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Once again, the biggest losers from George Osborne's budget are women
By Yvette Cooper - 08 July 19:50

Labour needs to have the strength to stand for a better approach – for a stronger economy with sustainable public finances and a fairer, less divided country.

 

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says "difficult decisions have to be made" after Osborne limits pay increases to 1 per cent.
Labour backs four-year public sector pay cap
By George Eaton - 08 July 17:25

Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says "difficult decisions have to be made" after Osborne limits pay increases to 1 per cent. 

The NS Podcast #102: Budget Special
By New Statesman - 08 July 16:26

Rabbits and dead cats.

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The welfare cap is government policy at its worst - but Labour won't challenge it
By Caroline Lucas - 08 July 16:25

In a crowded field, the welfare cap is the coalition's worst policy. It's a failure of courage not to oppose it, says Caroline Lucas.

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George Osborne's Budget is an attack on the young
By Tim Wigmore - 08 July 16:14

Don't vote, don't get.

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Budget 2015: For too many poor students, getting to university is just half the battle
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 08 July 16:10

It's not so much the getting to university as it is the staying there. The surviving.

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Budget 2015: what welfare changes did George Osborne announce, and what do they mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 July 16:04

The Chancellor launched his raid on the welfare budget with a number of ideological, damaging measures that would harm the young and vulnerable.

The Chancellor ruthlessly exploited the opposition's weaknesses and addressed the Tories'.
Osborne's politically deft Budget makes life even harder for Labour
By George Eaton - 08 July 15:32

The Chancellor ruthlessly exploited the opposition's weaknesses and addressed his party's own. 

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Budget 2015: George Osborne steals Ed Miliband's clothes - but the body is still Tory
By Stephen Bush - 08 July 14:05

Ed Miliband got something in the budget after all - but the rest was throughly Conservative. 

In the magazine this week | The austerity war
By New Statesman - 08 July 12:57

In the magazine this week.

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George Osborne to slow pace of welfare cuts in another bad cop-steady cop manoeuvre
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 July 10:44

The Budget will lay out the government's £12bn welfare cuts programme to take a year longer than first planned.

Labour backbencher's supporters consider switching their second preference votes in the leadership contest.
Corbyn backers threaten to transfer support from Burnham to Cooper
By George Eaton - 08 July 10:32

Labour backbencher's supporters consider switching their second preference votes in the leadership contest.

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Cutting inheritance tax will be good news for a privileged few, bad news for the rest
By Tim Wigmore - 08 July 10:14

Cutting inheritance tax will mean happy days for the top 10 per cent, and nothing to everyone else.

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Think the end of Sunday trading sounds good? Think again
By Paul Seller - 08 July 10:08

There is a real danger that these proposals will lower the quality of life for retail workers, small shop-keepers and those who live in town centres, warns Paul Sellers.

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The end of Sunday trading will spell misery for shopworkers
By John Hannett - 08 July 8:00

"Devolving" control over Sunday trading is deregulation by the back door, argues Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett.

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What's it like to be a Home Office minister when your city explodes?
By Tony McNulty - 07 July 16:59

Ten years ago today, terrorists attacked the city of London. Former Home Office minister Tony McNulty writes about his memories of that day.

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Frank Field MP accuses DWP benefits assessors of asking when terminally ill claimants “expect to be dead”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 July 16:32

“They have been asked directly whether they think they will soon die, and by what date they expect to be dead.”

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Does it matter that Liz Kendall's not a mother? The row reveals more than you think
By Stephen Bush - 07 July 15:37

A blog by Helen Goodman, an MP supporting Yvette Cooper, has triggered a small row. But it's what's not in the blog, rather than what is there, that's the real problem.

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English votes for English laws: a Tory power grab dressed up in constitutional jargon
By Owen Smith - 07 July 13:59

The Conservatives' plans are a dog's breakfast that may finish off the United Kingdom for good, warns Owen Smith MP.

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What happens in Greece will not stay there. The Prime Minister must act
By Rachel Reeves - 07 July 12:41

Rachel Reeves surveys the scene ahead of the UK's budget and explains why she's backing Andy Burnham for Labour leader.

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Labour's next leader must tackle the "Granny problem"
By Adam Swersky - 07 July 11:48

Ed Miliband was defeated by the grey vote, and it will only get bigger as the years go by. Labour needs to up its game. 

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There's never been a worse time to sell off council housing
By James Murray - 07 July 8:56

Extending Right to Buy to housing associations is the wrong solution at the wrong time that will only make the problem worse.

Watch: Sadiq Khan's 7/7 video tribute
By New Statesman - 07 July 7:32

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting and Mayoral hopeful, has paid tribute to Londoners in a video to mark the 10th anniversary of 7/7. 

Merkel warns that it is up to Tsipras to make new proposals as the country's banks are put under further strain.
No relief in sight for Greece as Germany and the ECB toughen stances
By George Eaton - 06 July 22:59

Merkel warns that it is up to Tsipras to make new proposals as the country's banks are put under further strain. 

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Labour must make the case for greater spending: in its past and the future
By John Healey - 06 July 22:04

George Osborne is selling off our children's future. Labour must set a different course, argues John Healey MP. 

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Tuition fees were the Liberal Democrat Iraq. Only Tim Farron can turn the page
By Adam Bennett - 06 July 16:29

I don't want just to be right - I want to win again. That's why Tim Farron is the man for me, says Adam Bennett. 

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The government's plans for English votes for English laws get worse the more you look at them
By Ian Lucas - 06 July 15:19

The government's plans for English votes are undemocratic, bad for accountability, and bad for the United Kingdom. Other than that, they're great, says Ian Lucas MP.

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The decline of tax credits: a tale of wishful thinking and saloon-bar logic
By Gavin Kelly - 06 July 14:55

It seems that working poverty is about to be made worse. Let’s hope that there is also some clear thinking about long-term improvements too.

The Conservative leadership rival's alternative Budget offers something for the left and the right.
Boris has outflanked Osborne on the living wage and the top tax rate
By George Eaton - 06 July 13:29

The Conservative leadership rival's alternative Budget offers something for the left and the right. 

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What is Syriza? The answer's more complicated than you think
By Michael Chessum - 06 July 13:12

Beyond the famous few, who are they? Michael Chessum meets the Syriza grassroots.

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