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Chuka Umunna addresses a Labour party rally. Photo:Getty Images
Why we are endorsing Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership
By Chuka Umunna - 26 May 10:20

Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Stephen Twigg and Jonathan Reynolds - Chuka Umunna's leadership team - explain why they're backing Liz Kendall's campaign for the Labour leadership.

The Queen’s Speech: To fix our economy and protect our planet we must invest for the future
By Caroline Lucas - 26 May 9:53

The Green take on what parliament's focus should be following its opening this week.

Ed Miliband gives a speech in the final days of his election campaign. Photo: Getty Images
How do you solve a problem like inequality?
By Max Harris - 26 May 8:00

A new book suggests how the struggle against inequality might survive the defeat of Ed Miliband. 

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
Why I'm backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader
By Ivan Lewis - 25 May 8:00

Liz Kendall is the only candidate who can bring about the change Labour needs to win.

Gay marriage campaigners celebrate Ireland's Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Just 22 years after homosexuality was legalised, Ireland votes yes to gay marriage
By Helen Lewis - 23 May 21:44

More than 62 per cent of people voted in favour of the change.

Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
"I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 17:42

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat.

Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 15:49

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital.

Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images
Why we're backing Sadiq Khan to win for London
By Oona King and Margaret Hodge - 22 May 14:40

Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination

Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images
Labour must ensure the widest possible debate, or the party will lose again
By Ben Bradshaw - 22 May 14:31

Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again.

Listen to the people, not big business, on the EU. Photo: Getty
The Greens: Stop big business dominating Britain's EU debate, and give young people a say
By Natalie Bennett - 22 May 13:33

The leader of the Green party writes why her party is in favour of an EU referendum, campaigning to stay in, and also for young people to have a voice.

Alan Johnson, on the campaign trail in Hull. Photo:Getty Images
Having an interim leader would be a disaster for Labour
By Kevin Meagher - 22 May 13:20

Far from revitalising Labour, having an interim leader would just damage it further.

David Cameron addresses the UK border force. Photo:Getty Images.
The question that Labour's leadership hopefuls must answer: how to win the European referendum
By Richard Howitt - 22 May 11:36

My appeal today to the candidates at Westminster is to stop just telling us you want a referendum, and to start telling us how you're going to win it.

The Labour London mayoral candidate's team includes Heidi Alexander, Marcus Roberts and Polly Billington.
Who's who on Team Sadiq
By George Eaton - 22 May 11:22

The Labour London mayoral candidate's team includes Heidi Alexander, Marcus Roberts and Polly Billington.

The Labour leadership contenders face off at Progress conference. Photo:Getty Images
First survey of the contest shows Andy Burnham ahead and the deputy leadership too close to call
By Stephen Bush - 22 May 10:00

LabourList's membership survey puts Andy Burnham in a strong first place for the leadership, with Tom Watson and Stella Creasy tied for the deputy leadership.

Children play outside an estate in Govan, Glasgow.Photo: Getty Images
Good news for families? The costs of the Conservatives are higher than you think
By Lindsay Judge - 22 May 8:01

Children have been the biggest losers over the last five years - and as a new report shows, there is more to come.

David Cameron can't keep blaming it all on the Liberal Democrats
By Marley Morris - 21 May 18:47

Now he doesn't have those pesky Liberal Democrats to blame, David Cameron will soon find that his migration policies are a political and legal headache. 

The NS Podcast #94: Left-leaning dramatic readings
By New Statesman - 21 May 18:13

Plus, a special (out of season) Easter Egg.

Caroline Lucas, the Green's sole MP, and Natalie Bennett, the party's leader. Photo: Getty Images
The Greens failed. Now they must find a way to "fail better"
By Jonathon Porritt - 21 May 17:11

Thank goodness for our failures. 

Lucy Powell and Neil Kinnock expected to endorse Labour leadership frontrunner.
Burnham set to win further support among Miliband allies
By George Eaton - 21 May 16:41

Lucy Powell and Neil Kinnock expected to endorse Labour leadership frontrunner. 

Labour leadership candidate backs the 2 per cent defence spending target and free schools.
Five things we learned from Liz Kendall at the Press Gallery
By George Eaton - 21 May 15:18

Labour leadership candidate backs the 2 per cent defence spending target and free schools. 

How can Britain celebrate Magna Carta and leave the ECHR in the same year?

So the Magna Carta does not set Britain apart from the rest of Europe. It is the expression of the common European values that we have all come to embrace, but that we must never take for granted.

Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam Gonzales Durantez, on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
What happened to the Lib Dems - and will they be back?
By Tim Wigmore - 21 May 13:06

The Liberal Democrats went down to an epochal defeat - and they might never recover. 

It's apathy, not shy No voters, that may sink the Republic of Ireland's equal marriage referendum
By Ciara Dunne - 21 May 11:57

The Republic of Ireland is on the brink of making history this week. But a low turnout could still sink the Yes side.

Immigrants cannot be wished away. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's immigration “failure” is underpinning the economy's success
By Tim Wigmore - 21 May 11:36

When will politicians make the positive case for immigration?

Something new and something blue: the key to Labour's future?
By Duncan O'Leary - 21 May 8:59

Might Blue Labour offer to the key to reviving New Labour? And what would both have to concede?

Why did the voters reject Labour?
By James Morris - 21 May 8:00

In voters’ eyes, Labour’s problem over the last five years was too little change, not too much.

In this week’s New Statesman | The real opposition
By New Statesman - 20 May 15:12

A first look at this week's magazine.

“This crying wolf has to stop”: Theresa May attacks the police again
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 May 14:17

Tough on crimestoppers, tough on the causes of crimestoppers.

Why David Cameron will not lead the UK out of Europe
By Tim Wigmore - 20 May 13:31

Nigel Farage could do for Brexit what Nick Clegg did for electoral reform.

Labour must abandon the dangerous language of "wealth creators"
By David Blagden - 20 May 12:12

The reality is that everyone, not just business owners, create wealth.