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Watch: Tessa Jowell's One London campaign video
By New Statesman - 24 June 11:42

Tessa Jowell re-introduces herself to Labour and to Londoners with a slick new video.

Enola Gay, the first nuclear bomber, goes on display. Photo: Getty Images
Trident's an outdated waste. Even the military say so
By Kate Hudson - 24 June 8:00

A new report shows how antiquated our nuclear deterrent is.

David Cameron during Xi Jinping's visit to Britain. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's sums don't add up - his cuts would hurt, not help, the working poor
By Spencer Thompson - 23 June 16:39

Cameron's merry-go-round isn't as crazy as it sounds - and his attempts to fix it would deal real damage. 

Here's why I, and 324 councillors, are backing Tessa Jowell for London Mayor
By Peter Mason - 23 June 15:44

We require three things of our next Mayor: the ability to win the confidence of Londoners; the determination to change our city for the better; and the experience of getting things done. 

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If anything, the BBC tilts to the right
By Douglas Beattie - 23 June 13:44

The role of newspapers in shaping the news agenda has given the institution a right-wing editorial bias. 

David Cameron and George Osborne attend the Queen's Speech. Photo: Getty Images
The government should be tackling low pay, not hitting the lowest paid
By Stephen Timms and Chris Leslie - 23 June 11:19

The government's plans to cut £12bn from the welfare bill are aiming at the wrong target, say Chris Leslie and Stephen Timms.

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Why are we so certain that Jeremy Corbyn can't win?
By Stephen Bush - 23 June 9:22

There is a path to victory for Jeremy Corbyn. A fraught one, but it's there.

Flags of Greece and the European Union fly over the Acropolis in Greece. Photo: Getty Images
Greece moves closer to a deal
By New Statesman - 23 June 8:00

The government in Athens has given way on key proposals, reviving hopes of a deal between Greece and its creditors. 

Ed Miliband waits to address the party faithful. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron has borrowed Ed Miliband's methods. He may end up with Ed Miliband's fate
By Stephen Bush - 22 June 16:30

David Cameron has come around to Ed Miliband's way of thinking on the welfare bill. He could end up in the same dead end.

A Labour canvasser gets ready to go out on the doors. Photo: Getty Images
The Labour leadership race has been obsessed with personalities. Here's what it really needs
By Michael Meacher - 22 June 15:59

Rather than focussing on the faces at the top, Labour needs to think about what's going on underneath the surface, says Michael Meacher.

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Norman Lamb: "It's important and central to my liberalism" for the Lib Dem leader to have voted for gay marriage
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 June 15:25

The Lib Dem leadership contender on his experience of government, what separates him from his rival Tim Farron, and his unlikely involvement in London’s grime scene.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses an anti-austerity march. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's new leader has one mission: avoiding extinction
By Robert Corfe - 22 June 15:03

Labour truly needs just "one more heave" - until their final extinction. 

Anti-austerity marchers take to the streets in London. Photo: Getty Images
Tweet "in solidarity" if you want, but don't kid yourself it changes anything
By Rosie Fletcher - 22 June 11:59

If you want things to change, if you want to end austerity, your tweet of solitary solidarity is as good as writing your wishes in your teenage diary. You do not change the world by telling people that you wish you could. You express your solidarity with people by marching at their side. 

Ed Miliband addresses Scottish Labour conference. Photo: Getty Images
Who will win the Labour leadership election? It's a little early to tell
By Tim Bale - 22 June 8:02

Forget what bookmakers and journalists are saying - our poll of party members finds it all too close to call, reveal Tim Bale and Paul Webb.

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This Father's Day, spare a thought for Britain's youngest dads
By Javed Khan - 21 June 9:00

Thanks to the government's changes to benefits, this may be the last Father's Day that many young fathers can spent with their children alone.

Refugees from Syria huddle under a makeshift tent in Turkey. Photo: Getty Images
The world is gripped by the biggest refugee crisis in its history. Britain must act
By Gavin Shuker - 20 June 10:48

Britain has retreated from the world - and left the most vulnerable to fend for themselves.

A protester moves a balloon with David Cameron's likeness at the recent G7 summit. Photo: Getty Images
Government policy has long seen British Muslims as bystanders at best, suspects at worst. Today is just more of the same
By Maria Norris - 19 June 17:08

David Cameron’s call this morning for “Muslims” to be vigilant about terror in their midst did not come from a clear blue sky. 

Prime Minister Tony Blair walks and talks with Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: Getty Images
Warning to the Labour leadership candidates: don't turn inwards, but look out, to Britain and to the wider world
By Seb Dance - 19 June 16:59

Labour's leadership hopefuls must look out into the wider world if they are to grasp the scale of the change we need, warns Seb Dance MEP in an open letter.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves speaks at the Labour conference in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images.
The shadow chancellor is the real deputy. Who will it be?
By George Eaton - 19 June 16:56

Rachel Reeves, Chris Leslie and Chuka Umunna are the leading candidates. 

The NS Podcast #98: A Clockwork Orange is the New Black
By New Statesman - 19 June 16:49

Plus: the leadership races continue.

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"I'll be a prisoner in my own home" - the cruellest cut of all is just around the corner
By Stuart Rodger - 19 June 15:55

The Independent Living Fund has transformed the lives of the disabled people who use it. But now it's under threat. 

George Osborne, the Chancellor, joins the Chelsea football team with the European Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Today's borrowing figures are good news - but we're not out of the woods yet
By Nida Broughton - 19 June 14:30

Britain will need five more years like this if George Osborne is to have any chance of balancing the books, warns Nida Broughton.

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McKeever: Burnham supports LGBT rights and has the experience to win
By Kevin McKeever - 19 June 13:48

Andy Burnham's record on LGBT issues has come under scrutiny - but, says former Labour candidate Kevin McKeever, he has no case to answer: and the experience to win, too. 

Iain Duncan Smith leaves the first Conservative-only Cabinet meeting since 1997. Photo: Getty Images
What would real welfare reform look like?
By Spencer Thompson - 19 June 12:33

Britain's welfare bill can be reduced without eliminating the safety net - but not with a series of crude caps or freezes, explains Spencer Thompson.

Nicola Sturgeon surrounded by SNP activists. Photo: Getty
One in 50 adults in Scotland is now a member of the SNP – what does this mean for its future?
By David Torrance - 19 June 12:24

The party is acutely aware that it needs to keep hold of its 90,000 new members.

Andy Burnham addresess Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Burnham has questions to answer on LGBT rights
By Benjamin Butterworth - 19 June 11:33

We wouldn’t accept this voting record from a Tory leader. So why should it be OK for a Labour leader? 

Alan Johnson addresses a press conference in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Alan Johnson to lead Labour campaign to keep Britain in the European Union
By Stephen Bush - 19 June 8:30

Alan Johnson, the popular former Home Secretary, will lead Labour's campaign to stay in the European Union.

Jon Stewart, departing anchor of the Daily Show, pictured on set. Photo: Getty Images
Watch: Jon Stewart on the Charleston church shooting
By New Statesman - 19 June 8:03

The host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart, gives a powerful speech in response to the shooting of nine black people in a Charleston church.

David Cameron outside Downing Street for the recent visit of Michelle Obama. Photo: Getty Images
Britain must walk the walk as well as talk the talk in order to get a global deal on climate change
By Caroline Flint - 18 June 18:07

The United Nations climate change conference in Paris is less than six months away. The UK can only show leadership abroad if walk the walk as well as talk the talk.