The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam Gonzales Durantez, on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
What happened to the Lib Dems - and will they be back?
By Tim Wigmore - 21 May 13:06

The Liberal Democrats went down to an epochal defeat - and they might never recover. 

It's apathy, not shy No voters, that may sink the Republic of Ireland's equal marriage referendum
By Ciara Dunne - 21 May 11:57

The Republic of Ireland is on the brink of making history this week. But a low turnout could still sink the Yes side.

Immigrants cannot be wished away. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's immigration “failure” is underpinning the economy's success
By Tim Wigmore - 21 May 11:36

When will politicians make the positive case for immigration?

Something new and something blue: the key to Labour's future?
By Duncan O'Leary - 21 May 8:59

Might Blue Labour offer to the key to reviving New Labour? And what would both have to concede?

Why did the voters reject Labour?
By James Morris - 21 May 8:00

In voters’ eyes, Labour’s problem over the last five years was too little change, not too much.

In this week’s New Statesman | The real opposition
By New Statesman - 20 May 15:12

A first look at this week's magazine.

“This crying wolf has to stop”: Theresa May attacks the police again
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 May 14:17

Tough on crimestoppers, tough on the causes of crimestoppers.

Why David Cameron will not lead the UK out of Europe
By Tim Wigmore - 20 May 13:31

Nigel Farage could do for Brexit what Nick Clegg did for electoral reform.

Labour must abandon the dangerous language of "wealth creators"
By David Blagden - 20 May 12:12

The reality is that everyone, not just business owners, create wealth.

There are no easy answers to Labour's defeat

The next leader of the Labour Party to win a general election will be the one who owns the scale of the defeat, defines the new coalition and leads the party out of darkness.

Tristram Hunt endorses Liz Kendall
By Stephen Bush - 20 May 10:49

Tristram Hunt has confirmed he will not be standing for the Labour leadership, and has instead endorsed Liz Kendall's campaign.

Look behind you: Ukip could do yet more damage to Labour
By Geoff Hoon - 20 May 9:23

Labour could find themselves squeezed on both sides by Ukip and the Conservatives.

Why has Northern Ireland's "nice party" gone to war?
By Kevin Meagher - 20 May 9:14

A continuing squeeze from both sides and an underwhelming leader all add up to a party in crisis.

Ukip's first rule: "Nigel always wins"
By Tim Wigmore - 20 May 8:03

Nigel Farage has turned on his opponents.

The Trident whistleblower should make us all question Britain's nuclear deterrent
By Kate Hudson - 19 May 17:33

The revelations about conditions at Faslane and the security of Britain's nuclear weapons should worry us all - and underline why Britain should lose its nukes.

Britain’s Data Surveillance Bill is a grave misstep
By Emily Taylor - 19 May 17:19

The so-called Snoopers’ Charter will undermine key freedoms without strengthening security.

A candidate's lessons from Hemel Hempstead
By Tony Breslin - 19 May 16:20

Tony Breslin, Labour's candidate in Hemel Hempstead, reflects on what went wrong. 

A letter from a trade unionist to Britain's trade unionists
By Liz Kendall - 19 May 13:02

Liz Kendall, candidate for the Labour leadership, writes an open letter to Britain's trade unionists.

Is Andy Burnham inevitable?
By Stephen Bush - 19 May 9:00

A series of canny political moves and a slew of endorsements have put Andy Burnham in the driving seat as far as the Labour leadership race is concerned - but the race isn't over yet.

Labour's problems in Scotland go well beyond Jim Murphy
By Johanna Baxter - 19 May 8:00

Labour's troubles in Scotland go beyond left and right, and there's blame to be shared on both sides of the border. 

The suicide of Britain? Not yet, and here's how it can be avoided
By Tim Roca and Michael Payne - 18 May 16:58

The election has put the Union at risk. Here's how it can be saved. 

Lessons from a parliamentary candidate: why did Labour flop in the marginals?
By Lucy Rigby - 18 May 15:25

Lucy Rigby, the party's candidate in Lincoln, writes for the Staggers about what went wrong, and what Labour can learn. 

John Bercow reelected as Speaker of the House of Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 May 15:05

The Speaker is voted through by the Commons, in its first sitting of the new parliament.

The frontrunner to become Labour's deputy leader appeals for calm.
Tom Watson: McCluskey and Murphy should stop "slugging it out"
By George Eaton - 18 May 14:34

The frontrunner to become Labour's deputy leader appeals for calm. 

What can Labour learn from the Miliband approach to tax?
By Jolyon Maugham - 18 May 14:10

Ed Miliband did well when appealing to broad principles and good policy - less so when acting from the crude politics of us against them.

Where next for Ukip?
By James Nickerson - 18 May 12:30

Ukip have a history of lapsing into factional in-fighting 

Harriet Harman: "When it comes to elections the public are the boss. We do not question their decision. We heed it."
By Harriet Harman - 18 May 11:51

Harriet Harman has given a speech laying out the party's plans and approach to the leadership election.