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The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change
By Bob Ward - 16 December 16:48

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

The BBC is right to broadcast Hilary Mantel's The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
By Douglas Beattie - 16 December 15:10

The fictional account of an IRA sniper targeting the Conservative Prime Minister threatens no one and shows the Corporation is in good shape.

William Hague's plans could be highly contentious, but it's time to address the English question
By Michael Kenny - 16 December 14:36

There is an increasingly compelling, precautionary case for constitutional reform, but William Hague's "hard" plans aren't positive or carefully calibrated enough.

The CIA report shows why we have to fight harder than ever for a liberal Britain
By Tim Farron - 16 December 13:05

Liberalism is not a given and it's under threat: we must fight for it.

Labour's real immigration problem lies neither in its policy proposals nor in its record
By Anthony Painter - 16 December 12:47

Ed Miliband is constantly talking about immigration; he just isn't making a strong enough case.

The party has denied Osborne the chance to brand it irresponsible while also maintaining dividing lines on future cuts.
How Labour avoided two traps on the deficit
By George Eaton - 16 December 12:19

The party has denied Osborne the chance to brand it irresponsible while also maintaining clear dividing lines on future cuts. 

What are the options for "English votes for English laws" plans?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 December 8:44

William Hague is set to announce government plans for "English votes for English laws". What are the options?

The Lib Dems will be a centre-right party after the election
By Harry Lambert - 15 December 19:38

If the Lib Dems lose almost half their MPs, what kind of party will remain? National and marginal polls suggest they have lost their left-wing.

Why Labour's anti-Ukip strategy is cleverer than it seems
By Tim Wigmore - 15 December 13:09

Focusing on education, housing and jobs – not just immigration – is more likely to win Ukip defectors back. 

People aren't stupid: they recognise there are different kinds of immigration
By Polly Billington - 15 December 12:51

Concern about immigration means different things in different parts of Britain. In Thurrock, it is rooted in the rapid and unrelenting change that globalisation has brought to the area.

Jim Murphy: I don't need Westminster or to consult Ed Miliband
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 December 11:50

The new Scottish Labour leader hits out.

What are the Monster Raving Loony Party’s election plans?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 December 11:23

Has the Official Monster Raving Loony Party maintained its identity following the loss of its iconic leader, Screaming Lord Sutch, and how will it approach the general election?

Ukip loses its second Basildon candidate as Kerry Smith resigns over homophobic and racist remarks
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 December 8:32

Following the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton pulling out, Ukip loses its second candidate to fight the South Basildon and East Thurrock seat.

New leader follows Tony Blair by announcing five new principles for the party's constitution, including commitment to patriotism.
Jim Murphy unveils plan to rewrite Scottish Labour's Clause IV
By George Eaton - 15 December 0:01

New leader emulates Tony Blair by announcing five new principles for the party's constitution, including commitment to patriotism. 

Labour leader promises a new law banning employers from undercutting workers' wages and conditions by exploiting migrants.
Miliband turns focus to immigration as Labour continues drive to address weaknesses
By George Eaton - 15 December 0:01

Labour leader promises a new law banning employers from undercutting workers' wages and conditions by exploiting migrants. 

More left-wing than David Cameron? Photo: Derek Bennett
Is Ukip’s rebranding working?
By Tim Wigmore - 14 December 12:44

That voters see the party as more left-wing than the Conservatives shows why it can take support off Labour. 

There is no sign of the updated Charter for Budget Responsibility that the Chancellor promised would be published by now.
What happened to Osborne's deficit trap for Labour?
By George Eaton - 14 December 12:17

There is no sign of the updated Charter for Budget Responsibility that the Chancellor promised would be published by now. 

Jim Murphy MP is elected Scottish Labour leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 December 10:47

The Labour MP for East Renfrewshire, former Scottish Secretary and former shadow cabinet member has won the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

How will our parties cope with the growing generational divide in today's politics?
By Rob Ford - 12 December 15:28

The rise of insurgent parties shows the growing political importance of the value differences which divide the nation’s old and young.

The irony of male cameramen issuing instructions to the protesters. All photos: Anoosh Chakelian
Irony alert: how a protest about porn turned into a lot of men gawping at women
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 December 13:57

At the porn protest outside parliament today, the people sitting on other people's faces behaved impeccably. So why did I come away feeling slightly dirty? Oh yes, because of the way some male cameramen behaved.

"A total distortion": Andy Burnham hits out at Nick Clegg's claims about Labour's NHS record
By Andy Burnham - 12 December 8:36

The shadow health secretary responds to the Deputy Prime Minister's attack on him during PMQs over "privatising" Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

As more people rent, politicians can't rely on the same old home-owning swing voters
By Alex Hilton - 11 December 14:14

Parties will have to shift focus as, by the next census in 2021, roughly 104 parliamentary seats will have a majority of households that are renting.

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."
Miliband all but rules out a VAT rise under Labour
By George Eaton - 11 December 13:15

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."

Ed Miliband finds £500m of efficiency savings in the local government budget
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 12:04

The Labour leader announced the result of his party's zero-based review in his speech on the deficit.

Ed Balls: We will cut every year until the deficit is down
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 8:25

As Labour confronts the deficit problem today, the shadow chancellor warns his shadow cabinet colleagues that they will make cuts every year.

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels.
Miliband confronts Labour's deficit problem and opens new dividing line on the state
By George Eaton - 10 December 22:00

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels. 

Jamal Edwards: "If hundreds of thousands of kids registered, that could sway the election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 18:07

The media entrepreneur Jamal Edwards on politics, his past, and why young people should make sure they register to vote – even if it's to spoil their ballot papers.

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