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The Arctic Monkeys sing of working class life, but used the Liberty tax scheme. Photo: Getty
Tax Avoidance: Why it stings more when it's musicians
By Luke Nightingale - 23 July 15:11

We expect corporations to dodge their civic responsibilities, but musicians are meant to speak for everyman. They leave Main St when they try to avoid tax on their millions.

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader".
Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down
By George Eaton - 23 July 14:01

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader". 

The MH17 crash has hardened public opinion towards Russia
By Harry Lambert - 23 July 12:15

Last Thursday's MH17 crash has changed perceptions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Most voters now think the issue is a matter for the West, and support three specific policies.

Israeli soldiers at the border with Gaza today
Why the UK must end its military support for Israel
By Andrew Smith - 23 July 11:14

Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against Arms Trade argues that those who oppose Israel's actions in Gaza must acknowledge that Britain is implicitly supporting them through its military trade. 

New Statesman cover | Summer Double Issue
By New Statesman - 23 July 10:56

A first look at this week’s cover.

Getting alongside – not on top of – teachers doesn’t have to be the soft option
By Marc Kidson - 23 July 10:18

The Institute for Government’s new case study on implementing the London Challenge should show new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan how to build an empowering relationship with teachers.

The Commonwealth Games begin: will they be a political spectacle?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 July 8:27

The Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow today, and Alex Salmond has promised not to use them for political purposes. Will he keep his word?

The whip must be withdrawn.
Lib Dem MP David Ward: I would fire rockets at Israel
By George Eaton - 22 July 22:51

The whip must be withdrawn.

Surprise! White men are over-represented on Question Time
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 16:52

White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance. Then again, Westminster is far worse.

A man stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011.
Teens fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime in London, youth crime summit warned
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 16:12

The risk posed by traumatised asylum seekers was one of many themes identified at Labour's Youth Crime Summit in London today. 

Ed Miliband: "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 15:49

The Labour leader says his party opposes Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

Its share price has fallen, but the Royal Mail sale was still a debacle
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 14:08

The government lost between £750m and £1.7bn in selling off the Royal Mail – or three times as much as the bedroom tax might save.

Ashcroft polls: sealing Nigel Farage's seat as Thanet South?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 13:18

Lord Ashcroft’s latest marginal polls put Ukip in first place in the constituencies of Thurrock and Thanet South.

135,000 FGM survivors in the UK, says new study
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 10:45

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Without older voters the Greens have little hope
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 9:27

Are the Greens set to become the latest party of significance? Their lack of support among older voters is pegging them at 5 per cent.

Cameron pledges tougher law on FGM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 8:23

The Prime Minister, hosting the Girl Summit in London today, will announce new, stronger measures against female genital mutilation.

he pair met for 25 minutes at the White House.
What Miliband and Obama talked about
By George Eaton - 21 July 21:43

The pair met for 25 minutes at the White House and discussed issues including the economy, climate change and the Scottish referendum. 

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.
Nick Griffin is gone - but hatred of the political class remains
By Tim Wigmore - 21 July 18:09

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.

Defining "acting heroically" in legal terms: Chris Grayling's Heroism Bill is a waste of time
By Andy Slaughter - 21 July 16:54

The government has a patchy record with criminal justice bills – and the latest is no exception. The Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill is attacked as a “vacuous waste of time” by the Labour party.

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
David Cameron: Russia faces tougher sanctions for MH17 crash
By Lucy Fisher - 21 July 16:24

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU.
Blair on Miliband: disagreement, but also consensus
By George Eaton - 21 July 15:13

The two men remain at odds over the financial crisis, but there is a meeting of minds over the EU. 

Margot James on New Labour's "tragedy", rebellious schooldays, & being the first lesbian Tory MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 14:12

The Tory MP for Stourbridge discusses her business background, flirting with New Labour, breaking school rules, and being the first openly gay female Conservative MP.

Why we need whole-person education
By Dan Holden - 21 July 13:08

Long-term thinking in education policy is vital to the way we reform our political economy.

The Greens may become a force to be reckoned with
By Kevin Meagher - 21 July 8:48

It could be a blip, but the Green party's polling suggests a bright future.

David Cameron calls for more sanctions on Russia after the MH17 crash
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 July 8:16

The PM has spoken to Putin about Russia's role in the Malaysian Airlines crash, and is urging his EU allies to impose harsher sanctions on Russia.

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14.
Labour defeats rebellion over spending plans
By George Eaton - 20 July 14:21

National Policy Forum rejects anti-austerity amendment by 125 votes to 14 as consensus is achieved on programme for government. 

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference.
Tim Farron's Beveridge Memorial Lecture: full text
By New Statesman - 19 July 20:44

The Liberal Democrat president calls for "a new consensus" at the Social Liberal Forum conference. 

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.
Miliband defines his programme: big reforms, not big spending
By George Eaton - 19 July 0:00

What the Labour leader will tell his party's National Policy Forum today.

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation.
Why Labour hasn't pledged to fully renationalise the railways
By George Eaton - 18 July 20:51

The party believes there have been some benefits from privatisation. 

This latest assault on the Gaza Strip is the tipping point for Palestine
By Grahame Morris - 18 July 16:21

The chair of Labour Friends of Palestine argues that the latest events in Gaza highlight a need for a paradigm shift in the international community. Focusing exclusively on negotiations, whilst failing to hold Israel accountable for their human rights violations and annexation of Palestinian land, is not enough.

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