The Tory right is becoming desperate on climate change and energy
By Bob Ward - 13 October 14:28

The former environment secretary will tell climate change sceptics this week that his party should adopt Ukip policies.

A Green Party activist outside a polling station in Greenwich, London. Photo: Getty
Why the Green Party should be in the TV election debates
By Willard Foxton - 13 October 12:39

The Greens are a legitimate political party, with real MPs and thousands of voters. If Ukip deserve to be on the platform, so do they.

They hope the inclusion of Green leader Natalie Bennett would boost her party at the expense of Labour and the Lib Dems.
Why the Tories might demand the Greens are included in the TV debates
By George Eaton - 13 October 11:28

They hope the inclusion of Green leader Natalie Bennett would boost her party at the expense of Labour and the Lib Dems. 

Why MPs should vote to recognise Palestine
By Andy Slaughter and Martin Linton - 13 October 10:21

MPs have a rare chance to vote on Palestinian statehood today.

Money matters: why Labour may need the Lib Dems more then the Tories do
By Richard Morris - 13 October 9:34

Will the decision whether or not to go into coalition in 2015 depend more on money than on principle?

What is David Cameron’s “rescue package” for schools?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 October 9:10

The Prime Minister is proposing an intervention to save failing schools. 

Healthcare strikes have worked before – could they save the NHS?
By Neil Singh - 13 October 7:45

Today is the first NHS strike since action over pay 32 years ago; health workers at the frontline know that if they do not act soon, the NHS will decompensate and fail.

The clash between those who want a tougher stance, and those who want to maintain a liberal approach, is intensifying.
Ukip's ascent has sharpened Labour's immigration divide
By George Eaton - 10 October 16:53

The clash between those who want a tougher stance, and those who want to maintain a liberal approach, is intensifying. 

Forget the seaside: it's the rural vote, stupid
By William Cash - 10 October 15:10

Post-Clacton, how can the Tories contain the collapse in their core vote?

Chuka Umunna's speech to mark Black History Month: full text
By Chuka Umunna - 10 October 13:15

The shadow business secretary on the need for better representation in parliament, Brixton's Black British story, and the Rooney Rule.

Ukip should examine its own record over a disability “tirade”
By Richard Howitt - 10 October 9:43

There’s a lot of intellectualising about Ukip at present, but a simple truth is that they’re not very nice people.

Our hard-fought victory in Heywood & Middleton stands in stark contrast to the Tories' collapse in Clacton.
The by-elections show Labour can be confident of election victory
By Michael Dugher - 10 October 9:29

Our hard-fought victory in Heywood & Middleton stands in stark contrast to the Tories' collapse in Clacton. 

Too many voters who want to oppose the government are not turning to the opposition.
Ukip's surge in Heywood should terrify Labour - but even now some remain complacent
By George Eaton - 10 October 9:18

It is remarkable that some in the party are drawing comfort from a rise of just 0.8 per cent in their vote. 

A by-election win for Ukip: but will it repeat the SDP's journey?
By Tim Bale - 10 October 8:23

Comparing Clacton with Crosby.

Ukip takes Clacton: what does this mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 October 7:16

Douglas Carswell is Ukip’s first elected MP. What does this mean for politics and his party?

Miliband is still keen to promise a reduction from £9,000 to £6,000 despite shadow cabinet concerns over cost.
Will Labour pledge to cut tuition fees?
By George Eaton - 09 October 16:31

Miliband is still keen to promise a reduction from £9,000 to £6,000 despite shadow cabinet concerns over cost. 

Montage by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: The Lib Dem red rodent peril
By Kevin Maguire - 09 October 15:57

Ministerial colleagues accused Danny Alexander of treating those he considers his inferiors with contempt.

Dark ages: Nick Clegg delivers his speech on the last day of the Lib Dem Party Conference. Photo: Getty
Leader: British politics is now a war of the weak
By New Statesman - 09 October 15:06

The overall impression is of an age of big problems, small ideas and diminished political leaders.

The Returning Officer: Colchester II
By Stephen Brasher - 09 October 15:01

In 1897 the Tory MP Captain Herbert Naylor-Wayland resigned, causing a by-election. It was won by the Liberal Sir Weetman Pearson, who defeated Captain J M Vereker.

What’s in store for the 2015 victor: winner’s curse or a steady recovery?
By Gavin Kelly - 09 October 14:58

Even in these fragile political times, May 2015 may not be as unattractive an election to win as it first appears.

From Hong Kong to Israel: why arms export controls are broken
By Andrew Smith - 09 October 14:37

When the UK sells weapons it not only facilitates the attacks they are used in, it also signals an approval for the governments that are carrying them out.

Immigration policy is holding back the UK's tech boom
By Ed Bussey - 09 October 13:48

The government's ambitious project of putting coding on the national curriculum is exactly what UK tech needs. But in the short term, immigration policy is holding us back.

"NHS principles aren’t intact": how the public is trying to protect its health service
By Benedict Cooper - 09 October 12:45

This conference season, all parties have announced new plans to save the NHS; but how do those members of the public trying to protect their health service feel?

Man in the Mirror: Brooks Newmark, who resigned as minister for civil society on 27 September. Photo: Getty
Tabloid stings, Littlejohn’s dreadful jokes and the inaudible word of God
By Peter Wilby - 09 October 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

What are the difficulties Lord Hill will face as EU Commissioner, and why?
By Mary Honeyball - 09 October 9:24

Backroom deals will make life difficult for Lord Hill as EU Commissioner.

There is despair among MPs at the party's lethargy and lack of ambition.
After losing the conference season, Labour fears that it no longer deserves to win
By George Eaton - 08 October 21:57

There is despair among MPs at the party's lethargy and lack of ambition. 

The unmistakable impression left by the Lib Dem leader's speech was that he is preparing to depart the stage.
Clegg comes to praise coalition, not bury it, but this felt like his last stand
By George Eaton - 08 October 15:16

The unmistakable impression left by the Lib Dem leader's speech was that he is preparing to depart the stage. 

Did Nick Clegg reveal his preferred successor in his speech?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 October 15:04

Praise for Danny Alexander, but small digs at Tim Farron and Vince Cable.

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