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The Labour leader sought to present himself as a man with the ambition and imagination to speak for an alienated public.
Miliband frames himself as an anti-politician
By George Eaton - 04 June 17:23

The Labour leader presented himself as a man with the ambition and imagination to speak for an alienated public.

Alex Salmond as Kim Jong-il. Montage by Dan Murrell
Alistair Darling interview: “Salmond is behaving like Kim Jong-il”
By New Statesman - 04 June 14:05

In this week’s cover story, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley interviews Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, Labour MP and former chancellor. Darling is fighting back, with one hundred days to save the Union of Great Britain.

 

Cameron's caution prevailed over the Lib Dems.
Why was the ban on circus animals dropped from the Queen's Speech?
By George Eaton - 04 June 13:51

Cameron's caution prevailed over the Lib Dems.

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament
Queen’s speech at a glance
By Lucy Fisher - 04 June 12:43

A round-up of the legislative agenda announced for the coalition's last Parliament.

Dennis Skinner. Photo: YouTube
Queen's speech: Dennis Skinner's greatest hits, 2014 edition
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 June 11:52

"Coalition's last stand", Dennis Skinner asserted this morning, causing uproarious laughter in the Commons. Here's a collection of his most memorable Queen's speech interjections over the years.

The Home Secretary is now echoing the concerns raised for months by the opposition.
The Gove-May spat is a gift for Labour
By George Eaton - 04 June 9:34

The Home Secretary is now echoing the concerns raised for months by the opposition. 

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith will table a motion criticising the government for not giving voters the full power to recall MPs guilt of wrongdoing.
Cameron faces rebellion over recall bill "stitch up"
By George Eaton - 04 June 8:18

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith will table a motion criticising the government for not giving voters the full power to remove MPs guilt of wrongdoing. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 04 June 7:25

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

The party is still achieving record ratings in the national polls.
Newark doesn't show that Ukip's bubble has burst
By George Eaton - 03 June 15:40

The party is still achieving record ratings in the national polls. 

Stephen Dorrell. Photo: NHS Confederation/Flickr
Why has Stephen Dorrell stood down as health select committee chair?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 11:57

The Conservative MP is said to want to contribute to the healthcare debate "from a less overtly political position". 

Shadow justice secretary pre-empts expected Tory move by promising new guidance on the Human Rights Act.
Sadiq Khan tries to shoot the Tory fox on human rights reform
By George Eaton - 03 June 11:43

Shadow justice secretary pre-empts expected Tory move by promising new guidance on the Human Rights Act. 

An ambitious growth plan could be implemented with no public borrowing at all.
Why is the alternative to austerity kept such a secret?
By Michael Meacher - 03 June 9:50

An ambitious growth plan could be implemented with no public borrowing at all. 

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side.
The EU's wise advice to the UK shouldn't be ignored
By George Eaton - 03 June 8:39

It's not up to the unelected commission to determine Britain's policies, but it has reason and evidence on its side. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 03 June 7:30

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

Lord Ashcroft's poll puts them 15 points ahead of Ukip, but they trail Labour by nine points nationally.
Tories on course to comfortably win Newark by-election
By George Eaton - 02 June 16:37

Lord Ashcroft's poll puts them 15 points ahead of Ukip, but they trail Labour by nine points nationally.

Some MPs are urging Miliband to follow Cameron's example and refresh his team.
Will there be a Labour reshuffle?
By George Eaton - 02 June 15:03

Some MPs are urging Miliband to follow Cameron's example and refresh his team.

Progressive parties should use the opportunity of the economic recovery to suggest that politics can lift its sights.
To challenge nationalism, liberals must be bolder about what they can achieve
By Emran Mian - 02 June 11:13

Progressive parties should use the opportunity of the economic recovery to suggest that politics can lift its sights. 

By promising to save the most popular public service from a funding crisis, Miliband can put the Tories on the backfoot.
A tax rise for the NHS would be good policy and politics for Labour
By George Eaton - 02 June 8:46

By promising to save the most popular public service from a funding crisis, Miliband can craft a potent dividing line with the Tories.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 02 June 7:21

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

Ukip leader says "For half the country it benefited them, for the other half it didn't."
Farage tries to shed his Thatcherite skin
By George Eaton - 01 June 10:24

Ukip leader says "For half the country it benefited them, for the other half it didn't."

The government has grown in size but has seriously diminished in purpose.
Cameron's zombie government is out of ideas and out of steam
By Angela Eagle - 01 June 9:34

The government has grown in size but has seriously diminished in purpose.

The government must speak out firmly against her barbaric sentence and call on the Sudanese government to revoke it.
We must stand up for Meriam Ibrahim and other persecuted Christians
By Douglas Alexander - 31 May 9:22

The government must speak out firmly against her barbaric sentence and call on the Sudanese government to revoke it.

New legal loophole allows developers to shirk affordable housing obligations
Developers able to demolish affordable housing provision
By Lucy Fisher - 30 May 18:25

A new law is allowing property developers to wriggle out of their affordable housing obligations.

The party should face a far more rigorous examination of its unscientific beliefs
It's time to challenge Ukip over its climate change denial
By Bob Ward - 30 May 15:46

The party should face a far more rigorous examination of its unscientific beliefs.

Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove the public sector can be fiscally responsible.
Labour's axeman puts the left-wing case for deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 30 May 12:40

Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove they can be fiscally responsible.

Our boldest claims should be reserved not for data, but for the values we hold.
The Piketty row shows we should focus on the moral case against inequality
By Alison McGovern - 30 May 11:13

Our boldest claims should be reserved for the values we hold, not for uncertain data.

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.
Tories ahead in Newark by-election poll, but Ukip could still win
By George Eaton - 30 May 8:14

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 30 May 7:23

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

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system.
Grammar schools don’t help the poor – the evidence grows
By Tim Wigmore - 29 May 17:28

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system. 

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