The Conservatives lay out plans to override European human rights rulings
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 October 9:05

If they win the next general election, the Tories say they will replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, and would ignore rulings from Strasbourg.

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour.
Will the Tories rule out a VAT rise before the campaign begins?
By George Eaton - 02 October 17:46

The party risks leaving itself open to a "tax bombshell" attack by Labour. 

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention.
How many seats will the SNP surge cost Labour at the general election?
By George Eaton - 02 October 16:19

A new poll puts the nationalists in first place in voting intention. 

Apparently, tales of fluffy squirrels are turning kids against badger shooting and fox hunting. Image: Dan Murrell/NS
Commons Confidential: Cons against cuddly toys
By Kevin Maguire - 02 October 14:04

Plus: the latest from the party conferences.

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has".
Jeremy Browne: Lib Dem leadership contest must include free market candidate
By George Eaton - 02 October 13:38

Lib Dem MP and former minister says "It’s essential that that choice is one that the party has". 

The Lib Dem MP and former minister on the radical direction his party needs to take to recover.
Jeremy Browne: The 360-degree liberal
By George Eaton - 02 October 13:38

The Lib Dem MP and former minister on the radical new direction his party needs to take to recover. 

Mansion on Park Lane that was occupied by squatters in 2009. Photo: Getty
Other people’s mansion tax, devolution anoraks and the Westminster of the north
By Peter Wilby - 02 October 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

“Apes that eat figs”, “Hitler’s deeds”, “Tongue rippling”, “Polycarb’nate roof”: the pick of politicians' poetry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 9:35

Politicians, both here and across the pond, have written a surprising amount of poetry over the years. Here are some of the best (or worst) bits.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is a challenge to all of Asia's autocrats
By David Clark - 02 October 9:14

These protests have the capacity to alter the political trajectory not just of China, but of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

Alan Johnson leaving No 10 Downing St in 2009, when he was health secretary. Photo: Getty
Alan Johnson’s Please, Mister Postman: the best political testament I have ever read
By Peter Wilby - 02 October 9:07

This second volume of Alan Johnson’s memoirs brings to life a world in which postal workers fed cats while their owners were away and fetched coal for old folk.

An unheroic age: why do our politicians seem so diminished?
By David Runciman - 02 October 8:52

Are our politicians getting smaller, or is it that politics is not as big as it used to be?

Nick Griffin is expelled from the BNP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 8:48

The former leader of the British National Party has been expelled from the party.

In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory.
History gives the Tories the confidence they can beat Labour, but do the old rules still apply?
By George Eaton - 01 October 19:18

In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory. 

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.
Cameron's best performance yet gives the Tories the hope they need
By George Eaton - 01 October 14:05

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict. 

David Cameron’s policy blitz: here’s what he announced
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 October 13:18

The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements.

Ukip's second front against Labour could see the People's Army split
By Owen Bennett - 01 October 9:26

Ukip spreading itself too thinly for the Labour vote could result in damaging splits in the People's Army.

As Osborne ducks the issue of low pay, Labour can create a new dividing line
By Cameron Tait - 30 September 17:22

Ed Miliband has set himself an ambitious target to change the shape of the economy by 2025; he can create a new dividing line with the Tories on improving living standards for millions of low-paid workers.

Minority retort: the Tories are looking to a future without the Lib Dems
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 16:08

Some Conservatives are nervous about what their party will look like beyond coalition with the Lib Dems. Both their and voters' views jar with the PM's insistence that he doesn't want another coalition.

Devolution: we must go beyond an English Parliament to the cities, towns and regions
By David Lammy - 30 September 14:46

Power must be devolved not just to the UK’s nations but to its cities, towns and regions.

Why isn’t counter-radicalisation working?
By John Denham - 30 September 12:13

When counter-radicalisation is failing it is time to return to evidence based policy not dig deeper into political prejudices.

Universal Credit boss quits as IDS ramps up the programme’s delivery
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 12:02

While Iain Duncan Smith puts on a positive front for party conference, the saga of DWP’s welfare reforms continues.

"I have a double battle on my hands": watch David Cameron's Newsnight interview
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 9:03

The Prime Minister attempted to assert his "modern compassionate Conservative" credentials on Newsnight last night.

The new Education Secretary should end the use of unqualified teachers and match Labour's pledge to teach English and maths till 18.
The tests Nicky Morgan must pass if the Tories are to change on education
By Tristram Hunt - 30 September 2:35

The new Education Secretary should end the use of unqualified teachers and match Labour's pledge to teach English and maths till 18.

Boris Johnson: vacuum cleaner abuse, Emperor Augustus, and loyalty
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 19:49

The Mayor of London gave a markedly loyal speech today, among the usual characteristic flourishes. Is defence against Ukip uniting the Tories?

Defection reflections: how Ukip hijacked Tory party conference
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 17:59

Mark Reckless defecting from the Conservatives to Ukip means rumours of further converts are defining this year’s party conference.

Tories and Labour are stuck in a crisis over Englishness
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 14:32

A Conservative party conference fringe event revealed both the Tories’ and Labour’s problem with defining Englishness.

The planned £3bn cut in benefits is designed to force Labour to say which taxes it would raise or which cuts it would make.
Osborne sets a new welfare trap for Labour with unprecedented squeeze on the poor
By George Eaton - 29 September 14:26

The planned £3bn cut in benefits is designed to force Labour to say which taxes it would raise or which cuts it would make. 

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