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The union will expect policy concessions.
Unite's £1.5m funding cut means Labour will need to bargain with McCluskey
By George Eaton - 05 March 18:33

The union is prepared to reduce the shortfall but will expect policy concessions in return.

Defeat would open up space for reinvention.
Tory modernisers' best hope is an Ed Miliband victory
By Steven Akehurst - 05 March 17:24

Being beaten after just one term by a man deemed unelectable would open up space for those who understand the need to reinvent the party.

Energy security must be pursued with far greater speed.
How the west can match Putin's grand strategy
By Marcus Roberts - 05 March 14:34

Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.

Cameron pressed on trade sanctions.
PMQs review: Miliband urges Cameron not to put profit before people over Russia
By George Eaton - 05 March 13:17

The Labour leader pressed Cameron on trade sanctions after a No. 10 document appeared to rule them out.

"Business and society - we need each other."
Chuka Umunna's speech on Agenda 2030: Earning and growing our way to a higher standard of living
By Chuka Umunna - 05 March 11:06

"We are strongest when we understand our mutual dependence: that business and society - we need each other. That we rise and fall together."

"The beacon of progressive opinion."
Alex Salmond's New Statesman lecture: full text
By Alex Salmond - 05 March 10:33

"We would exert a powerful and positive influence through example – the beacon of progressive opinion."

Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage".
Alex Salmond refuses to commit to reintroducing 50p tax rate in Scotland
By George Eaton - 05 March 8:19

The First Minister says Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage with the rest of the UK" at New Statesman event.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 05 March 7:22

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

The PM's words from the first 2010 leaders' debate.
When Cameron said "we cannot afford" a £10,000 tax threshold
By George Eaton - 04 March 17:03

The PM said during the first 2010 leaders' debate that the Lib Dem policy was too expensive.

The former PM has been in talks with party figures.
Exclusive: Blair considering making "large donation" to Labour
By George Eaton - 04 March 14:43

The former PM, who has praised Miliband's party reforms, has had talks with Labour figures about giving money.

"Let us reaffirm our belief in solidarity."
Douglas Alexander's speech on Scottish independence: full text
By Douglas Alexander - 04 March 12:12

"Let us reject a damaging divorce, and instead vote for the best of both worlds: More of the decisions that matter to Scots being taken here in Scotland, backed up by the strength, stability and security of the UK."

Danny Alexander and Lynne Featherstone are both vulnerable.
How many of Clegg's coalition negotiating team will keep their seats?
By George Eaton - 04 March 10:06

Danny Alexander and Lynne Featherstone are both vulnerable to Labour challenges.

The prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.
Why Ed Miliband is Alex Salmond's biggest foe in the fight for Scottish independence
By George Eaton - 04 March 8:57

The Scottish First Minister's claim that independence is needed to make Scotland and the rest of the UK more "progressive" is undermined by the prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 04 March 7:21

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Scotland won't have to wait too long for greater autonomy.
Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold
By Jason Cowley - 03 March 22:15

Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won't have to wait too long for even greater autonomy

Greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.
Labour must challenge the myths about decentralisation
By Richard Leese - 03 March 16:57

Far from creating a postcode lottery, greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.

The party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage.
Ukip named as a “major party” by Ofcom for European elections
By George Eaton - 03 March 15:38

The decision means the party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage as the other main parties.

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.
The benefit sanctions regime needs to be tougher but more compassionate
By Nick Faith - 03 March 14:34

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.

Most fans will want the captain chosen on merit.
Sol Campbell is wrong - for most England fans, race is irrelevant
By Sunder Katwala - 03 March 11:36

When it comes to choosing an England captain, fans are more likely to have a biased opinion based on club colours than skin colour.

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.
Boris hasn't ruled out becoming an MP in 2015
By George Eaton - 03 March 10:54

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.

Labour is best placed to overcome the crisis of political participation.
Rather than attacking Miliband’s party reforms, the Tories should learn from them
By Stephen Bush - 03 March 9:43

The Labour leader’s changes have left his party best placed to overcome the crisis of political participation.

The Foreign Secretary says this "is an entirely different situation".
Hague denies Iraq war has undermined western stance over Ukraine
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00

The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 03 March 7:29

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

The former SDP leader, Tony Blair and Len McCluskey all back the reforms.
David Owen joins Miliband's big tent with donation to Labour of more than £7,500
By George Eaton - 02 March 9:29

With the former SDP leader, Tony Blair and Len McCluskey all backing his reforms, Miliband has built an impressively large coalition of support.

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Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 02 March 7:53

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Far greater political and financial challenges lie ahead.
Labour backs Miliband's party reforms by 86% - but the really hard work begins now
By George Eaton - 01 March 14:43

After today's comfortable victory, far greater political and financial challenges lie ahead for the party.

"Today, let’s vote to change our party. Let’s build a movement. So that tomorrow, we can change our country."
Ed Miliband's speech to Labour's Special Conference: full text
By New Statesman - 01 March 11:58

"Today, let’s vote to change our party. Let’s build a movement. So that tomorrow, we can change our country."

Soldier
Putin calls the west’s bluff on Ukraine and Cameron is silent
By Rafael Behr - 01 March 9:46

The Prime Minister used to be more honest about Kremlin bullying of its neighbours.

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Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 01 March 8:02

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

Party reform will help turn Labour into a movement again.
Ed Miliband's Special Conference speech: the three key themes
By George Eaton - 28 February 22:07

The Labour leader's message: the reforms will get working people back into politics, transfer power from MPs to party members, and help turn Labour into a movement again.

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