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Why John McDonnell deserves your support
By Bob Piper - 26 May 12:26

He can’t win, but his presence in the contest would shift the whole debate to the left.

No cars for ministers, just for their red boxes
By George Eaton - 26 May 10:35

Ministers are forced to take trains and buses while their red box rides in a car.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 26 May 8:44

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

Labour and immigration: the debate continues
By Daniel Trilling - 25 May 17:43

More voices speak out against a lurch to the right.

Morality and the press
By Sholto Byrnes - 25 May 17:36

Ex-Sun editor says he regrets exposés. But will newspapers’ amoral culture ever change?

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 25 May 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on Cameron’s cock-ups, Ken Clarke and Diane Abbott.

Why the debt hysterics have got it wrong
By George Eaton - 25 May 16:36

IMF economist warns Europe against Greek-style austerity cuts.

Blair goes from “greenwash” to landing green job
By Jason Stamper - 25 May 14:15

Former PM lands green energy advisory role.

Dennis Skinner’s best Queen’s Speech jokes
By George Eaton - 25 May 14:14

The finest republican quips by the Beast of Bolsover.

There is no good reason to scrap the Child Trust Fund

The government’s decision to abolish the Child Trust Fund is staggeringly short-sighted.

No significant shift away from Lib Dems, poll shows
By George Eaton - 25 May 11:27

There has been no mass defection of voters to Labour from the Liberal Democrats.

Cameron backs down on 1922 Committee
By Samira Shackle - 25 May 10:08

Ministers will not be allowed to vote for executive positions on the influential backbench committee

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 May 9:01

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

John Prescott to run for party treasurer
By Caroline Crampton - 24 May 19:12

Former deputy PM wants to tackle the difficult task of improving Labour’s finances.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 24 May 17:02

The five must-read blogs from today, on immigration, ministerial cars and Twitter etiquette.

Liam Fox wages “war among the people” (. . . his own people)
By Owen Moelwyn-Hughes - 24 May 16:41

The Defence Secretary is making statements at odds with British strategy in Afghanistan and the natu

Why David Lammy owed Diane Abbott a big favour
By George Eaton - 24 May 16:17

Without Abbott’s support he may never have become an MP.

Philippa Stroud given special adviser role
By Samira Shackle - 24 May 15:27

Controversial Tory who failed to win a seat in Sutton will work for Iain Duncan Smith.

Will Labour shun the front-runner for once?
By George Eaton - 24 May 13:12

David Miliband would be the first leading candidate to miss out on the leadership since Denis Healey

Liam Fox: Afghanistan is a “broken, 13th-century country”
By Samira Shackle - 24 May 12:26

Defence Secretary causes controversy in Afghanistan with “colonialist, orientalist” remarks.

What Labour needs from its new leader
By Luke Akehurst - 24 May 11:41

Ed Miliband is the candidate most likely to reconnect with voters and regenerate the party.

Can Osborne avoid a double-dip recession?
By George Eaton - 24 May 10:21

The private sector remains sufficiently weak for any withdrawal of state support to be a concern.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 24 May 8:45

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

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 23 May 10:00

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Hague announces “judge-led” torture inquiry
By Samira Shackle - 21 May 17:21

How much of the inquiry will be heard in public, and does David Miliband have anything to worry abou

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 21 May 16:50

The five must-read posts from today, on libel laws, Danny Alexander and where money comes from.

Is David Cameron comparable to Robert Mugabe?
By Samira Shackle - 21 May 13:24

Well, no, probably not, but that’s what some Tory MPs are saying. The Prime Minister may come to reg

And man created life
By Sholto Byrnes - 21 May 12:33

Does this strengthen or weaken belief in intelligent design?

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 21 May 8:55

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

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