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Minister Without Portfolio Kenneth Clarke
Ken Clarke’s spectacularly unhelpful interview
By Lucy Fisher - 25 June 14:54

The Minister Without Portfolio took a swipe at the Prime Minister.

"It’s not about Andy, or Ed, or Yvette," Labour's policy review head tells the New Statesman.
Exclusive: Jon Cruddas calls for end to Labour leadership "Top Trumps"
By George Eaton - 25 June 14:37

"It’s not about Andy, or Ed, or Yvette," Labour's policy review head tells the New Statesman.

In this week’s New Statesman | First World War special
By New Statesman - 25 June 14:37

A first look at this week’s magazine.

The media inquiry and Miliband's pose with the Sun gifted victory to the PM.
PMQs review: the shield of Leveson saves Cameron
By George Eaton - 25 June 13:32

The media inquiry and Miliband's pose with the Sun gifted victory to the PM.

David Cameron
Cameron's tough stance on Juncker: who's it for?
By Lucy Fisher - 25 June 10:10

The Prime Minister's hardline attitude is now more about impressing British voters than winning the battle over the top EU post. 

The British people will form the jury in May next year. There is only one possible verdict.
Coulson's conviction shows that only Miliband can be trusted to stand up to powerful interests
By Jon Trickett - 25 June 9:58

The British people will form the jury in May next year. There is only one possible verdict.

UK border control
Scale of English language test fraud by migrants revealed
By Lucy Fisher - 24 June 15:49

Today the government revealed the scale of fraud in English language certificates for migrants seeking student visas. The issue is likely to stoke further tensions over immigration.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
Ed Miliband says the PM “owes the country an explanation” after Andy Coulson guilty verdict
By New Statesman - 24 June 14:53

The Labour leader says the PM’s decision to employ the former News of the World editor “taints David Cameron’s government”.

David Cameron apologises.
David Cameron’s “full and frank apology” for hiring Andy Coulson
By New Statesman - 24 June 13:50

The prime minister makes his long-promised apology after his former communications director was found guilty of phone hacking.

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey. Photo: Getty
Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking; Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges
By New Statesman - 24 June 12:07

The outcome of the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.

UK floods. Photo: Getty
Counting the £1bn cost of the winter floods
By Guy Shrubsole - 24 June 11:40

This week it's six months since the winter floods struck, and from the latest available figures it looks like the floods have cost the country over £1bn.

Manchester. Photo: Getty
Chuka Umunna: Why we should let cities and regions forge their own futures
By Chuka Umunna - 24 June 11:27

The shadow business secretary argues that, for a stronger economy and a better democracy, cities and regions should carve their own paths.

John Bercow. Photo: Getty
Five years of the Speaker: what has John Bercow changed in parliament?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 June 9:48

Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of John Bercow's time serving as Speaker of the House of Commons, having been elected to the office on 22 June 2009. What's he done in that time?

David Cameron. Photo: Getty
Cameron secures EU vote over Juncker, says No 10
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 June 8:30

The PM has won an agreement on a vote for the future European Commission president, Downing Street claims. But at what cost?

Former transport secretary says the coalition should focus on delivering HS2 earlier.
Andrew Adonis hits out at Osborne's "pure spin" over HS3
By George Eaton - 23 June 16:28

Former transport secretary says the coalition should focus on delivering HS2 earlier.

50p. Photo: Images Money/Flickr
How the Labour party should make the case for a return to the 50p top rate of tax
By Madeleine Power and Tim Stacey - 23 June 15:45

The 50p commitment may in fact be consistent with a move away from simple redistributive policies. Labour should argue this.

HS2 report. Photo: Getty
The chancellor's "HS3" proposal won't woo impatient businesses
By Adam Marshall - 23 June 15:12

While most businesses appreciate the sort of ambitious thinking George Osborne has demonstrated today, they would be far more impressed if existing infrastructure commitments were delivered as a matter of priority.

Iraqi Turkmen preparing to fight Isis militants last weekend
Isis and the global rise of non-state actors
By Lucy Fisher - 23 June 13:48

The recent onslaught by Isis isn't a rogue success for terrorist groups; non-state actors are on the rise worldwide. We should be watching and wary.

Diane Abbott. Photo: Getty
Poll reveals Diane Abbott MP as Labour voters’ favourite for London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 June 13:20

What does the surge in popularity for Hackney's MP tell us about Labour voters' hopes for the London mayoralty?

Shadow chancellor seeks to reassure the asset rich but cash poor by offering "protections".
Balls promises protection for those who can't afford mansion tax
By George Eaton - 23 June 13:03

Shadow chancellor seeks to reassure the asset rich but cash poor.

Matteo Renzi. Photo: Getty
Don't overlook Italy's PM in the European Commission power struggle
By Ben Fox - 23 June 12:39

The tussle for the European Commission top-spot isn't just Cameron vs Juncker's supporters; Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, is a key broker.

The shadow education secretary pushes Gove to say whether a Conservative government would allow for-profit schools to be established.
Tristram Hunt calls the Tories' bluff on profit-making free schools
By George Eaton - 23 June 9:37

The shadow education secretary pushes Gove to say whether a Conservative government would allow for-profit schools to be established. 

George Osborne. Photo: Getty
Osborne will announce a need for new high-speed rail: what are the political implications?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 June 8:12

The chancellor will announce today his idea for a new high-speed rail in the north of England to unite nothern cities. It's a strategic move for the Tories, while Labour still seems to be prevaricating over HS2.

Rachel Reeves. Photo: Getty
Rachel Reeves: Labour will "pause" Universal Credit if we win power
By Helen Lewis - 22 June 7:40

The shadow work and pensions minister says that Labour would not "throw good money after bad" on the troubled benefit.

MP announces that he will stand down at next election and says "it is clear that the leadership of the party wish to see new faces".
Blunkett's farewell shows there'll be no return for "the greybeards"
By George Eaton - 21 June 0:36

MP announces decision to stand down at the next election and says "it is clear that the leadership of the party wish to see new faces".

Welsh Labour sign. Photo: Getty
The Tories belittle Wales, but Labour is learning from it
By Owen Smith - 20 June 17:58

The Welsh economy is bucking generational trends and leading the UK out of recession.

Natural justice, not merely the law, must be seen to be applied in cases of wrongdoing.
The Mike Hancock saga shows that politicians can't be judged by the law alone
By Richard Morris - 20 June 14:26

Natural justice, not merely the law, must be seen to be applied in cases of wrongdoing.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Getty
The Tories are set to breach their own welfare spending cap – here’s why
By Sheila Gilmore - 20 June 12:55

Despite all the distress and financial hardship caused by a malfunctioning assessment process, spending on the government’s main sickness and disability benefit is set to rise.

Nigel Farage. Photo: Getty
Nigel Farage seeks the limelight by teaming up with far-right MEPs in new European Parliament bloc
By Mary Honeyball - 20 June 10:25

Nigel Farage, who refused to join forces with Marine Le Pen in Europe, has teamed up with a party founded by white supremacists in a hypocritical move to up his own profile.

Children. Photo: Getty
The case for universal childcare lies in our collective social responsibility
By Reema Patel - 20 June 9:05

We need to be clear that care for children is a social responsibility that we all have – because children form the bedrock of our society, whether we choose to have them or not.

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