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Ashcroft joins Populus in putting Labour up 5 points: What's changed?
By Harry Lambert - 24 November 18:15

Labour have ticked up, but the more obvious shift in Ashcroft's poll has been a 2-point Tory-to-Ukip swing.

The seven deadly sins of tweeting about politics
By New Statesman - 24 November 16:00

140 characters, 0 meaning.

Who are the Green party's supporters, and should Labour be worried?
By Gideon Skinner - 24 November 14:38

As with Ukip, the Green party has the potential to cause some electoral headaches for the traditional parties. 

The Labour leader's vow to end the exploitation of agency workers contrasts with Cameron's inertia.
Miliband's dividing line with the Tories on workers' rights
By George Eaton - 24 November 14:07

The Labour leader's vow to end the exploitation of agency workers contrasts with Cameron's inertia. 

New cash for honours revelations should speed reform of House of Lords
By Stefan Simanowitz - 24 November 13:48

Following Lord Razzall's revelation that he was approached by businessmen offering money for peerages, it's time to stop rewarding political donors through the honours list.

After two years of Police and Crime Commissioners, we must assess their democratic value
By Jack Dromey - 24 November 12:39

As we hit the two-year mark of the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners, it’s time to look forward and assess what needs to be done to improve democratic governance in policing.

Who will be the Conservative candidate for London mayor?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 November 12:02

A London entrepreneur has entered the race to succeed Boris, suggesting the Tories could try to defeat Labour with a "celebrity" candidate.

Government borrowing: the numbers don’t add up
By Nida Broughton - 24 November 11:30

There is less scope in the years ahead for our current levels of borrowing to be eliminated by further economic growth. 

Immigration: do you want the truth or something beautiful?
By Ibrahim Taguri - 24 November 11:21

This immigration debate is based on prejudice and emotion.

How to stop landlords maximising their profits at the expense of tenants
By Tom Copley - 24 November 11:00

Why it's time to stop the light-touch approach to private rented sector regulation.

"Changing times, changing politics": Douglas Alexander's speech, full text
By Douglas Alexander - 24 November 10:49

The chair of Ed Miliband's General Election Strategy on the "profound transition" he sees happening in our politics.

Pressure builds for David Cameron's EU renegotiation as a former minister calls for UK's exit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 November 8:34

A former Tory cabinet secretary is set to call for Britain to leave the EU, putting pressure on the Prime Minister who is preparing his renegotiation.

A confident stance on the economy and jobs will offer people hope to combat Farage's despair.
To fight Ukip, Labour should make the case for borrowing to invest
By John Healey - 24 November 0:34

A confident stance on the economy will offer people hope to combat Farage's despair. 

A stronger and fairer system is the right response to both the positives and negatives immigration can bring.
Labour will take a progressive approach to immigration. But we must address people's concerns
By David Hanson - 23 November 17:03

A stronger and fairer system is the right response to both the positives and negatives immigration can bring.

Why are Occupy Democracy protesters staging another occupation in London?
By Maya Oppenheim - 22 November 12:52

Braving the damp weather, Occupy protesters have occupied a square in front of the Supreme Court, calling for a movement for representative and participative democracy.

Repealing NHS reforms: Labour needs answers as well as campaigning zeal
By Andrew Harrop - 21 November 15:03

MPs are debating repealing parts of the government's NHS reforms, but Labour needs to give a detailed analysis as well as a campaigning spirit.

While some welcomed her effective sacking as ruthless leadership, others  have denounced it as panicked and disloyal.
The Labour split over Thornberry's departure
By George Eaton - 21 November 14:51

While some welcomed her effective sacking as ruthless leadership, others  have denounced it as panicked and disloyal. 

Voters who feel betrayed by the modern world do not want tinkering at the edges of the status quo.
Why anti-establishment parties are here to stay
By Tim Wigmore - 21 November 11:51

Voters who feel betrayed by the modern world do not want tinkering at the edges of the status quo.

Which Tory MPs will be next to defect to Ukip?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 November 8:56

As Mark Reckless celebrates his victory, will there be further defections from the Conservative benches?

The party won just 0.9 per cent of the vote. But it remains confident that it can win where it is incumbent.
Lib Dems suffer worst-ever by-election result for a major party
By George Eaton - 21 November 8:18

The party won just 0.9 per cent of the vote. But it remains confident that it can win where it is incumbent. 

How Labour lost the Ukip versus Tory by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 November 4:46

By having one of its shadow cabinet resign on the night of the vote, Labour snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Ukip wins the Rochester and Strood by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 November 4:19

Mark Reckless becomes the second ever elected Ukip MP.

It's ironic that Thornberry's now the symbol of out-of-touch Labour – and it's Labour's fault
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 23:59

Emily Thornberry's resignation cements divisions in the Labour party already highlighted by this by-election battle.

Emily Thornberry's controversial tweet.
Emily Thornberry resigns from shadow cabinet over tweeted picture of St George flags
By George Eaton - 20 November 22:28

The shadow attorney general has resigned after tweeting a photo of a house in Strood displaying three England flags. 

With attention on the Rochester by-election, the Chancellor makes his retreat.
Osborne drops legal challenge to EU bank bonus cap
By George Eaton - 20 November 21:27

With attention on the Rochester by-election, the Chancellor makes his retreat.

Ukip tells us of Rochester's immigration concerns, so what do its immigrants think of Ukip?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 17:00

Although there is concern about immigration among some ethnic minority residents, many fear a Ukip win would be bad news for the area.

A new poll shows 26 per cent would vote for a Green candidate capable of winning, compared to 24 per cent for Ukip.
Potential support for the Greens outweighs potential support for Ukip
By George Eaton - 20 November 14:25

A new poll shows 26 per cent would vote for a Green candidate capable of winning, compared to 24 per cent for Ukip. 

How the Rochester and Strood by-election is a symbol of Labour's wider problems
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 13:32

Tories will frame the by-election as a Labour failure, the press thinks Ed Miliband's written it off, and local party activists have their own problems to contend with.

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