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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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By Helen Lewis - 20 November 11:30

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Madness in Medway as Reckless reigns. Photo: Getty
“I’m not a racist”: a visit to the by-election battleground, Rochester and Strood
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 7:00

Polls have now opened in the constituency where immigration dominates debate, and Ukip is poised to seize power from the Tories.

Losses to Ukip mean the party has failed to gain any ground since 2010.
Why is Labour losing to the Tories in ultra-marginal Stockton South?
By George Eaton - 19 November 17:32

Losses to Ukip mean the party has failed to gain any ground since 2010. 

The government overlooks foreign domestic workers being treated as slaves
By Alastair Sloan - 19 November 16:09

Despite Theresa May's rhetoric, the Conservatives torpedoed an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill which would protect foreign domestic workers from economic, physical and sexual abuse.

There are huge ideological divisions in Nigel Farage's party Photo: Derek Bennett
Is Ukip the most divided party in British politics?
By Tim Wigmore - 19 November 15:47

A fundamental economic tension runs through Ukip.

Why Labour should think culturally as well as economically about immigration
By Tim Bale - 19 November 15:07

Ed Miliband can avoid a damaging split between his party's "beer drinkers" and "wine drinkers" on immigration, if he doesn't just rely on economic arguments.

Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery
By Thomas Cawston - 19 November 14:47

Primary care providers need to offer services that reflect different needs, potentially opting to specialise for one group or another.

The Labour leader has doubled-down on his strategy of painting Cameron as the friend of the rich and himself as the friend of poor.
PMQs review: Miliband comes out swinging for the mansion tax
By George Eaton - 19 November 13:19

The Labour leader has doubled-down on his strategy of painting Cameron as the friend of the rich and himself as the friend of poor. 

In this week’s New Statesman | The deep roots of Isis
By New Statesman - 19 November 13:16

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Is Labour on the brink of an immigration arms race?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 November 9:23

As the Labour party promises 1,000 new border guards, and more benefits curbs for migrants, is it entering a race to “toughen” up on EU migrants?

Local government and Ofsted must do more to tackle child abuse
By Simon Danczuk - 19 November 8:11

Child abuse is a cancer in our society and one that we can no longer treat with light touch regulation.

Take me to your MEP: Rosetta shows Britain at its best working with the EU
By Clare Moody - 18 November 15:41

The European Space Agency shows what Britain, France,  Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and 10 other European countries can achieve working together.

Why Ed Miliband's bizarre mansion tax feud with Myleene Klass works in Labour's favour
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 November 14:42

A former popstar's attack on the Labour leader's tax proposals could help him out.

The mollified middle: how social security is fooling the voting class
By Daniel Edmiston - 18 November 12:20

Amid rising structural inequality, average earners are treading water. Regressive austerity politics has lulled the middle classes into a state of passive forbearance.

Will Labour or the Tories benefit most from the Lib Dem collapse?
By Harry Lambert - 18 November 12:07

The Tories are in a better position on paper, but Ashcroft’s polls show the swing to Labour is far greater.

Myleene Klass tells Ed Miliband: "You can't just point at things and tax them"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 November 9:10

The former popstar Myleene Klass took the Labour leader to task on his tax proposals on ITV's The Agenda, telling him: "You can't just point at things and tax them" and that £2m - the mansion tax threshold - would only buy a "garage". 

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey".
French economy minister: The UK can't succeed outside the EU
By George Eaton - 18 November 0:53

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey". 

Will Alex Salmond return to Westminster? He would relish such a homecoming
By Douglas Beattie - 17 November 15:37

The natural next step for Scotland's outgoing First Minister would be a return to Westminster.

"They want to make this about us, it's all about them," says an aide ahead of Thursday's by-election.
How Labour plans to counter the Tories' Rochester spin
By George Eaton - 17 November 14:29

The party is determined not to allow the Conservatives to make Labour failure the story of Thursday's by-election. 

The game is up for the Blairites: it's time to abandon the old faith
By Kevin Meagher - 17 November 12:25

Even if Ed Miliband fails, there will be no Blairite restoration; it's time the old guard disbanded and reinvented itself.

How does Tony Benn's son reclaiming his father's rejected peerage affect modern politics?
By Richard Carr - 17 November 11:48

Stephen Benn is perfectly entitled to take advantage of the present constitutional lay of the land, but Ed Miliband is right to kickstart a new debate on changing it.

Creativity is the key to education, so why aren't we pursuing it?
By Dan Holden - 17 November 11:09

With an innovation problem in the UK’s economy, many children being disengaged with education and a desire for user-led services, now is the time to aggressively support creativity in schools. 

David Cameron's warning of another global recession could help the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 November 8:32

The Prime Minister cautions that we are on the brink of another global economic meltdown, but this could be politically expedient for his party.

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