Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time.
The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land
By George Eaton - 31 July 15:08

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time. 

Far from obsessing over kilts, ceilidhs and pipers, nationalists today are pragmatic.
It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity
By Jamie Maxwell - 31 July 11:02

The mainstream nationalists' arguments for independence are broadly civic and pragmatic, it is the unionists who obsess about the threat an independent Scotland presents to "Britishness".

Shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell, who previously served as Ed Miliband's deputy chief of staff.
Miliband may use Labour reshuffle to achieve half-female shadow cabinet
By George Eaton - 30 July 15:25

Lucy Powell and Luciana Berger tipped for promotion. 

Two Britains: a gulf separates the poor from the "squeezed but safe". Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Life after crash: why have hard times made us harsher?
By Tom Clark - 30 July 15:00

In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009. 

Under pressure: the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has seen a surge in patients at A&E. Photo: Getty
Jacqui Smith: “The NHS model isn’t broken but it needs urgent attention and support”
By Jacqui Smith - 30 July 11:43

The former home secretary on trouble in A&E – plus the triumph of all-women shortlists and the joys of summer caravanning.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
MPs who reject science are undermining the public interest
By Bob Ward - 30 July 10:59

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes.
“Poor doors” show why we need to get councils building again
By David Lammy - 30 July 9:23

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p.
Balls puts the Tories on the spot over tax cuts for the rich
By George Eaton - 30 July 2:35

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p. 

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.
Exclusive: Tories to announce "tens of thousands" increase in membership at party conference
By George Eaton - 29 July 17:53

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership.
How Labour outraised the Tories in 2013
By George Eaton - 29 July 16:48

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership. 

The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
Tracey Crouch: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to be promoted”
By Lucy Fisher - 29 July 14:34

The Conservative MP talks to Lucy Fisher about rebelling against the government, mindfulness and football.

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip.
Why Cameron's crackdown on immigrant benefits won't help the Tories
By George Eaton - 29 July 9:19

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip. 

David Ruffley MP speaking in the House of Commons.
What David Ruffley's resignation tells us about attitudes in power to domestic violence
By Frances Ryan - 29 July 8:31

The Conservative MP will stand down at the 2015 election after accepting a police caution for a common assault on his former partner earlier this year.

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply.
Labour’s Help to Build scheme will succeed where the coalition has failed
By Chris Leslie and Emma Reynolds - 28 July 18:09

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply. 

The London mayor could be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term.
Boris could be mayor and an MP - but he couldn't be mayor and Tory leader
By George Eaton - 28 July 17:43

The London mayor would be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term were he to become leader of his party.

The London development without a poor door
By Barbara Speed - 28 July 13:17

Because providing affordable housing is too expensive.

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes.
The NHS is becoming an ever-bigger headache for the Tories
By George Eaton - 28 July 10:31

Labour stands to gain if the crisis in the health service becomes one of the major election themes. 

Labour leader says the Prime Minister should take questions "from members of the public in the Palace of Westminster".
Miliband calls for public question time for Prime Ministers
By George Eaton - 27 July 9:15

Labour leader says voters should be able to ask the Prime Minister questions in the Palace of Westminster. 

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.
Labour will show that people really do have a choice in 2015
By Michael Dugher - 27 July 7:00

Unlike David Cameron, we understand that our future success as a country is built on the talents of all.

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding.
This week revealed the real Ed
By Marcus Roberts - 25 July 18:17

By presenting himself to voters as who he truly is, the Labour leader has given himself a chance of winning their respect and understanding. 

Image by Dan Murrell
Commons Condidential: Nige shows his true stripes
By Kevin Maguire - 25 July 16:46

Farage looked a bit of a prat in an old boy’s black-and-blue-striped blazer and tie on a return to his alma mater, Dulwich College. 

“Instead of getting Jackanory, I got the Trades Union Congress”: Chi Onwurah MP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 July 15:20

The Shadow Cabinet Office minister Chi Onwurah on how her experience of the Biafran war informed her politics, why we need more scientists on the front benches and how Labour desperately needs more working-class MPs. 

By presenting himself as a man for "principles", not photo-ops, the Labour leader is seeking to ensure the election is fought on his terms.
Miliband's new leadership pitch is a gamble worth taking
By George Eaton - 25 July 12:15

By framing himself as a man of "principle", not one for photo-ops, the Labour leader is seeking to ensure the election is fought on his terms. 

Mortgage repayments could double for some London homeowners if rates rise.
Homeowners beware: Boris’s vision for the London economy
By Andrew Dismore - 25 July 11:49

What would a rate rise mean for Londoners? London Labour Assembly member Andrew Dismore warns homeowners of soaring mortgage repayments, defaults and repossessions.

The economy may be larger than ever, but for most people the recovery hasn't even begun.
GDP exceeds its peak - but most are still worse off
By George Eaton - 25 July 9:43

The economy may be larger than ever, but for most people the recovery hasn't even begun.

But which will benefit the most?
Labour and the Tories are both framing 2015 as a two-horse race
By George Eaton - 24 July 17:55

But which will benefit the most?

Why Ed Miliband should gamble on a snap election after 2015
By Owen Bennett - 24 July 16:46

After 2015, Ed Miliband should evoke the spirit of Harold Wilson and gamble on a snap election – not dither and drown like Gordon Brown.

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