Downing Street is wrong to reject demands for a recall on the grounds that "our focus is humanitarian support".
MPs want a chance to debate Iraq whether or not military action is planned
By George Eaton - 11 August 10:34

Downing Street is wrong to reject demands for a recall on the grounds that "our focus is humanitarian support". 

The Conservatives need to change more than just their leader if they are to win a majority.
Boris would boost Tory support by just one point if he became leader
By George Eaton - 10 August 10:10

The Conservatives need to change more than just their leader if they are to win a majority. 

When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention.
Big reform, not big spending, will save Sure Start
By Lucy Powell - 10 August 0:01

When funding is tight, we need a shift away from sticking plaster services to radical early intervention. 

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance.
Parliament should be recalled to authorise military support for Iraq
By Mike Gapes - 09 August 19:57

The Kurdistan Region needs more than words of solidarity or humanitarian assistance. 

The Ukip leader finally makes his choice.
Farage to stand for selection in South Thanet
By George Eaton - 08 August 15:48

Ukip leader plans to run in Tory-held constituency where his party currently polls first. 

Boris Johnson visited the Husseini Mosque in Northholt during his mayoral campaign in 2008.
Should religion ever play a role in policy-making?
By Muddassar Ahmed and Kishan Manocha - 08 August 15:13

As market and utilitarian analyses increasingly dominate our public discourse, religious voices could offer fresh insights.

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice.
Westminster's pledge to deny Scotland the pound has been vindicated
By George Eaton - 08 August 14:48

The act was denounced as "bullying" at the time, but Salmond's struggles prove it was the right choice. 

Last summer's defeat over Syria has made the PM wary of intervention.
Cameron backs US military action in Iraq - but he won't join it
By George Eaton - 08 August 9:33

Last summer's defeat over Syria has made the PM wary of intervention.

George Galloway MP under investigation over anti-Israel remarks
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 August 7:52

The Respect MP is being investigated by the police for calling on Bradford to be “declared an Israel-free zone”.

The airport, which the Mayor has demanded be closed, is one of the biggest local employers.
Will Boris change his stance on Heathrow if he stands for Uxbridge?
By George Eaton - 07 August 17:49

The airport, which the Mayor has demanded be closed, is one of the biggest local employers.

Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough and Tom Daley among 200 famous faces calling for a Scotland No vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 August 16:39

Two hundred public figures have signed an open letter addressed to the people of Scotland, calling on them to vote "No" in the independence referendum.

Montage: Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Ed, the vet, Yvette and Harriet
By Kevin Maguire - 07 August 15:30

Harriet Harperson misunderstands her MP hubby Jack Dromey after the couple acquire a kitten called Otis.

Rescue workers search for victims close to the Rafah refugee camp in Southern Gaza. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
The UK government must reform its treatment of asylum seekers
By George Gillett - 07 August 15:26

Theresa May has until Saturday to respond to a High Court ruling that deemed the government's level of support for asylum seekers "irrational".

If Labour scraps Police and Crime Commissioners, it will be rowing back on democracy
By Vera Baird - 07 August 12:42

The Labour Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria calls on Labour to retain PCCs, or a variant of the position, to allow transparency in policing.

The party would win all 10 of the target seats polled.
Labour nine points ahead in new poll of Tory marginals
By George Eaton - 07 August 12:13

The party would win all 10 of the target seats polled. 

Labour says joining up social care and health can plug the NHS budget shortfall
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 August 9:06

The Labour party says it would make savings in the NHS through joined-up services; what does this tell us about its approach to health policy in austere times?

Parliament must shed privately-educated and Westminster bubble MPs to win voters' trust
By Tim Wigmore - 07 August 7:50

As voters become more inclined to plump for an option outside the mainstream, or stay at home altogether, parties should recognise the electoral gains in becoming more genuinely representative of Britain today.

With Johnson departing, City Hall is the opposition's for the taking. But which contender will move first?
As Boris heads for Westminster, the truce between Labour’s mayoral rivals is about to end
By George Eaton - 06 August 22:28

With Johnson departing, City Hall is the opposition's for the taking. But which contender will move first?

When it comes to tackling the real issues facing the city, Boris has failed spectacularly.
Boris's frivolity has left London craving serious leadership
By David Lammy - 06 August 18:13

When it comes to tackling the real issues facing the city, Boris has failed spectacularly. 

The Communities Secretary is a fierce opponent of
Eric Pickles's appointment as Faith Minister is bad news for secularists
By George Eaton - 06 August 16:07

The Communities Secretary is a fierce defender of religious privilege. 

The dark side of localisation: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out
By Megan Jarvie and Lindsay Judge - 06 August 16:06

For those on a lower income or not working, some boroughs are considerably more welcoming than others.

More than 70 per cent of MPs use Twitter.
To watch the political elite debate, head to Twitter, not Westminster
By Lucy Fisher - 06 August 15:55

Twitter, once the preserve of teens and techies, is now the medium of choice for the political establishment too. 

How relieving a million small businesses of business rates would help the high street
By Bill Grimsey - 06 August 14:24

The high street is crying out for serious policy: let’s take a million small businesses out of paying business rates.

Boris Johnson denied at least 17 times that he would return to parliament in 2015
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 August 12:33

The Mayor of London, who has announced he'll be running to be an MP, has consistently denied his wish to return to parliament in 2015.

Baroness Warsi speaking to the Conservative Party Conference in 2010. Photo: Getty
The bitter truth: the Tories have done more for Muslims than Labour
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed - 06 August 12:17

It won’t be quickly forgotten that the strongest condemnation of the killings in Gaza came from Baroness Warsi, a Tory politician.

Johnson's pledge to serve a full term leaves him in a difficult position if the Tories are defeated in 2015.
Boris can be mayor and an MP - but could he really be mayor and Tory leader?
By George Eaton - 06 August 11:27

Johnson's pledge to serve a full term leaves him in a difficult position if the Tories are defeated in 2015. 

Boris Johnson. Photo: Getty
Boris Johnson announces that he will stand as an MP in 2015
By Caroline Crampton - 06 August 10:21

He says he intends to serve out his second term as London Mayor, and does not have a specific constituency in his sights yet.

To avoid squeezed households struggling, we must beware of premature interest rate rises
By Matthew Whittaker - 06 August 9:23

Households may struggle unnecessarily from premature interest rate rises if we continue to rely on the current key indicator of income growth.

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