Jim Murphy MP is elected Scottish Labour leader
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 December 10:47

The Labour MP for East Renfrewshire, former Scottish Secretary and former shadow cabinet member has won the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

The surge of the SNP could tip Labour into losing many of its seats in Scotland in next year’s election. Photo: Getty
Leader: Labour’s Scotland problem
By New Statesman - 12 December 18:16

The idea that a new Scottish Labour leader might be a panacea for the party, as some suggest, is nonsense. Labour’s Scottish problem is deep and structural.

“I’m just watering the flowers! I certainly didn’t mean to get you wet...” Photo: Getty
Commons Confidential: Ben boosts flowerpot men
By Kevin Maguire - 12 December 17:03

Your weekly installment of Westminster gossip.
 

How will our parties cope with the growing generational divide in today's politics?
By Rob Ford - 12 December 15:28

The rise of insurgent parties shows the growing political importance of the value differences which divide the nation’s old and young.

John Simpson: “The BBC faces an existential crisis”
By John Simpson - 12 December 15:25

Under attack yet again from the government, the corporation must make savage cuts. But knee-jerk decisions could do it – and our national life – irreparable damage.

The irony of male cameramen issuing instructions to the protesters. All photos: Anoosh Chakelian
Irony alert: how a protest about porn turned into a lot of men gawping at women
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 December 13:57

At the porn protest outside parliament today, the people sitting on other people's faces behaved impeccably. So why did I come away feeling slightly dirty? Oh yes, because of the way some male cameramen behaved.

"A total distortion": Andy Burnham hits out at Nick Clegg's claims about Labour's NHS record
By Andy Burnham - 12 December 8:36

The shadow health secretary responds to the Deputy Prime Minister's attack on him during PMQs over "privatising" Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

I knew things were really bad when I cracked open the “emergency” tin of sardines. Photo: Getty
I never thought I would need a food bank
By Emily-Jane Clark - 11 December 16:02

It’s a myth that only those in long-term poverty and on benefits use food banks. The rising cost of utilities, rent, petrol, groceries and the expense of childcare has left many families with no other choice.

As more people rent, politicians can't rely on the same old home-owning swing voters
By Alex Hilton - 11 December 14:14

Parties will have to shift focus as, by the next census in 2021, roughly 104 parliamentary seats will have a majority of households that are renting.

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."
Miliband all but rules out a VAT rise under Labour
By George Eaton - 11 December 13:15

Labour leader tells the New Statesman: "It hasn't happened in the past, I don't think it's going to happen in the future."

Ed Miliband finds £500m of efficiency savings in the local government budget
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 12:04

The Labour leader announced the result of his party's zero-based review in his speech on the deficit.

Will Self on Tony Blair: "It’s no joke being unable to pop out for a pack of fags". Photo: Getty
Will Self: I was an early adopter of Blair-hating. But now something has changed
By Will Self - 11 December 10:31

As I stared at the image of Blair’s shopworn grin and straining-still-to-be-boyish features, I felt like Winston Smith, staring up from his table in the Chestnut Tree Café at the poster of Big Brother, his eyes brimming with tears of love.

Tristram Hunt. Photo: Getty
On schools, Labour finally addresses the 7 per cent problem
By George Kynaston - 11 December 9:52

It is a fallacy that attention to the private-school question will distract from improving state education. For 70 years this has been a tired excuse to avoid a difficult problem. 

Ed Balls: We will cut every year until the deficit is down
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 December 8:25

As Labour confronts the deficit problem today, the shadow chancellor warns his shadow cabinet colleagues that they will make cuts every year.

Clegg's party would rather continue to do business with the Tories than with a Labour Party regarded as irredeemably tribal.
Behind the bluster, the Tories and the Lib Dems are preparing for another coalition
By George Eaton - 10 December 22:31

Clegg and others would rather continue to do business with the Tories than with a Labour Party regarded as irredeemably tribal.

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels.
Miliband confronts Labour's deficit problem and opens new dividing line on the state
By George Eaton - 10 December 22:00

Labour leader attacks the Conservatives' plan for "a dramatic shrinking of the state and public services" to 1930s levels. 

Jamal Edwards: "If hundreds of thousands of kids registered, that could sway the election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 18:07

The media entrepreneur Jamal Edwards on politics, his past, and why young people should make sure they register to vote – even if it's to spoil their ballot papers.

Boris Johnson set to leave a toxic legacy on air pollution
By Murad Qureshi - 10 December 14:09

The Mayor has finally woken up to the scale of the capital’s air pollution crisis, six years late.

PMQs review: Nick Clegg’s shattered strategy of “differentiation” from the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 12:53

A combination of Harriet Harman’s tricky questioning and Tory MPs’ enthusiasm destroyed the Lib Dem leader’s recent attempts to distance himself from his coalition partners.

Labour will be hardest hit by the collapse of Westminster’s three party system
By John Curtice - 10 December 11:40

Why is the Labour party struggling to benefit from the unpopularity of the coalition government?

They may have “a long history of chauvinism”, but Ukip is not the only party failing women
By Rainbow Murray - 10 December 9:21

With a harassment scandal rumbling on, and its leader's breastfeeding comments, it's been a bad week for Ukip. But it's not the only party failing women.

"Torture is always wrong": David Cameron responds to the CIA report
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 December 8:18

The Prime Minister comments on the shocking report published by Democrat senators on CIA torture techniques.

Sketch: Ed Miliband meets young people
By Harry Lambert - 09 December 17:25

We re-run yesterday’s unremarkable debate between Ed Miliband and young people.

Social democrats face irrelevance at best, extinction at worse
By Neal Lawson - 08 December 16:34

Labour could find itself in office come May, but without the power to act. Social democrats everywhere need to understand the crisis they are in and how much they need to change.

Steven Woolfe: “We have to understand that we do want immigrants in this country”
By Tim Wigmore - 08 December 16:13

Ukip's migration spokesman Steven Woolfe on racism, "old Ukip and new Ukip", taking on Labour, and renationalising the railways.

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