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Saturday caption competition
By New Statesman - 15 October 12:30

Oliver!

Why "badly wounded" Fox remains a problem for Cameron
By Jon Bernstein - 15 October 11:27

Tory backbenchers hope ex-Defence Secretary will help fight Liberal Democrat "nonsense".

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 October 9:02

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

Hammond named as new Defence Secretary
By George Eaton - 14 October 19:10

Transport Secretary replaces Liam Fox.

There was too much mystery for Downing Street to bear
By Rafael Behr - 14 October 18:32

The issue Fox could never quite get clear of was that he needed to be especially careful given his p

Fox resigns as Defence Secretary
By George Eaton - 14 October 17:10

Cameron loses first Tory cabinet minister after a week of speculation.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 14 October 16:55

The five must-read blogs from today, including why few think Fox can survive.

This is why no-one trusts you, doctor tells Lansley
By Samira Shackle - 14 October 16:14

Dr Phil Hammond hammers the Health Secretary on <em>Question Time</em>.

Oliver Letwin's biggest gaffes
By George Eaton - 14 October 14:01

Including, "the NHS will cease to exist", "we'll run out of ideas" and "we'll cut taxes by £20bn".

NHS reform is a never-ending nightmare for Cameron
By Rafael Behr - 14 October 12:28

The Prime Minister could end up with a reputation as the man who broke the NHS.

Oliver Letwin and the strange case of the dumped papers
By George Eaton - 14 October 11:27

Cabinet Office minister caught disposing of government papers in St James's Park bin.

Judged fit to work? You could lose your benefits if you appeal
By Samira Shackle - 14 October 10:09

The government could cut off incapacity payments if people challenge the ruling that they are fit to

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 October 8:55

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

MPs vote against Twitter ban in Commons
By George Eaton - 13 October 18:08

Bid to ban the use of smart phones in the chamber is defeated by 206 votes to 63.

Scotland to lose seven MPs
By James Maxwell - 13 October 17:21

Boundary changes could mean a fight to the death between Charles Kennedy and Danny Alexander.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 13 October 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including how the Scottish boundary reviews hits coalition MPs.

The coalition's £1bn pensions U-turn
By George Eaton - 13 October 13:43

Ministers delay planned rise in the state pension age to 66 to help women.

The vulnerable children missing their only chance for support
By Helen Donohoe - 13 October 11:40

Spending cuts have deeply affected the help available for vunerable families -- and soon, this will

Werritty "paid to act as Fox's adviser" by wealthy donors
By Samira Shackle - 13 October 9:48

New allegations could be particularly damaging if found to be true.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 13 October 8:55

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

We lost. But the fight continues
By Joan Bakewell - 12 October 18:48

Labour cannot let the coalition ruin the NHS.

Cameron misleads parliament on jobs figures
By George Eaton - 12 October 18:29

The PM falsely claimed that 500,000 private-sector jobs had been created since the election.

PMQs sketch: Dave's confidence in the absent Dr F
By Peter McHugh - 12 October 17:47

If the Chancellor's face is anything to go by, Liam Fox should check out the rent of a Parisian garr

New Statesman cover | 17 October 2011
By Staff blogger - 12 October 17:34

A sneak preview of tomorrow's New Statesman cover.

Preview: Dear Mr Osborne, Here's your Plan B
By Alice Gribbin - 12 October 16:09

World leading economists present the Chancellor with alternatives to austerity.

Get your own Liam Fox business card
By Samira Shackle - 12 October 15:42

It didn't take long for the scandal engulfing the Defence Secretary to go viral.

PMQs review: Cameron is losing the economic argument
By George Eaton - 12 October 14:12

The PM could not rebut Miliband's charge that his growth strategy is failing.

Youth unemployment heads for a million
By George Eaton - 12 October 11:38

There are now 991,000 young people out of work, the highest level since records began in 1992.

Israel and Hamas agree deal to free Gilad Shalit
By Samira Shackle - 12 October 9:55

Everything you need to know about the prisoner swap deal and how it was reached.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 12 October 8:53

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

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