A displaced Iraqi Yazidi family takes refuge under a bridge, 17 August. Photo: Getty
Our part in the Iraq crisis, a forgotten Labour man and grouse-moor people power
By Peter Wilby - 21 August 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

Police watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Britain should not look at the militarised police in Ferguson and congratulate itself
By Harry Leslie Smith - 21 August 9:55

The UK may not have a police force that is equipped like an army, but through our arms trade we export death to some of the most volatile regions of the world. It has to stop.

For the sixth time since Boris became Mayor, Londoners will be hit with transport fare hikes
By Val Shawcross - 21 August 9:21

The Mayor's planned above-inflation jump in fares will negatively impact London's commuters, and is just one aspect of the wider poor transport legacy of his mayoralty.

It’s GCSE results day, but what did our party leaders get in their school exams?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 8:53

As hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results today, we look back to see what our party leaders achieved at school.

It’s GCSE results day, but what did our party leaders get in their school exams?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 8:53

As hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results today, we look back to see what our party leaders achieved at school.

When climate change denial is promoted in mainstream news
By Bob Ward - 20 August 14:25

Including articles and comments from figures such as Matthew Ridley and Nigel Lawson without balance misleads the British public.

Theresa May's plans for writing a new domestic abuse offence into law
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 August 14:01

The Home Secretary is consulting on creating a new crime of domestic abuse.

Young people are being let down by sex education in schools
By Chris Sherwood - 20 August 12:36

The current provision of relationship and sex education in schools isn’t adequate for many young people.

Watch: Stella Creasy trounces Austin Mitchell in a debate on the “feminisation of politics”
By Caroline Crampton - 20 August 10:44

Austin Mitchell, who is stepping down as Labour MP for Great Grimsby at the next election, fails to defend his assertion that having more women in Parliament is a “worrying matter”.

Foreign Secretary: British nationals involved in IS atrocities
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 August 9:04

Philip Hammond says the UK is “very much aware” of Brits becoming involved in the Islamic State militant group.

Lord Rennard’s suspension from his party has been lifted
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 August 8:39

The peer who the Lib Dems suspended after sexual harassment allegations has had his party membership reinstated.

Notting Hill notebook: a Labour councillor doing politics in the Royal Borough
By Andrew Lomas - 19 August 17:12

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here are his first impressions of canvassing in one of London's wealthiest areas.

Failed government IT projects could lose taxpayers £1bn
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 16:36

The Home Office has been ordered to pay £224m to a defence contractor; government IT project waste is really adding up.

Are migrants good for the UK economy?
By Carlos Vargas-Silva - 19 August 12:35

Analysing two apparently contradictory studies that have been published about the impact of migration on the UK economy.

DWP accused of hiding universal credit failings: why is IDS still in a job?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 10:39

Iain Duncan Smith is under further scrutiny as the public accounts committee accuses his department of obscuring problems with the universal credit scheme.

Newlyweds release doves after their wedding at Festival House. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Mothers’ names will finally be added to UK marriage certificates
By Fiona Rutherford - 19 August 10:30

The prime minister has announced that the names of couples’ mothers will now be added to marriage registers, in the first reform to the system in over 150 years.

Why politicians should stop dismissing the importance of ideology
By Eliane Glaser - 19 August 9:03

We need ideas and idealism as well as processes and action; our problem is not too much politics, but not enough.

Imagining the “family test” in action since the coalition came in
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 8:43

How David Cameron's "family test" would have worked if it had been brought in from 2010.

Harriet Harman at Wimbledon this summer. Photo: Getty
The problem with Harriet Harman’s proposed gambling tax
By Martin Cloake - 18 August 15:30

Labour think the levy can be used to fund elite sports development as well as grass-roots sports. So, they must be hoping for a lot of gambling in order to generate the sums needed.

"No one is in control": Watch Stella Creasy MP's Twitter Talk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 14:49

The Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy gave a speech at Twitter HQ about why we should be impatient to take control of our world.

A citizen's income of £71 a week per person would make Britain fairer
By Lauren Razavi - 18 August 13:04

With the potential to appease both the left and the right of the political spectrum, the citizen’s income concept could well mark the road to a fairer, more equal welfare system in Britain.

One month to go: what voting No in the Scottish referendum can offer Labour voters
By Douglas Alexander - 18 August 12:21

With one month of campaigning left until the Scottish independence referendum, why would Scotland remaining in the Union benefit Labour supporters?

Why does the PM now want to apply a "family test" to every future domestic policy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 9:21

The Prime Minister will make a speech today saying all domestic policies should be examined for their “impact on the family”.

Defence Secretary: the UK military could be involved in Iraq “for months”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 8:22

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.

Leader of the Scottish Greens: "You don’t need to like Alex Salmond to vote Yes"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 15:36

The co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, on why his party supports Scottish independence, and how it's not all about the SNP.

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes.
Why the Tories have picked the wrong man to take on Farage
By George Eaton - 15 August 13:56

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes. 

Why raising the personal allowance won't help people on low incomes
By Spencer Thompson - 15 August 12:21

As a strategy for tackling low pay, raising the personal allowance ran out of usefulness several years ago.

The UK would “favourably consider” arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 8:57

The government would supply weapons to the Kurds fighting extremists in Iraq, if they request arms.

Is the Labour party finally beginning to engage on education?
By Dan Holden - 15 August 7:30

After years of hardly trying to counter the coalition’s regressive education reforms, Labour finally seems to have begun to make a move.

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
What is the value of university?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 14 August 18:05

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects. 

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