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Kate Green MP: We must invest in research into asbestos-caused lung conditions
By Kate Green - 04 July 15:19

On Action for Mesothelioma Day, the shadow minister for disabled people writes about raising awareness of a fatal disease contracted from exposure to asbestos.

The Labour leader has asked radical questions but some have been disappointed with the answers.
On rail policy and more, Labour is leaving space to its left
By George Eaton - 04 July 14:22

Miliband has asked radical questions but the answers have been too cautious for some.

Welfare-to-work firms are being paid five times over for a job half done
By Harry Lambert - 04 July 13:59

The coalition has struggled to implement its Work Programme. Labour needs to ensure its latest ideas don't go awry if they make it into government.

Conservative MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard.
Can Cameron bring back powers from EU? "I'm cautiously pessimistic", says Mark Pritchard MP
By Lucy Fisher - 04 July 12:55

The senior Conservative MP and Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard discusses the EU, secret societies, adoption and animal welfare.

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."
Sadiq Khan's speech on the future of public services: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 04 July 12:07

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."

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Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones
By New Statesman - 04 July 10:36

Former No 10 communications director and News of the World editor is sentenced.

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Former children's minister: "I'll name and shame Commons paedophiles"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 July 8:54

Tim Loughton MP is threatening to name past high-profile “suspected paedophiles” in the Commons unless the government launches a full inquiry into historic MP sex abuse cases.

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£472,143: the value of a private education
By Tim Wigmore - 04 July 7:15

Those who go to private school will earn an average of £472,143 more than state-educated pupils by the age of 65.

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Episode Fifty-Two
By New Statesman - 03 July 16:47

Our team ask whether Ed Miliband is better off being a radical, Robin Ince explains why he hates Christmas and thinks we should ban it and we consider whether Facebook is evil.

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
Labour's opposition to an EU referendum is its trump card with business
By George Eaton - 03 July 16:36

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
 

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“One Nation – what the f*** does that mean?”: an interview with Paul Flynn MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 July 15:45

Nearing three decades in parliament, leftwing firebrand Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West, discusses Labour’s chances, laments modern politics, and reflects upon MPs disrespecting their elders.

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Blaming Lib Dem HQ over the Rennard allegations is wrong; party members must step up
By Richard Morris - 03 July 15:04

In a party that prides itself on the power its members have over procedure, perhaps it's they who should be blamed for the handling of the Rennard case.

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London is booming – so why are the Tories shedding votes there?
By Tim Wigmore - 03 July 14:32

Elections will be determined by micro attitudes to immigration, globalisation and the political class as much as the economy. 

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Ten reasons why Ed Miliband has to win in 2015
By Owen Smith - 03 July 11:53

With ten months to go to the general election, the shadow secretary of state for Wales Owen Smith lays out ten reasons why he believes the Labour party must win in 2015.

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Ed Balls’ corporate tax announcement is a pain for Scottish Labour
By Jamie Maxwell - 03 July 11:22

The shadow chancellor's recent praise of competitive rates of corporation tax makes life harder for the Scottish Labour party, which opposes the SNP's plan to reduce the corporate tax rate in Scotland.

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David Cameron to urge “silent majority” of Union supporters in Scotland to speak up
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 July 8:38

The Prime Minister will make a speech in Scotland today calling for Union backers to find their voice. They do need to speak up, but is the PM the right person to give these instructions?

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Failure to protect girls from FGM is a "national scandal", say MPs
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 8:16

A hard-hitting report today from the Home Affairs Committee blasts the authorities for failing to eliminate cutting in the UK and calls for new laws.

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.
Miliband champions business. Now he needs business to champion Miliband
By George Eaton - 03 July 7:34

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement.
The Tories want to buy Britain, but they're losing the campaigning battle
By Jon Ashworth - 02 July 17:06

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement. 

Inside this week’s New Statesman | After God
By New Statesman - 02 July 15:27

A first look at this week's magazine. 

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.
PMQs review: Miliband plays it safe by going on the NHS
By George Eaton - 02 July 13:19

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.

Miliband's party will not be cast as the only one that "doesn't trust the people".
Lib Dem decision not to guarantee EU referendum offers relief for Labour
By George Eaton - 02 July 11:15

Miliband's party will not be left as the only one that "doesn't trust the people".

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Why we can no longer say any job is a good job
By Dan Holden - 02 July 11:09

The political issues of work are not just employment and low pay; the idea of good work is also gaining political momentum, and should play a big role in policy after 2015.

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Sadiq Khan: Labour will look at extending youth justice system to age 21
By Sadiq Khan - 02 July 8:35

The shadow secretary of state for justice praises the success of the youth justice system and spells out how his party could harness this in government.

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MPs call for historical allegations of paedophile MP ring to be investigated
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 July 8:29

MPs are calling for an alleged network of paedophile politicians in the Eighties to be investigated. It's a story that has been under the radar until now.

"The socialism of the future will be about creating power together for individual freedom."
Jon Cruddas's speech on radical hope: full text
By New Statesman - 01 July 18:37

"The socialism of the future will be about creating power together for individual freedom."

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Councils aren't just about growth; we must remember their less glamorous services
By Simon Parker - 01 July 15:45

There isn’t much point in turning Manchester into an economic powerhouse if the city cannot afford to care for its elderly or deliver the leisure and culture services that help places thrive.

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Labour will put its money where its mouth is on devolution
By Lisa Nandy and Nic Dakin - 01 July 14:56

Two Labour MPs for northern constituencies describe how their party can harness the economic potential of northern cities, arguing that our economy is unbalanced but not divided.

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The two inconvenient truths about child poverty
By Alison Garnham - 01 July 14:02

The child poverty statistics are out today and show the figures are flatlining, but this isn't good enough.

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Why we should be more optimistic about our regional cities
By David Kirkby - 01 July 13:48

London is booming, yet evidence of urban success can also be found in Britain's other cities. We should be more optimistic about them. 

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