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William Hague addresses Conservative party conference on the subject of English votes for English laws. Photo: Getty Images
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.

David Cameron poses for photographers. Photo: Getty Images
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. 

Alexis Tsipras addresses the crowd after Syriza are brough to power in a landslide. Photo: Getty Images
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.

David Cameron observes the minute's silence in honour of the dead of Tunisia. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron and Alexis Tsipras forget the same thing: Germany has an electorate, too
By Stephen Bush - 06 July 8:39

Far from making David Cameron's prospects for a deal better, events in Greece show how poor the prospects for renegotiation are.

Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a Cabinet meeting in Athens. Photo: Getty Images
Yanis Varoufakis resigns as Greek finance minister
By New Statesman - 06 July 8:04

Following a No vote, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns as Greek finance minister. 

Yvette Cooper addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
There's only one candidate for me: Yvette Cooper
By Keith Vaz - 05 July 22:00

From the despatch box to the dancefloor, Yvette Cooper is the complete package, says Keith Vaz.

Demonstrators in Greece hold a large "Oxi" (No) sign aloft. Photo: Getty Images
Greece votes No
By New Statesman - 05 July 19:14

Greece has rejected the proposed bailout in a referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses an anti-austerity rally. Photo: Getty Images
Unite endorses Jeremy Corbyn
By Stephen Bush - 05 July 13:19

Jeremy Corbyn has secured the endorsement of Unite, Britain's largest trade union.

Anti-EU graffiti in Athens. Photo: Getty Images
What Greece needs isn't Grexit, but debt relief
By Richard Howitt - 05 July 0:05

We must learn the lessons from the Jubilee Debt campaign, not heed the calls of a Eurosceptic right and a Trotskyite left, says Richard Howitt MEP.

Heathrow, viewed from below. Photo: Getty Images
The Prime Minister must get his act together on airport expansion
By Tessa Jowell - 04 July 11:09

Once again we stand to have a major decision of national consequence determined more by the political management of the Tory party than the national interest, says Tessa Jowell.

A benefits poster in Lewisham high street. As new changes come in, it's essential the vulnerable are protected. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
As the Emergency Budget comes closer, the government must remember that benefits are a public service
By Rachael Badger - 03 July 17:23

The Government has consistently maintained its intention to protect vulnerable people - but will it deliver?

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg head to the Cenotaph. Photo: Getty Images
The time has come for the progressive parties to put aside their differences
By John Wright - 03 July 16:56

The Conservatives took office with just 36 per cent of the vote. Only a radical rethink will stop this happening again, says John Wright. 

Rochdale's Failinge estate, where 4 out of 5 children live in poverty. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image
While the government officially abolishes child poverty, things are getting worse
By Alison Garnham - 03 July 14:23

At a stroke, the Government is about to abolish the concept, if not the reality, of child and working poverty. But a crisis is looming.

Andy Burnham poses for photographers after announcing his leadership bid. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Burnham isn't Continuity Miliband, he's Blair Mark II
By Jamie Reed - 03 July 14:14

Labour needs someone with the approachability of Tony Blair who can speak to working class values. Sounds like a job for Andy Burnham, says Jamie Reed. 

David Cameron addresses the press. Photo: Getty Images
Memo to David Cameron: I have all the incentives I need to stop being ill. It's called "being ill"
By Rosie Fletcher - 03 July 12:03

Disease isn’t like a gas meter. It has no notion of economics. It doesn’t switch off because you’ve stopped putting money in.

Will he be judged one of our greatest PMs? David Cameron outside No 10. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
David Cameron will be seen as one of our greatest Prime Ministers
By Kevin Meagher - 03 July 11:45

History will look back on David Cameron as an underestimated politician. Here's why.

David Cameron and Tony Blair attend the Queen's Speech. Photo: Getty IMages
David Cameron is pursuing the same anti-terror tactics as Tony Blair. It's time for a rethink
By Maria Norris - 03 July 9:00

Our leaders are repeating the same decade old narrative - and are left with the same problems, says Maria Norris.

Ian Murray competes in a pancake race. Photo: Getty Images
Meet the last Scottish Labour MP
By Tim Wigmore - 03 July 8:00

Tim Wigmore speaks to Ian Murray, the one Scottish Labour MP to survive the SNP landslide.

Green piggy bank. Photo: Flickr/Ryan Hyde
Caroline Lucas: We need to invest in a positive, green and socially just future
By Caroline Lucas - 02 July 16:22

The Green MP lays out her proposal for green infrastructure quantitative easing.

Foreign policy will become a defining issue as Jeremy Corbyn declares his opposition to air strike against Isis.
What does potential military action in Syria mean for the Labour contest?
By George Eaton - 02 July 15:31

Foreign policy will become a defining issue as Jeremy Corbyn declares his opposition to air strikes against Isis. 

David Cameron leaves Downing Street. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron has delivered the obituary for compassionate Conservatism
By Stephen Timms - 02 July 14:02

David Cameron, once the poster boy for a cuddlier Conservatism, has reverted to type, says Stephen Timms.

Ed Balls and Ed Miliband address Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Where does Labour go from here?
By Karim Palant - 02 July 13:15

Karim Palant, Ed Balls' former head of policy, explains where Labour goes next.

Iain Duncan Smith addresses Tory party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Now we see the real difference between Labour and the Conservatives
By Owen Smith - 02 July 11:30

The last Labour government wanted to eradicate poverty; this Conservative one just wants to redefine it. 

Ed Miliband addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Inequality isn't just bad for people at the bottom of the heap, it's bad for everyone
By Debbie Abrahams - 02 July 11:08

Inequality hits the rich and the poor alike, says Debbie Abrahams.

A sculpture to commemorate the Kindertransport, built by a survivor. Photo: Getty Images
Nicholas Winton's other life: a Labour council candidate
By Stephen Bush - 02 July 9:00

Nicholas Winton, who saved over 600 children destined for concentration camps, died yesterday. In his other life, he was also a Labour activist and council candidate.

Jim McMahon, Labour's leader in local government.
Labour's leadership hopefuls have lessons to learn from the party's councillors
By Jim McMahon - 02 July 8:00

Devolution of powers, reform of the state, and above all, a clear idea of what Labour is for are required, says Jim McMahon.

The No side's lead has narrowed since the bank closures on Monday.
Tsipras vows to go ahead with referendum and campaign for No - what next for Greece?
By George Eaton - 01 July 17:41

The No side's lead has narrowed since the bank closures on Monday. 

Anti-Heathrow signs go up in Harmondsworth. Photo: Getty Images
A third runway would be bad news for Londoners and London
By Sadiq Khan - 01 July 14:42

For environmental and economic reasons, a third runway at Heathrow is simply the wrong approach, says Sadiq Khan.

David Cameron outside Downing Street. Photo: Getty Images
The Prime Minister should rethink his disastrous plan to shrink the Commons
By Nigel Dodds - 01 July 14:10

David Cameron's silly solution to an imagined problem will only cause trouble - and many Conservative MPs agree, says Nigel Dodds.