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Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 08 October 17:17

The five must-read blogs from today on the shadow cabinet, tuition fees and the Lib Dems.

Why an immigration amnesty could benefit British workers
By Matthew Partridge - 08 October 17:10

An amnesty for illegal immigrants can help boost their income, reducing socio-economic disparities.

Colombian senator banned for "collaborating" with FARC rebels
By Ruth Collins - 08 October 16:50

Piedad Córdoba, a close ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, is ousted from the senate.

Why Ed Miliband went for Alan Johnson
By George Eaton - 08 October 16:19

Johnson, the affable former postie, stands in marked contrast to George Osborne.

Ed Balls and civil liberties
By David Allen Green - 08 October 15:45

What does this appointment show about Ed Miliband's commitment to a liberal approach?

The Tyke Mafia?
By Rob Higson - 08 October 15:40

A large number of Ed Miliband's inner core in the Shadow Cabinet represent Yorkshire constituencies.

Shadow cabinet appointments: full list
By George Eaton - 08 October 14:18

Ed Miliband surprises us all and appoints Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor.

The David Cameron rap
By George Eaton - 08 October 13:58

Watch: Cameron's conference speech rap.

Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize
By Caroline Crampton - 08 October 11:46

Jailed Chinese pro-democracy activist is honoured in spite of Beijing's criticisms

Shadow cabinet: who gets what job?
By George Eaton - 08 October 11:13

As Ed Miliband prepares to announce his top team, here's a guide to some likely appointments.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 08 October 8:49

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

Shadow cabinet election results in full
By George Eaton - 07 October 21:12

Yvette Cooper tops ballot. Peter Hain, Ben Bradshaw and Diane Abbott all miss out.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 07 October 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today on Kay Burley, the shadow cabinet and child benefit.

Ed Miliband shows his hand on child benefit
By George Eaton - 07 October 16:18

Miliband defends the universal welfare state in his first post-conference interview.

So much for the importance of the family...
By Malcolm Wicks - 07 October 16:17

Cuts to child benefit undermine the family as well as the universal welfare state.

MigrationWatch UK drops threat of libel suit against Sally Bercow
By Patrick Osgood - 07 October 14:20

No apology from Bercow as MigrationWatch back down.

Sex work and the prohibitionists
By David Allen Green - 07 October 13:46

Can we take criminal law out of the lives of sex workers?

Is Osborne planning to slow the cuts?
By George Eaton - 07 October 13:15

Ministers reportedly planning to delay many of the biggest cuts.

In this week’s New Statesman: Melvyn Bragg guest-edit
By George Eaton - 07 October 10:53

Exclusive: Unseen Ted Hughes poem on Sylvia Plath’s death | Gore Vidal interview | New P D James sto

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 07 October 9:00

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

The Tracey Emin cover
By Jon Bernstein - 06 October 18:06

Sneak preview of tomorrow’s special issue of the <em>New Statesman</em>.

Conservatives: Beware your flatterers
By Patrick Osgood - 06 October 18:04

An IMF report tells us why Osborne can't talk up growth: there won't be any.

Your country needs you to talk to them
By Rob Higson - 06 October 18:01

Cameron fails to address the concerns of ordinary working men and women.

David Cameron doggedly pursues his “big society”
By Samira Shackle - 06 October 17:13

The crowd at the Conservative party conference still seems unsure of the leader’s message.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 06 October 17:06

The five must-read blogs from today on Red Ken, the Lib Dems and child benefit.

The hysteria over the terror level is misplaced
By Duncan Robinson - 06 October 16:27

France may have issued a warning about the terror threat in the UK -- but the threat itself has not

The Gallic Gekko echo
By Rob Higson - 06 October 15:34

Support for the former Société Générale trader Jérôme Kerviel reveals a regrettable attachment akin

Christine O’Donnell is not a witch . . . She’s you
By Duncan Robinson - 06 October 14:20

O’Donnell’s latest campaign video is bizarre, terrifying and utterly enthralling.

What will the "universal credit" actually mean for the poor?
By Samira Shackle - 06 October 13:57

Judgement must be reserved until the numbers are spelled out.

David Cameron’s speech — live blog
By New Statesman - 06 October 13:56

Join us from 2pm for minute-by-minute coverage of Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference.

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