John Denham observes a strange but happy outbreak at Labour party conference.
A first look at this week's issue.
The Chancellor misjudged the mood by joking about "Bennites" in response to a question on suicide bombing.
The deputy leadership candidates needed 35 MPs to back them. Who backed who?
The Labour deputy leadership race has gone from a foregone conclusion to a free-for-all. How did it happen?
The Liberal Democrats have increased their membership by 30 per cent since the election, even though they now only have eight MPs. But can they turn members into votes?
With nominations closed at noon, it looks likely that none of Stella Creasy, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle or Rushanara Ali will make the ballot, unless someone blinks first.
Labour’s candidates for London mayor had their first hustings. What did they reveal?
Trevor Philips, the former head of the campaign for racial equality, has endorsed Stella Creasy for the deputy leadership.
Ed Miliband's changes to Labour's internal elections gave the PLP less power over the outcome - but a lot more over the ballot. Some MPs want to loosen the leash.
We notice you have ad blocking software enabled. Support the New Statesman’s quality, independent journalism by contributing now — and this message will disappear for the next 30 days.
If we cannot support the site on advertising revenue, we will have to introduce a pay wall — meaning fewer readers will have access to our incisive analysis, comprehensive culture coverage and groundbreaking long reads.