Simulection: How I'm testing the party’s 2015 manifestos on the video game Democracy 3
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 20 April 15:15

What happens when you run the main political parties' 2015 manifestos through a politics simulation game?

Carpe diem, Ed. Carpe diem. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Ed Miliband has learnt what YOLO means - and he loves it
By Media Mole - 20 April 15:11

"That is a good philosophy for politics!"

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The blagger's guide to the election
By New Statesman - 20 April 14:04

What happens if no-one wins? Why are people not voting? What happened in 1974, and why does it matter?

Foreign devils. Photo:Getty
Britain's immigration debate has taken a turn for the toxic
By Kavya Kaushik - 20 April 13:58

Whether it is the attacks on migrants crossing the Mediterranean or questions about Nick Clegg's heritage, our national debate on immigration has taken a nasty turn.

Julian Huppert speaking at the New Statesman Debate on the EU. Photo: Chris Boland
Europe: in or out? The Cambridge Literary Festival New Statesman Debate
By Tom Gatti - 20 April 13:47

The Ukip and Lib Dem candidates for Cambridge clash over Europe in a packed debating chamber.

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence.
Balls says Labour would speak to SNP - but rules out negotiations
By George Eaton - 20 April 13:40

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence. 

Exclusive: George Foulkes calls on Philip Hammond to intervene in the Mediterranean
By George Foulkes - 20 April 13:17

We cannot, therefore, continue to bury our heads in the sand, nor can we hide behind talk of a more comprehensive EU strategy. The simple fact is, unless more boats are sent out to patrol the region and rescue people, more innocent lives, including those of children, will be lost in the days and weeks to come.

The Lib Dems' coalition red lines are too agreeable – they need to start playing hard to get
By Richard Morris - 20 April 12:01

No one's talking about deals with the Lib Dems, because there's nothing in their manifesto to scare the Tory or Labour horses.

Many voters feel today's candidates all look and sound too similar. But are they really? Picture: Ralph Steadman
Armando Iannucci: It’s time for a very British revolution
By Armando Iannucci - 20 April 11:30

From Labour's mugs to Cameron's debate dodging, the run up to this election has involved a calculated contempt for openness and honesty.

What's wrong with tax avoidance?
By Mark Rowney - 20 April 11:30

In 2012, Ed Miliband said it wasn’t “for politicians to lecture people about morality”; he was right. Notwithstanding some politicians’ moral convictions, society cannot agree a moral standard for tax. 

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What are the top seats to watch in the election?
By Harry Lambert - 20 April 9:59

Harry Lambert of the New Statesman's May2015.com tells you the ten seats to watch on polling night.

It can cost over £30k to stand for parliament. Photo: Getty
How much does it cost to stand as an MP?
By Caroline Crampton - 20 April 9:57

If you want to stand on the stage on election night wearing a rosette, you'll have to buy it yourself.

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Why do so many people not vote?
By Ashley Cowburn - 20 April 9:53

If they use their voices on 7 May, these voters, once considered “lost”, could decide the outcome of this bitterly fought election.

Portraits of former PMs hang in Number 10. Photo: Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images
What happened in the 1974 election?
By Stephen Bush - 20 April 9:52

Oil, Scottish Nationalists, and a split house - it all sounds a bit familiar.

The Queen has no say in the new government - and heading off to Windsor might be the best move. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty
If no one wins the election, what happens?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 April 9:50

A minority coalition? Labour and the Tories together? Confidence-and-supply?

What will Labour do for people with disabilities?
By David Blunkett - 20 April 8:52

I have been very fortunate in my life to have had essential help when I have needed it and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others. This election is the moment when disabled people can exercise their power and make their voice heard. And today, with the launch of its disability manifesto, Labour is hoping to win their support.

What can be done about the rising number of food banks?
By Frank Field and John Glen - 20 April 7:44

The number using food banks continues to rise. What's being done about the problem of public hunger, and what must we do next?

Milibandimania! Watch as Ed Miliband mobbed by screaming ladies
By Media Mole - 19 April 13:49

Ed Miliband's transformation from punchline into rockstar Prime Minister is almost complete.

The deaths this week are a wake-up call. We need a change of direction
By Tim Farron - 19 April 13:00

This latest horror is neither isolated nor unexpected. We can't sit by and leave people to drown.

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland.
Tetchy Cameron dials up SNP attack by warning English voters would lose out
By George Eaton - 19 April 11:05

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland. 

About that Conservative jobs miracle...
By Jonathan Portes - 18 April 9:17

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed.

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.
How Labour could call the SNP's bluff in a hung parliament
By George Eaton - 17 April 13:02

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech. 

Votes being counted in Scotland last year. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
There may be nothing to vote for — but there's plenty to vote against
By Laurie Penny - 17 April 12:24

Not voting isn't passive, but it only works if politicians care what you think. To be counted, you have to step into the ballot box - if only to register your disgust.

Restart the rescue: the most important policy you've never heard of
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 11:57

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

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Too little, too late: Unpaid internships only widen the gap between rich and poor
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 17 April 11:20

Will Labour’s proposal to ban unpaid internships really make any difference to inequality while men in high places can still pull strings on behalf of their privileged offspring?

Labour's young people manifesto keeps the promise of Britain alive
By Ivan Lewis - 17 April 11:10

The launch of Labour's groundbreaking young people manifesto today is further evidence of Ed Miliband's determination to put the future of the younger generation at the heart of this election campaign.

Liz Kendall: "Nobody wants to think about what they'll be like when they're incredibly old"
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 10:59

The shadow minister for care and older people on the future of old age in Britain, parents versus the state, and what she's most excited about.

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks.
Miliband pledges to ban unpaid internships as Labour woos youth vote
By George Eaton - 17 April 0:01

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks. 

An interview with Ken Clarke: "The iron of the Treasury has entered my soul"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 23:53

The Tory MP and former Chancellor on how politics has changed, the dangers of unfunded spending pledges, and how his party is "too right-wing".

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