Rejecting any arrangement with the SNP would make it far harder for the Labour leader to become prime minister in a hung parliament.
Why Miliband has ruled out a coalition with the SNP - but hasn't ruled out a pact
By George Eaton - 16 March 14:11

Rejecting any arrangement with the SNP would make it far harder for the Labour leader to become prime minister in a hung parliament. 

When will Labour stop appeasing, and start fighting, Ukip?
By Stephen Bush - 16 March 12:06

Nigel Farage's latest outburst is pretty noxious. But Labour's response is just embarrassing.

A more social democratic Britain can be achieved, and Scottish Labour's recovery set in train, if a deal is done between Labour and the SNP.
Neal Lawson: Why Labour must do a deal with the SNP
By Neal Lawson - 16 March 8:58

A more social democratic Britain can be achieved, and Scottish Labour's recovery set in train, if a deal is done between Labour and the SNP.

The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited.
Balls ambushes Osborne with handshake on head-to-head TV debate
By George Eaton - 15 March 10:46

The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited. 

Low wages and high prices, not laziness, are driving up the social security bill
By Chris Leslie and Rachel Reeves - 13 March 17:41

Low wages and rising prices are pushing up the cost of in-work benefits. Labour will raise wages and keep the cost of social security down.

Shut up about Ed Miliband's two kitchens: if you kick champagne socialists out, champagne Tories will conquer
By Frances Ryan - 13 March 15:29

What matters is not privilege, but what you choose to do with it.

Election 2015: Your complete guide to predictions about Scotland and the SNP
By Harry Lambert - 13 March 14:42

Can the SNP win more than 50 seats in May? We run through every seat in Scotland.

If David Cameron can't bully the broadcasters, how's his EU renegotiation going to work out?
By Alan Martin - 13 March 13:24

David Cameron has muffed his strategy as far as the debates are concerned. Even if he gets away with it, it's a bad sign if he ends up having to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU.

The hollowing out of London: how poverty patterns are changing
By Benjamin Hennig and Danny Dorling - 13 March 12:59

The largest falls in the proportions of households that are neither wealthy or poor has been in outer boroughs of London.

Four years in to the Syria conflict, how are we handling the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time?
By Justin Forsyth - 13 March 11:02

This weekend marks four years since the start of the crisis in Syria.

The latest polls show that nothing is changing in Scotland, and why would they?
"You cannot fight an idea": Why Labour is increasingly bleak about its prospects in Scotland
By Stephen Bush - 13 March 8:55

The latest polls show that nothing is changing in Scotland, and why would they? 

What's good about the right?
By Michael Gove - 12 March 18:31

Michael Gove's speech to the Legatum Institute: the full text.

Chuka Umunna on Nigel Farage: "The mask slips to reveal something that is pretty nasty"
By Stephen Bush - 12 March 17:44

As the election gets closer, Nigel Farage is showing his true face - and Labour must call it for what it is, says Chuka Umunna.

“Why sanction children?" - on the road in Wigan
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 March 14:56

Anoosh Chakelian visits a town made famous for its deprivation in the 1930s and finds parts of it standing tall - and others beaten down by the cuts.

Osborne has at least one big card left to play - but it might help the Conservatives less than they hope.
When will the Tories make their inheritance tax pledge?
By George Eaton - 12 March 14:49

Osborne has at least one big card left to play - but it might help the Conservatives less than they hope. 

"It will be subject to more pressure": Chuka Umunna believes electoral reform is on its way back
By Stephen Bush - 12 March 13:23

The cause of electoral reform will be strengthened in the era of multi-party politics, Labour's shadow Business Secretary believes.

Daffodils. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Commons confidential: Balls tweet auction, Lib Dem caution and Dafydd Cameron in Wales
By Kevin Maguire - 12 March 12:36

Plus: could Gloria De Piero be a future culture secretary?

"Who is this black woman?": Kate Osamor on her path to parliament
By Ashley Cowburn - 12 March 12:30

Kate Osamor, a trade union activist, is on course to win the Edmonton seat for Labour. She speaks to the New Statesman about her mother's dealings with the party, education and BAME representation. 

Ed Miliband gives the keynote at the Scottish Labour conference, 2012. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Labour struggles to define itself post referendum as the SNP continue to rise
By Gerry Hassan - 12 March 12:09

Scottish Labour's bilingualism used to be a good thing - but the relationship between Westminster and Scotland has changed.

Osborne at the royal mint. Photo: Matthew Horwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images
What the budget will not reveal: Osborne has been more pragmatic than his image suggests
By New Statesman - 12 March 10:56

This looks set to be a minimalist budget - but not all is as it seems, and opposition Ed Balls would do well to veer away from it sooner rather than later.

The Returning Officer: Westmoreland
By Stephen Brasher - 12 March 10:33

Oliver Frederick Stanley was MP for Westmorland in 1924-45.

As young Muslims, our community felt under siege. This is what we're doing about it
By Muna Elayeh - 12 March 9:08

When local boys in Butetown left to join Isis, the local Muslim community was shell-shocked and villified. But a group of young women is working to make things better.

The UK's ancient constitution must be reformed to spread power more evenly.
Unless Westminster responds to what is happening in Scotland the Union will be doomed
By Jason Cowley - 12 March 0:22

The UK's ancient constitution must be reformed to spread power more evenly. 

The campaign to end the "tampon tax" has found itself an unlikely ally in Ukip
By Barbara Speed - 11 March 17:26

"When we leave Europe, we'll be able to remove it, and rest assured we will."

Exclusive: Labour grassroots revolt over tuition fees
By Stephen Bush - 11 March 16:48

A new internal campaign has called Ed Miliband's tuition fee cut a "weak policy" and is calling for the complete abolition of tuition fees.

Justine Thornton's rebrand as “Mrs Miliband” shows how Ed is again torn in two
By Anoosh Chakelian - 11 March 15:39

What does Justine Thornton’s decision to use her husband’s surname "in political life" tell us about her husband's approach to electoral politics?

Black and minority ethnic youth unemployment "rose by 50% under the coalition"
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 11 March 14:02

New statistics suggest that over 40,000 black, Asian and ethnic minority people aged 18 to 24 have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

If Ed Balls becomes chancellor, he will be one of the most experienced – and polarising – politicians ever to hold the job.
Keynes's bulldog: a profile of Ed Balls, Labour's most polarising politician
By George Eaton - 11 March 14:00

If Ed Balls becomes chancellor, he will be one of the most experienced – and divisive – politicians ever to hold the job. 

The men and women behind the shadow chancellor.
Who's who on Team Balls
By George Eaton - 11 March 14:00

The men and women behind the shadow chancellor. 

The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate.
PMQs review: Miliband wastes an opportunity by going on the TV debates again
By George Eaton - 11 March 12:58

The debate about the debates is a process story of little interest to the electorate. 

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