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Student politics: The future of tuition fees and higher education debt
By Nick Pearce - 27 February 12:03

Dismissing Labour's tuition fees policy as mere populism is a mistake -  there is a serious debate to be had about tuition fees

Hard choices lie ahead - here's how the next government might make them
By Jonathan Portes - 27 February 11:10

The next government can use data to make cuts more effectively and in a fairer way than this one

The story of tuition fees: from keepy-uppy to political football
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 February 8:10

Labour is proposing a cut in tuition fees, but it was the party that made students pay in the first place.

Tristram Hunt: "You wouldn’t go to an accountant because they really like numbers"
By Stephen Bush - 27 February 8:07

Ahead of Ukip's conference in Margate, Tristram Hunt says that Labour can use the politics of aspiration to attack Ukip.

I've had four years of using the Job Centre - and four years of incompetence
By Gary Boyd - 26 February 17:35

Using the Job Centre has exposed me to institutionalised bullying, poorly-chosen medical experts, and incompetence, says Gary Boyd. So I've decided to do something about it

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Seventy-Nine
By New Statesman - 26 February 16:17

Ceres and tuition fees.

Islamic terrorist "Jihadi John". Image: BBC News screengrab
Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” identified as British man Mohammed Emwazi
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 26 February 11:55

Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.

Devo Manc? It's the best thing since sliced bread
By Luke Raikes - 26 February 11:46

New plans for devolution to Manchester are fantastic news, argues Luke Raikes

 The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy.
What the Tories can't say about today's immigration figures: political failure is economic success
By George Eaton - 26 February 11:20

 The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy. 

Glasgow's missing millions? Labour should look at themselves, not the SNP
By Susan Aitken - 26 February 8:40

Glasgow's budget cuts are due to the austerity agenda of the Conservatives, not the Sturgeon administration, an SNP councillor says.

Peter Pinkney is a union leader and Green candidate. Photo: YouTube screengrab
From Labour careerists to middle-class Marxists: Peter Pinkney, the union boss and Green candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 February 8:07

The socialist firebrand and RMT president is running for the Greens in Redcar. Why?

Are zero-hours contracts here to stay?
By Conor D'Arcy - 25 February 18:59

The number of zero-hours contracts is growing, and it may be that they are a permanent fixture

The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care.
Osborne's dramatic Manchester NHS plan is a dangerous distraction
By George Eaton - 25 February 17:59

The Chancellor's politically-motivated project undermines the goal of the national integration of health and social care. 

MP calls on businesses to disclose number of disabled employees
By Ashley Cowburn - 25 February 14:37

At present only one in two disabled people work. It is hoped that the Bill put forward today will prompt businesses to change their approach to disabled job applicants. 

The Prime Minister was left looking as inert as Gordon Brown following the expenses scandal.
PMQs review: Miliband floors Cameron on MPs' second jobs
By George Eaton - 25 February 13:21

The Prime Minister was left looking as inert as Gordon Brown following the expenses scandal. 

In this week's magazine | Russia vs the West
By New Statesman - 25 February 13:14

In this week's magazine.

Over a million children will fall into poverty in the next five years: here's how to stop that happening
By Andrew Harrop - 25 February 12:47

Poverty and inequality will rise to unacceptable levels without government action, argues Andrew Harrop

Let's do what MPs want, and pay them what they're really worth
By Julia Hartley-Brewer - 25 February 11:34

How to get the best bang for your buck out of MPs? Julia Hartley-Brewer has a radical proposal

Blacklists, exploitation and the mask of flexibility: the rise of zero-hours contracts
By James Nickerson - 25 February 11:33

Zero-hours contracts have become the "norm" in many workplaces, but how can we avoid taking advantage of workers in the quest for flexibility?

Labour's unfinished business: the children still living in poverty
By Alison McGovern - 25 February 9:42

Eradicating child poverty is the Left's 21st century mission, argues Alison McGovern

Astrology on the NHS? At least David Tredinnick is honest
By Stephen Bush - 25 February 9:12

David Tredinnick, the Conservative MP for Bosworth, is under fire after suggesting Astrology should be paid for on the NHS. But at least he's honest in his intentions

Brighton Pavilion:The Greens are in trouble everywhere
By Tim Wigmore - 24 February 16:03

Forget surging. Mere survival may be beyond the Greens in Brighton.

Bristol West: Painting the Town Green
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 February 15:40

Can Darren Hall take the Greens from obscurity to first place in Bristol? We visit a seat that is turning into a three-way marginal between the Liberals, Labour, and the Greens.

What do we know so far about the Greens working with Labour in government?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 February 12:40

Progressive alliances, no joint tickets, and ruling out working with Tories: the Greens clarify how they would work with Labour.

Fifteen years on, Radiohead's Kid A is the best evocation of the failures of New Labour
By Max Harris - 24 February 12:01

Fifteen years after Kid A, Max Harris looks back on a record that serves as a searing critique of the New Labour years

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Malcolm Rifkind to stand down as an MP at the election after lobbying controversy
By Caroline Crampton - 24 February 10:30

The ex-foreign secretary has also resigned as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Natalie Bennett's gaffes give Labour hope. Photo: Getty
Natalie Bennett, Labour's secret weapon?
By Stephen Bush - 24 February 8:06

Labour think that Natalie Bennett's poor TV performances will hand them victory. Funnily enough, that's what the Conservatives think about them.

The proposed figure of £6.70 fails to meet the Chancellor's aim of restoring the minimum wage to its pre-recession value.
Osborne falls far short of £7 minimum wage target
By George Eaton - 23 February 18:19

The proposed figure of £6.70 fails to meet the Chancellor's aim of restoring the minimum wage to its pre-recession value. 

Michael Foot and his wife, Jill Craigie, leave the polling station in Blaenau Gwent. The election did not end well. (Getty)
Christopher Price: Reflections on a landslide
By Christopher Price - 23 February 16:34

June 17, 1983: Christopher Price, a defeated Labour MP, reflects on the party's landslide defeat.

Glasgow's missing millions
By Matt Kerr - 23 February 15:31

The SNP is disproportionately targeting Labour-run local authorities, a local councillor claims.

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