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The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism".
Cameron echoes Blair on terrorism: western military action is not to blame
By George Eaton - 29 August 16:26

The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism". 

Nicola Blackwood MP on reforming the law in child sex cases, and why Oxford isn't elitist
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 16:18

The Conservative MP and classically trained singer defends Oxford from claims of elitism, discusses how the law should change for child exploitation cases, and reveals why she came into politics.

"I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts, but I've changed my vote from No to Yes"
By Kev Sherry - 29 August 13:13

Kev Sherry, of Glaswegian indie outfit Attic Lights, explains why he's changed from No to Yes on the Scottish independence question.

Had the PM refused to promise a referendum, he would likely have been deposed as Conservative leader.
Cameron's appeasement of the eurosceptics hasn't worked, but he had no alternative
By George Eaton - 29 August 13:05

Had the PM refused to promise a referendum, he would likely have been deposed as Conservative leader.

Roger Lord, Ukip's original Clacton candidate, may defect to the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 12:05

Ukip's Clacton candidate, who is refusing to give way to Douglas Carswell, is now considering defecting himself - to the Conservative party.

A successful radical left party should be anti-Ukip and not just picking up on Labour's failings
By Salman Shaheen - 29 August 9:35

Without a strong left presence, there is no one to counter the rightward march of British politics.

The very nature of left-wing policies and party funding means there isn't a Ukip of the left
By Clare Phipps - 29 August 9:08

Instead of asking why there isn't a feasible left-of-centre party, we should be asking why, when support for their policies is so high, only 1 per cent of voters crossed the Greens' box in May 2010.

Nigel Farage has his eye on more Tory defections, but will it happen?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 August 8:34

Following the surprise news this week that Douglas Carswell MP has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip, Nigel Farage is anticipating more Tories joining his fold.

As Europe's economy slowly recovers, popular support for EU reform is falling
By Richard Mylles - 29 August 7:29

The time available to achieve European reform looks to be running out.

The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling.
Scottish No campaign lead falls to six points in first post-debate poll
By George Eaton - 28 August 22:26

The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling. 

What Carswell's defection means for Labour and the Left
By Matthew Ward - 28 August 17:41

How confused has politics become when it takes an irritable right-winger to state a philosophy of the Left?

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge.
John Redwood: I don't understand why Carswell has defected to Ukip
By George Eaton - 28 August 16:12

Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge. 

Watch: David Cameron and Douglas Carswell clash in the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 15:45

Watch the PM clash back in 2012 with the backbench MP who has today defected from his party to Ukip.

Gloria De Piero MP on social mobility: "parliament still operates like a closed shop"
By Gloria De Piero - 28 August 15:25

As the news emerged today that Britain remains deeply elitist, the shadow women and equalities minister discusses her own experience, and how Labour can boost social mobility.

The party's best hope of beating the defector lies in winning tactical support from centrist voters.
To beat Carswell, the Tories need to mobilise the anti-Ukip vote
By George Eaton - 28 August 12:31

The party's best hope of defeating the defector lies in winning tactical support from centrist voters. 

Social immobility: the triumph of politicos over manual workers in parliament
By Tim Wigmore - 28 August 12:30

The lack of social mobility is reflected in parliament, and Labour’s own claims to represent the working class have never been more dubious.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip and triggers by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 11:18

The MP for Clacton has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip.

How MPs have dealt with past similar cases to the Rotherham child abuse scandal
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 August 8:54

An investigation has found that at least 1400 children in Rotherham were sexually exploited for 16 years. Blame is flying everywhere, so how have MPs dealt with similar cases in the past?

Childcare is a new election battleground, so why do none of the parties get it?
By Vidhya Alakeson - 28 August 7:22

Although politicians are focusing on childcare, British parents are still expected to pay a higher price than in much of the rest of the developed world. We need better-quality investment.

Let’s let Motor Neurone Disease have its moment in the spotlight.
Stop throwing cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge
By Sadiq Khan - 27 August 17:40

Motor Neurone Disease merits its moment in the spotlight.

“Twittering is for the birds!”: MPs have spent 115 days tweeting in a year
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 August 16:15

Is the increasing amount of time our MPs spend sending tweets impinging on their more traditional engagement with voters, and each other?

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted.
Ukip still claim Labour will promise an EU referendum - but what if they're wrong?
By George Eaton - 27 August 15:44

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted. 

During an unexpected boom in the industry, David Cameron is fumbling on slavery
By Michael Pollitt - 27 August 14:15

As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top.

In this week’s New Statesman | The New Caliphate
By New Statesman - 27 August 12:41

A first look at this week's magazine.

Carnival clearing, not backing Boris, and Korean comparisons: politics in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 27 August 10:18

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he tells us some truths about the area and its history, as he cleans up after Notting Hill Carnival.

From surviving to leading: the women changing how we look at domestic abuse
By Charlotte Smith - 27 August 8:39

How women as community leaders can combat domestic abuse.

Scottish business leaders call for No vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 August 8:17

More than 130 businesses have signed a letter in the Scotsman newspaper calling on Scotland to vote against independence.

The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too
By Tim Wigmore - 26 August 15:41

The public’s views on immigration are more nuanced than is often assumed.

Rotherham Council leader stands down as report finds 1400 children exploited over 16 years
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 15:33

The leader of Rotherham Council, Roger Stone, is standing down, as a report finds a "collective failure" by both the police and the local council to stop the abuse of children in the area.

Boris Johnson intends to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 14:45

The Mayor of London, who surprised no one earlier this month by announcing he'd return to parliament, will seek to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

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