The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


A battle between two fears: who'll win in the Vale of Glamorgan?
By Stephen Bush - 01 May 15:37

Stephen Bush visits the Vale of Glamorgan, which has picked the winner at every election since its creation.

General election 2015: Who's endorsing who?
By Media Mole - 01 May 14:39

It's endorsement season! Who's backing who?

Watch: Milibae the Movie
By New Statesman - 01 May 13:13

People are now making fan videos about Ed Miliband. No, really. 

Are Ukip the victims of a media vendetta?
By James Nickerson - 01 May 12:07

Ukip's supporters feel that they are done over by an hostile press. The reality is more complicated.

Ukip's manor? Photo: Getty
Think Ukip helps Labour? Visit Thurrock
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 May 9:32

Anoosh Chakelian visits a seat that is a three-way race between Labour, the Conservatives and Ukip.

Mad dogs and naked men: what happened on the doorstep this week?
By Stephen Bush - 01 May 7:57

A ghost from the past, goldbugs and David Cameron's bicycle: what really goes on "on the ground".

The PM raised his game and delivered a more engaged performance as the deficit returned to haunt Miliband.
Cameron fares best as party leaders are put on the torture rack
By George Eaton - 30 April 22:43

The PM raised his game and delivered a more engaged performance as the deficit returned to haunt Miliband. 

What we learned from the three leaders in the TV election Question Time debate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 April 21:55

A verdict on David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg’s performances on the last televised leaders’ debate.

How has the coalition done on child poverty?
By Alison Garnham - 30 April 16:44

The road to ending poverty is long – longer today, alas, than five years ago.

Forget healthcare: the trick to making people well is to make them more equal
By Lucy Shaddock - 30 April 16:13

You can't make people healthier without making them richer.

WATCH: Labour's trailer for "the Coalition"
By New Statesman - 30 April 15:04

Ahead of the final televised setpiece event, Labour release a new video attacking the Coalition's record.

If you think the SNP are a left-wing force, think again
By David Clark - 30 April 14:30

Many on the Left see the SNP as a progressive partner - the reality is very different. 

Andrew Adonis: "The tale of two cities is the reality of London"
By Tim Wigmore - 30 April 11:15

The Labour peer talks London, inequality, and why the SNP's hand is weaker than it looks

What if the polls are wrong?
By Stephen Bush - 30 April 9:46

Averaged together, the polls still point to a Labour victory - but the picture is more complex.

Labour's disability manifesto: why are disabled people an afterthought?
By Amy Palmer - 30 April 7:55

 Labour will get the disabled vote if only to keep the Tories out. However, the crux of disabled living issues is that currently, disability inherently means poverty. I want to see plans for a country where I can earn like my my non-disabled peers, own my own home like my non-disabled peers - have a life, a family, a future like my non-disabled peers. This election, this vision of equality seems too much to ask.

From the Archive: Blair Triumphant
By New Statesman - 29 April 13:04

On the 20th anniversary of the passing of the new Clause Four, we republish our leader from that fateful week.

In this week’s New Statesman | The Scots are coming!
By New Statesman - 29 April 12:41

A first look at the new magazine.

Where are the ethnic minority women in politics?
By June Eric-Udorie - 29 April 11:33

Ethnic minority women are rarely seen or heard in politics - that has to change.

Why Ed Miliband was right to be interviewed by Russell Brand
By Stephen Bush - 29 April 9:21

The Labour leader was interviewed by Brand for one simple reason: he's trying to get elected.


Conservatives offer a five-year freeze in tax cuts: will it have any effect?
By Stephen Bush - 29 April 8:01

The Conservatives' unworkable bribe sounds too good to be true - because it is.

The Defence Secretary wants to avoid neutralising the charge that the UK's nuclear deterrent is threatened by the SNP.
Why Michael Fallon won't promise Tory support for Trident under Labour
By George Eaton - 28 April 20:00

The Defence Secretary wants to avoid neutralising the charge that the UK's nuclear deterrent is threatened by the SNP. 

Watch Labour's party election broadcast, Ed Miliband: A Portrait
By New Statesman - 28 April 18:08

"I’m on the side of the people who don’t have it easy in this country."

What do other countries think about the general election?
By Peter Apps - 28 April 16:26

What do other countries make of Britain's elections? They're even less interested than you are. 

Chuka Umunna speech to Usdaw conference: "In the end, it is the customer who makes the choice"
By Chuka Umunna - 28 April 14:55

Chuka Umunna talks zero hours contracts, working in retail and the choice before Britain.

Have the Tories given up the fight in their number one target seat?
By Stephen Bush - 28 April 14:13

Chris Grayling appeared to concede defeat in Hampstead & Kilburn, where the Labour majority is just 42. But the reality is less good for Labour.

Under the radar, the party grassroots aren't as pro-fracking as their leaders would like
By Will McCallum - 28 April 12:07

In an election where every vote counts and the ground campaign will decide the outcome in key marginals far more than any spin from party HQ, candidates have realised that the issue of fracking can’t be dodged, and being anti-fracking could be a vote-winner after all.