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By Staff blogger - 16 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on Cameron’s new adviser, UK Uncut and electoral reform.

Laws’s return to government looks imminent
By George Eaton - 16 February 15:33

The former cabinet minister is turning down invitations for events from mid-March.

PMQs review: Cameron catches Miliband off guard
By George Eaton - 16 February 13:33

A rare moment of honesty from the PM on forestry blunts Labour leader’s attack.

Alex Salmond lambasts Scottish MSP over rape comments
By Samira Shackle - 16 February 11:48

Campaign for Bill Aitken to step down grows after he suggests a gang-rape victim was a prostitute.

Why Facebook is stressing us out
By Jason Stamper - 16 February 11:30

New study finds social network gives us the heebie-jeebies.

UK unemployment rises to 2.49 million
By Samira Shackle - 16 February 10:12

Youth unemployment hits record high, with more than one in five young people out of work.

Pressure on Labour as SNP regains lead in Scotland
By George Eaton - 16 February 9:11

New poll puts Scottish Nationalists in front as Labour’s 10-point lead crumbles.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 February 8:00

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 15 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on Nick Clegg, electoral reform and the BNP.

Is this cartoon a step too far?
By Samira Shackle - 15 February 14:06

The <em>Daily Mail</em>’s take on the suggeston that gay couples could get married in churches.

On the Prophet’s birthday
By Sholto Byrnes - 15 February 12:02

Who was Muhammad? A review of a new biography.

Will George Osborne still blame the snow now?
By George Eaton - 15 February 11:00

The bad weather didn’t stop growth in Germany and France.

Why Ed Miliband’s Sun article is a significant moment
By George Eaton - 15 February 9:11

Unlike some in his party, the leader believes Labour must engage with the tabloid.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 February 8:00

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

Political idealism triumphs over Egypt’s cruel political reality
By Osama Diab - 14 February 18:12

The power of an idea proved stronger than tanks, water cannon and bullets.

At last! The “big society” defined
By New Statesman - 14 February 17:03

Helping DC with the #BS.

Full transcript | David Cameron | Speech on the “big society” | London | 14 February 2011
By Staff blogger - 14 February 16:50

The Prime Minister explains what the “big society” is and why it is so important to him.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 14 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on the “big society”, Ken Clarke and the No 10 team.

Ken takes the lead over Boris
By George Eaton - 14 February 14:41

New poll puts Livingstone ahead of Johnson in London mayoral race by 45 per cent to 43.

What’s Muslim got to do with it?
By Jon Bernstein - 14 February 14:33

<em>Telegraph</em> headline ill-judged at best.

The reality of Britain’s War in Afghanistan
By Yasmin Khan - 14 February 13:58

As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its tenth year, a report by War on Want exposes the truth behi

Neil and Christine Hamilton in publicity-seeking shock
By Duncan Robinson - 14 February 11:46

The former MP and his wife release a picture re-creating the famous pottery scene from <em>Ghost</em

What Cameron can learn from Labour about identity
By Michael Wills - 14 February 11:35

We need to develop an inclusive statement of the values that bind us together.

Cameron’s “big society” relaunch repeats old errors
By George Eaton - 14 February 9:36

The Prime Minister continues to draw a false distinction between “big government” and “big society”.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 February 8:00

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

Tories auction off City internships to raise funds
By Helen Lewis - 13 February 13:33

Supporters pay thousands to get their children work experience in hedge funds and banks.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 13 February 10:03

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Ken Clarke’s bad news for the “squeezed middle”
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 18:06

The Justice Secretary goes off-message again.

Algerian riot police deployed to stifle protests
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 13:33

Thousands of officers are sent out to prevent a repeat of the Egyptian uprising.

Can anything derail The King’s Speech?
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 11:29

On Baftas weekend, a look at this year’s blockbuster British film.

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