Growing appeal: the Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas. Photo: David Levene/Eyevine
Caroline Lucas, still awaiting the Green moment
By Tim Wigmore - 06 November 10:00

In 2010, there was little to suggest that Ukip would comprehensively surpass the Greens. While Lucas won the seat of Brighton Pavilion, Nigel Farage came in third when he tried to oust John Bercow in Buckingham.

Powell is named vice chair of the election campaign with left-winger Trickett made a senior adviser.
Miliband promotes key allies Lucy Powell and Jon Trickett in Labour reshuffle
By George Eaton - 05 November 19:54

Powell is named vice chair of the election campaign with left-winger Trickett made a senior adviser. 

Why the poor pay more, and it's high time for a living wage
By Katie Schmuecker - 05 November 15:53

During Living Wage Week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Katie Schmuecker explores the impact of paying the Living Wage, and why more needs to be done to wipe out the poverty premium.

Six months away from the general election, Labour is struggling to convince the country that it has the authority to govern – and its MPs are becoming ever more despondent.
“The only way is down”: If Labour can’t inspire itself, how can it inspire the country?
By George Eaton - 05 November 15:32

Six months away from the general election, Labour is struggling to convince the country that it has the authority to govern – and its MPs are becoming ever more despondent.

Ed Miliband in Manchester last week to meet council leaders. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty
Ed Miliband’s problem is not policy but tone – and increasingly he seems trapped
By Jason Cowley - 05 November 15:01

Jason Cowley on the struggles and woes of the Labour leader.

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The academics behind a study that shows EU migrants make a net contribution to our economy on the positive impact of recent immigrants.

How Labour lost its vote
By Andrew Harrop - 05 November 13:55

How did the Labour party lose support, and where have its votes gone?

Renters need reform now – not the promise of a house in seven years
By Dan Wilson Craw - 05 November 13:47

Will Labour break the grip of the home ownership political orthodoxy?

Labour and the unions must develop an alternative to the public sector pay freeze
By David Coats and John Tizard - 05 November 13:36

The Labour public sector agenda should include excellent services and decent pay.

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength.
PMQs review: Miliband shows his confidence on the EU
By George Eaton - 05 November 13:28

The Labour leader regards his party's commitment to membership as a political strength. 

Mark Reckless: "Some Tory MPs will be watching me very closely in this by-election"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 12:40

The Tory-turned-Ukip defector talks by-election tactics, potential future defections, and how he'd prefer sitting with Ukip MPs in Westminster than Holocaust-deniers in the European Parliament.

EU migrants add £20bn to our GDP: but is the UK more generous in benefits than its neighbours?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 November 9:29

A new UCL study shows that European migrants are not a drain on our resources, but what about the perception that Britain is an "El Dorado" for immigrants?

Chuka Umunna announces a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership
By New Statesman - 04 November 21:30

If Labour gets in, Lord Davies will lead a review into ethnic diversity in British business leadership, as he did for gender diversity.

Osborne's personal tax summaries are not transparent: they don't break down welfare spending
By Moussa Haddad - 04 November 16:09

Why the Chancellor's personal tax summaries are the wrong type of transparency.

The government is trying to slip Trident replacement through the backdoor
By Kate Hudson - 04 November 16:01

The Mutual Defence Agreement is a US-UK nuclear deal that lays the foundation for replacing our Trident nuclear weapons system – it must be exposed and challenged.

The Barnett Formula defined one political generation; it may yet define another
By Douglas Beattie - 04 November 15:49

A closer look at the controversial financial and cultural legacy of the Barnett Formula, following its creator's death this week.

Lynne Featherstone to replace Norman Baker at the Home Office
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 November 13:07

The Dfid minister will replace Norman Baker at the Home Office.

If we had enough housing and better wages, immigration wouldn't be our top concern
By Tim Farron - 04 November 10:12

We need to do something positive about the problems communities face, rather than dishonestly blaming immigrants for all our country’s challenges.

Migrant workers are being exploited in the UK – we must take action
By Steve Barclay - 04 November 9:04

Today's Modern Slavery Bill is a vital opportunity to challenge exploitation of workers; slavery isn’t a thing of the past – it’s just less visible.

Lib Dem Norman Baker quits as Home Office minister
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 November 7:16

Revealing the extent of coalition clashes in the Home Office, the Lib Dem minister has resigned.

A Pride march in San Francisco. Photo: Sarah Rice/Getty
On gay rights, the Conservatives are still, unsurprisingly, conservative
By Eleanor Margolis - 03 November 16:00

A much-clarified tweet from the Department for Education serves to remind us that despite the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Conservative Party has yet to catch up on some issues.

Ed Miliband must realise that next year’s election will be won on emotion
By John Gaffney - 03 November 15:46

The Labour leader needs to appeal to human feeling to truly unite the United Kingdom, and be in with a chance of electoral success.

The Manchester model: we must be ambitious for our cities
By Lucy Powell - 03 November 15:33

Why our cities should follow Greater Manchester on how to be engines of growth in a new Britain.

There is more to the poppy hijab that there initially appears. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty
The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif
By Chris Allen - 03 November 12:32

The poppy hijabs have become a politically correct way of airing a suspicion that all Muslims are “basically terrorist sympathisers”. The wearing – or not wearing – of a patriotic hijab becomes a shrouded loyalty test.

The coalition’s flawed academy programme: a political gift Labour refuses to accept
By Annie Powell - 03 November 11:48

There are votes to be won if only Labour would expose the unfairness, the incoherence and the disregard for evidence that characterise the coalition’s education reforms.

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