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People only think welfare should be cut because the coalition is misleading them
By May2015 - 07 November 13:47

The public’s appetite for benefits cuts collapses when voters are offered a more accurate measure of “welfare”.

Why hasn't 2014 been the year of the pay rise?
By Gavin Kelly - 07 November 11:38

Average pay growth has been dragged down this year by important shifts in the workforce – but the underlying wage trend has turned marginally positive.

"Divided parties lose elections": Labour is warned to keep it together
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 November 9:03

How is Labour reacting to its crisis of leadership this week?

What's behind the surprising success of raising tuition fees?
By Tim Wigmore - 07 November 7:48

Disadvantaged pupils are not put off by the rise in fees; demand for studying at university is now at a record high.

In an exclusive interview, the left-wing shadow cabinet minister discusses his new role as a senior adviser to Ed Miliband.
Jon Trickett: Labour must remember every day that it's a "democratic socialist" party
By George Eaton - 07 November 2:02

In an exclusive interview, the left-wing shadow cabinet minister discusses his new role as a senior adviser to Ed Miliband. 

“Things have changed rapidly in the last 48 hours”: what’s going on in the Labour party?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 November 17:36

Talk of meltdown in the Labour party is dominating the news, but what is actually happening?

Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern
By Bob Ward - 06 November 15:06

The former Chancellor is trying to turn science on its head to woo climate change "sceptics" from the Conservatives and Ukip.

Which Tory MPs haven't campaigned in Rochester yet, and what does this tell us?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 November 12:36

The chief whip, Michael Gove, names and shames the Tory MPs who haven't yet visited Rochester and Strood to campaign against a Ukip win.

Powell is named vice chair of the election campaign with left-winger Trickett made a senior adviser.
Miliband promotes key allies Lucy Powell and Jon Trickett in Labour reshuffle
By George Eaton - 05 November 19:54

Powell is named vice chair of the election campaign with left-winger Trickett made a senior adviser. 

Why the poor pay more, and it's high time for a living wage
By Katie Schmuecker - 05 November 15:53

During Living Wage Week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Katie Schmuecker explores the impact of paying the Living Wage, and why more needs to be done to wipe out the poverty premium.

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The academics behind a study that shows EU migrants make a net contribution to our economy on the positive impact of recent immigrants.

How Labour lost its vote
By Andrew Harrop - 05 November 13:55

How did the Labour party lose support, and where have its votes gone?

Renters need reform now – not the promise of a house in seven years
By Dan Wilson Craw - 05 November 13:47

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Labour and the unions must develop an alternative to the public sector pay freeze
By David Coats and John Tizard - 05 November 13:36

The Labour public sector agenda should include excellent services and decent pay.

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength.
PMQs review: Miliband shows his confidence on the EU
By George Eaton - 05 November 13:28

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength. 

In this week’s New Statesman | Running out of time
By New Statesman - 05 November 12:54

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Mark Reckless: "Some Tory MPs will be watching me very closely in this by-election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 12:40

The Tory-turned-Ukip defector talks by-election tactics, potential future defections, and how he'd prefer sitting with Ukip MPs in Westminster than Holocaust-deniers in the European Parliament.

EU migrants add £20bn to our GDP: but is the UK more generous in benefits than its neighbours?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 9:29

A new UCL study shows that European migrants are not a drain on our resources, but what about the perception that Britain is an "El Dorado" for immigrants?

Chuka Umunna announces a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership
By New Statesman - 04 November 21:30

If Labour gets in, Lord Davies will lead a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership, as he did for gender diversity.

Osborne's personal tax summaries are not transparent: they don't break down welfare spending
By Moussa Haddad - 04 November 16:09

Why the Chancellor's personal tax summaries are the wrong type of transparency.

The government is trying to slip Trident replacement through the backdoor
By Kate Hudson - 04 November 16:01

The Mutual Defence Agreement is a US-UK nuclear deal that lays the foundation for replacing our Trident nuclear weapons system – it must be exposed and challenged.

The Barnett Formula defined one political generation; it may yet define another
By Douglas Beattie - 04 November 15:49

A closer look at the controversial financial and cultural legacy of the Barnett Formula, following its creator's death this week.

Lynne Featherstone to replace Norman Baker at the Home Office
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 November 13:07

The Dfid minister will replace Norman Baker at the Home Office.

If we had enough housing and better wages, immigration wouldn't be our top concern
By Tim Farron - 04 November 10:12

We need to do something positive about the problems communities face, rather than dishonestly blaming immigrants for all our country’s challenges.

Migrant workers are being exploited in the UK – we must take action
By Steve Barclay - 04 November 9:04

Today's Modern Slavery Bill is a vital opportunity to challenge exploitation of workers; slavery isn’t a thing of the past – it’s just less visible.

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