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Climbdown for Cameron but disappointment for Miliband as agreement reached over debates
By Stephen Bush - 21 March 15:49

The broadcasters have reached an accord over the debates, but who's the winner here?

Finally, our party leaders have come to an agreement on the televised election debates
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 March 15:46

The broadcasters and party leaders have at last agreed to a schedule and format for the TV debates.

The government blocks a leading prison reform campaigner from visiting two G4S prisons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 March 15:27

Howard League's Frances Crook accuses the Prison Service of being "immature and petulant" for cancelling her visits to privately run prisons.

Why Labour is in crisis throughout the Anglosphere
By Tim Wigmore - 21 March 12:33

The leader of the New Zealand Labour Party on the shared challenges for social democrats.

The Deputy PM describes his probable successor as "an incredibly gifted politician".
Clegg's praise for Farron shows he knows he's the next Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 20 March 15:03

The Deputy PM describes his probable successor as "an incredibly gifted politician". 

How can Labour shed its anti-business label?
By Robert Corfe - 20 March 14:23

It is not enough for Labour to assent to sound principles if it is not prepared to fight for them with conviction.

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit: bad for landlords, worse for tenants
By Alan Ward - 20 March 13:43

Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit is bad news for tenants and landlords alike – and I should know.

Britain's climate sceptics' dishonest tactics need to stop
By Bob Ward - 20 March 12:55

Climate sceptics are turning to increasingly tricky ruses to hide their motives.

Labour unveil their first poster of the election campaign
By Stephen Bush - 20 March 11:00

Labour have unveiled their first poster of the general election campaign.

Politicians don’t know what works, so we need to experiment
By Jonathan Breckon - 20 March 10:51

Politicians have feet of clay, too, and policies don't always work like they should. We need a political culture that allows experimentation - and the humility to accept when we get things wrong, too.

It's regional inequality, stupid
By Diana Johnson - 20 March 8:30

Inequality within the United Kingdom is growing - not just between people, but its constituent parts. The next government will have to do more to turn the tide.

Forget the global race. Education is about more than that.
By Ken Spours - 20 March 8:00

We've been trained to see education as a way of getting ahead economically. It has to be about more than that.

What happened when Dan Jarvis faced down a mugger?
By Stephen Bush - 19 March 16:24

He has certain skills.

Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.
Labour could end cuts next year and still meet deficit targets, says IFS
By George Eaton - 19 March 15:37

Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.  

Without a mission of public sector reform, Osborne's longterm economic plan is meaningless
By Andrew Haldenby - 19 March 12:58

Only with reform can the public sector survive the cuts that are to come.

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings.
What are the welfare cuts Osborne is hiding until after the election?
By George Eaton - 19 March 12:27

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings. 

Even Nick Clegg couldn't bear to stay to the end of Danny Alexander's "alternative budget"
By Stephen Bush - 19 March 12:14

Danny Alexander staged an alternative budget in the House of Commons. It quickly turned into a farce.

George Osborne delivered his final Budget this parliament. Photo: Getty
What was announced in the Budget 2015?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 March 9:23

George Osborne announced his final Budget of this parliament. What was in it?

We know we have a housing crisis. Here's what we can do about it
By Keith Taylor - 19 March 9:17

Britain's housing market is in chaos. Here's how to fix it.

What was missing from the 2015 Budget? Anything to do with child poverty
By Alison Garnham - 19 March 8:15

This was a "see no poverty, hear no poverty" budget from a government in denial.

What made one opposition frontbencher make this face?
By Stephen Bush - 18 March 20:13

Strange scenes at the last International Development questions of the parliament.

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 40 years.
We're only cutting spending to 1964 levels - Balls mocks the Tories' new defence
By George Eaton - 18 March 18:15

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 50 years. 

Did George Osborne's bad Budget jokes just cost the taxpayer £41m?
By Ashley Cowburn - 18 March 16:47

In an attempt to woo the public with his stand-up comedy – and despite the precarious national finances – George Osborne just wasted a lot on poor jokes. 

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Two
By New Statesman - 18 March 16:43

A Budget 2015 special.

St Patrick's Day is the most Blue Labour of holidays
By Kevin Meagher - 18 March 15:40

The renaissance of St Patrick's Day offers reminders of the difficulties that the Irish have faced, and a lesson.

In this week’s magazine | British politics is broken
By New Statesman - 18 March 15:29

A first look at the issue.

The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales. Photo: BBC/Guy Levy
Budget 2015: Why George Osborne’s tax cut for orchestras is really unfair
By Caroline Crampton - 18 March 15:13

When is an orchestra not an orchestra? The way this policy defines it, northern brass bands and Scottish bagpipe groups will be excluded from the tax relief.