The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


David Cameron's warning of another global recession could help the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 November 8:32

The Prime Minister cautions that we are on the brink of another global economic meltdown, but this could be politically expedient for his party.

Two years since the first PCC elections, how are the first batch shaping up?
What's the point of Police and Crime Commissioners?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 November 17:23

Two years since the first PCC elections, how are the first batch shaping up?

New party leader says Miliband would have to "rethink" Trident renewal and austerity as she positions herself to Salmond's left.
Nicola Sturgeon sets out her conditions for an SNP deal with Labour
By George Eaton - 15 November 19:41

New party leader says Miliband would have to "rethink" Trident renewal and austerity as she positions herself to Salmond's left.

The US "pickup artist" has crossed a line by promoting violence against women.
Why Julien Blanc should not be let into the UK
By Seema Malhotra - 15 November 13:57

The US "pickup artist" has crossed a line by promoting violence against women. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Eight
By New Statesman - 14 November 12:48

Miliband's next move, the Goldsmiths Prize and landing on a comet.

“Labour is in a tough fight”: five lessons from Ed Miliband’s speech
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 November 14:10

The Labour leader made a speech to party activists and journalists today in an attempt to draw a line under his party’s crisis. What did he tell us?

Are demographics against Ukip and anti-immigration feeling? Photo: Getty
Has anti-immigration feeling peaked?
By Tim Wigmore - 13 November 13:04

Many voters the main parties have lost to Ukip are now gone for good.

What Ed Miliband must achieve in his fight-back today
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 November 9:22

This morning, the Labour leader will deliver a speech to "relaunch" his leadership after a precarious few weeks. What does he need to do?

Natalie Bennett: Ukip voters are "simply lashing out" like "a small child" (Video)
By May2015 - 12 November 15:25

Ukip voters are lashing out, Miliband has no conviction, Cameron has only done one thing well… May2015 talks to the Green Party leader.

Nigel Farage: I’d do a deal with Labour
By New Statesman - 12 November 15:00

In this week’s cover story, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley interviews Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, who reveals that he is prepared to do a deal with any party – even Labour.

In this week’s New Statesman | The Arsonist
By New Statesman - 12 November 14:38

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Labour must be clearer about how devolution can improve people's lives
By Jim McMahon - 12 November 11:49

Labour should use the devolution debate as an opportunity to resurrect hope across the country by pushing power away from Westminster – and communicating why this approach will help people.

Politicisation of the European Arrest Warrant is dangerous and unnecessary
By Valsamis Mitsilegas - 12 November 11:25

We need clarity on the European Arrest Warrant so that this logical and useful legal instrument does not fall victim to an emotive political bun fight.

Cameron welcomes EU court "benefit tourism" ruling, but what exactly are migrants entitled to here?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 November 8:40

The European Court of Justice allows EU states to restrict benefits to out-of-work EU migrants, but welfare is already tight for all immigrants here.

It’s time for the truth: it’s time to publish the Chilcot Inquiry
By Ibrahim Taguri - 12 November 7:00

In May, David Cameron said he hoped the Chilcot Inquiry would by unveiled by the end of the year. There are 50 days left of 2014, and Britain still hasn't had the answers it deserves.

Time to muzzle neoliberal rhetoric and find a new language to promote immigration
By Sam Bennett - 11 November 16:32

The left is straitjacketed by merely using economic arguments about net contribution to make the positive case for immigration.

Stuck or just passing through: how can policy-makers improve social mobility?
By Gavin Kelly - 11 November 15:43

Conventional wisdom holds that any delving into how employers utilise their workforce and pay their staff is off-limits, but ensuring pay progression could help improve social mobility in this country.

Polling shows support for Ed Miliband in target seats – but are they really targets?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 November 13:48

Polling released today shows 75.8 per cent of Labour councillors in the party's 106 target seats support their leader. But how significant are Labour's targets?

Amid increased uncertainty, Labour remains the favourite
By Richard Mylles - 11 November 12:08

The Labour party could still win a majority in 2015.

Government has the wrong approach to tackling the skills gap
By Mark Boleat - 11 November 9:38

With youth unemployment falling to 733,000, it is time for devolving skills to improve the prospects for young people and safeguard against any future rise in the figures.

Labour is the real winner after the European Arrest Warrant vote that wasn't
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 November 8:23

Labour is set to use an opposition day debate on the eve of the Rochester and Strood by-election to debate and vote on the European Arrest Warrant.

35 Tories rebel after Speaker halts May on European Arrest Warrant
By May2015 - 10 November 19:51

Disarray in the House after the Speaker gives backbenchers a chance to clarify this evening’s debate on European crime measures.

We need to let Londoners run London
By Jules Pipe - 10 November 16:39

The capital needs a programme of devolution to boroughs and the Mayor to deliver more effective, integrated services at lower cost 

Five lessons from Ed Miliband’s pro-Europe speech to the CBI
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 November 16:16

What the Labour leader's address to business leaders tells us.

Strong business support for immigration causes more trouble for the Tory target
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 November 14:08

Businesses voice firm support for immigration at the annual CBI conference, as Theresa May tries to play down the Tories' net migration target.

David Cameron’s call for an Asian Prime Minister – and why he doesn’t really mean it
By Imran Khan - 10 November 12:20

The Prime Minister's call for an Asian leader is ironic considering the poor Tory record on ethnic minority representation and attitudes.

Could British business see the Labour party as its closest ally?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 November 11:38

Business leaders gather today to focus on securing Britain’s place in Europe and raising living standards: is Labour the only party truly on their side?