Despite the media assault on Miliband, the party is seven points ahead.
Why Labour is cheered by its continuing poll lead
By George Eaton - 09 July 17:18

Despite the media assault on Miliband and the strengthening economic recovery, the party is seven points ahead. 

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was forced to explain Treasury approval for Universal Credit today.
Treasury backing for Universal Credit scrutinised
By Lucy Fisher - 09 July 15:40

Iain Duncan Smith said that the business case for universal credit has been approved by the Treasury, but only up to 2015.

The Returning Officer: Edgbaston
By Stephen Brasher - 09 July 13:43

Returning Officer

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory.
PMQs review: Cameron scrapes a dirty win
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:25

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory. 

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
Universal Credit business case still not approved by the Treasury
By George Eaton - 07 July 19:50

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".

What is united about our kingdom? Is it the economy, governance or identity?
What is United about our Kingdom?
By Lucy Fisher - 07 July 16:30

A professor, a pollster and a journalist hashed out the question at Chatham House last week.

His claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion.
The centre ground isn't where Peter Mandelson thinks it is
By George Eaton - 07 July 12:02

The claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion. 

The Labour leader has asked radical questions but some have been disappointed with the answers.
On rail policy and more, Labour is leaving space to its left
By George Eaton - 04 July 14:22

Miliband has asked radical questions but the answers have been too cautious for some.

Conservative MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard.
Can Cameron bring back powers from EU? "I'm cautiously pessimistic", says Mark Pritchard MP
By Lucy Fisher - 04 July 12:55

The senior Conservative MP and Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard discusses the EU, secret societies, adoption and animal welfare.

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."
Sadiq Khan's speech on the future of public services: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 04 July 12:07

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."

A toxic reputation: Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary
By Simon Heffer - 04 July 10:00

One has the impression that the war was a prolonged drama for which she was a critic sitting in the audience. She certainly doesn’t seem to understand what part she was expected to play in it.

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
Labour's opposition to an EU referendum is its trump card with business
By George Eaton - 03 July 16:36

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
 

If the likes of Philip Green's family desire the rights that come with UK citizenship, they should be required to make fair tax contributions. Photo: Getty
Leader: Labour should make itself the party of tax cuts and bold tax reform
By New Statesman - 03 July 16:22

If the party was radical rather than obsessed with process and presentation, it would be setting out proposals to overhaul our tax system.

Spy on the wall: a painting of GCHQ displayed in the Mount Street Gallery, London in 2011. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny: Oh look! There's a new bogeyman on the scene to justify online spying
By Laurie Penny - 03 July 10:00

Liam Fox insists that the “public will accept” increased surveillance because of the threat of terrorism. One suspects that if we don’t accept it, we’ll be made to.

The angry nightingale: poet Sarojini Naidu. Photo: Bridgeman Images
Guillaume Apollinaire to Sarojini Naidu: the war poets you don’t study at school
By Owen Clayton - 03 July 10:00

Despite the “cosmopolitan sympathies” of the poets, memorial events in the UK today are dominated by British writers. But there are many other literary voices from the battle for the trenches.

Back to a friend that longs to grip your hand: a 1916 postcard to be sent to soldiers serving on the front. Photo: Getty
“We are a long way from Blighty here”: letters home from the trenches
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 10:00

I discovered a box of wartime correspondence among some family papers this year, from my grandfather’s first cousin Walter Brabyn, a teenage soldier, to his parents and sister.

Statue of Justice at the Old Bailey.
Failure to protect girls from FGM is a "national scandal", say MPs
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 8:16

A hard-hitting report today from the Home Affairs Committee blasts the authorities for failing to eliminate cutting in the UK and calls for new laws.

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.
Miliband champions business. Now he needs business to champion Miliband
By George Eaton - 03 July 7:34

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.

If the public is unsure what Miliband stands for, it is partly because he has often appeared unsure himself.
The real struggle in Labour isn’t between factions, but between Red Ed and Moderate Miliband
By George Eaton - 02 July 22:04

If the public is unsure what Miliband stands for, it is partly because he has often appeared unsure himself.

Montage by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: What’s bugging Jon Cruddas?
By Kevin Maguire - 02 July 17:46

More and more ministers and shadow cabinet members are being secretly recorded. Plus Labour MP in Commons dining room rebellion. 

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement.
The Tories want to buy Britain, but they're losing the campaigning battle
By Jon Ashworth - 02 July 17:06

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement. 

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.
PMQs review: Miliband plays it safe by going on the NHS
By George Eaton - 02 July 13:19

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.

Miliband's party will not be cast as the only one that "doesn't trust the people".
Lib Dem decision not to guarantee EU referendum offers relief for Labour
By George Eaton - 02 July 11:15

Miliband's party will not be left as the only one that "doesn't trust the people".

"The socialism of the future will be about creating power together for individual freedom."
Jon Cruddas's speech on radical hope: full text
By New Statesman - 01 July 18:37

"The socialism of the future will be about creating power together for individual freedom."

Nigel Farage turns his back on the EU anthem at the opening of the European Parliament
By Media Mole - 01 July 17:34

The Ukip leader led a protest against the European Parliament by standing the wrong way round during Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

Private sector job creation in London versus the rest of the UK: confusion over the facts
Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 13:18

Labour is claiming today that 8 out of 10 new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been in London; the Tories say 3 out of 4 of them have been created outside the capital. Which is it?

Nick Clegg's party could lose 17 seats to Labour.
Ashcroft polls: Lib Dems could lose 17 seats to Labour
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 11:54

The latest polling by Lord Ashcroft offers a snapshot of the wipe out facing Lib Dems in battleground seats against Labour.

How exactly is England hurt by Scottish independence? Photo: Getty
Wise up England, you’d be better off without Scotland
By Bryan Glass - 01 July 11:14

There are several powerful reasons why the English should accept or even be enthusiastic about the Scots going it alone when they vote at the end of the summer.

The Labour leader routed the PM in the Commons as he derided "a masterclass in how to alienate your allies".
Miliband makes hay of Cameron's "utter humiliation" over Europe
By George Eaton - 30 June 17:17

The Labour leader routed the PM in the Commons as he derided "a masterclass in how to alienate your allies".

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