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In this week’s New Statesman | The end of the red-top era
By New Statesman - 09 July 13:57

A first look at this week's magazine.

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory.
PMQs review: Cameron scrapes a dirty win
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:25

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory. 

Ed Miliband and Barack Obama. Photo: Getty
Hedge fund managers vs grassroots campaigners: who will dictate the result in 2015?
By Tim Wigmore - 09 July 13:10

If Labour’s campaign proves substandard in ten months, the reasons will lie far deeper than hedge fund managers bankrolling the Conservatives. 

Wellington boots on the steps of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Photo: Guy Shrubsole
Why are there 200 muddy wellies on the steps of Defra today?
By Guy Shrubsole - 09 July 12:40

It's time for the PM to sack the Environment Secretary, argue campaigners.

Harriet Harman. Photo: Getty
Damian McBride accuses Harriet Harman of “utter bilge” about sexism in the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 July 9:22

Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor hits out at the deputy Labour leader for comments about sexism in politics. But female politicians' personal anecdotes are important and shouldn't be stifled.

Whitehall. Photo: Getty
Yes, Prime Minister: why the civil service must give PMs room for long-term thinking
By Jill Rutter - 09 July 8:19

The capacity for longer-term, cross-cutting policy development has to be part of the core offer the Cabinet Secretary makes to an incoming prime minister.

 Bottles of antibiotics line a shelf at a Publix Supermarket pharmacy August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty Images
What next, when the drugs won’t work?
By Zac Goldsmith - 08 July 17:06

The government has made progress on the urgent crisis of antimicrobial resistance, but sustained public pressure is still needed, says Zac Goldsmith.

Have we become more left-wing?
By Harry Lambert - 08 July 17:01

Where is the centre ground in British politics? A recent comment from Peter Mandelson, a once powerful and still perennial political figure, has sparked another round of answers to this eternal question.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
Ed Miliband needs more than a simple swing from Whitehall to Town Hall
By Matthew Pike - 08 July 15:33

Labour still has much to do to combat the vampire squid of austerity thinking that threatens to suck the lifeblood out of UK politics.

Artichoke hearts from Waitrose. Photo: Flickr/Tom Page
Politicians must address the fact that Britain's middle class is rapidly sinking
By Steven Akehurst - 08 July 11:58

The idea of middle class decline is too often met with derision, especially among progressives, but all our politicians should be talking about it.

A recovering economy could hand Osborne the Tory leadership
By Harry Lambert - 08 July 10:53

The Chancellor's personal approval ratings move in line with the government's, and a strong year of growth has reversed his dire ratings. 

Tessa Munt MP. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Listen: Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt reveals her experience of child abuse
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 July 8:17

Tessa Munt MP, who has been campaigning for a full inquiry into child abuse allegations, reveals that she has been a victim of child abuse.

A+E. Photo: Getty
How Labour can turn the NHS into its general election winner again

Labour’s first radical health policy was a promise of survival through medical crises; today's updated version should be a pledge to deliver not only longer lives but healthier lives for all.

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
Universal Credit business case still not approved by the Treasury
By George Eaton - 07 July 19:50

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".

Whitehall. Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight
Why the government’s claims on regional growth don’t stack up
By Chuka Umunna - 07 July 16:35

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna on why Labour's plans for regional growth are a better solution than the government's flagship Regional Growth Fund.

What is united about our kingdom? Is it the economy, governance or identity?
What is United about our Kingdom?
By Lucy Fisher - 07 July 16:30

A professor, a pollster and a journalist hashed out the question at Chatham House last week.

Theresa May. Photo: Getty
Theresa May launches two inquiries into historical child sex abuse cases
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 July 16:20

During a statement in parliament today, the Home Secretary addressed allegations of historical Westminster child sex abuse cases.

His claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion.
The centre ground isn't where Peter Mandelson thinks it is
By George Eaton - 07 July 12:02

The claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion. 

Manchester Town Hall. Photo: Getty
Labour’s New Deal for England will end a century of centralisation
By Hilary Benn and Jon Cruddas - 07 July 11:12

The shadow communities secretary and head of Labour's policy review explain why Labour will adopt a radically different approach to delivering public services, moving away from top-down central control.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Photo: Getty
MP paedophile ring allegations: Labour’s response
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 July 8:22

The Labour party's response to the alleged Eighties Westminster paedophile ring story strikes a good balance.

Block of flats. Photo: Getty
Happy Rental Freedom Day! A red letter day for proposing reform
By Tom Copley - 05 July 8:00

On the day London tenants have earned enough to pay off their annual rental payments, it's time to talk about tenancy reform and building more homes.

Asbestos warning sign. Photo: Getty
Kate Green MP: We must invest in research into asbestos-caused lung conditions
By Kate Green - 04 July 15:19

On Action for Mesothelioma Day, the shadow minister for disabled people writes about raising awareness of a fatal disease contracted from exposure to asbestos.

The Labour leader has asked radical questions but some have been disappointed with the answers.
On rail policy and more, Labour is leaving space to its left
By George Eaton - 04 July 14:22

Miliband has asked radical questions but the answers have been too cautious for some.

Welfare-to-work firms are being paid five times over for a job half done
By Harry Lambert - 04 July 13:59

The coalition has struggled to implement its Work Programme. Labour needs to ensure its latest ideas don't go awry if they make it into government.

Conservative MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard.
Can Cameron bring back powers from EU? "I'm cautiously pessimistic", says Mark Pritchard MP
By Lucy Fisher - 04 July 12:55

The senior Conservative MP and Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard discusses the EU, secret societies, adoption and animal welfare.

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."
Sadiq Khan's speech on the future of public services: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 04 July 12:07

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."

Andy Coulson arriving at the Old Bailey for sentencing. Photo: Getty
Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones
By New Statesman - 04 July 10:36

Former No 10 communications director and News of the World editor is sentenced.

Former children's minister Tim Loughton. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Former children's minister: "I'll name and shame Commons paedophiles"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 July 8:54

Tim Loughton MP is threatening to name past high-profile “suspected paedophiles” in the Commons unless the government launches a full inquiry into historic MP sex abuse cases.

Eton. Photo: Getty
£472,143: the value of a private education
By Tim Wigmore - 04 July 7:15

Those who go to private school will earn an average of £472,143 more than state-educated pupils by the age of 65.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Two
By New Statesman - 03 July 16:47

Our team ask whether Ed Miliband is better off being a radical, Robin Ince explains why he hates Christmas and thinks we should ban it and we consider whether Facebook is evil.