In pictures: Tony Benn's funeral
By Raphael Gray and India Ross - 27 March 14:48

Mourners gathered at Westminster, where the outspoken Labour politician was remembered.

News Corp head says Tories must do deal with UKIP.
Rupert Murdoch predicts Labour victory in 2015
By George Eaton - 27 March 14:18

News Corp head says Cameron "will be dead meat" if the Tories fail to do a deal with UKIP.

The Deputy PM needs a lot more passion.
To burst the Farage bubble, Clegg needs to win hearts, not just heads
By Richard Morris - 27 March 13:46

Next week, the Deputy PM needs some pointed barbs, a few more jokes and a lot more passion.

The sick and disabled may fare no better under a new provider.
Atos's departure isn't enough - fit for work tests aren't working
By George Eaton - 27 March 12:19

Unless the system itself is reformed, the sick and disabled will fare no better under a new provider.

Face of death: the prospect of nuclear Armageddon in an early CND poster
The magazine, the missile crisis and the movement
By Hugh Purcell - 27 March 10:00

As tensions rise between Russia and the west, we recall the role played by the New Statesman in the creation of CND and how the Cuban missile crisis led to the decline of the anti-nuclear movement.

While ministers were nowhere to be seen, Caroline Flint was on the Daybreak sofa.
Labour wins race to claim credit for energy market inquiry
By George Eaton - 27 March 8:45

While ministers were nowhere to be seen, Caroline Flint was on the Daybreak sofa.

Labour MPs fear going into battle without defences against predictable Tory onslaughts.
The sound of Labour silence: Miliband can’t rely on the Tories to keep hurting Cameron for him
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 23:31

Labour MPs fear going into battle without defences against predictable Tory onslaughts.

Polls called it for Ukip but the Lib Dems are happy.
Clegg and Farage both got what they needed out of this debate
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 21:08

Audiences called the debate for Ukip but the Lib Dems are happy to have established their leader as the man who dares defend Britain's EU membership.

The Deputy PM's pragmatic case for the EU gave him the edge over the tetchy UKIP leader.
Hard-headed Clegg trumps Farage in LBC debate
By George Eaton - 26 March 20:50

The Deputy PM's pragmatic case for the EU gave him the edge over the tetchy UKIP leader.

Thirteen Labour MPs voted against Osborne's new measure.
Labour welfare cap rebels: the full list
By George Eaton - 26 March 16:09

Thirteen Labour MPs, including Diane Abbott and Tom Watson, voted against George Osborne's new cap on welfare spending.

Nigel Farage
Labour can’t stand Farage but they don’t want him to fail
By Rafael Behr - 26 March 14:14

Miliband’s reliance on Ukip taking votes from the Tories puts the opposition in an uncomfortable moral position.

To settle his party's nerves, the Labour leader needs another trump card.
PMQs review: Miliband's price freeze saves him - but he needs a new hit
By George Eaton - 26 March 13:20

To settle his party's nerves, the Labour leader needs another trump card.

Yashika Bageerathi (right) is a matter of months from completing her A levels. Photo: change.org
Save Yashika Bageerathi: why is the Home Office trying to deport a straight-A student?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 26 March 11:04

There is something unseemly about the haste with which the Home Office is trying to deport 19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi, who fled Mauritius with her family in 2012.

The average British voter is not convinced by the case for the EU, nor persuaded that we would be better off out.
Clegg and Farage need to reach beyond their bases
By Sunder Katwala - 26 March 10:06

The average British voter is not convinced by the case for the EU, nor persuaded that we would be better off out.

A 1977 portrait of Roy Jenkins. (Photo: Jane Bown/The Observer)
The broken legacy of Roy Jenkins
By David Marquand - 26 March 10:00

He was the most successful chancellor since the 1940s and the most radical home secretary since WW1, responsible for the abolition of the death penalty, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the SDP. Yet a decade after his death, his social-liberal world-view is in crisis.

Work and Pensions Secrretary warns "the money we have is finite".
Duncan Smith: welfare cap will force ministers to choose between families and the disabled
By George Eaton - 26 March 9:04

The Work and Pensions Secretary says the policy "is not about punishing people, it's about saying that the money we have is finite."

The vice chancellors’ confidence in further fee hikes is misplaced.
Universities need to look beyond higher tuition fees
By John Denham MP - 25 March 19:03

Vice chancellors should join the discussion about alternatives to the current model.

Attempts by governments to constrain their successors rarely work.
Will George Osborne's welfare cap stand the test of time?
By Gavin Kelly - 25 March 18:16

Self-conscious attempts by one government to constrain the hands of their successors rarely work.

Clegg's party has lost more than 500,000 voters.
UKIP have taken more votes from the Lib Dems than most think
By George Eaton - 25 March 15:04

Clegg's party has lost more than 500,000 voters to Farage since 2010.

We must maintain flexibility for employers and workers.
We should reform zero-hours contracts, not ban them
By Vidhya Alakeson - 25 March 12:14

Abuse needs to be addressed, but we must maintain flexibility for employers and workers.

Is Labour set to abolish fees and introduce a graduate tax?
Miliband's promise of a "radical offer" on tuition fees is a major policy hint
By George Eaton - 25 March 8:55

Is Labour set to abolish fees and introduce a graduate tax?

The state can be made more responsive.
Labour will empower consumers in public as well as private sectors
By Stella Creasy and Jon Cruddas - 24 March 20:12

The state can be made more responsive by giving citizens access to data, impartial advice and control over the services on which they depend.

Tories' previous pledge contradicted.
Cameron's plan to cut inheritance tax would create social care black hole
By George Eaton - 24 March 15:42

The Tories have previously pledged to fund social care reform by freezing the inheritance tax threshold.

Diane Abbott and others refuse to back measure.
Labour MPs set to rebel against party over welfare cap
By George Eaton - 24 March 13:42

Diane Abbott and other backbenchers refuse to join leadership in backing Osborne's measure.

A vision for modern left multilateralism.
Labour needs to decide what British defence policy is for
By Kirsty McNeill - 24 March 11:10

Shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker should outline a vision for modern left multilateralism.

Salimata Knight, an FGM survivor, in March 2004 at an event launching the Female Genital Mutilation Act. Photo: Getty
Why did the first prosecution for female genital mutilation take almost 30 years?
By Sarah Ditum - 24 March 11:03

The legislation outlawing FGM was introduced in 1985, but there were no prosecutions until last week. Why?

Clegg's party needs to decide where it stands.
Will the Lib Dems oppose a tuition fee rise in 2015?
By George Eaton - 24 March 9:10

With the Tories refusing to rule out another increase, Clegg's party will soon need to decide where it stands.

The Budget has revealed how vulnerable Labour is to the charge that it doesn't really trust voters to manage their affairs.
Miliband needs to renew his commitment to "people power"
By Rafael Behr - 24 March 7:49

The Budget has revealed how vulnerable Labour is to the charge that it doesn't really trust voters to manage their affairs.

Osborne's populist Budget helps the Conservatives claw back voters from UKIP.
The Tories cut Labour's poll lead to one point
By George Eaton - 22 March 22:25

Osborne's populist Budget helps the Conservatives claw back voters from UKIP.

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