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Defining "acting heroically" in legal terms: Chris Grayling's Heroism Bill is a waste of time
By Andy Slaughter - 21 July 16:54

The government has a patchy record with criminal justice bills – and the latest is no exception. The Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill is attacked as a “vacuous waste of time” by the Labour party.

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
David Cameron: Russia faces tougher sanctions for MH17 crash
By Lucy Fisher - 21 July 16:24

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

Announcing the jury for the New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy
By New Statesman - 21 July 15:46

The jury for the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and the New Statesman's new prize for original and critical writing in political economy has been decided.

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU.
Blair on Miliband: disagreement, but also consensus
By George Eaton - 21 July 15:13

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU. 

Margot James on New Labour's "tragedy", rebellious schooldays, & being the first lesbian Tory MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 14:12

The Tory MP for Stourbridge discusses her business background, flirting with New Labour, breaking school rules, and being the first openly gay female Conservative MP.

Why we need whole-person education
By Dan Holden - 21 July 13:08

Long-term thinking in education policy is vital to the way we reform our political economy.

The Greens may become a force to be reckoned with
By Kevin Meagher - 21 July 8:48

It could be a blip, but the Green party's polling suggests a bright future.

David Cameron calls for more sanctions on Russia after the MH17 crash
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 8:16

The PM has spoken to Putin about Russia's role in the Malaysian Airlines crash, and is urging his EU allies to impose harsher sanctions on Russia.

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14.
Labour defeats rebellion over spending plans
By George Eaton - 20 July 14:21

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14 as consensus is achieved on programme for government. 

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference.
Tim Farron's Beveridge Memorial Lecture: full text
By New Statesman - 19 July 20:44

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference. 

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.
Miliband defines his programme: big reforms, not big spending
By George Eaton - 19 July 0:00

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation.
Why Labour hasn't pledged to fully renationalise the railways
By George Eaton - 18 July 20:51

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation. 

This latest assault on the Gaza Strip is the tipping point for Palestine
By Grahame Morris - 18 July 16:21

The chair of Labour Friends of Palestine argues that the latest events in Gaza highlight a need for a paradigm shift in the international community. Focusing exclusively on negotiations, whilst failing to hold Israel accountable for their human rights violations and annexation of Palestinian land, is not enough.

Employment tribunal fees are a tax on justice
By Johanna Baxter - 18 July 15:22

Employment tribunal fees are a tax on justice; Labour's National Policy Forum should commit to abolishing them.

Why the Yes campaign isn't winning the economic argument in "middle" Scotland
By Jamie Maxwell - 18 July 15:06

The Yes campaign is losing the economic argument – this could be more to do with establishment unionism than seeing through the SNP's "bluff".

Europe has a duty to act more effectively on the Russia Ukraine conflict
By Mike Gapes - 18 July 13:28

The Labour MP Mike Gapes argues that it is becoming increasingly likely the crashed airliner in Ukraine was shot down by Russian separatist fighters, and that it's time Europe took action on the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says "I don’t see any reason whatsoever why she shouldn’t be the deputy prime minister in a Labour administration."
Angela Eagle backs Harman to become deputy prime minister under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 July 9:35

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says no "reason whatsoever" why deputy leader should not do job after reports she could be denied it.

The Tories pledge a 50 per cent strike ballot threshold
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 July 9:15

The Conservative Party has pledged that if it were to form another government next year, it would ban strikes if less than half of workers back them.

National Policy Forum chair urges boldness as the party gathers for crucial meeting.
Angela Eagle interview: Labour needs a "decisive break" with neoliberalism
By George Eaton - 18 July 8:25

National Policy Forum chair urges boldness as the party gathers for crucial meeting. 

Why the Lib Dems should back Labour and completely oppose the bedroom tax
By Mark Thompson - 18 July 8:00

The Lib Dem's "u-turn" on the bedroom tax isn't enough; they should come out completely against the policy.

Party vows to go beyond "public versus private" with changes to management, franchising and fares.
Labour's new rail plan: the full details
By George Eaton - 17 July 19:40

Party vows to end "ideological obsession" with privatisation by allowing the state to bid for franchises. 

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Four
By New Statesman - 17 July 18:05

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Lucy Fisher consider Labour's response to the Conservative Party reshuffle. Juliet Jacques and Ian Steadman ask whether this really was THE BEST WORLD CUP EVER.

Helen Goodman MP.
Labour MP slammed for "sexist" Tweet about female Tory ministers
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 16:49

Helen Goodman upbraided for declaring Tory women promoted to the government this week "puppets".

Police crime figures haven’t fallen – but that’s a good thing
By Harry Lambert - 17 July 16:25

Today's crime figures have shone light on an issue made famous by a landmark TV series: do the police fix their stats? The fact that their measure of crime hasn't fallen may actually be a good thing.

How failing schools help Ukip
By Tim Wigmore - 17 July 12:48

Schools are getting worse in Great Yarmouth, the second most likely seat for Ukip to gain their first MP next year.

Sarah Wollaston: “People are very abusive to MPs… undermining, throwing insults at you”
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 12:44

The newly elected chair of the Health Committee and Conservative MP for Totnes talks to the New Statesman.

The Lib Dems' change of heart over the bedroom tax shows the tide is turning
By Richard Kramer - 17 July 12:25

Even if the Liberal Democrats' u-turn on the bedroom tax is a political tool, it is a step in the right direction of abolishing this toxic policy.

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Child sex abuse victims are starting to feel empowered – this is bad news for the establishment
By Simon Danczuk - 17 July 11:50

The Labour MP who has been working on uncovering alleged historic child sex abuse crimes in Westminster writes about the new-found hope victims have found of having their voices heard.

David Cameron versus the human rights court: a populist hit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 July 8:33

The Tories are preparing to take on the European Court of Human Rights, in what could be their most significant populist hit before the next election.

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