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Was Andy Burnham right to call councillors the “foot soldiers” of the Labour Party?
By Alex Holland - 26 July 16:19

Leadership contender’s remark highlights the lack of grass-roots activists.

Tory MP: we won’t fight Lib Dems at the next election
By George Eaton - 26 July 16:11

The Tories will not put up candidates against most Lib Dem MPs, predicts Mark Field.

MediaWatch
By Staff blogger - 26 July 15:51

Alex Jones joins The One Show, Miley Cyrus warns kids off social networks, and potential industrial

The Tory right gets organised
By George Eaton - 26 July 12:57

Conservative MPs planning to form “Brokeback Club” following David Davis attack on coalition.

Gordon Brown: “I am proud of my handling of the financial crash”
By Samira Shackle - 26 July 12:57

Former PM gives his first major interview since losing the election, as details of a forthcoming boo

Gillian Duffy backs David Miliband
By Caroline Crampton - 26 July 12:02

Woman at the centre of Gordon’s Brown’s “Bigotgate” blunder supports Miliband to succeed him as Labo

Democrats split over massive Afghanistan leak
By George Eaton - 26 July 10:57

WikiLeaks exposé is attacked by White House but Kerry warns that the files raise “serious questions”

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 26 July 9:02

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Is it all over for BP boss?
By New Statesman - 25 July 18:48

Tony Hayward is reported to be leaving the company.

Ed Miliband wins backing of Unite
By Sophie Elmhirst - 25 July 11:52

The support of the UK’s largest union will give a major boost to his campaign.

Alistair Darling on the “tragedy” of Labour
By Sophie Elmhirst - 25 July 10:55

The former chancellor bemoans Labour’s fate on The Andrew Marr Show.

Tragedy at the Love Parade
By New Statesman - 25 July 10:30

Nineteen people killed at music festival in Duisburg.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 July 9:34

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Gordon Brown calls for “African century”
By Staff blogger - 24 July 13:53

Former prime minister makes his first major speech since leaving office.

North Korea threatens nuclear “sacred war”
By Staff blogger - 24 July 13:06

Harsh words sparked by planned US military exercises.

Conrad Black told he must stay in the US
By Staff blogger - 24 July 12:08

Disgraced media baron had wanted to return to Canada.

David Davis slips up
By Staff blogger - 24 July 11:42

“Brokeback coalition” slur reveals rebel MP’s distaste at Cameron’s alliance with the Lib Dems.

Libel victory for Labour bloggers
By George Eaton - 23 July 17:40

Case against Alex Hilton and John Gray struck out.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 23 July 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why Ed Balls may pull out of Labour leadership contes

Health inequality widens: but why?
By Samira Shackle - 23 July 15:56

A new study shows that the health gap between the richest and the poorest is higher than in the 1930

Cameron caves in to the Daily Mail on prisons policy
By George Eaton - 23 July 15:50

Crispin Blunt, justice minister, slapped down for calling for an end to ban on prison arts and comed

The other oil spill
By Caroline Crampton - 23 July 14:21

A firefighter drowns while trying to clean up a spill -- this one in Dalian, China.

MediaWatch
By Staff blogger - 23 July 13:25

BBC to release iPhone apps, Brangelina win damages from News of the World, and Jay-Z’s photography c

Radio 4 spurns Mandelson and Blair
By Caroline Crampton - 23 July 11:50

The coveted Book of the Week slot will go to the former Sunderland South MP Chris Mullin instead.

The growth figures strengthen the case against Osborne’s cuts
By George Eaton - 23 July 11:41

With tax revenues buoyant, there is now no good economic reason for Osborne to slash spending.

Labour and Tory MPs lobby to change referendum date
By George Eaton - 23 July 10:58

MPs on both sides hatch plan to change date of electoral reform vote as Tories push for minimum turn

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 23 July 9:03

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Kosovan independence was legal, says Hague court
By Caroline Crampton - 22 July 17:59

Joe Biden throws US support behind the fledgling nation as International Court of Justice sanctions

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 22 July 17:03

The five must-read blogs from today, including a false economy on the environment and politicians on

Ken Clarke moves to block war crimes prosecutions
By George Eaton - 22 July 16:05

The likes of Henry Kissinger, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak will sleep a little easier tonight.

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