The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


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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. 

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It's not yet time for the British Left to contemplate Brexit
By Michael Chessum - 10 July 11:04

Recent events in Greece have shaken the British Left's pro-Europeanism. But the Left case for Brexit is still unmade, argues Michael Chessum.

Watch: David Lammy's latest campaign video
By New Statesman - 10 July 10:24

In David Lammy's latest campaign video, the candidate's friends and family tell his story, going from growing up poor in Tottenham to becoming a barrister and MP.

Alexis Tsipras believes he has no "mandate" to leave the euro and is seeking more ambitious debt relief.
Why Greece backed down on austerity
By George Eaton - 10 July 9:48

Alexis Tsipras believes he has no "mandate" to leave the euro and is seeking more ambitious debt relief.

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Alistair Darling backs Caroline Flint
By Stephen Bush - 10 July 8:00

Caroline Flint's campaign for the deputy leadership has recieved a boost thanks to the endorsement of Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and head of Better Together.

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Labour at odds over public sector pay freeze
By Stephen Bush - 09 July 18:22

Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn are all against the public sector pay freeze. But Harriet Harman and Chris Leslie both back the policy. 

The NS Podcast #103: Budgets and Reddit
By New Statesman - 09 July 17:09

This week's podcast.

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Seriously, could Jeremy Corbyn win?
By Stephen Bush - 09 July 16:28

The endorsement of Unite, tumbling odds with the bookmakers, and now second place among local parties all raise the same question - could Jeremy Corbyn really win?

Chris Grayling said the new welfare plans are "grounded in common sense". Photo: BBC
Government cries "common sense" as it refuses to debate Budget plan that could require women to prove rape
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 July 16:01

Leader of the House Chris Grayling has dismissed MPs' calls to set aside time to debate what has been described as an "incredibly distasteful" policy.

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George Osborne has made a big gamble - Labour must make sure he pays for it
By Karim Palant - 09 July 14:27

Amidst the noise about a living wage and the Labour leadership race, George Osborne has left a big hostage to fortune. Labour must hold him to it.

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Liz Kendall appoints Margaret Hodge to investigate Britain's £100bn tax relief bill
By Stephen Bush - 09 July 13:26

The Labour leadership has appointed the former head of the Public Affairs Committee and anti-tax avoidance campaigner Margaret Hodge to review the £100bn that Britain gives away in tax relief each year. 

The new £9 rate will give the UK one of the highest minimum wages in the OECD.
Osborne's living wage will increase immigration - but he won't mind
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:09

The new £9 rate will give the UK one of the highest minimum wages in the OECD.