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Meet Ollie Middleton, the teenager running to be a Labour MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 January 8:27

Ollie Middleton, a 19-year-old student, is the Labour candidate for Bath fighting to become parliament’s youngest ever member.

Jobs at any price are not enough to close the living standards gap
By Katie Schmuecker - 19 January 17:14

Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families. 

Tory supporters warn the PM against out-Ukipping Ukip on immigration
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 January 16:48

Most Conservative supporters want more immigration, not less, according to the centre-right think tank, Bright Blue.

Nearly half of MPs don't want to spend any money preparing for driverless cars
By Barbara Speed - 19 January 15:36

Mostly because they don't know much about them.

Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennett on campaign poster
"What are you afraid of, boys?" The Green Party leader attacks Westminster's "three amigos"
By Ashley Cowburn - 19 January 14:37

As membership of the party grows to 44,175 in England and Wales, the party leader, Natalie Bennett, attacks the old boys' club of Westminster.

For the first time since the referendum, the polls show a swing against the SNP.
Is Labour starting to turn the tide in Scotland?
By George Eaton - 19 January 14:08

For the first time since the referendum, the polls show a swing against the SNP. 

How religious – and Islamic – is the UK?
By May2015 - 19 January 13:47

By one measure, nearly 60 per cent of Britons are religious. By another, fewer than 15 per cent are. 5 per cent of us identify as Muslim.

Broadcasters need the tension and drama of the leaders' TV debates too much to let them go
By Douglas Beattie - 19 January 12:49

Those who believe a "chicken" Prime Minister won’t go in for the televised leaders' debates are living in cloud cuckoo land.

There are different rules for women and men, both in front of and behind the camera. Photo: Getty
House of Lords wakes up to sexism in the newsroom
By Karen Ross - 19 January 12:07

Yet this report stops short of recognising the endemic sexism that means only one in every four expert contributors to flagship news programmes are women.

By trying to disguise its failures, Clegg's party is yet again treating young voters contempt.
We won't let the Lib Dems run away from their record
By Lisa Nandy - 18 January 8:48

By trying to disguise its failures, Clegg's party is yet again treating young voters contempt. 

students marching against tuition fees in central London
Where is Labour heading with its tuition fee pledge?
By Ashley Cowburn - 16 January 16:45

Ed Miliband has hinted at a big announcement on higher education, an area where the party seems confused at best.

Young people make themselves easy to ignore – but politicians are also to blame
By Tim Wigmore - 16 January 15:55

The damage to student voting registration numbers can only be mitigated.

Shared parental leave will deliver the flexibility that couples want
By Jo Swinson - 16 January 15:06

New rules mean working couples can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay.

Backbenchers who were in despair last autumn are confident that their party has had the best start to the year.
Why Labour MPs are in such good spirits
By George Eaton - 16 January 14:44

Backbenchers who were in despair last autumn are confident that their party has had the best start to the year. 

The question about the election is not whether Labour will govern, but how?
By Neal Lawson and Adam Lent - 16 January 12:47

If it wins the election, how will Labour rule with such weak underlying assumptions about our society and economy?

Why a Labour win in May might not stop us sleepwalking to Brexit
By Roger Liddle - 16 January 12:03

Pro-Europeans should speak up.

Andy Botham at the helm of the train
Andy Botham: the socialist train driver running against the Tory Transport Secretary
By Ashley Cowburn - 16 January 11:26

Having driven trains along the routes between Sheffield, London and Nottingham for 25 years, Andy Botham believes he is now on track to unseating Patrick McLoughlin in May 2015.

Labour leader says new individual registration system is "David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s final insult to young people".
Miliband attacks "scandal" of missing million voters from electoral register
By George Eaton - 15 January 22:14

Labour leader says new individual registration system is "David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s final insult to young people". 

A man raises a pen during a rally in support of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Seventy-Three
By New Statesman - 15 January 17:29

Election debates, blasphemy and Bitcoin.

What will happen if the broadcasters try to empty-chair Cameron in the TV debates?
By Charlie Cadywould - 15 January 17:02

The Prime Minister has refused to participate in the televised leaders' debates unless the Greens are included. Could he be empty-chaired, and what would happen if so?

The Green Party's UK-wide membership has overtaken Ukip's
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 January 16:20

2,000-strong overnight surge.

A crisis of priorities: NHS versus Trident
By Kate Hudson - 15 January 11:45

With billions being spent on nuclear weapons, the A&E crisis is one of the government’s choosing.

Where does the Labour party stand on English votes for English laws?
By Charlie Jeffery - 15 January 11:24

Time for the party to think of England.

Shadow chancellor uses US trip to warn that Washington is asking "Why is David Cameron proposing to take such big risks with Britain's economic future?"
Balls challenges Cameron with warning of US anxiety over EU withdrawal
By George Eaton - 15 January 11:08

Shadow chancellor uses his own US trip to warn that Washington is asking "Why is David Cameron proposing to take such big risks with Britain's economic future?"

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