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Politics condemned Harriet Harman as "One of Those Women" after her sexism speech
By Sadie Smith - 11 July 11:26

If you’re a female MP being asked about sexism in parliament, you're expected to file it under Worse Things Happen At Sea, lest you appear weak or, a worse, “One of Those Women.”

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"Gamed out"? At least Ed Miliband's in the news cycle
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 July 9:13

Labour's policy review chief was recorded saying his leader is being "gamed out" by the media. But at least Ed's making the news, unlike his political opponents.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Three
By New Statesman - 10 July 18:59

The Conservative Party's lady troubles, Mark Lawson on the Monty Python reunion and the government's emergency data laws.

Health Secretary agrees to look at Labour MP's plan to raise National Insurance to fund higher spending.
Jeremy Hunt to meet Frank Field to discuss NHS funding crisis
By George Eaton - 10 July 18:22

Health Secretary agrees to look at Labour MP's plan to raise National Insurance to fund higher spending. 

Female MPs photographed outside Parliament in May to campaign for the return of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Female MPs in the press: slated or ignored
By Lucy Fisher - 10 July 15:36

A new study hints at sexism in the press.

You are probably becoming more conservative
By Harry Lambert - 10 July 13:11

New research suggests we are defined by the political events we experience between 14 and 24. But they may only shape us so much – voters appear to drift to the right over time.

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey.
Exclusive: Jo Swinson tipped to enter cabinet in Lib Dem reshuffle
By George Eaton - 10 July 13:01

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey. 

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To save the NHS, Labour must face the ugly truth of PFI debts
By Benedict Cooper - 10 July 11:38

Labour is right to focus on rescuing the NHS from the harm done by this government, but must face the truth that it was the party that introduced private finance into the health service in the first place.

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Why our policy-makers have little idea of what workers are really paid
By Laura Gardiner - 10 July 11:03

None of the official wage measures include the self-employed – who are 4.5m people – one in seven of all workers.

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Cross-party agreement on emergency police powers to access our data
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 July 9:09

The PM and Nick Clegg will unveil new emergency powers to protect the police’s right to access our data. Labour is to accept the bill, which is a good move.

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Frozen out of the recovery: 2,245 reasons why public sector workers are on strike today
By Fiona Twycross - 10 July 7:44

The TUC’s calculation that public sector workers are on average £2,245 worse off in real terms since this government came to power is timely, and explains today's strikes.

Despite the media assault on Miliband, the party is seven points ahead.
Why Labour is cheered by its continuing poll lead
By George Eaton - 09 July 17:18

Despite the media assault on Miliband and the strengthening economic recovery, the party is seven points ahead. 

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Storing carbon emissions is ambitious, but that's no excuse for the coalition to ignore it
By Tom Greatrex - 09 July 15:46

Carbon Capture and Storage is key to decarbonisation – but it is being neglected by the coalition.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was forced to explain Treasury approval for Universal Credit today.
Treasury backing for Universal Credit scrutinised
By Lucy Fisher - 09 July 15:40

Iain Duncan Smith said that the business case for universal credit has been approved by the Treasury, but only up to 2015.

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Face it, PMQs is better viewing than committees where the narcoleptic fear to tread
By Sadie Smith - 09 July 14:11

In defence of Westminster's weekly Punch and Judy session.

In this week’s New Statesman | The end of the red-top era
By New Statesman - 09 July 13:57

A first look at this week's magazine.

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory.
PMQs review: Cameron scrapes a dirty win
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:25

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory. 

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Hedge fund managers vs grassroots campaigners: who will dictate the result in 2015?
By Tim Wigmore - 09 July 13:10

If Labour’s campaign proves substandard in ten months, the reasons will lie far deeper than hedge fund managers bankrolling the Conservatives. 

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Why are there 200 muddy wellies on the steps of Defra today?
By Guy Shrubsole - 09 July 12:40

It's time for the PM to sack the Environment Secretary, argue campaigners.

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Damian McBride accuses Harriet Harman of “utter bilge” about sexism in the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 July 9:22

Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor hits out at the deputy Labour leader for comments about sexism in politics. But female politicians' personal anecdotes are important and shouldn't be stifled.

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Yes, Prime Minister: why the civil service must give PMs room for long-term thinking
By Jill Rutter - 09 July 8:19

The capacity for longer-term, cross-cutting policy development has to be part of the core offer the Cabinet Secretary makes to an incoming prime minister.

 Bottles of antibiotics line a shelf at a Publix Supermarket pharmacy August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty Images
What next, when the drugs won’t work?
By Zac Goldsmith - 08 July 17:06

The government has made progress on the urgent crisis of antimicrobial resistance, but sustained public pressure is still needed, says Zac Goldsmith.

Have we become more left-wing?
By Harry Lambert - 08 July 17:01

Where is the centre ground in British politics? A recent comment from Peter Mandelson, a once powerful and still perennial political figure, has sparked another round of answers to this eternal question.

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Ed Miliband needs more than a simple swing from Whitehall to Town Hall
By Matthew Pike - 08 July 15:33

Labour still has much to do to combat the vampire squid of austerity thinking that threatens to suck the lifeblood out of UK politics.

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Politicians must address the fact that Britain's middle class is rapidly sinking
By Steven Akehurst - 08 July 11:58

The idea of middle class decline is too often met with derision, especially among progressives, but all our politicians should be talking about it.

A recovering economy could hand Osborne the Tory leadership
By Harry Lambert - 08 July 10:53

The Chancellor's personal approval ratings move in line with the government's, and a strong year of growth has reversed his dire ratings. 

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Listen: Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt reveals her experience of child abuse
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 July 8:17

Tessa Munt MP, who has been campaigning for a full inquiry into child abuse allegations, reveals that she has been a victim of child abuse.

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How Labour can turn the NHS into its general election winner again

Labour’s first radical health policy was a promise of survival through medical crises; today's updated version should be a pledge to deliver not only longer lives but healthier lives for all.

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
Universal Credit business case still not approved by the Treasury
By George Eaton - 07 July 19:50

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".

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Why the government’s claims on regional growth don’t stack up
By Chuka Umunna - 07 July 16:35

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna on why Labour's plans for regional growth are a better solution than the government's flagship Regional Growth Fund.