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. 

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.

No escape from Mammon? The Shard, near London Bridge. Photo: Cityscape Digital
Leader: The London question
By New Statesman - 28 August 12:48

The capital’s economic dominance ensures that investing in it will produce a higher return than in other regions and makes it difficult to justify investing elsewhere. This logic merely tightens London’s stranglehold. 

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.

Tabloid values: BBC news crew stand in front of the Charters Estate, where Cliff Richard owns a flat, 14 August. Photo: Getty
The BBC on a Cliff edge, a bad ad for Israel, and a very British plum
By Peter Wilby - 28 August 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

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.

The PM is not alone in failing to articulate a clear set of principles for this new era.
After Cameron’s summer of indecision, who will give Britain a coherent foreign policy again?
By George Eaton - 27 August 21:47

The PM is not alone in failing to articulate a clear set of principles for this new era. 

“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.

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.

One in seven families with disabled children are going without meals. Photo: Getty
Indignation at stories of “rejected” disabled children masks the harm done by government cuts
By Frances Ryan - 26 August 17:09

Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.

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.

Why the government must pledge to eliminate sink estates in ten years
By Gavin Knight - 26 August 12:04

Deprived estates can be recovered from within; the government must commit to a ten-year programme to clean them up with them help of dedicated individuals.

Police adopt new stop and search code of conduct: analysing Theresa May's role
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 8:26

Tracking the Home Secretary's tenacity on stop and search is an interesting context for the police now having agreed to adopt a new code of conduct.

The Scottish First Minister skillfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little.
Salmond triumphs over Darling – but will it make any difference?
By George Eaton - 25 August 22:51

The Scottish First Minister skilfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little. 

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".
When Boris attacked Blair's "astonishing" assault on the right to trial
By George Eaton - 25 August 14:31

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".

Conservative party conference. Photo: Getty
Angela Eagle: The Tories have broken their promises on political reform
By Angela Eagle - 23 August 10:16

David Cameron has reinforced the political power of a few big money donors and well established vested interests, argues the shadow leader of the Commons.  Now that his grassroots have taken flight he is even more reliant on the privileged few he uses his power to support.

The Returning Officer: Dartford
By Stephen Brasher - 22 August 13:09

Jack Mills was chairman of the shop stewards’ committee at the Woolwich Arsenal. In 1920, he won a by-election after the death of the Coalition Liberal James Rowlands and became Dartford’s first Labour MP.

In next month’s Scottish Referendum, 16 and 17-year-olds living in Scotland will get to vote. Photo: Getty
Why 16 year olds should get the vote
By Ben Kisby - 22 August 12:42

At the age of 16 a British citizen can legally have sex, get married, join the army, smoke, leave home, claim benefits, and contribute to the public purse through taxes – but vote in a general election? Not yet.

John Bercow at the 2014 State Opening of Parliament. Photo: Getty
John Bercow is becoming dangerously outflanked over Commons clerk row
By Bobby Friedman - 22 August 12:34

The Speaker’s appointment of Carol Mills, the secretary of the department of parliamentary services in Canberra, has caused resistance even from his allies.

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