How the Church wants you to vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 15:21

For the first time, the Church of England has produced a letter saying how we – and our politicians – should approach the general election.

Emily is Labour’s first openly transgender candidate. Photo: Emily Brothers
Labour’s first openly transgender candidate: I’ve never looked back since becoming Emily
By Ashley Cowburn - 17 February 14:25

Emily Brothers, who is running for parliament, on why she’s taking on the Sun, why you shouldn’t use a trans person’s old name, and what Stonewall’s decision to become an LGBT organisation means to her.

Record inflation low: is there a blind spot in our living standards debate?
By James Plunkett - 17 February 12:56

The UK inflation rate has fallen to a record low of 0.3 per cent in January – time to talk about consumer policy.

"Let's go with Labour" (1964). Photo: People's History Museum
The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the most forthright museum I’ve ever visited
By Stephanie Boland - 17 February 12:02

A new exhibition, Election! Britain Votes, at the People’s History Museum in Manchester explores the nature of democracy in a candid and sincere fashion that is far removed from the complacency we often get when museums try and do politics.

Inside the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/GettyImages
An EU explainer for the easily bored: the institutions
By Frances Robinson - 17 February 12:00

In the first of a six-part series, Frances Robinson cuts through the election noise and tells you what you actually need to know about the bodies that make up the European Union.

This election is unpredictable, but we can predict that the media could damage Labour's chances
By Ian Taylor - 17 February 9:43

They say this election will be the most unpredictable for a long time. But the media’s coverage won’t be, and it could even help to shape the outcome.

Cameron has a plan for NEETs – has he only just noticed the youth unemployment problem?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 February 8:49

The PM faces the youth unemployment problem with a plan for "intensive action" on young people not in education, employment or training.

Ministers are reaching beyond "scroungers" and aiming at Britain’s working poor
By Heather Spurr - 16 February 16:40

David Cameron has started targeting the low-paid in a new benefits trial; this message could undermine his claim to be in favour of Britain’s "hardworking people".

Tessa Jowell wants to close the gap between "two Londons". Photo: Getty
Tessa Jowell: “My best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is talking to Tories”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 13:45

The outgoing Labour MP for Dulwich and London mayoral contender speaks to Anoosh Chakelian about election strategy, immigration, and her plan to make “two Londons one”.

The Shard, Mordoresque. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Commons Confidential: Clegg learns the Shard way
By Kevin Maguire - 16 February 13:41

Rees-Mogg's history, taxation mystery - and an early warning from South Thanet.

A trans flag at a rally in Turkey. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images
Stonewall to begin campaigning for trans equality
By Stephanie Boland - 16 February 13:32

A new report lays out how the organisation seeks to change their approach to trans people and begin advocating for their rights.

Labour will "guarantee" apprenticeships for every school leaver with required grades
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 12:19

Ed Miliband announces an "apprenticeship guarantee" for school leavers by 2020.

Is there a cheaper but credible alternative to Trident?
By Toby Fenwick - 16 February 11:37

A new dual-role system for our nuclear deterrent could save money and remove all nuclear weapons from Scotland in the process.

What a horse, Keith Vaz and a French policeman tell us about Britain's neglect of refugees
By Alastair Sloan - 16 February 11:19

When it comes to taking in asylum seekers, the UK government is shifting blame and responsibility.

The Tories aren’t catching Labour in England & Wales
By Harry Lambert - 16 February 10:59

Despite many supposed missteps, two types of poll last week showed Labour’s standing in England & Wales is still stronger than the Tories’.

Ed Balls vows to "crack down" on tax evasion, accusing Tories of turning "a blind eye"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 February 8:46

The shadow chancellor vows to crack down on tax evasion, as the HSBC row rumbles on.

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.
Miliband pitches to business with "a better" economic plan
By George Eaton - 15 February 22:00

Labour leader fights to claim the territory of growth from the Conservatives in speech at Jaguar Land Rover.  

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit child benefit to two children.
Duncan Smith hints at cap on child benefit for large families
By George Eaton - 15 February 10:38

Work and Pensions Secretary says "if we do go down that road we will announce that" on policy to limit payment to two children. 

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest".
Labour and the SNP aren't as far apart on austerity as assumed
By George Eaton - 13 February 14:34

As a new study by the Resolution Foundation shows, the difference between the two parties could be "relatively modest". 

The coast and country question: why should Labour bother with the rural vote?
By Jack Eddy - 13 February 14:02

There should be more engagement from the Labour party in Britain's neglected rural and coastal areas.

David Cameron unveils this year's campaign poster. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Instant messaging: looking back on the golden age of political advertising
By Bryan Appleyard - 13 February 9:00

Sam Delaney’s Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened when British Politics Met Advertising captures forty years of politics – through posters.

Fighting tax dodgers and clawing back bankers' bonuses: Labour sticks it to "vested interests"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 February 8:55

The opposition continues to wage its war on the misconduct of the wealthy, as it is to extend the bankers' bonus clawback to ten years.

Syriza and Podemos: Britain could "learn lessons" from Europe's radical insurgence
By Ashley Cowburn - 12 February 15:50

The European anti-austerity parties, Syriza and Podemos, took centre stage during the change:how? 2015 conference at Islington Metal Works.

Miliband is confident that his promise to invest more better reflects the public's priorities. But the Tories will present him as profligate.
Labour pledges to outspend the Tories on education: who'll benefit politically?
By George Eaton - 12 February 14:31

Miliband is confident that his promise to invest more better reflects the public's priorities. But the Tories will present him as profligate. 

So Iain Duncan Smith is setting housing policy now? God help us all
By Jonn Elledge - 12 February 13:20

Five reasons why Iain Duncan Smith's plan to give free houses to those who come off benefits is a terrible policy. 

Mehdi Hasan: Five questions that trouble Ed Miliband’s many disillusioned supporters
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 February 12:55

The questions the Labour leader can’t answer.

In the frame: David Cameron. Montage: New Statesman/Getty Images
What the Leonardo and the loo paper can teach us about modern politics
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 12:12

In painting and parliament, the best frames make themselves invisible.

Lord Fink climbs down in clash with Ed Miliband over tax avoidance
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 February 12:01

We were expecting Lord Fink to follow through with his threat to sue Ed Miliband over suggestions about his tax affairs, but he seems to have blinked first.

Tax returns in Glasgow, 2009. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Leader: The stench of corruption at HSBC is a reminder tax havens must be closed
By New Statesman - 12 February 11:54

Now we've caught wind of the money hidden in Swiss accounts, it's time to turn to other veiled tax affairs.

George Osborne and Yanis Varoufakis, Syriza sartorialist. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
The wrong Miliband, sex lives of jihadis, dressed-down Greeks and well-dressed Maoists
By Peter Wilby - 12 February 11:16

Leather, onanism and the wrong brother in this week's First Thoughts.

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