The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog

RSS

Labour’s mayoral frontrunners criticise Ed Miliband’s mansion tax
By Tim Wigmore - 24 September 10:12

13 per cent of the UK’s population live in the capital, but 90 per cent of the properties that would be affected by the mansion tax are in London. 

Labour leader forgot key passage during 64-minute, no-notes performance.
The missing section on the deficit and immigration from Miliband's speech
By George Eaton - 23 September 19:17

Labour leader forgot key passage during 65-minute, no-notes performance. 

Labour, Lib Dems and a mansion tax: what’s the story?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 September 17:29

Ed Miliband has announced that he will fund the NHS using a mansion tax. What’s the story of how Labour came to adopt this Lib Dem policy?

The Labour leader's speech was politically astute and intellectually coherent, but it rarely inspired.
Miliband plays to Labour's strengths but fails to bring flat conference to life
By George Eaton - 23 September 17:13

The Labour leader's speech was politically astute and intellectually coherent, but it rarely inspired.

Apparently Ed Miliband only said "friends" once
By Harry Lambert - 23 September 17:08

Did the Labour leader really only use his favoured phrase for the masses nearly an hour into his speech? 

Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference: full text
By New Statesman - 23 September 16:29

“Across every part of the United Kingdom there is a silent majority who want Britain to endure, but are also telling us it must change.”

Ed Miliband announces £2.5bn of funding to save the NHS
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 September 14:15

It will be funded by a mansion tax, cracking down on tax avoidance and fees for tobacco firms.

Labour's real devolution challenge comes from its own MPs, not troublesome Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 September 10:31

As the party powers through its last conference before the election, the idea of “English votes for English laws” plagues the leadership. And it's not just Tory MPs who are causing the trouble.

Labour leader will promise "a plan for the next ten years: Britain 2025" in his conference speech.
Miliband challenges Cameron's long-term plan with "plan for 2025"
By George Eaton - 22 September 22:00

Labour leader will outline six "national goals" for the next decade in his conference speech. 

Ed Miliband is expected to announce the policy in his conference speech tomorrow.
Balls refuses to deny plan to use mansion tax to "save NHS"
By George Eaton - 22 September 19:22

Ed Miliband is expected to announce the policy in his conference speech tomorrow. 

Were three of Labour's shadow ministers made to restrict their speeches?
By Harry Lambert - 22 September 16:21

Three of Labour's most prominent shadow ministers – Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt and Douglas Alexander – have given the conference's shortest speeches. 

Party maintains tough fiscal stance by ruling out allowing local authorities to borrow more to build.
Labour will not lift cap on council borrowing for housebuilding
By George Eaton - 22 September 16:07

Party continues tough fiscal stance by ruling out allowing local authorities to borrow more to build. 

“It's nasty and personal”: why is Chuka Umunna railing against “bloodsport” politics?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 September 15:24

The shadow business secretary is calling for a change in the way we do politics. But why?

Ed Balls’ tough line on immigration only helps Ukip
By Tim Wigmore - 22 September 14:57

Trouble for a future Labour government.

Shadow chancellor closes down Tory attack by ruling out option of borrowing for infrastructure projects.
Balls binds Labour to austerity with promise of no extra borrowing
By George Eaton - 22 September 13:42

Shadow chancellor closes down Tory attack by ruling out option of borrowing for infrastructure projects. 

Islamic State: Tony Blair says the UK should not rule out ground troops
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 September 11:49

The former Prime Minister warns that the only way to tackle Islamic State could be on the ground.

Why does Labour want to be the new Conservative party when it comes to police reform?
By Kevin Meagher - 22 September 11:24

Pledging to scrap police and crime commissioners shows Labour going cold on holding the force to account.

Post-No Scotland: should the SNP have made a more radical offer?
By Jamie Maxwell - 22 September 10:57

The failure to bring a greater number of affluent Scots on board raises questions about the SNP’s “de-risking” strategy.

Labour need to address the self-employment problem
By Nida Broughton - 22 September 10:25

Of all workers in the UK, over one in every seven is self-employed. Labour should account for this in its economic proposals.

Is the Labour leadership preparing for a coalition?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 September 9:57

Harriet Harman may hand over the DCMS brief if she takes a leading role in negotiations with the Lib Dems.

Ed Miliband at the New Statesman party. Photograph: Jon Lee Parker
Ed Miliband's speech at the New Statesman party: movements sustain governments
By George Eaton - 22 September 2:57

The Labour leader on why the NS is an "incredibly important" magazine.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna addressed the New Statesman party in Manchester last night. Photo: Jon Lee Parker
Chuka Umunna: Labour must reject nonsense claim that it "crashed the car"
By George Eaton - 22 September 2:08

Shadow business secretary says "we left this country in an immeasurably better situation in 2010". 

Shadow chancellor announces that ministerial salaries will cut by five per cent under Labour and then frozen.
Balls looks to win back trust with pledge to cut ministers' pay
By George Eaton - 21 September 22:00

Shadow chancellor announces that ministerial salaries will cut by five per cent under Labour and then frozen. 

Labour candidates are distinctly un-Blairite.
The fight over railway nationalisation could be trouble for Labour
By Tim Wigmore - 21 September 19:22

Labour candidates are distinctly un-Blairite.

Is the PM betraying his MPs as No 10 moves away from its initial devolution plan?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 September 17:24

David Cameron’s decisive speech following the Scottish referendum is beginning to unravel.

Labour leader suggests compromise after opposing idea of two classes of MPs.
Miliband rejects English votes for English laws - but backs "greater scrutiny"
By George Eaton - 21 September 10:44

Labour leader suggests compromise after opposing idea of two classes of MPs. 

Under the First Minister's talented and popular deputy Nicola Sturgeon, the party will become stronger still.
Why Salmond's departure won't weaken the SNP
By Jason Cowley - 20 September 19:21

Under the talented and popular Nicola Sturgeon, the party will become stronger still. Labour is on the run. 

Why it's time for a People's Convention to draw up a new constitution for our country
By Natalie Bennett - 19 September 18:14

Politicians and ordinary people coming together in town hall meetings up and down the land should shape a new constitution.

Ed Miliband’s Constitutional Convention: is he letting a crisis go to waste?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 September 17:56

The Labour leader has responded to David Cameron’s ideas for constitutional change with a plan of his own. But does it go far enough?

Pages