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How Labour lost its vote
By Andrew Harrop - 05 November 13:55

How did the Labour party lose support, and where have its votes gone?

Renters need reform now – not the promise of a house in seven years
By Dan Wilson Craw - 05 November 13:47

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Labour and the unions must develop an alternative to the public sector pay freeze
By David Coats and John Tizard - 05 November 13:36

The Labour public sector agenda should include excellent services and decent pay.

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength.
PMQs review: Miliband shows his confidence on the EU
By George Eaton - 05 November 13:28

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength. 

In this week’s New Statesman | Running out of time
By New Statesman - 05 November 12:54

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Mark Reckless: "Some Tory MPs will be watching me very closely in this by-election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 12:40

The Tory-turned-Ukip defector talks by-election tactics, potential future defections, and how he'd prefer sitting with Ukip MPs in Westminster than Holocaust-deniers in the European Parliament.

EU migrants add £20bn to our GDP: but is the UK more generous in benefits than its neighbours?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 9:29

A new UCL study shows that European migrants are not a drain on our resources, but what about the perception that Britain is an "El Dorado" for immigrants?

Chuka Umunna announces a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership
By New Statesman - 04 November 21:30

If Labour gets in, Lord Davies will lead a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership, as he did for gender diversity.

Osborne's personal tax summaries are not transparent: they don't break down welfare spending
By Moussa Haddad - 04 November 16:09

Why the Chancellor's personal tax summaries are the wrong type of transparency.

The government is trying to slip Trident replacement through the backdoor
By Kate Hudson - 04 November 16:01

The Mutual Defence Agreement is a US-UK nuclear deal that lays the foundation for replacing our Trident nuclear weapons system – it must be exposed and challenged.

The Barnett Formula defined one political generation; it may yet define another
By Douglas Beattie - 04 November 15:49

A closer look at the controversial financial and cultural legacy of the Barnett Formula, following its creator's death this week.

Lynne Featherstone to replace Norman Baker at the Home Office
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 November 13:07

The Dfid minister will replace Norman Baker at the Home Office.

If we had enough housing and better wages, immigration wouldn't be our top concern
By Tim Farron - 04 November 10:12

We need to do something positive about the problems communities face, rather than dishonestly blaming immigrants for all our country’s challenges.

Migrant workers are being exploited in the UK – we must take action
By Steve Barclay - 04 November 9:04

Today's Modern Slavery Bill is a vital opportunity to challenge exploitation of workers; slavery isn’t a thing of the past – it’s just less visible.

Lib Dem Norman Baker quits as Home Office minister
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 November 7:16

Revealing the extent of coalition clashes in the Home Office, the Lib Dem minister has resigned.

Ed Miliband must realise that next year’s election will be won on emotion
By John Gaffney - 03 November 15:46

The Labour leader needs to appeal to human feeling to truly unite the United Kingdom, and be in with a chance of electoral success.

The Manchester model: we must be ambitious for our cities
By Lucy Powell - 03 November 15:33

Why our cities should follow Greater Manchester on how to be engines of growth in a new Britain.

The Lib Dems have lost 7 in 10 of their voters. Where have they gone?
By May2015 - 03 November 13:21

The party are keeping hold of around 30 per cent of its voters, with 30 per cent switching to Labour and 40 per cent split between the other three parties.

The coalition’s flawed academy programme: a political gift Labour refuses to accept
By Annie Powell - 03 November 11:48

There are votes to be won if only Labour would expose the unfairness, the incoherence and the disregard for evidence that characterise the coalition’s education reforms.

The policy few people want remains irresistible: lowering the voting age
By Andrew Russell - 03 November 10:16

Lowering the voting age should have been consigned to the political junkyard, so why is it still gathering momentum?

What does Merkel's "red line" on EU migration rules mean for British politics?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 November 8:46

Germany would sacrifice UK’s EU membership in order not to compromise the EU’s principle of free movement of workers. What are the political implications?

Former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar is expected to join Miliband's team.
Who will replace Jim Murphy in the shadow cabinet?
By George Eaton - 02 November 14:04

Former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar is expected to join Miliband's team. 

Jim Murphy MP quits shadow cabinet
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 November 13:35

The shadow international development secretary has resigned from Ed Miliband's frontbench to focus on his campaign for the Scottish Labour leadership.

How devolution to Manchester could work
By Jonathan Carr-West - 02 November 13:14

Jonathan Carr-West of the Local Government Information Unit reviews Respublica's recent report.

Fiona Woolf. Photo: Getty
Fiona Woolf quits as head of inquiry into historic child sex abuse
By New Statesman - 31 October 17:13

The lawyer and Lord Mayor of London resigned over links to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.

Are Ed Miliband's plans for English devolution too little, too late?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 October 15:41

Is Ed Miliband's English devolution vow enough to assuage Labour's English crisis?

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