The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


The Conservatives don't have a clue - let alone a long-term economic plan
By Rachel Schraer - 07 May 14:26

The Conservatives want you to think that their programme is nasty but necessary. They're half right.

What does the DUP's first demand in a hung parliament mean?
By Ciara Dunne - 07 May 13:16

Peter Robinson has declared his first prerequisite for his party's support in the event of a hung parliament. What does it mean, and how would it work?

Reading between the party lines: a run-down of the key books of this election
By New Statesman - 07 May 9:27

Sometimes you need more than 140 characters.

The scenarios that will determine whether Cameron or Miliband is PM.
General Election 2015: The three most likely outcomes
By George Eaton - 07 May 0:39

The scenarios that will determine whether Cameron or Miliband is PM. 

Ed Miliband rounds off his campaign with his greatest hits
By Stephen Bush - 06 May 20:50

After a contest that has transformed his standing in the party if not the country, Ed Miliband ended his campaign with Labour's strongest themes.

The NS Podcast #90 | The Scotland question and the final polls
By New Statesman - 06 May 17:31

The Scotland question and the final polls.

Forget Labour and the SNP - it's Cameron's coalition that is unpopular
By Cameron Tait - 06 May 16:42

The arguments about popular support are a smokescreen. It's Cameron's bloc, backed by Ukip and the DUP, that is the most unpopular.

Why I'm voting Green
By Lauren Razavi - 06 May 14:59

I'm voting tactically in this election - for the Green Party.

Three charts that show that Scotland should stop whining
By Jonn Elledge - 06 May 14:16

Scotland, after London, is the biggest winner from our current political arrangements. Forget stronger for Scotland, where's Yorkshire's voice?

Gordon Brown: "The independence people really want is independence from poverty"
By New Statesman - 06 May 13:31

The full text of Gordon Brown's rallying cry to Scottish voters.

Whatever happens tomorrow, an equal parliament is some way off
By Barbara Speed - 06 May 11:44

We're set for 45 more female MPs after this election, but the UK is still a generation from parity

Why red London is turning redder - and the Conservatives should beware
By Tim Wigmore - 06 May 10:52

Labour could win 45 of London's 73 seats 

Are Labour losing?
By Stephen Bush - 05 May 17:43

Last week, panic spread through the Labour Party as it had its own "Wobbly Thursday". So is the party underperforming in the marginals? Or is it just Labour's inferiority complex at work?

Who will win? Miliband is favourite, but here's how Cameron can survive
By Harry Lambert - 05 May 15:58

Mathematically, Ed Miliband remains the most likely post-election PM. But we think there are four ways David Cameron could keep power.

In this week's magazine | The power struggle
By New Statesman - 05 May 14:51

A first look at this week's issue.

Sometimes the future belongs to someone else. Photo:Getty
Neil Kinnock: “If campaigns win elections, we are doing well. But I do recall that I got the prize for the campaign and still didn’t win”
By George Eaton - 05 May 14:29

Is this 1992 all over again? Could Ed Miliband stay on if he loses? Neil Kinnock talks the past, present and future with our political editor George Eaton.

Former Labour leader warns that the public may behave differently in "the privacy of the ballot booth".
Neil Kinnock: "Shy Tory" voters remain "a danger" for Labour
By George Eaton - 05 May 14:00

Former Labour leader warns that the public may behave differently in "the privacy of the ballot booth". 

Will Nick Clegg lose his seat?
By New Statesman - 05 May 12:30

Can Nick Clegg retain his seat? The polls paint a complex picture. 

General election 2015: will there be a second election?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 May 11:48

If no one wins on 7 May and Britain returns a hung parliament, could there be a snap second election? Here’s why it’s unlikely.

Labour shouldn't close the door on a Lib-Lab deal
By Andrew Harrop - 05 May 11:00

There is nothing inevitable or desirable about conjuring two opposing blocs: Labour/SNP verses Tory/Lib Dems. For both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the advantage lies in keeping options open.

Where are the women?
By Daisy Srblin - 05 May 9:41

Women have played a bigger role in this election than any contest since 1987 - but we still have a long way to go.

Bermondsey & Old Southwark: The Last Liberal?
By Barbara Speed - 05 May 8:36

He survived mergers, New Labour's high tide - but now, with most of the party's councilors wiped out and Labour on the march, Simon Hughes faces the fight of his life. Barbara Speed goes on the campaign trail.

Are the Ashcroft polls wrong?
By Stephen Bush - 04 May 17:58

An ICM poll of Sheffield Hallam puts Nick Clegg seven points ahead of his Labour rival - and raises questions about the accuracy of the Ashcroft polling.

The women in Southwark Street. Photo: Sisters Uncut
Anti-austerity women shut down a London street
By Stephanie Boland - 04 May 16:31

Acitivist group Sisters Uncut stopped traffic in Southwark Street in protest against cuts to vital domestic violence services.

Notebook: Tim Farron on the campaign trail
By Tim Farron - 04 May 16:14

The importance of red lines, the children are the future, and whatever happened to foreign policy?

The opposition seek to stop the PM surviving if it becomes clear he could not command the confidence of the Commons.
Labour denounce Cameron's plan to "cling to power" even if he lacks a majority
By George Eaton - 04 May 15:39

The opposition seek to stop the PM surviving if it becomes clear he could not command the confidence of the Commons.

First past the post is sounding its death knell
By Katie Ghose - 04 May 13:51

Under a proportional voting system, voters could support a range of parties knowing their vote would genuinely count. 

Russell Brand endorses Labour
By Media Mole - 04 May 12:50

The comedian, who had previously encouraged people not to vote, has endorsed a Labour victory in the election.

Suzanne Evans, Ukip's leader-in waiting
By Tim Wigmore - 04 May 11:56

The Nicola Sturgeon to Nigel Farage's Alex Salmond?

What's worth staying up for on election night?
By Stephen Bush - 04 May 9:05

What are the parties saying about the key seats on election night, when will they declare, and what will they mean?