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The New Statesman cover | The motherhood trap
By New Statesman - 15 July 13:16

A first look at this week's magazine.

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After Syriza's failure, where next for the Left?
By Michael Chessum - 15 July 11:45

The failure of Alexis Tsipras leaves the Left at a crossroads. Where do we go from here? Michael Chessum writes from Greece.

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Harriet Harman shows just how hard the next Labour leader's job will be
By Stephen Bush - 15 July 9:46

That Harriet Harman doesn't have enough goodwill to take Labour to the centre doesn't bode well for Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper. 

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Is David Cameron serious about closing the gender pay gap?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 July 17:33

The Prime Minister is re-announcing pay transparency measures formulated by the coalition – is it just a gesture?

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Satoru Iwata: an innovator and true gamer
By Tom Watson - 14 July 17:21

Satoru Iwata wasn't your run-of-the-mill CEO: he was an innovator and a true gamer, says Tom Watson MP. He'll be sorely missed.

We put the Labour leadership candidates into Deep Dream and the results will haunt your nightmares
By Barbara Speed - 14 July 15:25

Google's software searches images for recognisable features, then emphasises them to hellish effect.

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Labour have put themselves on the wrong side of the English
By John Denham - 14 July 13:36

Ultimately, exhorting the SNP to vote against fox hunting in England and Wales will hurt Labour, warns John Denham.

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This time, Iain Duncan Smith may be right
By Andrew Harrop - 14 July 13:20

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Iain Duncan Smith may be worth listening to - this time. 

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Conservatives abandon plans to relax fox hunting laws
By Stephen Bush - 14 July 11:03

The government has pulled its plans to relax fox hunting laws in the face of opposition from its own backbenchers, Labour and the SNP.

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Historic deal reached with Iran over nuclear weapons
By Stephen Bush - 14 July 10:44

An accord has been reached with Iran and the P6. 

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn loses his temper on Channel 4 News
By New Statesman - 14 July 9:06

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn loses his cool with Channel 4 News anchor Krishan Guru-Murphy.

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The Greens should fear Zac Goldsmith
By Jon Bartley - 14 July 7:46

In an election where the party must aim to do better than the good showings of 2008 and 2012, Zac Goldsmith poses a real threat, warns Jon Bartley.

20 MPs speak out against acting leader's call to abstain on government's bill with just five in favour.
Labour MPs turn on Harman over welfare cuts at PLP meeting
By George Eaton - 13 July 20:11

20 MPs speak out against acting leader's call to abstain on the government's bill, with just five in favour. 

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The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing
By Tom Copley - 13 July 16:08

Social housing used not to be the preserve of the few. That's a ideal worth harking back to, says Tom Copley.

Changing grants to loans will hit the poorest students
By James Elliott - 13 July 13:43

The sums don't work - and the losers are students, argues James Elliot.

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Does canvassing matter?
By Jon Ashworth - 13 July 11:49

In the wake of our shock defeat, the temptation is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. But don't write off ground game, warns Jon Ashworth MP.

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Grexit avoided as Greece reaches "humiliating" bailout deal with Eurozone creditors
By New Statesman - 13 July 8:50

After 16 hours of negotiations, a deal has been reached between Greece and its creditors. 

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What does the budget mean for families?
By Giselle Cory - 13 July 8:00

The government is quite literally giving (to higher income families) with one hand and taking (from low income households) with the other. 

Labour's acting leader warns the party not to choose "somebody who we can feel comfortable with" but who can "command the confidence of the country".
Has Harriet Harman just come out against Andy Burnham?
By George Eaton - 12 July 12:31

Labour's acting leader warns the party not to choose "somebody who we can feel comfortable with" but who can "command the confidence of the country". 

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Failure may now be the least-worst option for Syriza
By Michael Chessum - 12 July 11:28

Abjectly losing the negotiations in Brussels, and being kicked out of the Eurozone, might just be the best outcome that Syriza can hope for, says Michael Chessum in Athens.

20 years after Srebrenica, the Rohingya are the Bosnians of today
By Yasmin Qureshi - 11 July 8:01

After Srebrenica, the world said "never again". But yet another cleansing is happening in Myanmar, while the world watches. 

Which CLPs are nominating who in the Labour deputy leadership contest?
By New Statesman - 11 July 0:44

The race now moves onto supporting nominations from constituency Labour parties: who will emerge the strongest?

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Just how good are Jeremy Corbyn's chances?
By Stephen Bush - 10 July 20:13

Jeremy Corbyn continues his remarkable surge. But how worried should his opponents be?

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It's not a National Living Wage, but it's a step in the right direction
By Cameron Tait - 10 July 16:35

George Osborne has at least made a start on the problem of low pay, argues Cameron Tait.

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George Osborne's latest budget leaves us all a prisoner of debt
By Louise Haigh - 10 July 16:04

Britain's resilience is lower than it was before the last crisis, and this budget has piled yet more debt onto households, warns Louise Haigh.

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What makes a mother put her child on a "lilo with sides"?
By Kirsty McNeill - 10 July 14:16

Yesterday, I visited one of the boats rescuing people crossing the Mediterranean. Here's what I learned.

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Without anyone noticing, doctors are leaving the NHS in droves
By Benedict Cooper - 10 July 13:40

Increased paperwork, increased hours, and ever more pressure are forcing GPs out of the NHS - either to the private sector, or abroad.  

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I'm voting for Norman Lamb so we can get the Liberal Democrats back where they belong: in government
By Charlie Kingsbury - 10 July 13:24

We can't just campaign ourselves into the ground. We need to prove we have ideas worth voting for: that's why we need Norman Lamb, says Charlie Kingsbury.

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The Met has three tests to pass on Stop and Search

Tessa Jowell and Doreen Lawrence write on what the Met can do to ensure Stop and Search works for everyone. 

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Whatsapp, iMessage and Snapchat could all be banned under the Snooper's Charter
By Barbara Speed - 10 July 12:43

The draft bill would ban any service which encrypts messages, as Cameron makes good on his pledge to do away with private online communication.