The party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.
The next Lib Dem leader must come from the party's left
By Mathew Hulbert - 14 April 16:05

Rather than Jeremy Browne, the party needs a centre-left figurehead, such as Tim Farron, to revive its fortunes.

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father would have been barred.
Sajid Javid's father would never have made it into Cameron's Britain
By George Eaton - 14 April 12:29

The new Culture Secretary's Pakistani father was welcomed in 1961. But the migration cap means his successors are being turned away today. 

A new generation is averse to loud forms of patriotic expression.
The rise of a quieter British patriotism
By Sunder Katwala - 14 April 10:55

A new generation is averse to forms of patriotic expression which are either too demonstrative or too angry. But there is no shortage of pride in British identity. 

The Chancellor's approach could result in a higher than expected deficit.
Osborne's new tax cutting agenda could mean even bigger spending cuts
By George Eaton - 14 April 8:33

The Chancellor's new assumption that tax cuts significantly boost growth could result in a higher than expected deficit. 

A new report disproves Conservative claims of a health service in meltdown.
The Tories' attacks on the Welsh NHS have been exposed as baseless
By Owen Smith - 12 April 13:26

A new report calmly and authoritatively shows that there is no significant difference in the performance of the four UK health systems.

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Zero-tolerance on FGM doesn’t have to be an attack on multiculturalism
By Reema Patel - 11 April 16:45

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

The Yes campaign needs radicalism to win.
The SNP should stop playing it safe on independence
By James Maxwell - 11 April 16:02

The more radical the Yes campaign’s message becomes, the more likely it is to triumph in September. 

How many know that the party still aspires to abolish tuition fees and plans to review the bedroom tax?
The progressive Lib Dem policies that no one knows about
By Richard Morris - 11 April 12:33

How many know that the party still aspires to abolish tuition fees and plans to review the bedroom tax? 

Glimmer of hope: women queue to vote in the recent Afghan elections
Leader: the lessons of the Afghanistan misadventure have not been learned
By New Statesman - 11 April 12:00

It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.

Commons Confidential: Jack’s Turkish delight moment
By Kevin Maguire - 11 April 11:18

The former home secretary and Blackburn fan spotted in the Commons gym in a Galatsaray strip.

The London Marathon shows London is a 'Tale of Two Cities'
By Sadiq Khan - 11 April 10:33

I'm running for those Londoners being denied the chance to share in our city’s successes.

The Returning Officer: Derby
By Stephen Brasher - 11 April 10:07

Group Captain Clifford Wilcock was Labour MP for Derby (1945-50) and Derby North (1950-62). He was a member of the RFC and RAF in the First World War, having already been wounded at Ypres, and was awarded the Air Force Cross.

The Chancellor's criticis never said that there would be no recovery, only that it would be painfully slow.
Osborne is rewriting history on austerity
By George Eaton - 11 April 9:01

The Chancellor's criticis never said that there would be no recovery, only that it would be painfully slow. And they were right.

Home of code: Old Street roundabout in London, AKA Silicon Roundabout. Photo: Getty
Learn a foreign language - code
By Ian Steadman - 10 April 17:09

The governent's Year of Code campaign has caused come confusion, but they could be missing a trick.

What has my relationship status got to do with my tax code?
By Fiona O'Donnell - 10 April 16:27

The Married Couple's Tax Allowance shows that the Tories don't just believe in the deserving and undeserving poor, but in the deserving and undeserving family.

Nicky Morgan won’t have a magic wand, but a fresh minister could make a real difference.
What should the new minister for women do?
By Daisy Sands - 10 April 15:03

Nicky Morgan won’t have a magic wand, but a fresh minister could make a real difference on equal pay, vulnerable women and gender segregation in the workplace.  

The No side's average poll lead has fallen from 24 to eight.
How close is the Scottish independence race?
By George Eaton - 10 April 12:07

The No side's average poll lead has fallen from 24 points in November to eight today. But the odds remain against the SNP. 

Party promises to exclude overseas students from immigration targets.
Labour's pledge to end restrictions on foreign students will increase its appeal to business
By George Eaton - 10 April 8:46

The party's promise to exclude overseas students from any future immigration target puts it on the right side of the economic argument.

The Tories are resigned to the pathologies of the past.
Under the bonnet of the UK's economic recovery all is not well
By Stewart Wood - 10 April 7:41

To resign ourselves to a return to the economic pathologies of the past, as the Tories do, would be to miss a historic opportunity.

The Prime Minister radiates the Westminster elitism of which Farage offers himself as the scourge.
Maria Miller’s belated resignation shows that Cameron is a slow reader of the public mood
By Rafael Behr - 09 April 23:35

The Prime Minister radiates the Westminster elitism of which Farage offers himself as the scourge.

Outspoken Tory dismissed for celebrating Maria Miller's resignation.
Michael Fabricant sacked as Tory vice chairman
By George Eaton - 09 April 19:34

Outspoken Tory dismissed for opposing HS2 and tweeting "about time" in response to Maria Miller's resignation.

Minister's boss is still a man - just a different man.
New women's minister Nicky Morgan to "report directly" to Cameron
By George Eaton - 09 April 17:04

Minister's boss is still a man - just a different man.
 

New Economic Secretary Andrea Leadsom criticised Chancellor in 2012.
Tories promote MP who ordered Osborne to apologise to Balls
By George Eaton - 09 April 15:02

New Economic Secretary Andrea Leadsom said during the 2012 Libor row: "Obviously he made a mistake and I think he should apologise to him."

Labour leader should have the made case for reform.
PMQs review: Miliband gets the better of Cameron - but misses an opportunity
By George Eaton - 09 April 13:26

Rather than just needling the PM, the Labour leader should have the made case for reform.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
The #SaveAnne campaign: trying to stop a lesbian asylum seeker being deported to Uganda
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 April 12:23

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

Len McCluskey addressing TUC conference. Photo: Getty
If we want political change, trade unions must be the real opposition to the coalition
By Karl Davis - 09 April 12:20

The people who are bearing the brunt of the coalition’s cuts need the protection of good, community based activism. If the unions can provide this, it will pay a handsome political dividend.

Osborne ally becomes first 2010 Tory to enter the cabinet.
Sajid Javid replaces Maria Miller as Culture Secretary
By George Eaton - 09 April 11:23

Osborne ally becomes the first 2010 Tory to enter the cabinet as Nicky Morgan is named women's minister. 

Officers need to take on less responsibility.
The role of the police has become too broad
By Richard Harries - 09 April 10:44

In an age of austerity, officers need to stop taking responsibility for social problems that can be better dealt with by others. 

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