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Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems would only enter coalition with guarantee of electoral reform
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:11

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation. 

In this week's magazine | Who owns the future?
By New Statesman - 10 June 13:55

A first look at this week's issue.

Andy Burnham addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Here's why I'm backing Andy Burnham to lead Labour back to power
By Louise Haigh - 10 June 13:39

It’s hard to find a more genuine, decent person in politics than Andy, and I think people will connect with him at a time when we’re battling scepticism and apathy as much as we’re fighting the other side. 

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Don't be fooled. The country needs and wants a honest debate about tax
By Daisy Srblin - 10 June 13:18

Labour's chastening defeat has led some to claim the party is abandoning its commitments on tax. But that's a myth.

Labour's acting leader delivered an improved performance. But how wise is her new tactic?
PMQs review: Harman recovers some ground as she disciplines "gloating" Cameron
By George Eaton - 10 June 13:01

Labour's acting leader delivered an improved performance. But how wise is her new tactic?

Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell are in a tight race as nominations close for Labour's London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 June 12:03

As Labour's London constituency parties' endorsements have rolled in, it looks like Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan will have a tough fight to the finish.

Andy Burnham and Stella Creasy work as DJs at a party fundraiser. Photo: Getty Images
Deputy leader? It's a Stella for me
By John Prescott - 10 June 11:51

Prezza for Stella may sound like I’m after a lager, but I think Creasy could refresh parts of the party other candidates cannot reach.

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism.
Osborne's budget surplus trap will force Labour to finally offer economic clarity
By George Eaton - 10 June 11:03

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism. 

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We need to talk about inequality, even when it makes us feel uncomfortable
By Wes Streeting - 10 June 8:31

The failure of state education in so many white working class areas is utterly unacceptable. Not to talk about it or to have any answers for how we overcome it, equally so. 

Andy Burnham plays in the Labour vs the Lobby match at Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
We're beginning to see the outlines of the Labour leadership race
By Stephen Bush - 09 June 18:07

Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have reasons to be cheerful after the GMB hustings.

Ed Miliband resigns after leading Labour to a heavy defeat. Photo: Getty Images
I lost to the Conservatives by just 378 votes. Here's what I've learned
By James Frith - 09 June 15:33

Labour didn't have enough to say to businesses, or enough for people on long hours not zero hours. That must never happen again. 

Andy Burnham addresses Labour Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Labour faces a fight for its very survival. Andy Burnham is the man to put the party back on track
By Owen Smith - 09 June 14:37

2015 might not be rock bottom for Labour. It's vital the party picks the right leader.

Nigel Farage addresses the crowd. Photo: Getty Images
Ukip are the least powerful nationalist party in Europe
By Harry Lambert - 09 June 13:51

Since the crisis, coalitions of the right and populist right have become the norm - but under the British electoral system, Ukip are shut out.

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I'm backing Sadiq Khan to get a fair deal for London's commuters
By Ken Livingstone - 09 June 12:35

Helping the city's commuters is one of the biggest jobs of London's Mayor - and I should know.

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Zac Goldsmith MP is running to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor - what chance does he have?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 11:47

The Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, announces his intention to run for the mayoralty.

Caroline Flint addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Why I'm backing Caroline Flint to be deputy leader
By David Blunkett - 09 June 9:00

Caroline isn't afraid of confronting hard truths and she doesn't avoid hard work. She's my choice for deputy leader.

Angela Eagle addresses  Labour Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Angela Eagle: “We just have to get over it and get on with it”
By Caroline Crampton - 09 June 7:30

The deputy Labour leadership candidate talks to Caroline Crampton about her pitch to the party, what went wrong at the general election, and why she wants one of the top jobs after 23 years as an MP.

Sadiq Khan will serve a full term as MP for Tooting if he becomes Mayor of London
By Stephen Bush - 08 June 21:31

The move will head off fears that Labour will lose the seat in a by-election, but the Tories may use it against Khan.

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We're very different MPs - but we're backing the same woman for London Mayor

From Sure Start to the Olympics, Tessa has delivered for London before and she can do so again. 

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality.
Labour leadership candidates clash on the EU and the past at PLP hustings
By George Eaton - 08 June 15:57

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality. 

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There are big questions to answer for Manchester's new mayor
By Daniel Kenealy - 08 June 13:07

Devolution to Greater Manchester was greeted with general celebration. But there are broader concerns about the role and how it develops.

Sol Campbell wants to be London's next mayor. Photo: Getty
Ex-footballer Sol Campbell running for London Mayor shows the Tories' celebrity strategy at play
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 June 12:31

Sol Campbell is the most high-profile figure to declare his interest in being the Conservative candidate to succeed Boris Johnson so far.

Tony Blair greets the crowd after his first landslide victory in 1997. Photo: Getty Images
Is Labour dead?
By Neal Lawson - 08 June 11:26

Time is running out for the party to prove it can revitalise itself.

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What is "trust" anyway, and why did Labour lose it?
By Steve van Riel - 08 June 7:57

You can't win if people don't trust you - but "trust" is rather more complicated than you might think.

Chuka Umunna addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's next split: the referendum
By Stephen Bush - 06 June 9:30

Labour may soon find itself just as riven by Europe as the Conservative Party.

Caroline Flint launches her candidacy at Progress conference. Photo: Getty Images
Labour deputy leadership candidate Caroline Flint unveils another 12 supporters
By Stephen Bush - 06 June 8:50

Caroline Flint has revealed the names of 12 more supporters, taking her total to 24 overall.

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Why an argument over welfare reform could have big consequences for Northern Ireland
By Ciara Dunne - 05 June 15:57

Welfare reform could have momentous consequences for Northern Ireland and the future of the Stormont parliament.

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Solving the housing crisis will be at the heart of my mayoralty
By Sadiq Khan - 05 June 14:00

The single biggest thing that Londoners need from their next Mayor: a solution to the housing crisis.

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The story of Britain is the story of immigration - and we must stand up for it
By Keith Burnett - 05 June 13:49

Immigration is part of our history, and our future must be neither narrow nor fragmented.