Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab
"I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 17:42

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat.

Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab
Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 May 15:49

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital.

Sadiq Khan on the campaign trail in Battersea. Photo: Getty Images
Why we're backing Sadiq Khan to win for London
By Oona King and Margaret Hodge - 22 May 14:40

Margaret Hodge and Oona King explain why they're backing Sadiq Khan for Labour's mayoral nomination

Harriet Harman addresses the press. Photo:Getty Images
Labour must ensure the widest possible debate, or the party will lose again
By Ben Bradshaw - 22 May 14:31

Labour avoided the wide-ranging debate it should have had in 2010. If it does the same in 2015, it will be defeated again.

Listen to the people, not big business, on the EU. Photo: Getty
The Greens: Stop big business dominating Britain's EU debate, and give young people a say
By Natalie Bennett - 22 May 13:33

The leader of the Green party writes why her party is in favour of an EU referendum, campaigning to stay in, and also for young people to have a voice.

Alan Johnson, on the campaign trail in Hull. Photo:Getty Images
Having an interim leader would be a disaster for Labour
By Kevin Meagher - 22 May 13:20

Far from revitalising Labour, having an interim leader would just damage it further.

David Cameron addresses the UK border force. Photo:Getty Images.
The question that Labour's leadership hopefuls must answer: how to win the European referendum
By Richard Howitt - 22 May 11:36

My appeal today to the candidates at Westminster is to stop just telling us you want a referendum, and to start telling us how you're going to win it.

The Labour London mayoral candidate's team includes Heidi Alexander, Marcus Roberts and Polly Billington.
Who's who on Team Sadiq
By George Eaton - 22 May 11:22

The Labour London mayoral candidate's team includes Heidi Alexander, Marcus Roberts and Polly Billington.

Who will amass the signatures they need? Photo: Getty
List of MPs’ endorsements of the Labour leadership candidates
By New Statesman - 22 May 11:02

The leadership candidates need 35 MPs to back them. Who is endorsing whom so far?

The Labour leadership contenders face off at Progress conference. Photo:Getty Images
First survey of the contest shows Andy Burnham ahead and the deputy leadership too close to call
By Stephen Bush - 22 May 10:00

LabourList's membership survey puts Andy Burnham in a strong first place for the leadership, with Tom Watson and Stella Creasy tied for the deputy leadership.

Children play outside an estate in Govan, Glasgow.Photo: Getty Images
Good news for families? The costs of the Conservatives are higher than you think
By Lindsay Judge - 22 May 8:01

Children have been the biggest losers over the last five years - and as a new report shows, there is more to come.

David Cameron can't keep blaming it all on the Liberal Democrats
By Marley Morris - 21 May 18:47

Now he doesn't have those pesky Liberal Democrats to blame, David Cameron will soon find that his migration policies are a political and legal headache. 

Home Secretary Theresa May arrives for the first Conservative cabinet meeting of this parliament. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Leader: As the Tories begin their cuts, Labour must be up to the task of challenging them
By New Statesman - 21 May 17:46

It is vital that Labour’s necessary period of self-examination does not slip into self-destruction.

Caroline Lucas, the Green's sole MP, and Natalie Bennett, the party's leader. Photo: Getty Images
The Greens failed. Now they must find a way to "fail better"
By Jonathon Porritt - 21 May 17:11

Thank goodness for our failures. 

Lucy Powell and Neil Kinnock expected to endorse Labour leadership frontrunner.
Burnham set to win further support among Miliband allies
By George Eaton - 21 May 16:41

Lucy Powell and Neil Kinnock expected to endorse Labour leadership frontrunner. 

Labour leadership candidate backs the 2 per cent defence spending target and free schools.
Five things we learned from Liz Kendall at the Press Gallery
By George Eaton - 21 May 15:18

Labour leadership candidate backs the 2 per cent defence spending target and free schools. 

How can Britain celebrate Magna Carta and leave the ECHR in the same year?

So the Magna Carta does not set Britain apart from the rest of Europe. It is the expression of the common European values that we have all come to embrace, but that we must never take for granted.

Immigrants cannot be wished away. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's immigration “failure” is underpinning the economy's success
By Tim Wigmore - 21 May 11:36

When will politicians make the positive case for immigration?

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on VE Day. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
Commons Confidential: endangered cats, rebellious Scots and the battle for the Edstone
By Kevin Maguire - 21 May 11:02

What does the Downing Street cat reveal about the general election?

Something new and something blue: the key to Labour's future?
By Duncan O'Leary - 21 May 8:59

Might Blue Labour offer to the key to reviving New Labour? And what would both have to concede?

Tea, builders. Photo: Factorylad/Wikipedia
You’ve had a week to get over the election. So can someone please come round and make me a cup of tea?
By Nicholas Lezard - 21 May 8:49

There comes a point when the shit piles so high on top of you that there’s no point in even trying to struggle.

Why did the voters reject Labour?
By James Morris - 21 May 8:00

In voters’ eyes, Labour’s problem over the last five years was too little change, not too much.

Whoever succeeds Ed Miliband as Labour leader will pursue a more moderate strategy.
Both Labour and the Tories are battling for control of the centre, but will this moment last?
By George Eaton - 20 May 21:19

Whoever succeeds Ed Miliband as Labour leader will pursue a more moderate strategy. 

The front-runner for Labour's deputy leadership on immigration, defence spending and making peace with press.
Tom Watson interview: "There'll be no room for messing around"
By George Eaton - 20 May 14:45

The front-runner for Labour's deputy leadership discusses immigration, defence spending and making peace with press.

“This crying wolf has to stop”: Theresa May attacks the police again
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 May 14:17

Tough on crimestoppers, tough on the causes of crimestoppers.

Pollster Michael Ashcroft at the Conservative party conference, 2012. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Lord Ashcroft: we can all agree it wasn’t a great election for pollsters
By Michael Ashcroft - 20 May 13:32

Super pollster Michael Ashcroft on where the parties went wrong – and the one poll that (allegedly) got it right.

Vince Cable argues that the Liberal Democrats were defeated by fear. Illustration: Martin O’Neill for New Statesman
Vince Cable on the Lib Dem collapse: the Tories won because fear triumphed over hope
By Vince Cable - 20 May 13:07

In an exclusive essay, Vince Cable reflects on a “devastating” election for Labour and the Lib Dems – and explains why Scotland could become “like Ireland a century ago but without the bombs (hopefully)”.

Labour must abandon the dangerous language of "wealth creators"
By David Blagden - 20 May 12:12

The reality is that everyone, not just business owners, create wealth.

There are no easy answers to Labour's defeat

The next leader of the Labour Party to win a general election will be the one who owns the scale of the defeat, defines the new coalition and leads the party out of darkness.

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