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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.

A father plays with his children in a park. Photo: Getty Images
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.

Manchester Town Hall. Photo: Getty Images
"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.

Andy Burnham leaves a Cabinet meeting, 2007. Photo: Getty Images
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.

The Labour leadership candidate was was relaxed, amusing and resonated authority and competence.
Yvette Cooper delivers unruffled performance at Press Gallery lunch
By George Eaton - 18 June 16:23

The Labour leadership candidate – often criticised for her lack of personality – appeared relaxed and amusing at a lunch for journalists.

Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper leave a Cabinet meeting in 2008. Photo: Getty Images
Here's why most polls about the Labour leadership race won't tell us anything
By Stephen Bush - 18 June 16:17

A new poll of Labour voters shows Yvette Cooper just behind Andy Burnham - but likely tells us little about the mood among party members. 

Margaret Hodge pictured at her Barking count. Photo: Getty Images
New select committee chairs for the 2010-5 Parliament announced
By New Statesman - 18 June 15:20

The 26 new Select Committee chairs have been announced.

Andy Burnham addresses Labour party conference in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Burnham is the man Labour needs to win back power in 2020
By Luciana Berger - 18 June 12:50

Andy Burnham knows that we don't win by imitating the Tories, but by being better than them, says Luciana Berger. 

How Green party members' long-term influence over policy leads to bizarre results
By Tim Wigmore - 18 June 9:58

How the Greens make - and then forget - their policies.

Tony Blair addresses Progress on the 20th anniversary of his election as Labour leader. Photo: Getty Images
Blairism isn't about moving right - it's about doing what's right
By Thom Brooks - 18 June 9:00

What matters is what works. The solutions have changed, but the spirit of Blairism would do Labour a power of good, argues Thom Brooks.

Yvette Cooper addresses Labour conference in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
Bet on Yvette? Is Yvette Cooper really the frontrunner in the Labour leadership?
By Stephen Bush - 17 June 23:37

The bookmakers make Andy Burnham the favourite. But Labour MPs of all stripes think that Yvette Cooper will be Labour's next leader.

A residential building site, in London. Photo: Getty Images
The solution to London's booming benefits bill - build more houses
By Emily Thornberry - 17 June 17:51

Now is the time for Labour to bring forward positive solutions to the underlying, systemic housing crisis in London, not blame its victims. We must build, not just for ourselves but for our children.

Chuka Umunna waits to address Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's leadership contenders are all white. Does that matter?
By Stephen Bush - 17 June 16:22

Either Labour's ethnic minority candidates aren't as good as their Tory equivalents - or Labour has a problem.

A Labour campaigner during the last days of the 2015 election campaign. Photo: Getty Images
Labour were beaten, yes, but we're not dead
By Shabana Mahmood - 17 June 13:43

Labour were knocked back last month, but we can rebuild, and we must. 

In this week’s magazine | Mini Mao
By New Statesman - 17 June 13:37

A first look at this week's issue.