Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign
By Marcus Roberts - 18 April 9:07

The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.

Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum Photos
Welcome to Militant England
By Rafael Behr - 18 April 9:00

A few years ago Ukip was seen as the by-product of a Tory split. But now it appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes.

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser
By George Eaton - 17 April 22:31

Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff
By Lucille Harvey - 17 April 16:11

It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face.
Labour needs to use family policy to support and strengthen relationships
By Susanna Abse - 17 April 15:01

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity.
Labour's left and right are growing restive
By George Eaton - 17 April 11:49

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre. 

Edinburgh tattoo: a pro-independence rally, September 2013. Photo: Getty
The polls are narrowing, the nationalists are on the march and Scotland is divided
By Kevin McKenna - 17 April 10:00

Even younger SNP activists possess an evangelicalism that simply cannot be matched by Labour and the No camp.

James the evangelist: Jimmy Carter at home in Plains, Georgia
Jimmy Carter: “William Hague is a hero of mine”
By John Bew - 17 April 10:00

Our man in Washington John Bew has coffee with the former US president – and they talk Thatcher, Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the persecution of women.

This modest man: Oakeshott, pictured at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1933. Photo: Getty
Michael Oakeshott, conservative thinker who went beyond politics
By Jesse Norman - 17 April 10:00

An unassuming figure little known in life but hailed after his death as “perhaps the most original political philosopher of this century”.

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion.
Cameron does God, but does Britain want him to?
By George Eaton - 17 April 8:36

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives. 

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
UKIP's own privately educated clique
By George Eaton - 16 April 16:18

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
Gordon Brown has "no plans" to stand down as an MP
By George Eaton - 16 April 13:47

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Sajid Javid arriving at No 10 after being appointed as Culture Secretary. Photo: Getty
Sajid Javid and the left, the “extermination” of grammar schools and Pamuk in Oxford
By Jason Cowley - 16 April 13:00

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

The coming of Nigel: Farage arrives for a Ukip public meeting in Basingstoke. Photo: Getty
Leader: the SNP, Ukip and our disunited kingdom
By New Statesman - 16 April 13:00

Seventeen years after the coming of New Labour, Britain’s two unions have never seemed less secure.

Nigel Farage
A bad press for Farage doesn't automatically help the Tories
By Rafael Behr - 16 April 10:38

Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.

Gordon Brown addresses activists Glasgow in March 2014 speech ahead of September's referendum on Scottish independence. Photo: Getty
Commons Confidential: Gordon Brown to step down as an MP at the 2015 election
By Kevin Maguire - 16 April 10:33

Plus: more news from inside the Palace of Shame.

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
Why the Tories can't declare that the living standards crisis is over
By George Eaton - 16 April 10:08

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

The race is not narrowing at the rate the SNP needs to win.
Scottish independence poll puts No campaign 12 points ahead
By George Eaton - 16 April 8:45

The latest TNS survey suggests that the race is not narrowing at the rate the nationalists need to win. 

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.
Food bank use rises to record level of more than 900,000
By George Eaton - 16 April 0:01

Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.

With the general election result so uncertain, leadership contenders in the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are making themselves known.
In the era of hung politics, all three main parties are preparing for a leadership contest
By George Eaton - 15 April 22:41

With the general election result so uncertain, leadership contenders in the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are making themselves known.

Party says involvement in Lib Dem strategy may breach code of conduct.
Labour demands investigation into Clegg's special adviser Ryan Coetzee
By George Eaton - 15 April 15:39

Party writes to Jeremy Heywood asking whether Coetzee's involvement in Lib Dem election strategy has breached the special advisers' code of conduct.

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is ahead.
Where have voters gone since 2010?
By Roger Mortimore and Harry Carr - 15 April 12:35

The rise of UKIP and the fall of the Lib Dems explains why Labour is maintaining a lead approaching the final year of this parliament. 

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker.
Farage on expenses in 1999: "Everyone's a winner with Europe"
By George Eaton - 15 April 9:42

Ukip leader boasted of being able to earn as much as a Goldman Sachs banker by claiming expenses and employing his wife. 

Farage should publish his accounts in full
By George Eaton - 15 April 8:48

Ukip denounces "smears" from the Times and claims its leader is "confident that he has abided by European parliamentary rules at all times". But will he offer transparency?

The party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.
The next Lib Dem leader must come from the party's left
By Mathew Hulbert - 14 April 16:05

Rather than Jeremy Browne, the party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father would have been barred.
Sajid Javid's father would never have made it into Cameron's Britain
By George Eaton - 14 April 12:29

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father was welcomed in 1961. But the migration cap means his successors are being turned away today. 

A new generation is averse to loud forms of patriotic expression.
The rise of a quieter British patriotism
By Sunder Katwala - 14 April 10:55

A new generation is averse to forms of patriotic expression which are either too demonstrative or too angry. But there is no shortage of pride in British identity. 

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