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Royal Mail is being sold off. Photo: Carl Court
Remaining Royal Mail shares to be sold off
By New Statesman - 04 June 15:52

Selling the family silver.

A huge blaze following confrontation in Tripoli. Photo: Getty Images
Where next for Libya?
By Daniel Kawczynski - 04 June 14:28

Libya has fallen victim to poor planning and wooly thinking. But a document from the country's past could save its future.

David Cameron in 2013, shortly before committing to an In-Out referendum. Photo: Getty Images
The complacency of the Yes campaign may yet lead to a European exit
By Hugo Winn - 04 June 13:15

The In-Out referendum isn't a foregone conclusion - and complacy could win it for No.

Tim Farron addresses Liberal Democrat party conference. Photo: Getty Images
"God rest you, Charlie": Tim Farron's tribute to Charles Kennedy
By New Statesman - 04 June 9:01

The full text of Tim Farron's tribute to Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat leader, who died this week.

Nicola Sturgeon and the 56 SNP MPs in front of the Forth Rail Bridge. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Anne McLaughlin: “We have to not lose sight of the end goal which is independence”
By Margaret Corvid - 04 June 7:56

In Parliament, the SNP will face challenges and contradictions. Margaret Corvid talks to new MP Anne McLaughlin about how her party will handle them.

Jeremy Corbyn could be the Labour leadership candidate of the left. Photo: Flickr/
Could Jeremy Corbyn MP be Labour's leadership candidate of the left?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 19:05

A late alternative option has emerged for Labour's next leader: the ardent socialist, Jeremy Corbyn.

Unite boss Len McCluskey addresses the TUC. Photo: Getty Images
Are the trade unions really signing up 1,000 members a day to vote in the Labour leadership election?
By Stephen Bush - 03 June 17:42

You should never trust a round number in politics, and this one in particular looks fishy.

In this week's magazine | The myths of Magna Carta
By New Statesman - 03 June 16:10

In this week's magazine.

Ex-Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson: “When we went into coalition, I knew it might be impossible to win my seat”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 16:02

The coalition minister who lost her Scottish seat at the election reflects on her party’s defeat.

Struggling white working-class students are good news for Ukip. Photo: Phil Boorman
Failing schools provide Ukip with their supporters of tomorrow
By Tim Wigmore - 03 June 15:28

White working-class boys do worse than anyone else at school.

David Cameron and his childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, pictured in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
What next for childcare?
By Hollie Warren - 03 June 14:31

Now the bidding war is over, the government must turn its attention to what it will do for the under-5s.

The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term.
PMQs review: Cameron in charge as he lashes Labour over "aspiration"
By George Eaton - 03 June 13:39

The PM effortlessly controlled the first session of the new term. 

The SNP secured 50 per cent of the vote but took 95 per cent of Scotland's seats. Photo: Getty Images
The time is right for Labour to embrace electoral reform
By Katie Ghose - 03 June 13:38

The electoral system has always been unfair and undemocratic - but now it could shut Labour out for generations. The time is right to embrace reform. 

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, pictured earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images
Nick Clegg's tribute to Charles Kennedy
By New Statesman - 03 June 13:06

Our liberal political family has lost one of its most admired advocates. British politics has lost one of its best storytellers.  This House has lost one of its warmest wits and most loyal Parliamentarians. 

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Housing in London faces a crisis point: only the right Mayor of London can fix it
By Alan Strickland - 03 June 12:55

Housing is one of the biggest challenges we face in London. I'm backing Tessa Jowell as the politician who can do something about it.

Tim Farron is on the route to victory. Photo: Getty
Tim Farron has double the backers he needs as nominations close for Lib Dem party leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 11:31

The favourite to succeed Nick Clegg has been formally nominated as a candidate by over 400 party members.

Tessa Jowell waits stage-side at Labour Party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Can anyone stop Tessa Jowell?
By Stephen Bush - 03 June 8:00

Labour's disappointing showing in London has recalibrated that party's Mayoral race - and the winner is Tessa Jowell.

Ben Bradshaw, a candidate for the vacant post of deputy Labour leader. Photo: Getty Images
Defeated parliamentary candidates call on Labour MPs to back Ben Bradshaw
By Stephen Bush - 02 June 16:50

In an open letter to the New Statesman, 14 defeated PPCs from the South and East of England have asked the parliamentary Labour party to put Ben Bradshaw on the ballot paper.

Striking gardeners demonstrate in central London. Photo: Getty
The Conservatives' attacks on trade unions are an attack on our most fundamental freedoms
By Owen Smith - 02 June 15:49

In seeking to undermine the Labour Party, the Tories are putting our most fundamental freedoms at risk.

Ex-Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell blames party leaders for lack of women at the 2010 coalition negotiations
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 June 15:12

The former Cabinet Secretary, who directed the coalition negotiations in 2010, has some stern words about gender balance for the key players involved.

Andy Burnham picks up 16 more nominations
By Stephen Bush - 02 June 13:56

Andy Burnham has secured a half-century of nominations, including his first from outside Wales and the North of England.

Cammell Laird apprentice Bryn Jones, aged 19, works on a grinding machine at the company's shipyard where he is learning traditional ship building skills. Photo: Getty Images
Apprenticeships come with a price tag that politicians won't tell you about
By Freddie Whittaker - 02 June 11:11

In theory, apprenticeships are great news. But they pose great danger to adult education in England.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's health manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
“I didn't see any point in pretending”: profile of Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall
By Stephen Bush - 02 June 9:54

At the beginning of the year, even some of Labour's activists didn't know who she was. In just a few months, she could be the party's leader. But who exactly is Liz Kendall?

Charles Kennedy, pictured here in the closing days of the Scottish referendum campaign, has died. Photo: Getty Images
Charles Kennedy, former Liberal Democrat leader, dies at 55
By New Statesman - 02 June 7:00

Charles Kennedy, who as Liberal Democrat leader took his party to their best result since the 1920s in 2005, has died suddenly at home.

Ahead of Brussels visit, leadership candidate says he will "learn the lessons of the Scottish independence referendum" by not joining forces with the Tories.
Burnham promises to establish pro-EU Labour group separate from the Tories
By George Eaton - 02 June 0:00

Ahead of Brussels visit, leadership candidate says he will "learn the lessons of the Scottish independence referendum" by not joining forces with the Conservatives. 

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The government and Tata Steel are sleepwalking into the first steel strike in decades
By Stephen Kinnock - 01 June 17:14

The emphatic ballot in favour of industrial action at Tata Steel must serve as a wake-up call.

MPs consider alternatives after "break clause" is rejected by acting leader Harman.
Could Labour still make it easier to remove its leader?
By George Eaton - 01 June 15:16

MPs consider alternatives after "break clause" is rejected by acting leader Harman. 

Labour's pink bus visits Redcar. Photo:Getty
Women at Westminster: 191 down, 459 to go
By James Nickerson - 01 June 14:25

There are more men in parliament today than there have been women throughout history. 

Business Secretary Sajid Javid heads to a meeting of the Cabinet. Photo: Getty Images
Do the Conservatives have an 11-point lead?
By Stephen Bush - 01 June 13:19

The Conservatives aren't 11 points ahead of Labour. And, to be frank, if they were, that's the least of Labour's problems.