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The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent.
"Tax Freedom Day" comes earlier for the rich than the poor
By John Hood - 28 May 9:53

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent. 

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay.
The polls that show why Clegg should stay as Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 28 May 8:19

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 28 May 7:26

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

Vince Cable at his party's conference last year. Photo: Getty
Vince Cable on leaked polling: “Lord Oakeshott’s actions are totally inexcusable”
By New Statesman - 27 May 18:06

The business secretary releases a statement saying that he has made it “very clear repeatedly” that Oakeshott does not act for him.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat party leader, at a public event where he is wearing safety goggles. Photo: Getty Images
Lib Dem torment is not all good news for Labour
By Rafael Behr - 27 May 12:24

Ed Miliband benefits when leftwing voters desert Nick Clegg but he suffers when moderate positions on Europe and immigration are shunted to the margins.

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.
The Pfizer / AstraZeneca takeover bid – the story of what Labour did and why
By Chuka Umunna - 27 May 10:25

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.

The Labour leader has broken with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.
Miliband will follow Blair's advice on an EU referendum but not on immigration
By George Eaton - 27 May 10:00

He has broken unambiguously with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.
Farage's gamble pays off - but where do Ukip go next?
By Tim Wigmore - 26 May 14:26

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.
Clegg should tell the rebels to "put up or shut up"
By Richard Morris - 26 May 13:24

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.

Clegg is unwilling to fall on his sword and the party isn't prepared to force him out.
The worst night yet for the Lib Dems - but Clegg will survive
By George Eaton - 26 May 9:51

Clegg is unwilling to fall on his sword and the party isn't prepared to force him out.
 

The party finished just one per cent ahead of the Tories.
Labour's poor Euro election result will intensify shadow cabinet row
By George Eaton - 26 May 3:34

The party finished just one per cent ahead of the Tories.
 

Nick Griffin, who has lost his seat as an MEP. Photo: Getty
"They’ve voted for Ukip’s racist policies instead": BNP leader Nick Griffin on losing his seat
By Helen Lewis - 26 May 0:11

The BNP leader has lost his seat as an MEP, completing the obliteration of the party as an electoral force.

Labour privately concedes defeat.
Ukip has won the European elections
By George Eaton - 25 May 22:38

Labour narrowly beats Tories.

Survey of 26,000 voters suggests Tories would lose 83 MPs with swing of 6.5 per cent to Labour.
Lord Ashcroft marginals poll shows Labour would win "comfortable majority"
By George Eaton - 24 May 14:49

Survey of 26,000 voters suggests Tories would lose 83 MPs with swing of 6.5 per cent to Labour.
 

Ed Miliband
Labour's little wins are not adding up to victory
By Rafael Behr - 23 May 22:56

There are heaps of voters who blame the governing parties for their problems. Not enough of them are looking to Ed Miliband for solutions.

A year after almost winning the Eastleigh by-election, Ukip didn't gain any council seats there.
Why Nigel Farage won’t run in Eastleigh
By Tim Wigmore - 23 May 19:18

A year after almost winning the Eastleigh by-election, Ukip didn't gain any council seats there.

Sources say senior figures such as Harriet Harman, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were not given the chance to make high-profile interventions.
Exclusive: Senior shadow cabinet members felt "shut out" from Labour election campaign
By George Eaton - 23 May 17:35

Sources say senior figures such as Harriet Harman, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were not given the chance to make high-profile interventions.

The party is on course for its best result in London since 1998 and has won in some key general election targets.
Labour gains in target seats offer party cause for hope
By George Eaton - 23 May 13:53

The party is on course for its best result in London since 1998 and has won in some key general election targets.

The party held onto Eastleigh and Sutton but lost Cambridge and Kingston.
Lib Dems endure mixed results in parliamentary seats
By George Eaton - 23 May 9:00

The party held onto Eastleigh and Sutton but lost Cambridge and Kingston.

The party has gained 82 seats in the local elections, but Labour is making dramatic progress in London.
Ukip surge shakes the three main parties
By George Eaton - 23 May 6:34

The party has gained 82 seats in the local elections, but Labour is making dramatic progress in London.

Vince Cable says the Lib Dem leader took a "gamble" by campaigning on Europe, while Lynne Featherstone says her party has lost its "humanity".
Senior Lib Dems turn on Clegg
By George Eaton - 23 May 0:27

Vince Cable says the Lib Dem leader took a "gamble" by campaigning on Europe, while Lynne Featherstone says her party has lost its "humanity".

The party should be straight with voters about how different types of migration have different impacts on Britain.
Labour can't promise to cut immigration, but it can promise a fairer deal
By Tim Finch - 22 May 22:40

The party should be straight with voters about how different types of migration have different impacts on Britain.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode forty-seven
By New Statesman - 22 May 16:32

European elections and the Ukip bubble, radical claims about genetics and race, and the lives of Bobcats (that is, die-hard Bob Dylan fans).

Cameron fears the collapse of the coalition. Labour fears a more popular centre-left leader.
Why both the Tories and Labour need Clegg to survive
By George Eaton - 22 May 15:47

Cameron fears the collapse of the coalition. Labour fears a more popular centre-left leader. 

Tim Wigmore visits Stoke-on-Trent to investigate the reasons for the BNP's decline - and wonders whether Ukip stand to benefit.
Why has the BNP collapsed?
By Tim Wigmore - 22 May 14:51

Tim Wigmore visits Stoke-on-Trent to investigate the reasons for the BNP's decline - and wonders whether Ukip stand to benefit.

Targets are missed on two fronts, with net migration up by 212,000 and the deficit up by £1.9bn.
Bad news for the Tories as net migration and the deficit rise
By George Eaton - 22 May 12:27

Targets are missed on two fronts, with net migration up by 212,000 and borrowing up by £1.9bn. 

The party needs large gains to demonstrate that it can win the general election and to compensate for possible defeat to Ukip in the Europeans.
Why a strong result in the local elections is so important for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 May 8:41

The party needs large gains to demonstrate that it can win the general election and to compensate for possible defeat to Ukip in the Europeans. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 22 May 7:27

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

Theresa May. Photo: Getty
Police Federation gets public funding withdrawn: is this Theresa May’s revenge for Plebgate?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 May 16:45

The home secretary delivers a blow to the Police Federation – by cutting all their government funding. What does this tell us about relations between the government and the police?

The party's pledge to build 300,000 homes a year is barely known.
Why are the Lib Dems so quiet about their housebuilding target?
By George Eaton - 21 May 15:28

The party's pledge to build 300,000 homes a year is barely known. 

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