The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, and a candidate for Labour's Mayoral nomination. Photo: Getty Images
Why I'm backing David Lammy to be Labour's candidate for London Mayor
By Siobhain McDonagh - 28 May 16:38

The general election wasn't "good for Labour in London". It's perfectly possible we could lose, unless we pick the right candidate.

Mary Creagh is the outsider in Labour's leadership race. Photo: YouTube screengrab
“I had a life before politics”: Labour leadership candidate Mary Creagh MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 May 15:14

Mary Creagh on why she's running to be Labour leader, how her non-Whitehall background makes her a better candidate than her rivals, and her party's role in causing the debt and deficit.

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech: lots of promises, but challenges ahead on childcare
By Giselle Cory - 28 May 14:44

Childcare is an sound investment: fund it now and we’ll see the benefits for years to come, in terms of rising levels of maternal employment with additional tax revenues, falling child poverty and improved child development outcomes. The rationale is simple; delivering the policy less so.


A football. Photo: Getty Images
It's time to think about boycotting the Qatar World Cup
By Keiran Pedley - 28 May 10:01

Corruption in Fifa and the deaths of migrant workers mean we should think again about England's participation in the World Cup. 

Michael Foot addresses a Labour rally in 1983. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's left flank must ask itself: is it time to walk away?
By Michael Chessum - 28 May 8:00

The choice for Labour's genuine left may be between walking out or fading away.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
I'm backing Liz Kendall for one reason - because she can beat the Conservatives
By Simon Danczuk - 27 May 17:25

So I’m backing Liz for leader because I think she is brave and because I think she is right. But most of all I am backing Liz because I think she can win.

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare.
Labour is "sympathetic" to reducing benefit cap to £23,000, says Harman
By George Eaton - 27 May 16:09

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare. 

David Cameron at a Brussels summit to start his renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A series of hostages to fortune
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 13:14

The Conservatives cannily disarmed Labour's attack lines in the election. But they may end up counting the cost in the not too distant future.

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.
Queen's Speech: Cameron's "one nation" gloss can't mask the divisions to come
By George Eaton - 27 May 12:48

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.

New builds go on sale in Gloucester. Photo:Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A bad policy that will make the housing crisis worse
By Tessa Jowell - 27 May 12:14

Far from helping with the housing crisis, the government's plans to sell off housing association stock will make matters worse.

The Queen addresses the House in her 64th speech to Parliament. Photo: BBC
Queen's Speech 2015: full text
By New Statesman - 27 May 11:58

What the Queen mentioned in the state opening of parliament.

Dennis Skinner. Photo: YouTube
Queen's Speech 2015: Dennis Skinner breaks tradition and stays silent
By New Statesman - 27 May 11:35

Dennis Skinner declined to make his traditional heckle upon Black Rod entering the Commons. But here's a collection of his most memorable Queen's Speech interjections over the years.

David Cameron attends a Brussels summit. Photo:Getty Images
What to look out for in the Queen's Speech
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 8:30

Repealing the Human Rights Act is already out, but what might be in?

Labour leadership hopefuls attend the first debate of the election campaign. Photo:Getty Images
Labour needs as broad a debate as possible, not just a narrow fight between two and three names
By Chi Onwurah - 27 May 8:00

Labour need to have a big broad debate in order to avoid another defeat in 2020.

Why we are backing Andy Burnham's bid to be Labour leader
By Conor McGinn and Anna Turley - 26 May 17:28

Two new Labour MPs, Conor McGinn and Anna Turley, are supporting Andy Burnham for the Labour leadership.

Mary Creagh addresses Labour party conference. Photo:Getty
All of the leadership candidates are good, but there's something about Mary...
By Stephen Kinnock - 26 May 15:10

Stephen Kinnock explains why he's backing Mary Creagh for Labour leader.

Why Sadiq Khan is the candidate with the best offer for renters
By Tom Copley - 26 May 15:00

A fair deal for London's renters should be the first priority for London's next Mayor. For my money, Sadiq Khan is the man with the plan.

Tessa Jowell addresses Labour Party conference. Photo:Getty Images
The next mayoral election is closer than you think
By Steve Reed - 26 May 11:34

Labour haven't won in London for eleven years. Without the right candidate, we'll lose again.

Chuka Umunna addresses a Labour party rally. Photo:Getty Images
Why we are endorsing Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership
By Chuka Umunna - 26 May 10:20

Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Stephen Twigg and Jonathan Reynolds - Chuka Umunna's leadership team - explain why they're backing Liz Kendall's campaign for the Labour leadership.

The Queen’s Speech: To fix our economy and protect our planet we must invest for the future
By Caroline Lucas - 26 May 9:53

The Green take on what parliament's focus should be following its opening this week.

Ed Miliband gives a speech in the final days of his election campaign. Photo: Getty Images
How do you solve a problem like inequality?
By Max Harris - 26 May 8:00

A new book suggests how the struggle against inequality might survive the defeat of Ed Miliband. 

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
Why I'm backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader
By Ivan Lewis - 25 May 8:00

Liz Kendall is the only candidate who can bring about the change Labour needs to win.

Gay marriage campaigners celebrate Ireland's Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Just 22 years after homosexuality was legalised, Ireland votes yes to gay marriage
By Helen Lewis - 23 May 21:44

More than 62 per cent of people voted in favour of the change.

Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
"I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 17:42

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat.

Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 15:49

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital.

Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images
Why we're backing Sadiq Khan to win for London
By Oona King and Margaret Hodge - 22 May 14:40

Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination

Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images
Labour must ensure the widest possible debate, or the party will lose again
By Ben Bradshaw - 22 May 14:31

Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again.

Listen to the people, not big business, on the EU. Photo: Getty
The Greens: Stop big business dominating Britain's EU debate, and give young people a say
By Natalie Bennett - 22 May 13:33

The leader of the Green party writes why her party is in favour of an EU referendum, campaigning to stay in, and also for young people to have a voice.

Alan Johnson, on the campaign trail in Hull. Photo:Getty Images
Having an interim leader would be a disaster for Labour
By Kevin Meagher - 22 May 13:20

Far from revitalising Labour, having an interim leader would just damage it further.

David Cameron addresses the UK border force. Photo:Getty Images.
The question that Labour's leadership hopefuls must answer: how to win the European referendum
By Richard Howitt - 22 May 11:36

My appeal today to the candidates at Westminster is to stop just telling us you want a referendum, and to start telling us how you're going to win it.