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Jack Monroe on Ed's two kitchens, leaving Labour – and why it's time to go bananas
By Jack Monroe - 27 March 11:56

Labour’s last straw was the “immigrants and benefits” scaremongering in one of its national leaflets. That’s not the party I joined. But it’s the party I left.

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“Get in a circle and say what you had for breakfast!”: what happened to me at an interview for a zero hours contract
By Ryan Ormonde - 27 March 11:22

Almost 700,000 people have a zero-hours contract for their main job, according to the Office for National Statistics. Ryan Ormonde shares his experience of an interview for a front-of-house role at a London theatre.

Want to make life better for Britain's renters? Here's how
By Laura Rodrigues - 27 March 11:03

It's time to end the great lettings agent swindle.

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Ed v David: The best quotes from last night's TV debates
By Stephanie Boland - 27 March 8:29

As Cameron and Miliband went not-quite-head-to-head, we spotted a few lines you might have missed that it's worth remembering.

How to fight Nigel Farage
By Will Scobie - 27 March 8:00

Forget immigration or the European Union: transport is the way to fight Nigel Farage

So you're Prime Minister. That don't impress a me much. Photo:Getty.
5 things we learned from Miliband and Cameron's Q&A
By Stephen Bush - 26 March 23:00

What we learned from the debates: David Cameron erred in avoiding a head-to-head; Ed Miliband is the new Dirk Kuyt and Jeremy Paxman's still got it.

From the grubby attempt to oust the Speaker, to Afzal Amin and Grant Shapps, the Conservatives are in no state to address the country's problems.
The Tories' campaign is in chaos
By Jon Ashworth - 26 March 20:07

From the grubby attempt to oust the Speaker, to Afzal Amin and Grant Shapps, the Conservatives are in no state to address the country's problems. 

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When Labour comes to terms with embarrassing Uncle Tony, it can finally start to defend its record
By Helen Lewis - 26 March 16:53

Blair's most memorable legacy, the Iraq war, has Labour MPs distancing themselves from their own time in power. But there's a lot more to the post-1997 years - and some of it's pretty good.

Party like it's 1974: why a book about the Seventies is suddenly relevant again
By Stephen Bush - 26 March 16:48

Simon Hoggart and Alistair Michie's history of the Lib-Lab pact 1977-78 will feel eerily familiar to any student of the Coalition.

Vince Cable hits out at Home Office decision to deport government adviser
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 March 16:31

The Business Secretary calls the visa rules being applied to the expert academic on UK-China relations “damaging”.

The government's plans for pensions are a minefield - and even they admit it
By Rachel Reeves and Gregg McClymont - 26 March 15:37

The government has been asleep at the wheel. Labour will protect people’s hard-earned retirement savings from scams and fraudsters

HMP Pentonville, London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Lessons learned far too late: Inside the prison system with the Conservative justice minister Andrew Selous
By Ashley Cowburn - 26 March 15:33

Following rumours of overcrowding and poor morale, Ashley Cowburn visits Onley Prison - and asks why the system is in such a state.

The kids are alright. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Generation why: Georgia Gould's Wasted shows an alternative view of Britain's youth
By Owen Jones - 26 March 15:30

Young people are characterised as apathetic and wasteful; but the young drink less and commit less crime. Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future reveals the truth.

A placard reading "no means no"
Why rape suspects should not remain anonymous
By Sarah Ditum - 26 March 15:26

In ignoring the injustice of bad bailing procedures and instead recommending anonymity for rape suspects, MPs are promoting the fallacy that a man accused of rape is a victim in the same way as a woman who has been raped.

"I will never stop fighting": watch Gordon Brown's valedictory speech
By New Statesman - 26 March 15:07

"When the strong help the weak it makes us all stronger."

I'm not sure if the SNP believe what they're saying. But you certainly shouldn't
By Nigel Dodds - 26 March 15:06

The SNP’s goal at Westminster is obvious. They aim to get out of England an answer they failed to get in Scotland.

Watch: the extraordinary speech that defeated the government's bid to oust the Speaker
By May2015 - 26 March 14:57

Charles Walker, Chair of the Procedure Committee, delivered the most memorable speech of an hour-long debate to oust Speaker Bercow.

Only the Greens will tackle Britain's housing crisis
By Natalie Bennett - 26 March 12:01

Whether its healthcare, education or housing, the establishment parties remain silent on the real reason for the crisis: neoliberalism.

Lib Dems unveil their first election poster - at 8.20am, in the rain
By Ashley Cowburn - 26 March 12:00

Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, launched the Liberal Democrat's first election poster this morning - it rained, and the crowd looked bored.

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George’s not-so-marvellous medicine, Clarkson, and King Kong’s copy-condensing creator
By Peter Wilby - 26 March 10:42

"If the qualification for politicians is that they can willingly endure constant and critical scrutiny of their domestic decor and techniques for eating sandwiches on the street, we really shouldn’t be surprised that all our political leaders seem so weird."

Fifeshire & Kinross-shire Civil Parish map. Source: archive.org
The Returning Officer: East Fife
By Stephen Brasher - 26 March 10:29

The old seat of Prime Minister Asquith heated up in 1918.

Plot foiled to unseat the Speaker – here's how John Bercow transformed parliament for the better
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 March 7:53

Tory and Lib Dem MPs lost an attempt to vote through a change to Speaker election rules that would have been used to unseat Bercow.

You're not allowed to punch people. Since when is that a left-right issue?
By Julia Hartley-Brewer - 25 March 17:11

Jeremy Clarkson wasn't fired because of the PC brigade or the leftie BBC. You're not allowed to hit people - end of story.

The SNP's stance and the Tories' missteps mean Miliband is in the strongest position to become prime minister.
An ultra-hung parliament seems likely – and it is Labour that has the upper hand
By George Eaton - 25 March 16:52

The SNP's stance and the Tories' missteps mean Miliband is in the strongest position to become prime minister. 

Shadow chancellor rules out tax rise after Miliband's refusal to do so at PMQs.
Balls closes down Tory attack with pledge not to raise National Insurance
By George Eaton - 25 March 15:38

Shadow chancellor rules out tax rise after Miliband's refusal to do so at PMQs. 

The left must speak out about the horror in Venezuela
By James Bloodworth - 25 March 15:21

Venezuela has gone from the Left's great hope to a scene of despair. We must speak out, or be discredited.

"Left" is a tainted word in our broken establishment: do we need a new way to define ourselves?
By Eliane Glaser - 25 March 15:02

Post-politics: what has killed our democracy, and can we bring it back to life?

The Labour leader was caught unawares by the PM's promise not to increase the tax.
PMQs review: Cameron's surprise pledge not to raise VAT floors Miliband
By George Eaton - 25 March 13:25

The Labour leader was caught unawares by the PM's promise not to increase the tax. 

The Green party welcomes Russell Brand's support
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 March 13:00

Following the comedian and campaigner's complimentary remarks, the Greens open the door to an official endorsement.

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