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Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.
To be truly free, the NHS needs to scrap hospital parking charges
By Robert Halfon - 11 June 17:34

Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.

What the Lib Dem minister told a recent parliamentary party away day.
Exclusive: Danny Alexander: Lib Dems could be biggest party by 2025
By George Eaton - 11 June 14:43

What the Lib Dem minister told a recent parliamentary party away day.

In this week’s New Statesman | The last World Cup
By New Statesman - 11 June 13:43

A first look at this week’s magazine.

The PM believes the wind is blowing his way - and some in Labour fear he is right.
PMQs review: Miliband targets incompetence, but the momentum is with Cameron
By George Eaton - 11 June 13:23

The PM believes the wind is blowing his way - and some in Labour fear he is right.
 

J K Rowling. Photo: Getty
J K Rowling donates £1m to anti Scottish independence camp
By Lucy Fisher - 11 June 11:24

Harry Potter author helps plug campaign funding gap.

After the loss of her special adviser, the Home Secretary is now under attack over a huge backlog of passport appplications.
Is Theresa May's luck finally running out?
By George Eaton - 11 June 8:53

After the loss of her special adviser, the Home Secretary is now under attack over a huge backlog of passport appplications.

The government's policy of Individual Electoral Registration will make things worse.
One website won't solve the voter registration problem
By Stephen Twigg - 10 June 18:21

The government's policy of Individual Electoral Registration will make things worse.

Inequality is the single biggest threat to our economy, our society and to the wellbeing of the British people today.
Sadiq Khan's speech on inequality: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 10 June 12:00

Inequality is the single biggest threat to our economy, our society and to the wellbeing of the British people today.

Michael Gove about to make a speech on education earlier this year.
Gove urges schools to teach British values. But what are they?
By Lucy Fisher - 10 June 11:54

Liberal or pluralist multiculturalism?

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
To build a popular environmentalism we need to restore people's pride of place
By Ed Wallis - 09 June 18:57

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

Did she know the letter was going to be released at some point? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?
The questions Theresa May won't answer over her letter to Gove
By George Eaton - 09 June 16:10

Did she know the letter was going to be released? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?

Rosie the Riveter
More female plumbers, but they suffer worst pay gap
By Lucy Fisher - 09 June 15:09

Female tradespeople lose out.

Michael Gove and Theresa May. Photo: Getty
What the response to the Trojan Horse scandal reveals about today's outwardly cleaner politics
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 14:25

The response to the Trojan Horse scandal, which has arisen from a rift between two powerful cabinet secretaries, tells us that our politics has been cleaner – or at least quieter – than ever.

This week's summit must not be the culmination of the government's efforts.
We need to do go much further to end sexual violence in conflict
By Kerry McCarthy - 09 June 9:51

This week's summit must not be the culmination of the government's efforts.

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories.
Clegg's pledge to borrow to invest moves the Lib Dems closer to Labour
By George Eaton - 09 June 8:24

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories. 

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.
The pressure rises on Theresa May
By George Eaton - 08 June 17:18

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University
Universities urged to lower grade requirements for comprehensive pupils
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 17:00

A canny move by the Department for Education.

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain.
Labour should pledge to make the government a living wage employer
By Paul Hackett - 06 June 15:47

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain. 

Anti-fracking Protest Camp At Barton Moss
Get the frack off my land: reform of trespass laws explained
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 12:11

Controversial reform to trespass legislation will allow fracking firms to drill under your home without your permission. How big a dent is this to your land ownership rights?

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.
Labour makes official complaint over use of Conservative slogan in Queen's Speech
By George Eaton - 06 June 10:24

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters back the Tories to stop Ukip.
Tactical voting against Ukip is bad news for Farage
By George Eaton - 06 June 9:26

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters hold their noses and back the Tories to stop Ukip. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 06 June 6:48

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.
Tories comfortably defeat Ukip in Newark by-election
By George Eaton - 06 June 5:32

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.

US president says he wants the UK to remain "united" and that "it looks like things have worked pretty well".
Obama comes out against Scottish independence
By George Eaton - 05 June 15:48

US president says he wants the UK to remain "united" and that "it looks like things have worked pretty well".

A leaked Ofsted report says that pupils were not protected from extremist views.
May takes round one in battle with Gove
By George Eaton - 05 June 14:43

A leaked Ofsted report says that pupils were not protected from "the risks associated with extremist views".

Conservative MP for Totnes Sarah Wollaston
Sarah Wollaston to fight for health committee chairmanship
By Lucy Fisher - 05 June 12:45

Independently-minded Tory MP to run for post.

Remembering our D-Day heroes
By Vernon Coaker - 05 June 11:05

This anniversary marks one of the last chances we will have to thank them for their selflessness, courage, determination and sacrifice.

Election strategist Lynton Crosby has warned them that it helps Labour.
Why the Tories have stopped talking about the NHS
By George Eaton - 05 June 8:38

Election strategist Lynton Crosby has warned them that it helps Labour, which has a double-digit lead on the issue.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 05 June 7:32

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

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