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Don’t write off the pro-AV campaign
By Guy Aitchison - 27 August 13:08

The movement emerging to fight for a Yes vote will be a powerful voice in demanding change.

Has this speech won Balls the shadow chancellorship?
By George Eaton - 27 August 11:09

Balls thrusts himself back into the spotlight with attack on George Osborne as a “growth denier”.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 27 August 9:04

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

Why I love Pakistan
By Catriona Luke - 26 August 17:33

Despite its terrible troubles, this part of the western subcontinent is lively, beautiful and misund

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 26 August 17:02

The five must-read blogs from today, including dirty tricks by the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the YouTu

How much is your Labour leadership vote worth?
By George Eaton - 26 August 16:18

The disproportionate power wielded by MPs in the electoral college may come under scrutiny.

Net migration up 20 per cent
By Samira Shackle - 26 August 14:16

Figures show that limiting how many can come into the UK doesn’t necessarily translate to a drop in

Cruddas endorsement of David Miliband divides the left
By George Eaton - 26 August 13:12

Labour MP Jon Trickett attacks the “unilateral decision”, but Compass is more reserved.

In this week’s New Statesman: The Milibands face off
By George Eaton - 26 August 11:07

Why Ed Miliband should lead Labour | Jon Cruddas: Why I’m supporting David Miliband | Stephen Mercha

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 26 August 9:00

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

Exclusive: Jon Cruddas endorses David Miliband
By Jason Cowley - 25 August 18:00

“There’s a pluralism I detect in David that I hadn’t witnessed before.”

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 25 August 17:14

The five must-read blogs from today, including Ed’n’Dave’s face-off, DfID leaks and more misbehaviou

New York mayor ramps up “Ground Zero mosque” defence
By Caroline Crampton - 25 August 13:58

Bloomberg says that to oppose the Islamic centre would hand valuable propaganda to terrorists and un

The coalition’s approval rating turns negative
By George Eaton - 25 August 13:42

Approval rating falls to minus 2, the first time the coalition has scored a negative rating.

In the shadow of the state
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 25 August 12:38

David Miliband on his father, Labourism and the state in capitalist society.

Ireland’s shameless cardinal
By Sholto Byrnes - 25 August 11:57

Claudy bombings cover-up shows sorry is the hardest word for the Catholic hierarchy — yet again.

New evidence that Osborne’s Budget hits the poorest hardest
By George Eaton - 25 August 10:02

IFS study proves conclusively that June emergency Budget was regressive, not progressive.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 August 8:54

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

In pictures: the Chilean mining incident
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 17:14

33 Chilean miners will be trapped underground for over 120 days while an escape hole is drilled thro

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 24 August 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why AV would hurt the BNP and a very angry Lib Dem sp

Samantha Cameron gives birth to a baby girl
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 15:28

The Camerons announce the birth of their fourth child.

Will posters like this win the day for first-past-the-post?
By George Eaton - 24 August 14:20

The great strength of FPTP may prove to be its simplicity.

Woman throws cat into wheelie bin
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 14:17

A woman is caught on CCTV throwing a cat into a wheelie bin and then walking away.

Bride and Prejudice: the stolen wives of Muslim central Asia
By Tom Phillips - 24 August 12:05

Across this ex-Soviet belt, women are being kidnapped and forced into marriage. How has such a custo

Double-dip recession warnings grow
By George Eaton - 24 August 11:04

Will the coalition now stop dismissing its economic critics as “Labour scaremongers”?

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 24 August 9:00

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

Religious freedom at stake in Egypt
By Osama Diab - 23 August 18:45

If you don’t fast during Ramadan in Egypt, lie about it and hide it. If not, you might land in jail.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 23 August 17:02

The five must-read blogs from today, including the double dip and the future of the Lib Dems.

David Miliband wins leadership “primaries”
By Caroline Crampton - 23 August 16:44

Two constituency votes favour David, but Brother Ed isn’t far behind.

How Labour should respond to the Tories’ funding attack
By George Eaton - 23 August 16:23

The party must remind voters that union donations are made up of thousands of voluntary contribution

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