Ed Miliband at the Labour party conference last year. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Leader: Britain's role in the world
By New Statesman - 05 February 15:07

Troubled Labour leader Ed Miliband is said to "not do foreign". But we must consider Britain's place in an increasingly international world.

Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners: “I didn’t come out – I exploded”
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 14:29

The co-founder of the 1984-5 LGSM movement, talks about coming out, being gay during the era of “pretty policemen” and the importance of LGBT history month. 

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Commons Confidential: Inherent Vince
By Kevin Maguire - 05 February 14:20

Playground Thatcherism, TV debates and the Karl Marx of Twickenham.

It is no longer enough for our parties just to talk about mental health
By Dan Holden - 05 February 13:46

Since the last election, mental health has risen higher in the agenda than many campaigners even dreamt of. Labour, however, is behaving as though just talking about the issue is still good enough. 

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White nights in Sweden, the plight of circus animals and the spiralling cost of HS2
By Stanley Johnson - 05 February 11:39

In this week's Diary, Stanley Johnson casts his eye from Stockholm to Old Oak Common.

Over 200,000 young people have fallen off the electoral register: time to get them back
By Liz Kendall - 05 February 11:26

It's National Voter Registration Day today and time for the young people hit by the system changes to sign up.

Normanton Church, Rutland Water.
The Returning Officer: Rutland
By Stephen Brasher - 05 February 10:55

Cayenne pepper and foot-and-mooth colour Rutland's election history.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be".
Ivan Lewis: Labour needs "stronger and bolder" policies to win over young voters
By George Eaton - 05 February 10:39

In an interview with the NS, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be". 

The Collier, by Robert Havell (1814). Image: Science and Society Picture Library
To be continued: how much has English society changed since 1714?
By Mark Damazer - 05 February 10:15

Much has changed in English culture since 1710. But a new book argues our systems of power are less different than we might think.

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Moazzam Begg: it's the FBI, the CIA and MI5 who should be questioned
By Sophie McBain - 05 February 10:06

Moazzam Begg was imprisoned as a terror suspect but never tried. Who is he? What does he want? And why are the security services so interested in him?

New crop of MPs unlikely to be anymore socially diverse  Photo: Getty/ Christopher Furlong
Old boys’ club will continue their reign into the next Parliament
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 9:40

According to the research by the Sutton Trust, 31 per cent of parliamentary candidates attended private school, compared with 7 per cent of the population.

Mind the gap: how charities are mopping up after the government’s failure to care
By Frances Ryan - 05 February 9:29

Under austerity, charities are regularly having to substitute for government. We live in a twenty-first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live.

MPs condemn the UK government role in fighting Islamic State as "strikingly modest"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 8:33

A cross-party group of MPs are calling for greater action against the extremist militants.

The policy overlap between the two parties represents a rich programme for government.
Labour and the Lib Dems have much in common – but will tribalism prevent a coalition?
By George Eaton - 04 February 21:44

The significant policy overlap between the two parties represents a rich programme for government. 

From Scotland to Spain to Greece, we see a new political world emerging
By Neal Lawson - 04 February 18:00

Politics is now operating at "three speeds". Can our establishment parties keep up?

What does Margaret Hodge bowing out mean for Labour's mayoral election race?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 17:45

The Public Accounts Committee chair and MP for Barking has ruled herself out as a potential candidate for the mayoral election.

A lesbian couple hold hands at a rally. Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images
Labour’s plan to introduce LGBT education to five year olds is the best idea they’ve had
By Eleanor Margolis - 04 February 17:13

At school, Eleanor Margolis first heard “lesbian” as an insult. How much easier her own coming out would have been if the teachers had mentioned it was normal.

Cameron condemns "sickening murder" of Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 17:10

The Prime Minister says the brutal attack has strengthened international resolve to defeat the extremist militants.

employment minister speaks at select committee
Grieving relative confronts DWP minister Esther McVey after benefit sanctions inquiry
By Ashley Cowburn - 04 February 16:29

The sister of a diabetic who died after having his benefits cut wept after hearing the minister say there is state support for vulnerable people.

The Tory leader's exuberant confidence allowed him to dominate the chamber.
PMQs review: Cameron rides roughshod over Miliband again
By George Eaton - 04 February 13:24

The Tory leader's exuberant confidence allowed him to dominate the chamber. 

A still from Pride, the 2014 film about the Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners campaign.
What today’s activists can learn from the Lesbians Against Pit Closures campaign
By Rebecca Winson - 04 February 12:53

Their triumph came through recognising that although their own oppression was important, it didn’t mean they couldn’t recognise others’ struggles as well.

The party's biggest opponent in Scotland is time.
Labour needs a generation to unwind the SNP surge
By George Eaton - 04 February 11:07

The party's biggest opponent in Scotland is time.

A goldfish in a bag. Photo: Getty
Memo to the right: if Labour is as rubbish as you say, why aren’t the Tories streets ahead?
By Helen Lewis - 04 February 10:26

Kicking Red Ed is reassuring, like group therapy. Meanwhile, the Tories have gained no significant blocks of support since 2010. In the glee over Labour's troubles, the right are ignoring the bleak future of the Conservative party.

Work Programme staff were told to increase sanctions against clients, says former employee
By Philip Hegarty - 04 February 10:00

A former employee of three separate Work Programme providers describes how staff members were compelled to increase sanctions in order to hit financial targets.

Ashcroft polls show sensational surge for SNP and suggest they will win more than 50 MPs in May
By May2015 - 04 February 9:12

Lord Ashcroft’s seat-by-seat polls have confirmed the SNP are set to win more than 50 seats in May, after winning just 6 in 2010.

Ashcroft Scotland polling: Danny and Douglas Alexander could lose their seats in SNP surge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 February 8:43

New polling of Scottish constituencies show the shadow foreign secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury could lose their seats, and Labour could be left with only six seats.

Emergency duvets, sword pegs and the “Plastic Fantastic”: review of Inside the Commons
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 February 16:48

Will the first instalment of Michael Cockerell’s documentary series given unprecedented access to parliament horrify or mollify voters?

Why is Labour planning to make LGBT-inclusive sex education compulsory?
By Gloria De Piero - 03 February 16:47

The party is building on its progressive legacy in its LGBT policy announcement this week.

Late decisions, the Ukip temptation, and NHS fears: a Labour MP's doorstep marathon
By Dan Jarvis - 03 February 14:46

Britain is undecided: we must help it decide, one conversation at a time, argues Dan Jarvis, who went doorknocking in nine regions in nine days.

Government NHS reforms adviser: Burnham's plan for patient choice is the right way
By Stephen Bubb - 03 February 13:33

A health expert who advised this government during the passage of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 argues that Labour's plan to integrate health and social care is preferable to the coalition's approach.

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