How Labour lost the Ukip versus Tory by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 November 4:46

By having one of its shadow cabinet resign on the night of the vote, Labour snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Ukip wins the Rochester and Strood by-election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 November 4:19

Mark Reckless becomes the second ever elected Ukip MP.

It's ironic that Thornberry's now the symbol of out-of-touch Labour – and it's Labour's fault
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 23:59

Emily Thornberry's resignation cements divisions in the Labour party already highlighted by this by-election battle.

Emily Thornberry's controversial tweet.
Emily Thornberry resigns from shadow cabinet over tweeted picture of St George flags
By George Eaton - 20 November 22:28

The shadow attorney general has resigned after tweeting a photo of a house in Strood displaying three England flags. 

With attention on the Rochester by-election, the Chancellor makes his retreat.
Osborne drops legal challenge to EU bank bonus cap
By George Eaton - 20 November 21:27

With attention on the Rochester by-election, the Chancellor makes his retreat.

Ukip tells us of Rochester's immigration concerns, so what do its immigrants think of Ukip?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 17:00

Although there is concern about immigration among some ethnic minority residents, many fear a Ukip win would be bad news for the area.

Ner-ner, Dave, no bald patch here! Photo: Getty
Commons Confidential: Ed’s art of “wash and go”
By Kevin Maguire - 20 November 16:44

Miliband buys normal shampoo and doesn’t use a hairdryer. When a trim is needed, a male hairdresser pops into his Commons office and is out within 15 minutes.

David Cameron at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference on 10 November. Photo: Getty
Leader: David Cameron has no answers to the global crisis he describes
By New Statesman - 20 November 16:04

While highlighting dangers abroad, Cameron ignores those at home, including the long decline in living standards, the lack of investment and an overheated London property market.

A new poll shows 26 per cent would vote for a Green candidate capable of winning, compared to 24 per cent for Ukip.
Potential support for the Greens outweighs potential support for Ukip
By George Eaton - 20 November 14:25

A new poll shows 26 per cent would vote for a Green candidate capable of winning, compared to 24 per cent for Ukip. 

The Returning Officer: Croydon South II
By Stephen Brasher - 20 November 14:00

Herbert Williams was Tory MP for Reading (1924-29), Croydon South (1932-45) and Croydon East (1950-54), having fought Wednesbury in 1922 and 1923 and the Combined English Universities in 1918 and 1931.

How the Rochester and Strood by-election is a symbol of Labour's wider problems
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 13:32

Tories will frame the by-election as a Labour failure, the press thinks Ed Miliband's written it off, and local party activists have their own problems to contend with.

People protesting the bedroom tax outside the High Court in London in February 2014. Photo: Getty
How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 20 November 12:34

Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.

Madness in Medway as Reckless reigns. Photo: Getty
“I’m not a racist”: a visit to the by-election battleground, Rochester and Strood
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 November 7:00

Polls have now opened in the constituency where immigration dominates debate, and Ukip is poised to seize power from the Tories.

Both of the main parties see political advantage in going it alone if they win in 2015.
As another hung parliament looms, the Tories and Labour are contemplating minority rule
By George Eaton - 19 November 21:36

Both of the main parties see political advantage in going it alone if they win in 2015. 

Losses to Ukip mean the party has failed to gain any ground since 2010.
Why is Labour losing to the Tories in ultra-marginal Stockton South?
By George Eaton - 19 November 17:32

Losses to Ukip mean the party has failed to gain any ground since 2010. 

The government overlooks foreign domestic workers being treated as slaves
By Alastair Sloan - 19 November 16:09

Despite Theresa May's rhetoric, the Conservatives torpedoed an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill which would protect foreign domestic workers from economic, physical and sexual abuse.

There are huge ideological divisions in Nigel Farage's party Photo: Derek Bennett
Is Ukip the most divided party in British politics?
By Tim Wigmore - 19 November 15:47

A fundamental economic tension runs through Ukip.

Why Labour should think culturally as well as economically about immigration
By Tim Bale - 19 November 15:07

Ed Miliband can avoid a damaging split between his party's "beer drinkers" and "wine drinkers" on immigration, if he doesn't just rely on economic arguments.

Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery
By Thomas Cawston - 19 November 14:47

Primary care providers need to offer services that reflect different needs, potentially opting to specialise for one group or another.

The Labour leader has doubled-down on his strategy of painting Cameron as the friend of the rich and himself as the friend of poor.
PMQs review: Miliband comes out swinging for the mansion tax
By George Eaton - 19 November 13:19

The Labour leader has doubled-down on his strategy of painting Cameron as the friend of the rich and himself as the friend of poor. 

Is Labour on the brink of an immigration arms race?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 November 9:23

As the Labour party promises 1,000 new border guards, and more benefits curbs for migrants, is it entering a race to “toughen” up on EU migrants?

Local government and Ofsted must do more to tackle child abuse
By Simon Danczuk - 19 November 8:11

Child abuse is a cancer in our society and one that we can no longer treat with light touch regulation.

Take me to your MEP: Rosetta shows Britain at its best working with the EU
By Clare Moody - 18 November 15:41

The European Space Agency shows what Britain, France,  Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and 10 other European countries can achieve working together.

Why Ed Miliband's bizarre mansion tax feud with Myleene Klass works in Labour's favour
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 November 14:42

A former popstar's attack on the Labour leader's tax proposals could help him out.

The mollified middle: how social security is fooling the voting class
By Daniel Edmiston - 18 November 12:20

Amid rising structural inequality, average earners are treading water. Regressive austerity politics has lulled the middle classes into a state of passive forbearance.

Will Labour or the Tories benefit most from the Lib Dem collapse?
By Harry Lambert - 18 November 12:07

The Tories are in a better position on paper, but Ashcroft’s polls show the swing to Labour is far greater.

Myleene Klass tells Ed Miliband: "You can't just point at things and tax them"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 November 9:10

The former popstar Myleene Klass took the Labour leader to task on his tax proposals on ITV's The Agenda, telling him: "You can't just point at things and tax them" and that £2m - the mansion tax threshold - would only buy a "garage". 

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey".
French economy minister: The UK can't succeed outside the EU
By George Eaton - 18 November 0:53

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey". 

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