham. He's a great guy, but if he doesn't fix his relationship with the Sun, he's doomed, says broadcaster Tom Latchem.

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Far from offering a new approach, Cameron has the same tired solutions on terrorism
By Maria Norris - 20 July 16:01

David Cameron's speech was billed as a drastic break from the past. But the reality is this speech could easily have been delivered by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.

Leadership candidate accepts Harman's position but says he will oppose the bill at Third Reading in the absence of "major changes".
Burnham agrees to abstain on welfare bill - but threatens opposition as leader
By George Eaton - 20 July 14:45

Leadership candidate accepts Harman's position but says he will oppose the bill at Third Reading in the absence of "major changes". 

Jeremy Corbyn poses against a red brick wall. Photo: Getty Images
Labour need to get real: Jeremy Corbyn isn't the answer
By Keiran Pedley - 20 July 13:56

What Labour needs is a competent team capable to winning back the centre ground. Jeremy Corbyn would keep Labour out of power for decades, warns Keiran Pedley. 

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Conservative cuts to crime and police budgets put us all in danger
By Jack Dromey and Ron Hogg - 20 July 8:55

Crime is not so much down, as changing, and the government can't get to grips with it, say Jack Dromey and Ron Hogg.

The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was questioned about the morality of gay sex. Photo: Getty
The new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron refuses to say whether he believes gay sex is a sin
By New Statesman - 18 July 11:53

The new Lib Dem leader, who is a Christian, has been criticised for his stance on abortion and gay marriage. On Friday Channel 4's Cathy Newman asked him three times if he believed that gay sex was sinful. 

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Why should the BBC make programmes like Strictly Come Dancing?
By Chris Bryant - 17 July 14:41

From the beginning, the BBC has had a brief to educate, inform and entertain. That last one isn't an afterthought. 

Liz Kendall addresses a hustings. Photo: Getty Images
Liz Kendall's the right choice for local government, for London, and for Labour

Eight council leaders from the capital explain why they're backing Liz Kendall to lead Labour back into power.

Jeremy Hunt: looks appealing, fills you up at first, but ultimately unsatisfying. Photo: Getty
Emily Thornberry on Jeremy Hunt: "Listening to him is like eating a huge plate of junk food"
By Emily Thornberry - 17 July 11:52

The Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury lashes out at the Health Secretary.

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It's patronising to say the shadow cabinet needs different accents – we need different ideas
By Simon Danczuk - 17 July 11:29

The Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who himself has a northern accent, finds leadership candidate Andy Burnham's call for more regional accents in the shadow cabinet patronising.

 Labour leadership frontrunner will seek "reassurance" that party will challenge two-child tax credit limit at commitee stage.
Burnham unhappy at Harman's "weak" welfare amendment
By George Eaton - 17 July 10:53

 Labour leadership frontrunner will seek "reassurance" that party will challenge two-child tax credit limit at commitee stage. 

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We're still some distance from a lasting deal over Greece
By Glenis Willmott - 17 July 10:06

It's good news that a deal has been reached between Greece and its creditors. But the details of this deal are not good.

The NS Podcast #104: Parenting penalties
By New Statesman - 16 July 17:39

Plus: leadership races galore.

The party's new head must win the battle for relevance by taking up distinctive causes.
Tim Farron elected Lib Dem leader - what next for his party?
By George Eaton - 16 July 16:56

The party's new head must win the battle for relevance by embracing distinctive causes. 

Nigel Farage addresses Ukip party conference. Photo: Getty Images
How does In win the European referendum? But admitting Out has a point
By Kevin Meagher - 16 July 16:17

Hysterical warnings about Brexit won't be enough to win the referendum, says Kevin Meagher. 

The shadow business secretary on why Labour members must not vote for Jeremy Corbyn, why he withdrew from the race, and why the benefit cap is "right".
Chuka Umunna: There are no "free hits" in the Labour leadership contest
By George Eaton - 16 July 15:26

The shadow business secretary on why Labour members must not vote for Jeremy Corbyn, why he withdrew from the race, and why the benefit cap is "right". 

Tessa Jowell, candidate for Labour's mayoral nomination. Photo: Getty Images
As a trade unionist, there's only one candidate for me: Tessa Jowell
By Linda Perks - 16 July 11:58

Linda Perks, secretary of the London branch of the Trade Union and Labour Party Liason Organisation, explains why she's backing Tessa Jowell to win for London.

Harriet Harman boards Labour's "pink bus" during the general election campaign. Photo: Getty Images
Harriet Harman's right: Labour has to offer an alternative, not just opposition
By Stella Creasy - 16 July 8:00

Harriet Harman has thrown down a gauntlet. Here's how I'd pick it up, says Stella Creasy. 

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Labour is on the wrong side of the argument as far as English votes for English laws are concerned
By Michael Kenny - 15 July 17:34

For the sake of a few foxes, Labour has fallen into a Tory trap, warns Michael Kenny.

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Read: Tristram Hunt's speech to Policy Network
By Tristram Hunt - 15 July 16:50

Labour must learn from Podemos and Pasokification alike, says Tristram Hunt.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Durham Miners' Gala. Photo: Getty Images
Jeremy Corbyn "on course to come top" in the Labour leadership election
By Stephen Bush - 15 July 14:33

Private polling, seen by the New Statesman, shows the veteran leftwinger ahead in the first round of voting. 

After a fraught week, Labour's acting leader sought to rally her side with attacks on the Tories' welfare cuts.
PMQs review: Harman comes out fighting
By George Eaton - 15 July 13:21

After a fraught week, Labour's acting leader sought to rally her side with attacks on the Tories' welfare cuts. 

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