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Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Getty
The government is tripping up on welfare – a blessing and a curse for Labour
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 June 8:24

A slew of welfare stories this morning suggests the coalition is stumbling over its biggest bugbear: the benefits bill. Labour should play this carefully – in economic, not social, terms.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty
By New Statesman - 19 June 16:43

Withdrawing benefits for the young, the science of ant sperm, and the rise of Isis.

The party would lose seven of its 11 most marginal seats to the Tories.
Lord Ashcroft's poll undermines the Lib Dems' optimism
By George Eaton - 19 June 16:04

The party would lose seven of its 11 most marginal seats to the Tories. 

Ed Miliband looks to get tough on Generation Y
By Emran Mian - 19 June 14:09

Labour's reform proposals may be radical, but only in the sense of the state retreating from helping young people.

Mother and child. Photo: Blowing Puffer Fish/Flickr
It’s a sad day when even progressives argue we should freeze child benefit
By Lindsay Judge - 19 June 14:00

Why freezing child benefit up to 2020 to pay for extended childcare for under-fives misses the point.

Jon Cruddas. Photo: Getty
How councils are already delivering the Cruddas agenda
By Simon Parker - 19 June 6:27

If you want to know what a Miliband government might look like, you should start by paying a visit to your local town hall.

With the old tax and spend model broken, Labour has been forced to be radical.
Miliband reimagines welfare for an era of austerity
By George Eaton - 18 June 22:00

With the old tax and spend model broken, Labour has been forced to be radical.

No matter the political situation, it's always the economics that triumphs in the end. Photo: Getty
The best currency for an independent Scotland would be Norway’s kronor
By Piotr Marek Jaworski - 18 June 17:10

If Scotland votes for independence, it will create a completely different economic context for the two new countries that emerge.

Mike Hancock MP. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Read: Mike Hancock MP's apology to a constituent who accused him of sexual assault
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 June 15:29

Read the independent MP's full public apology to the woman who accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

The party president contradicts Nick Clegg's position on a future hung parliament.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems must not rule out support for a minority government
By George Eaton - 18 June 15:02

The party president contradicts Nick Clegg's position on a future hung parliament.

The PM's blast against Jean-Claude Juncker delighted his MPs - but he'll let them down in the end.
PMQs review: Cameron should be wary of playing to the eurosceptic gallery
By George Eaton - 18 June 13:26

The PM's blast against Jean-Claude Juncker delighted his MPs - but he'll let them down in the end.

Fish and chips. Photo: Getty
No, Prime Minister, Magna Carta is nothing like fish and chips: here's what it really says
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 June 13:16

David Cameron wants children to be taught about Magna Carta in his drive for “British values”, but here are some things the revered document actually says that may not come under that banner...

In this week's New Statesman | Sunni vs Shia
By New Statesman - 18 June 13:15

A first look at this week's magazine.

Technology can even free teachers from admin, leaving more time to devlote to pupils. Photo: Getty
The latest learning technology can raise standards of education for everyone
By Matthew Hancock - 18 June 12:25

To get the best out of it, investment in learning technology needs to be results driven.

Scottish Labour. Photo: Getty
Scottish Labour is finally waking up to its class problem
By Jamie Maxwell - 18 June 11:56

After years of complacency, Scottish Labour finally seems to be waking up to its class problem. But it could be too little too late.

Without new money, the health service will be condemned to years of dangerous decline.
The NHS funding crisis is now impossible to ignore - which party will grip it?
By George Eaton - 18 June 9:07

Without new money, the health service will be condemned to years of dangerous decline. 

Magna Carta. Photo: Getty
The PM lauds Magna Carta but his government undermines its greatest legacies
By Andy Slaughter - 17 June 14:57

Paying lip service to Magna Carta is all we can expect from a government that has done more to undermine the rule of law and the operation of the legal system than any in modern times.

Sixty per cent believe immigration has benefited Britain and are much more likely to be pro-EU.
Why graduates are the biggest obstacle to Ukip's advance
By Tim Wigmore - 17 June 14:48

Sixty per cent believe immigration has benefited Britain and are much more likely to be pro-EU.

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What happened to Tristram Hunt, and where is Labour’s radicalism on education?
By Dan Holden - 17 June 13:05

After a strong start, the shadow education secretary's voice is absent from the education debate, and his party is being reactive and not proactive on education. They have less than a year to turn this around.

The Labour peer and Miliband strategist on how the party would seek to reduce inequality.
Interview: Stewart Wood responds to Thomas Piketty
By George Eaton - 17 June 9:59

The Labour peer and Miliband strategist on how the party would seek to reduce inequality.

A review of the French economist's appearance with Miliband strategist Stewart Wood.
Thomas Piketty comes to parliament: what we learned
By George Eaton - 16 June 16:02

A review of the French economist's appearance with Miliband strategist Stewart Wood.
 

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Michael Gove’s ex-aide lashing out at No 10 shows the powerlessness of having a rogue ally
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 June 13:24

The Education Secretary’s former special adviser Dominic Cummings has attacked the PM and his circle – a lesson in the peculiar powerlessness of ministers when an ex-aide goes rogue.

Ninety six per cent of people support a fairer system, with the richest paying more than double the poorest.
The public want a more progressive tax system - and they're right
By Duncan Exley - 16 June 10:24

Ninety six per cent of people support a fairer system, with the richest paying more than double the poorest.

The Foreign Secretary says "I don't think the invasion itself was a mistake".
Hague defends the Iraq war as Boris disowns it
By George Eaton - 16 June 9:08

The Foreign Secretary says "I don't think the invasion itself was a mistake".

If the Tories won't face up to the problems in the health service, it's time to make way for a government that will.
We need to talk about the NHS - Cameron must break the Crosby-imposed silence
By Andy Burnham - 15 June 18:20

If the Tories won't face up to the problems in the health service, it's time to make way for a government that will.

The IPPR report will play a crucial role in shaping Labour's policy platform for the election.
Miliband to affirm radical agenda for change at "Condition of Britain" launch
By George Eaton - 14 June 12:23

The IPPR report will play a crucial role in shaping Labour's policy platform for the election.

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
Liverpool Labour councillor resigns over Ed Miliband posing with the Sun
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 June 17:54

Following the Labour leader's controversial pose with the Sun's special World Cup issue, Liverpool councillor Martin Cummins has resigned in protest.

Simon Danczuk MP. Photo: Getty
“The party’s been hijacked by a metropolitan elite”: Labour MP Simon Danczuk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 June 15:44

As Ukip’s gains and Ed Miliband’s awkward Sun moment prompt questions about Labour’s blue-collar vote, the party’s MP for Rochdale opens up about the changes he’d like to see from his leader.

The Labour leader has been left looking like a man trying to have it both ways.
Miliband's half-apology over the Sun photo will please no one
By George Eaton - 13 June 13:28

The Labour leader has been left looking like a man trying to have it all ways.

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