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Centre-ground and policy record: is the Lib Dems’ battlecry enough?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 October 17:41

The Liberal Democrats’ focus on the political centre, and championing their record in government, isn’t a radical rallying call.

Lib Dem cabinet secretary Alistair Carmichael: "The centre means nothing to people"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 October 13:56

The Secretary of State for Scotland and Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland on the lessons of the independence referendum, the future of his party, and why the Lib Dems should be in government again.

They need to focus on winning tactical votes from Labour supporters to hold on to their MPs.
Why the Lib Dems are attacking the Tories more than Labour
By George Eaton - 05 October 12:59

They need to focus on winning tactical votes from Labour supporters to hold on to their MPs. 

What is the Lib Dem Disco?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 October 20:25

The Lib Dem Disco 2014 is the social highlight of the party's conference this autumn. But what is it?

The Conservatives' brand weakness means they may struggle to reach the level needed to be the largest party.
How low is the ceiling on the Tory vote?
By George Eaton - 03 October 16:04

The Conservatives' brand weakness means they may struggle to reach the level needed to be the largest party. 

David Cameron has forfeited the public's trust on the NHS
By Andy Burnham - 03 October 15:58

The truth is that market ideology is ripping through the NHS and, if it combines with a funding crisis in the next parliament, could prove utterly toxic for the NHS.

Raising the tax allowance has reached its limits for helping the poorest families
By Katie Schmuecker - 03 October 13:33

Labour and the Lib Dems risk making the same mistake.

Gordon Brown should use his recent boost to defend Labour's economic record
By Steve Barwick - 03 October 10:04

Far from forgetting the deficit, Ed Miliband’s speech was weighed down by the burden of it. Gordon Brown should now use the political capital he has acquired from saving the Union to defend his economic record.

The Conservatives lay out plans to override European human rights rulings
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 October 9:05

If they win the next general election, the Tories say they will replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, and would ignore rulings from Strasbourg.

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour.
Will the Tories rule out a VAT rise before the campaign begins?
By George Eaton - 02 October 17:46

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Three
By New Statesman - 02 October 17:29

The unusual lightness of the Conservative Party Conference, big changes in copyright law and the final work of John Tavener.

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention.
How many seats will the SNP surge cost Labour at the general election?
By George Eaton - 02 October 16:19

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention. 

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has".
Jeremy Browne: Lib Dem leadership contest must include free market candidate
By George Eaton - 02 October 13:38

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has". 

“Apes that eat figs”, “Hitler’s deeds”, “Tongue rippling”, “Polycarb’nate roof”: the pick of politicians' poetry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 9:35

Politicians, both here and across the pond, have written a surprising amount of poetry over the years. Here are some of the best (or worst) bits.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is a challenge to all of Asia's autocrats
By David Clark - 02 October 9:14

These protests have the capacity to alter the political trajectory not just of China, but of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

Nick Griffin is expelled from the BNP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 8:48

The former leader of the British National Party has been expelled from the party.

How much will Cameron’s tax changes cost?
By May2015 - 01 October 14:37

Cameron’s plan to raise the tax-free allowance would have cost £12bn if introduced this year. The lower figures being quoted assume a delay until 2020.

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.
Cameron's best performance yet gives the Tories the hope they need
By George Eaton - 01 October 14:05

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict. 

David Cameron’s policy blitz: here’s what he announced
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 October 13:18

The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements.

Why Cameron is ring-fencing the NHS
By May2015 - 01 October 11:07

There are two areas of spending – health and education – that the public prioritise above all others.

Ukip's second front against Labour could see the People's Army split
By Owen Bennett - 01 October 9:26

Ukip spreading itself too thinly for the Labour vote could result in damaging splits in the People's Army.

As Osborne ducks the issue of low pay, Labour can create a new dividing line
By Cameron Tait - 30 September 17:22

Ed Miliband has set himself an ambitious target to change the shape of the economy by 2025; he can create a new dividing line with the Tories on improving living standards for millions of low-paid workers.

Minority retort: the Tories are looking to a future without the Lib Dems
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 16:08

Some Conservatives are nervous about what their party will look like beyond coalition with the Lib Dems. Both their and voters' views jar with the PM's insistence that he doesn't want another coalition.

Devolution: we must go beyond an English Parliament to the cities, towns and regions
By David Lammy - 30 September 14:46

Power must be devolved not just to the UK’s nations but to its cities, towns and regions.

Alain de Botton: “If our leaders get a little more imaginative they are shot from every angle”
By Harry Lambert - 30 September 13:32

The author and philosopher on the limits of the media, encouraging politicians, and which countries the next government should emulate. 

Why isn’t counter-radicalisation working?
By John Denham - 30 September 12:13

When counter-radicalisation is failing it is time to return to evidence based policy not dig deeper into political prejudices.

Universal Credit boss quits as IDS ramps up the programme’s delivery
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 12:02

While Iain Duncan Smith puts on a positive front for party conference, the saga of DWP’s welfare reforms continues.

Iain Duncan Smith says benefit claimants need pre-paid cards to ensure they don’t spend money on “self-destructive habits”. Photo: Getty
Pre-paid benefits cards fuel booze-and-fags stereotype
By David Hulme - 30 September 10:53

Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices. Suggesting that they do is to adhere to a stereotype that isn’t supported by evidence.

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