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Europe has a duty to act more effectively on the Russia Ukraine conflict
By Mike Gapes - 18 July 13:28

The Labour MP Mike Gapes argues that it is becoming increasingly likely the crashed airliner in Ukraine was shot down by Russian separatist fighters, and that it's time Europe took action on the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says "I don’t see any reason whatsoever why she shouldn’t be the deputy prime minister in a Labour administration."
Angela Eagle backs Harman to become deputy prime minister under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 July 9:35

Shadow leader of the House of Commons says no "reason whatsoever" why deputy leader should not do job after reports she could be denied it.

The Tories pledge a 50 per cent strike ballot threshold
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 July 9:15

The Conservative Party has pledged that if it were to form another government next year, it would ban strikes if less than half of workers back them.

National Policy Forum chair urges boldness as the party gathers for crucial meeting.
Angela Eagle interview: Labour needs a "decisive break" with neoliberalism
By George Eaton - 18 July 8:25

National Policy Forum chair urges boldness as the party gathers for crucial meeting. 

Why the Lib Dems should back Labour and completely oppose the bedroom tax
By Mark Thompson - 18 July 8:00

The Lib Dem's "u-turn" on the bedroom tax isn't enough; they should come out completely against the policy.

Party vows to go beyond "public versus private" with changes to management, franchising and fares.
Labour's new rail plan: the full details
By George Eaton - 17 July 19:40

Party vows to end "ideological obsession" with privatisation by allowing the state to bid for franchises. 

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Four
By New Statesman - 17 July 18:05

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Lucy Fisher consider Labour's response to the Conservative Party reshuffle. Juliet Jacques and Ian Steadman ask whether this really was THE BEST WORLD CUP EVER.

Helen Goodman MP.
Labour MP slammed for "sexist" Tweet about female Tory ministers
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 16:49

Helen Goodman upbraided for declaring Tory women promoted to the government this week "puppets".

Police crime figures haven’t fallen – but that’s a good thing
By Harry Lambert - 17 July 16:25

Today's crime figures have shone light on an issue made famous by a landmark TV series: do the police fix their stats? The fact that their measure of crime hasn't fallen may actually be a good thing.

How failing schools help Ukip
By Tim Wigmore - 17 July 12:48

Schools are getting worse in Great Yarmouth, the second most likely seat for Ukip to gain their first MP next year.

Sarah Wollaston: “People are very abusive to MPs… undermining, throwing insults at you”
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 12:44

The newly elected chair of the Health Committee and Conservative MP for Totnes talks to the New Statesman.

The Lib Dems' change of heart over the bedroom tax shows the tide is turning
By Richard Kramer - 17 July 12:25

Even if the Liberal Democrats' u-turn on the bedroom tax is a political tool, it is a step in the right direction of abolishing this toxic policy.

Cyril Smith. Photo: Getty
Child sex abuse victims are starting to feel empowered – this is bad news for the establishment
By Simon Danczuk - 17 July 11:50

The Labour MP who has been working on uncovering alleged historic child sex abuse crimes in Westminster writes about the new-found hope victims have found of having their voices heard.

David Cameron versus the human rights court: a populist hit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 July 8:33

The Tories are preparing to take on the European Court of Human Rights, in what could be their most significant populist hit before the next election.

The party may argue for its abolition in the future, but it isn't doing so today.
The Lib Dems are calling for the bedroom tax to be reformed, not scrapped
By George Eaton - 16 July 23:27

The party is splitting the difference again. 

The emergency action is a damning indictment of the pressures the government has created on the frontline.
The Tories can't avoid the blame for hospitals being put in special measures
By Jamie Reed - 16 July 18:17

The emergency action is a damning indictment of the pressures the government has created on the frontline.

If Gove is the most unpopular politician, why have the Tories made him minister for TV?
By George Eaton - 16 July 16:47

The man charged with wooing voters is more likely to repel them. 

This reshuffle shows David Cameron doesn't have a clue about modern Britain
By Jon Trickett - 16 July 16:17

The PM had the chance with his reshuffle to signal that he intends to make a fresh start in tackling a divided and uneasy country. But he fluffed it. 

The Labour leader struggled after the PM twisted a Harriet Harman quote on middle earners and tax.
PMQs review: Cameron's tax attack throws Miliband off course
By George Eaton - 16 July 13:31

The Labour leader struggled after the PM twisted a Harriet Harman quote on middle earners and tax.

Esther McVey and Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Getty
The new Cabinet ministers are divided on the EU and gay rights
By Harry Lambert - 16 July 13:29

Cameron's new group of ministers agree with his policies on welfare, education and health, but have mixed voting records on the EU and gay rights.

Salmond and Farage forget the modern world doesn't want to squabble over borders
By Clive Soley - 16 July 13:17

What do Scotland's First Minister and Ukip's leader have in common? They both fail to realise the modern world has better things to do than squabble over borders.

In this week’s New Statesman | Our Island Story
By New Statesman - 16 July 13:00

A first look at this week's magazine.

Badgers may cheer at Owen Paterson's exit, but we shouldn't disregard his achievements
By Charles Cowap - 16 July 11:53

The outgoing Environment Secretary may be an environmentalist's nightmare, but he wasn't all bad.

Earnings rose by just 0.7 per cent in the three months to May, the lowest level since records began in 2001.
Miliband's "cost-of-living" attack endures as wage growth hits record low
By George Eaton - 16 July 11:00

Earnings rose by just 0.7 per cent in the three months to May, the lowest level since records began in 2001. 

The PM will try to secure a top job for his new European Commissioner
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 July 8:52

David Cameron, who has already kicked up a futile and unnecessary fuss over the European Commission presidency, must go to Brussels and try for a top job for his new man in Europe.

Minimum wage. Photo: Getty
We haven't yet tackled inequality; here are five ways to reduce it
By Tim Stacey - 16 July 8:11

The coalition boasts that it's reduced inequality, but actually no government policy in the last 30 years has actually come close to bringing it down to average OECD levels.

David Cameron's first Cabinet in 2010. Photo: Getty
LIVE: Who's in and who's out - the full reshuffle list
By New Statesman - 15 July 18:02

Michael Gove down, Ken Clarke out, Nicky Morgan on the up: all the latest on the Cabinet reshuffle.

Poor Michael Gove. Photo: Getty
The New Statesman Podcast: Cabinet Reshuffle Special
By New Statesman - 15 July 17:40

Everyone loves a cabinet reshuffle.

William Hague. Photo: Getty
Are we witnessing the death of the long-haul political career?
By Kevin Meagher - 15 July 16:47

What William Hague's career trajectory tells us about British politics.