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Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to address Labour conference
By George Eaton - 16 September 22:00

Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality. 

Why does the US take rape in prison more seriously than England and Wales?
By Andrew Neilson - 16 September 16:38

Recorded sexual assaults in prison are on the rise, with research suggesting the true extent of the problem is hidden and under-reported.

"He's a f***ing liar": Ed Miliband is mobbed by Yes supporters in Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 16:28

The Labour leader was mobbed in Edinburgh by anti-Union activists today.

A revolution against top-down control will work best if the UK stays together
By Steve Reed and Andrew Burns - 16 September 14:34

The state has tried to control too much from the centre for too long: a No vote in the Scottish referendum should bring about a change in where power lies.

The age of the referendum: why do politicians offer them, and do we trust them?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 September 13:18

What explains the surge in politicians using referendums, and why hasn't the British public embraced them?

The world's largest McDonald's restaurant in Olympic Park. Photo: Getty.
Fast food walkouts: how do US employment rights differ from UK conditions?
By Maya Oppenheim - 16 September 12:55

The recent wave of fast food strikes in the US has shed fresh light on the employment conditions of workers in the UK.

Pro-Union party leaders in last-minute power pledge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 8:30

The leaders of Westminster’s three main parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland.

The most jobless parts of the UK are in Birmingham and Bradford
By Harry Lambert - 15 September 17:48

What is the quality of work across the UK? In most constituencies the average job is quite similar, but at either end daily life is very different.

What is the attitude of Scotland's migrant community towards independence?
By David Graves - 15 September 11:24

Many of Scotland's newest residents feel every bit as Scottish as any born-and-bred Highlander. What's less certain is whether that's how the Highlander sees it.

How would the government and civil service deal with a Scottish Yes vote?
By Emran Mian - 15 September 10:26

The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?

It is time to recognise the benefits of social housing
By Andrew Rynham - 15 September 9:52

What are the benefits of the social rented sector, and why must current and future governments significantly raise current levels of social housing construction?

Is Britain preparing to step up its response to Islamic State?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 8:56

The Foreign Secretary is meeting foreign leaders today to discuss plans to tackle extremist militants in Iraq and Syria.

David Cameron will make his final plea to Scotland not to vote Yes
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 September 7:57

The Prime Minister is flying to Scotland today to make his final case to voters not to opt for independence.

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated.
Social Democrat victory in Swedish election marred by far-right surge
By George Eaton - 14 September 23:37

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats finish third as Cameron's ally Fredrik Reinfeldt is defeated. 

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else?
Alex Salmond: I won't hold a second referendum if it's a narrow No
By George Eaton - 14 September 10:49

The First Minister says he won't stage another vote. But could someone else? 

50 years of David Dimbleby
By May2015 - 13 September 13:50

The nation’s longest-serving television presenter first took part in an election broadcast 50 years ago. Next year will be his last.

Members of public visit the pier at Clacton-on-sea.
As the Tories choose their candidate, the battle for Clacton begins in earnest
By Alexander Woolley - 12 September 17:30

Giles Watling, former 80s TV star, is selected through an open primary to fight the by-election against Douglas Carswell.

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party.
Yes Scotland resorts to fearmongering with warning of Tory-Ukip coalition
By George Eaton - 12 September 17:16

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party. 

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.
Yes or No, this won't be the "good result" that Better Together wanted
By Jason Cowley - 12 September 16:21

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.

Latest independence poll puts unionists two points ahead
By May2015 - 12 September 13:59

How many undecided voters are there? Different polling methods pick up different results.

A general view of the Ministry of Justice building in Westminster. Photo: Getty Images
New fees cause 70 per cent drop in employment tribunal cases
By Ian Steadman - 12 September 12:25

Figures released today show that charges brought in by the coalition have caused a severe drop in the number of workers bringing tribunal cases against their employers, leading to accusations that justice is now available only to those who can afford it.

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.
The incumbency effect is hurting the Tories, not helping them
By Harry Lambert - 12 September 12:14

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16.
The Scottish Yes side's women problem gives No the edge
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:21

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16. 

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.
Salmond's NHS claims have been shredded by the IFS
By George Eaton - 11 September 16:38

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty
By New Statesman - 11 September 16:12

Jason Cowley and Gerry Hassan on the last days of the British state, our team on the panic in Westminster and the banality of the Apple Watch.

How would a Scottish Yes vote affect Northern Ireland's Unionist politics?
By Philip Bell - 11 September 16:02

The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.

A new concept for the unemployed, the Job Centre. Two people seen reading the adverts.
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
By Maya Oppenheim - 11 September 15:18

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.

Grayson Perry, who will guest edit the New Statesman in October. Photo: Getty
Uncovering the Great White Male: Grayson Perry to guest edit the New Statesman
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 15:03

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is to guest-edit a special issue of the New Statesman, themed around the "Great White Male".

When will we know the result of the Scottish independence referendum?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 September 14:19

How early should we wake up on Friday 19 September to find out what's happened? Or will we just be awoken by Westminster politicians howling in the streets?

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