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A happy Nigel Farage / Photo: Peter Macdiarmid
Why "more Tory than the Tories" attacks on Ukip aren't working
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 9:11

Ukip voters care less about policy than supporters of any other party.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: "Nato is getting ready" for Russian aggression in Baltics
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 February 8:34

In light of Russia's seizure of Crimea and fighting in Ukraine, the Defence Secretary warns that the Baltics may be next.

“I know what life’s like”: On the road with Lee Sherriff, the working single mother heading for Westminster
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 15:40

Labour’s candidate for Carlisle on being a political outsider, why we need more working-class voices in politics, and how her background helps her campaign.

Here’s what would actually be news in polling – and three rules for reporting polls
By May2015 - 18 February 15:37

It’s only news if you’ve compared lone polls to all the others, compare it to that pollster’s past and know each firm’s outliers.

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network".
Exclusive: Michael Dugher promises "public control" of railways under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 February 14:00

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network". 

In defence of compulsory voting
By Mathew Lawrence - 18 February 11:11

How growing political inequality threatens our democracy and why a civic duty to vote could make a difference.

David Cameron should take a restorative holiday in Wales – he might just learn a thing or two
By Owen Smith - 18 February 10:58

The active economy in Wales shows an alternative to the Tory laissez-faire model.

Labour puts energy price pressure on the government as loyal customers "are charged more"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 9:38

The discovery that the big six energy firms' loyal customers save less gives Labour a chance to flaunt its more successful policy plan.

England's councils are on a "cliff-edge" due to cuts
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 8:46

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has warned that local services could "collapse" due to cuts.

For many Romanian migrants, the phrase "freedom to move" is contradictory
By James Bluemel - 17 February 16:35

The director of Channel 4's The Romanians Are Coming describes the choices and the journey faced by Romanians who move to the UK to work.

How can Labour prove it's not on the side of a small cabal in the Square Mile?
By Peter Hain - 17 February 16:10

How the recent tax avoidance scandal shows that the softly softly approach won't work, and we need a financial transaction tax.

Castle Point: Farage, Carswell and co. descend on Essex’s Canvey Island
By May2015 - 17 February 15:49

On Thursday Nigel Farage kicked off Ukip’s general election campaign in surreal surroundings.

How the Church wants you to vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 15:21

For the first time, the Church of England has produced a letter saying how we – and our politicians – should approach the general election.

Emily is Labour’s first openly transgender candidate. Photo: Emily Brothers
Labour’s first openly transgender candidate: I’ve never looked back since becoming Emily
By Ashley Cowburn - 17 February 14:25

Emily Brothers, who is running for parliament, on why she’s taking on the Sun, why you shouldn’t use a trans person’s old name, and what Stonewall’s decision to become an LGBT organisation means to her.

Record inflation low: is there a blind spot in our living standards debate?
By James Plunkett - 17 February 12:56

The UK inflation rate has fallen to a record low of 0.3 per cent in January – time to talk about consumer policy.

This election is unpredictable, but we can predict that the media could damage Labour's chances
By Ian Taylor - 17 February 9:43

They say this election will be the most unpredictable for a long time. But the media’s coverage won’t be, and it could even help to shape the outcome.

Cameron has a plan for NEETs – has he only just noticed the youth unemployment problem?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 8:49

The PM faces the youth unemployment problem with a plan for "intensive action" on young people not in education, employment or training.

Ministers are reaching beyond "scroungers" and aiming at Britain’s working poor
By Heather Spurr - 16 February 16:40

David Cameron has started targeting the low-paid in a new benefits trial; this message could undermine his claim to be in favour of Britain’s "hardworking people".

Tessa Jowell wants to close the gap between "two Londons". Photo: Getty
Tessa Jowell: “My best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is talking to Tories”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 13:45

The outgoing Labour MP for Dulwich and London mayoral contender speaks to Anoosh Chakelian about election strategy, immigration, and her plan to make “two Londons one”.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Ed on ed: what would a Miliband government do for education?
By Melissa Benn - 16 February 13:32

The time seems to be right for the Labour leader to lay the foundations of a new, more confident, education policy for his party.

Labour will "guarantee" apprenticeships for every school leaver with required grades
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 12:19

Ed Miliband announces an "apprenticeship guarantee" for school leavers by 2020.

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt lays flowers outside the synagogue Krystalgade in Copenhagen. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
Copenhagen shootings: PM says an attack on Jewish community is “an attack on all of Denmark”
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 16 February 12:08

Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the “cynical act of terror” against Denmark.

Is there a cheaper but credible alternative to Trident?
By Toby Fenwick - 16 February 11:37

A new dual-role system for our nuclear deterrent could save money and remove all nuclear weapons from Scotland in the process.

What a horse, Keith Vaz and a French policeman tell us about Britain's neglect of refugees
By Alastair Sloan - 16 February 11:19

When it comes to taking in asylum seekers, the UK government is shifting blame and responsibility.

The Tories aren’t catching Labour in England & Wales
By Harry Lambert - 16 February 10:59

Despite many supposed missteps, two types of poll last week showed Labour’s standing in England & Wales is still stronger than the Tories’.

Ed Balls vows to "crack down" on tax evasion, accusing Tories of turning "a blind eye"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 8:46

The shadow chancellor vows to crack down on tax evasion, as the HSBC row rumbles on.

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.
Miliband pitches to business with "a better" economic plan
By George Eaton - 15 February 22:00

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.  

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit child benefit to two children.
Duncan Smith hints at cap on child benefit for large families
By George Eaton - 15 February 10:38

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit payment to two children. 

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest".
Labour and the SNP aren't as far apart on austerity as assumed
By George Eaton - 13 February 14:34

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest". 

The coast and country question: why should Labour bother with the rural vote?
By Jack Eddy - 13 February 14:02

There should be more engagement from the Labour party in Britain's neglected rural and coastal areas.

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