A park in Rotherham. The town has been rocked by child abuse scandals in recent years. Photo:Getty Images
We need to do more to protect children from child abuse
By Javed Khan - 29 May 11:36

The government must take decisive action to avoid a repeat of past failures.

By adopting a pro-business message and admitting the deficit was too high,  the Labour leadership candidate has frustrated hopes he would turn left.
Burnham's centrist pitch shows he wants to defy Tory caricature
By George Eaton - 29 May 11:17

By adopting a pro-business message and admitting the deficit was too high,  the Labour leadership candidate has frustrated hopes he would turn left. 

Michael Sheen as Tony Blair in the 2006 film The Queen.
Michael Sheen: The tyranny of mere wealth is destroying our democracy
By Michael Sheen - 29 May 9:18

Wealth without responsibility will inevitably lead to a society that eats itself from within and tears itself apart.

Neil Kinnock on the campaign trail in 1992. Photo: Getty Images
In burying Ed Miliband's project, Labour's leadership contenders risk burying themselves
By Stephen Bush - 29 May 9:00

As Labour's leadership contenders race to bury the Miliband project, they risk unearthing Neil Kinnock's defeat. 

George Osborne, Ed Miliband and Tony Blair. Photo: Getty
Leader: Labour needs to be more than just a repository for anger
By New Statesman - 28 May 17:22

Labour will not return to power if it seeks to win only the votes of those who are angry at the condition of modern Britain.

Boundary changes, allowing expatriates to vote and changes to trade union funding will all hurt the opposition.
How the Tories are trying to make it impossible for Labour to win again
By George Eaton - 28 May 17:16

Boundary changes, allowing expatriates to vote and changes to trade union funding will all hit the opposition. 

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper on the campaign trail. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech: lots of promises, but challenges ahead on childcare
By Giselle Cory - 28 May 14:44

Childcare is an sound investment: fund it now and we’ll see the benefits for years to come, in terms of rising levels of maternal employment with additional tax revenues, falling child poverty and improved child development outcomes. The rationale is simple; delivering the policy less so.

 

A football. Photo: Getty Images
It's time to think about boycotting the Qatar World Cup
By Keiran Pedley - 28 May 10:01

Corruption in Fifa and the deaths of migrant workers mean we should think again about England's participation in the World Cup. 

Michael Foot addresses a Labour rally in 1983. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's left flank must ask itself: is it time to walk away?
By Michael Chessum - 28 May 8:00

The choice for Labour's genuine left may be between walking out or fading away.

The political narrowness of the Out side and the prominence of the toxic Farage could doom its chances.
As the EU referendum battle begins, the advantage lies with the In campaign
By George Eaton - 27 May 22:07

The political narrowness of the Out side and the prominence of the toxic Farage could doom its chances. 

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
I'm backing Liz Kendall for one reason - because she can beat the Conservatives
By Simon Danczuk - 27 May 17:25

So I’m backing Liz for leader because I think she is brave and because I think she is right. But most of all I am backing Liz because I think she can win.

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare.
Labour is "sympathetic" to reducing benefit cap to £23,000, says Harman
By George Eaton - 27 May 16:09

Acting leader's statement shows how the Tories have shifted the terms of debate on welfare. 

David Cameron at a Brussels summit to start his renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A series of hostages to fortune
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 13:14

The Conservatives cannily disarmed Labour's attack lines in the election. But they may end up counting the cost in the not too distant future.

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.
Queen's Speech: Cameron's "one nation" gloss can't mask the divisions to come
By George Eaton - 27 May 12:48

Too many bills will deepen the fractures that the Prime Minister acknowledges exist.

New builds go on sale in Gloucester. Photo:Getty Images
Queen's Speech 2015: A bad policy that will make the housing crisis worse
By Tessa Jowell - 27 May 12:14

Far from helping with the housing crisis, the government's plans to sell off housing association stock will make matters worse.

The Queen addresses the House in her 64th speech to Parliament. Photo: BBC
Queen's Speech 2015: full text
By New Statesman - 27 May 11:58

What the Queen mentioned in the state opening of parliament.

David Cameron attends a Brussels summit. Photo:Getty Images
What to look out for in the Queen's Speech
By Stephen Bush - 27 May 8:30

Repealing the Human Rights Act is already out, but what might be in?

Labour leadership hopefuls attend the first debate of the election campaign. Photo:Getty Images
Labour needs as broad a debate as possible, not just a narrow fight between two and three names
By Chi Onwurah - 27 May 8:00

Labour need to have a big broad debate in order to avoid another defeat in 2020.

Why we are backing Andy Burnham's bid to be Labour leader
By Conor McGinn and Anna Turley - 26 May 17:28

Two new Labour MPs, Conor McGinn and Anna Turley, are supporting Andy Burnham for the Labour leadership.

Why Sadiq Khan is the candidate with the best offer for renters
By Tom Copley - 26 May 15:00

A fair deal for London's renters should be the first priority for London's next Mayor. For my money, Sadiq Khan is the man with the plan.

Tessa Jowell addresses Labour Party conference. Photo:Getty Images
The next mayoral election is closer than you think
By Steve Reed - 26 May 11:34

Labour haven't won in London for eleven years. Without the right candidate, we'll lose again.

Chuka Umunna addresses a Labour party rally. Photo:Getty Images
Why we are endorsing Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership
By Chuka Umunna - 26 May 10:20

Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Stephen Twigg and Jonathan Reynolds - Chuka Umunna's leadership team - explain why they're backing Liz Kendall's campaign for the Labour leadership.

The Queen’s Speech: To fix our economy and protect our planet we must invest for the future
By Caroline Lucas - 26 May 9:53

The Green take on what parliament's focus should be following its opening this week.

The forthcoming EU referendum may cause trouble for David Cameron's party. Photomontage by Dan Murrell.
Why David Cameron may not have long to savour his success
By Simon Heffer - 25 May 11:01

Cameron must manage a majority even smaller than John Major’s while delivering an inevitably divisive referendum.

Nigel Farage in London following the reversal of his resignation. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Seven times a loser: what's next for Nigel Farage and Ukip?
By Tim Wigmore - 25 May 10:31

Like Clegg on tuition fees, Farage now risks being mocked for a broken promise.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
Why I'm backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader
By Ivan Lewis - 25 May 8:00

Liz Kendall is the only candidate who can bring about the change Labour needs to win.

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.

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