W J Brown
By Stephen Brasher - 07 October 8:09

William (W J) Brown was elected independent MP for Rugby during the Second World War, and held his seat in 1945.

The Conference Five | 6 October 2010
By Duncan Robinson - 06 October 12:49

Best of the mainstream and blogosphere coverage.

Gove favours headlines over real reform
By Duncan Robinson - 05 October 18:15

The education secretary's conference speech contained many gimmicks, but little that will actually i

The Conference Five | 5 October 2010
By Duncan Robinson - 05 October 15:35

Best of the mainstream and blogosphere coverage.

Laurie Penny: A divided society
By Laurie Penny - 05 October 11:50

The chasm in our society is no longer between left and right, but between rich and poor.

The Tories’ secret weapon
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 October 9:16

Sayeeda Warsi, chairman of the Conservative Party, talks to Mehdi Hasan about party tactics, Muslim

The mom supremacy
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 October 9:12

America’s “mama grizzlies” – homely, conservative women with their hearts set on power – are easy to

The Battle of Cable Street
By Duncan Robinson - 04 October 18:12

This weekend saw the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

Forget the budget deficit, the coalition must deal with the jobs deficit
By Clare McNeil - 04 October 16:33

There are now five people chasing every vacancy in the UK.

Must try harder
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 October 14:09

Julian Glover deserves low marks for his understanding of "social democracy".

Big society is better society
By Francis Maude - 04 October 9:13

The coalition’s vision for Britain encompasses social action, reform of public services and more com

Labour gives us five as Dave goes with the Flo
By Gideon Donald - 01 October 8:35

To Manchester to try to discern what, if anything, "Original Labour" might be up to - a task that was completed within five minutes of the announcement of the results.

Ed Miliband has it all to play for
By Irwin Stelzer - 01 October 8:35

Various pundits think electing the younger brother as Labour leader has made it sure that the Tories

John Pilger on why the BBC is on Murdoch’s side
By John Pilger - 30 September 8:23

We deceive ourselves in thinking that the Beeb has a left-wing bias. The corporation is in thrall to the powerful. 

Leader: The Tories would be foolish to underestimate Ed Miliband
By Staff blogger - 30 September 8:23

Miliband's decision to contrast his optimism with Cameron's pessimism is fertile territory for Labou

Ten Tory tactics to defeat Ed Miliband
By Tim Montgomerie - 30 September 8:23

Tory strategists have identified ten reasons why over the term of the next parliament Labour’s new l

Blairites, nearly men and BBC hacks
By Peter Wilby - 30 September 8:23

Furious Labour hacks round on sainted Ed, how David resembles Heseltine, and why BBC political pundi

Teddy grins and bares it
By Kevin Maguire - 30 September 8:23

Ed "Teddy" Milibrother proves he's no cuddly bear.

By Stephen Brasher - 30 September 8:23

In 1841 Joseph Holdsworth was elected as Liberal MP for the constituency, capturing the seat from the Tories. Unfortunately, he was also returning officer.

Let Miliband be Miliband
By Mehdi Hasan - 30 September 8:23

The new Labour leader has no time to dither or prevaricate, but must act boldly.

Weekly Briefing
By Staff blogger - 30 September 8:23

North Korea: power

Ed was right to say the war was wrong
By Anthony Barnett - 29 September 16:36

Labour's old guard are mad if they still think Iraq was the right thing to do.

David Miliband: Labour giant
By James Macintyre - 29 September 13:04

The party will be poorer without him

Shadow play
By James Macintyre - 28 September 9:50

James Macintyre picks some likely members of Labour’s next front bench.

Labour needs a rethink
By Roy Hattersley - 28 September 9:34

Labour has become a party that is doctrine-free. In the absence of an ethical framework, it needs an

In Video: Ed Miliband speaks at New Statesman party
By Duncan Robinson - 27 September 18:04

Watch Ed Miliband’s speech at the NS Labour conference reception.

Unions: “Stop David, not Get Ed”
By Caroline Crampton - 27 September 13:21

Despite gleeful howls from the right-wing press, it seems that the unions were more interested in st

A tale of three parties: Laurie Penny sobers up over Labour
By Laurie Penny - 27 September 12:46

The British left is finally knocking back the Alka-Seltzer of humility and stumbling to its feet.

Golden Brown
By Steve Richards - 27 September 12:02

The next Labour leader should learn the lessons of 1992, says Steve Richards.

My role in butching up the Herbal Tea Party
By Gideon Donald - 24 September 12:36

Even for an Old Etonian it takes a certain sangfroid to bury your father one day and make small talk with the Pope the day after. Too much eternity for most people, but Dave has developed "bottom" over the past few months.