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Foreign Secretary: British nationals involved in IS atrocities
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 August 9:04

Philip Hammond says the UK is “very much aware” of Brits becoming involved in the Islamic State militant group.

Lord Rennard’s suspension from his party has been lifted
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 August 8:39

The peer who the Lib Dems suspended after sexual harassment allegations has had his party membership reinstated.

Notting Hill notebook: a Labour councillor doing politics in the Royal Borough
By Andrew Lomas - 19 August 17:12

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here are his first impressions of canvassing in one of London's wealthiest areas.

Failed government IT projects could lose taxpayers £1bn
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 16:36

The Home Office has been ordered to pay £224m to a defence contractor; government IT project waste is really adding up.

Are migrants good for the UK economy?
By Carlos Vargas-Silva - 19 August 12:35

Analysing two apparently contradictory studies that have been published about the impact of migration on the UK economy.

DWP accused of hiding universal credit failings: why is IDS still in a job?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 10:39

Iain Duncan Smith is under further scrutiny as the public accounts committee accuses his department of obscuring problems with the universal credit scheme.

Female professionals earn 35% less than male colleagues
By Lucy Fisher - 19 August 10:00

Women now face worse gender pay discrimination during the second half of their careers.

Why politicians should stop dismissing the importance of ideology
By Eliane Glaser - 19 August 9:03

We need ideas and idealism as well as processes and action; our problem is not too much politics, but not enough.

Imagining the “family test” in action since the coalition came in
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 8:43

How David Cameron's "family test" would have worked if it had been brought in from 2010.

Harriet Harman at Wimbledon this summer. Photo: Getty
The problem with Harriet Harman’s proposed gambling tax
By Martin Cloake - 18 August 15:30

Labour think the levy can be used to fund elite sports development as well as grass-roots sports. So, they must be hoping for a lot of gambling in order to generate the sums needed.

"No one is in control": Watch Stella Creasy MP's Twitter Talk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 14:49

The Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy gave a speech at Twitter HQ about why we should be impatient to take control of our world.

A citizen's income of £71 a week per person would make Britain fairer
By Lauren Razavi - 18 August 13:04

With the potential to appease both the left and the right of the political spectrum, the citizen’s income concept could well mark the road to a fairer, more equal welfare system in Britain.

One month to go: what voting No in the Scottish referendum can offer Labour voters
By Douglas Alexander - 18 August 12:21

With one month of campaigning left until the Scottish independence referendum, why would Scotland remaining in the Union benefit Labour supporters?

Why does the PM now want to apply a "family test" to every future domestic policy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 9:21

The Prime Minister will make a speech today saying all domestic policies should be examined for their “impact on the family”.

Defence Secretary: the UK military could be involved in Iraq “for months”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 8:22

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.

Leader of the Scottish Greens: "You don’t need to like Alex Salmond to vote Yes"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 15:36

The co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, on why his party supports Scottish independence, and how it's not all about the SNP.

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes.
Why the Tories have picked the wrong man to take on Farage
By George Eaton - 15 August 13:56

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes. 

Why raising the personal allowance won't help people on low incomes
By Spencer Thompson - 15 August 12:21

As a strategy for tackling low pay, raising the personal allowance ran out of usefulness several years ago.

The UK would “favourably consider” arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 8:57

The government would supply weapons to the Kurds fighting extremists in Iraq, if they request arms.

Is the Labour party finally beginning to engage on education?
By Dan Holden - 15 August 7:30

After years of hardly trying to counter the coalition’s regressive education reforms, Labour finally seems to have begun to make a move.

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
What is the value of university?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 14 August 18:05

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects. 

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones.
The Lib Dems' tax cut plans won't help the poorest
By Tim Stacey - 14 August 17:12

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Seven
By New Statesman - 14 August 16:41

George Eaton and Jonn Elledge assess a strong summer for Labour, Ian Steadman and Juliet Jacques celebrate the new football season and Caroline Crampton convinces resident philistines Helen Lewis and Philip Maughan that the Proms are a good thing.

20 million Britons want to bring back the death penalty
By Harry Lambert - 14 August 15:42

People who believe in the death penalty are more likely than most to read Richard Littlejohn, watch Jeremy Clarkson and like Clint Eastwood.

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".
Alan Johnson should return to the shadow cabinet, says Mary Creagh
By George Eaton - 14 August 15:09

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine.
Mary Creagh interview: "We’ve got the biggest shake-up of the railways since privatisation"
By George Eaton - 14 August 14:28

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine. 

Parliament shouldn’t need recalling; it should meet throughout the summer anyway
By Kevin Meagher - 14 August 13:03

We need reforms to parliament's summer recess in order to address the inevitable annual calls for it to be recalled over the break.

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment.
The Lib Dems steal a march on the Tories by pledging to cut National Insurance
By George Eaton - 14 August 11:25

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment. 

Glenda Jackson: “Britain is in danger of being governed by pensioners like me”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 11:21

The Hampstead MP and former Oscar-winning actor on why people her age shouldn’t run politics, coming close to “castrating" her male colleagues, and being an “anti-sociable socialist”.

What does the US response to stranded refugees in Iraq mean for David Cameron?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 8:37

As the US reports fewer stranded refugees on Mount Sinjar than expected, how can the PM respond to the decreasing likelihood of a rescue operation?

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