An "I Agree With Nick" rosette is held up for the cameras. Photo: Flickr/Liberal Democrats
Card-carried away: what does it mean to be a member of a political party in Britain today?
By New Statesman - 15 June 9:00

Introducing our special themed week about party membership, running from 15– 19 June 2015.

Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images
This is why I'm voting for Liz Kendall
By Alison McGovern - 15 June 8:00

Labour will spend the next five years outside power - with Liz Kendall, we can make sure it's not ten.

George Osborne holds the red box containing the 2014 budget aloft for photographers. Photo: Getty Images
Is George Osborne planning yet another tax cut for the rich?
By Chris Leslie - 14 June 11:05

My priority in the run-up to the budget will be relief for middle and lower earners. But George Osborne looks determined to give a handout to the rich.

Ethnic minority students receive their exam results. Photo: Getty Images
What do ethnic minority voters think about immigration?

How do ethnic minority voters differ on immigration from the public at large?

Stella Creasy is a candidate in Labour's deputy leadership election. Photo: Flickr
Over 100 local councillors endorse Stella Creasy as deputy leader of the Labour party
By Stephen Bush - 13 June 10:01

100 local councillors have endorsed Stella Creasy in an open letter to the New Statesman.

The ice caps of Greenland. Photo: Getty Images
Our planet stands on a precipice. David Cameron's most important task lies ahead
By Maria Eagle - 12 June 16:00

It's vital that the government secures a global deal on climate change at the Paris summit. Our futures depend on it.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want "charity" to get selected. Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight
Jeremy Corbyn is against "charity nominations", but would he accept a few coppers from Andy Burnham?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 June 15:52

Surely Jeremy Corbyn owes it to his leftwing supporters to accept a helping hand from Andy Burnham, if he's within touching distance of the ballot paper?

The adoption of living wage contracts is one way that the party could reduce the damage from cuts to tax credits.
Do the Tories have a plan to soften the blow from welfare cuts?
By George Eaton - 12 June 15:11

The adoption of living wage contracts is one way that the party could reduce the damage from cuts to tax credits. 

A wolf in the wild. Photo: Getty Images
A merger between Labour and the Liberal Democrats could never work, and here's why
By Andrew Emmerson - 12 June 13:01

Jamie Reed's proposal that Labour merge with the Liberal Democrats is simply a ruse so Labour can finish what they tried to do at the election: wipe out the Liberal Democrats.

Andy Burnham during the Queen's Speech ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
Here's what should really terrify Labour about trade union influence in the party
By Stephen Bush - 12 June 7:58

Far from deciding the outcome, the trade unions will be largely incidental to selecting Labour's leader.

Andy Burnham, who some Tories call the "Minister for Murder". Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Commons Confidential: CCHQ prepares for Burnham "The Butcher"
By Kevin Maguire - 11 June 16:57

The Tory dirty tricks department is preparing an onslaught in case Burnham is crowned leader. 

Tom Watson outside the High Court. Photo: Getty Images
What's going on in the Labour deputy leadership race?
By Stephen Bush - 11 June 14:39

The parliamentary Labour party is desperate for someone to stop Tom Watson. That's one reason why it's unlikely to happen.

Natalie Bennett on polling day. Photo: Anadolu Agency
"This leftwing label is potentially unhelpful": the Greens on why they missed their moment
By Tim Wigmore - 11 June 14:28

What happened to the Green Surge, and why aren't the Greens on a par with their European equivalents?

Don't be fooled by the new legislation, our fight against modern-day slavery in the UK isn’t over
By Michael Pollitt - 11 June 12:01

As the last bubbles drip from the champagne bottles that welcomed the Modern Slavery Bill on to the statute books, champions of the UK’s anti-trafficking legislation should take a sober look at what they've woken up with.

A portion of the Magna Carta, which Melvyn Bragg says is the foundation of modern freedom. Photo: British Library
It made us free: Melvyn Bragg on Magna Carta
By Melvyn Bragg - 11 June 9:50

Parliamentary democracy, trial by jury or habeas corpus - it can be argued that all these flowed from this document.

Helen Kennedy argues that the Magna Carta was influenced by the French. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
French Kissing: Helena Kennedy on Magna Carta
By Helena Kennedy - 11 June 8:58

As we congratulate ourselves on Magna Carta, let us remember that it came into being 150 years after the Norman Conquest and was probably greatly influenced by the French.

Charles Kennedy: the ideal Lib Dem leader. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Charles Kennedy’s big what if, Murdoch says goodbye to Brexit, Blatter battered and testing tests
By Peter Wilby - 11 June 8:46

When politicians, the media and royalty are unanimous in their judgement that a man is a bad egg, I feel there’s probably much to be said for him.

The poisoning of King John: one of Magna Carter's terrible kings. Photo: British Library
Tom Holland: Magna Carta was forged from royal failure
By Tom Holland - 11 June 8:18

No coincidence that the most celebrated of all the waymarks on the road to freedom under the law was sealed by England’s most appalling king.

The Thames from the Shard. Photo: Duncan Harris/Flickr
The Returning Officer: City of London III
By Stephen Brasher - 11 June 8:16

By 1874, three of the City’s four MPs were Conservatives.

Charles Kennedy, in thought. Photo: Getty Images
It's time for Labour and the Liberal Democrats to talk about a merger
By Jamie Reed - 11 June 8:16

The reconfiguration of Scottish politics means a rethink is needed in England and Wales.

The coronation of King Henry III: is the Magna Carter a warning to radicals? Photo: British Library
Not so radical: Jesse Norman on Magna Carta's conservatism
By Jesse Norman - 11 June 8:02

Here, as so often in our history, it is property rights that secure individual freedom.

The party must be more nimble and shrewd in its economic positioning than in the last five years.
Can Labour avoid being outplayed on austerity by Osborne once again?
By George Eaton - 10 June 21:59

The party must be more nimble and shrewd in its economic positioning than in the last five years.

Demonstrators march outside Parliament. Photo: Getty Images
Here's why I'm nominating Rushanara Ali to be Labour's deputy leader
By Chi Onwurah - 10 June 18:08

I’m nominating Rushanara Ali so another voice will be heard. I urge my fellow MPs to do the same.

The Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner on future coalitions, the Labour leadership contest and how his party can recover.
Tim Farron interview: Escape from the wilderness
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:52

The Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner on future coalitions, the Labour leadership contest and how his party can recover. 

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems would only enter coalition with guarantee of electoral reform
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:11

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation. 

Andy Burnham addresses Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
Here's why I'm backing Andy Burnham to lead Labour back to power
By Louise Haigh - 10 June 13:39

It’s hard to find a more genuine, decent person in politics than Andy, and I think people will connect with him at a time when we’re battling scepticism and apathy as much as we’re fighting the other side. 

The New Statesman endorsement for the Liberal Democrat leadership: Tim Farron, pictured here outside parliament. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
The NS leader: why we're endorsing Tim Farron for the Liberal Democrat leadership
By New Statesman - 10 June 13:37

The road to recovery will be a long one. It is Mr Farron who offers the Lib Dems their best hope.

A worker in London's financial district. Photo: Getty Images
Don't be fooled. The country needs and wants a honest debate about tax
By Daisy Srblin - 10 June 13:18

Labour's chastening defeat has led some to claim the party is abandoning its commitments on tax. But that's a myth.

Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell are in a tight race as nominations close for Labour's London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 June 12:03

As Labour's London constituency parties' endorsements have rolled in, it looks like Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan will have a tough fight to the finish.

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