Why Ed Miliband's WWI wreath message wasn’t handwritten
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 August 14:48

A picture was tweeted out today of David Cameron’s handsigned WWI memorial wreath, contrasted with a generic “From the Leader of the Opposition” from Ed Miliband. But it’s not what it looks like.

The Lib Dem leader cannot afford to look intensely relaxed about tens of thousands of newcomers.
Clegg's new stance on EU immigration shows he has learned from his defeat to Farage
By George Eaton - 04 August 11:14

The Lib Dem leader cannot afford to look intensely relaxed about tens of thousands of newcomers. 

The most detailed analysis yet of Ukip’s performance shows its threat to the Labour Party.
Ed Miliband is warned of Ukip’s threat to Labour: it cuts into his party's key division
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 August 8:42

The most detailed analysis yet of Ukip’s performance shows its threat to the Labour Party.

Our democracy expanded, society became less deferential, the trade union movement grew and our politics would never be the same.
To remember the First World War we need lively debate as well as silent tributes
By Dan Jarvis - 04 August 0:00

Our democracy expanded, society became less deferential, the trade union movement grew and our politics would never be the same.

Back in 2006 the PM attacked Israel's Lebanon offensive as "disproportionate".
When Cameron was prepared to criticise Israel
By George Eaton - 03 August 16:21

Back in 2006 the PM attacked Israel's Lebanon offensive as "disproportionate". 

Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system.
Labour outflanks the Tories on immigrant benefits
By George Eaton - 03 August 11:10

Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system. 

Could political party youth wings galvanise young Brits to vote?
By Lucy Fisher - 01 August 17:33

As interest in Ukip's Young Independence surges, youth wings of political parties may be the best hope of staving off apathy in the young.

How do you do God? David Cameron and Ed Miliband
On a vote and a prayer: how evangelical groups could influence the election
By Oliver Bullough - 01 August 16:30

Labour does not “do God”, in the words of Alastair Campbell, but a group of believers from Luton do – and they won the party the seat. Could their success be replicated? 

Don't pretend this doesn't depress you. Photo: Matti Mattila on Flickr via Creative Commons
In the housing crisis, blue carpet is a symbol of the landlord’s freedom to channel Ebenezer Scrooge
By Eleanor Margolis - 01 August 15:53

The housing crisis has created a seller’s market in which landlords have the power to treat their tenants with as much contempt as they like, including installing carpet in shades never found in nature.

The old style of leadership is at odds with our complex and networked world.
This new era demands collective leadership, not heroic individuals
By Neal Lawson - 01 August 14:50

The old style of leadership is at odds with our complex and networked world. 

NHS staff at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The UK’s mental health care is in crisis – the next government must act urgently
By George Gillett - 01 August 10:59

Mentally ill patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, forcible sectioning in order to get beds and medical students begging for greater teaching on psychiatry: we're not getting it right

With less than 50 days to go, the No side retains a double-digit lead.
The Scottish Yes campaign is running out of time
By George Eaton - 01 August 9:51

With less than 50 days to go, the No side retains a double-digit lead. 

Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time.
The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land
By George Eaton - 31 July 15:08

The party cannot promise to eliminate the deficit, avoid further tax rises and cut taxes at the same time. 

Far from obsessing over kilts, ceilidhs and pipers, nationalists today are pragmatic.
It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity
By Jamie Maxwell - 31 July 11:02

The mainstream nationalists' arguments for independence are broadly civic and pragmatic, it is the unionists who obsess about the threat an independent Scotland presents to "Britishness".

Shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell, who previously served as Ed Miliband's deputy chief of staff.
Miliband may use Labour reshuffle to achieve half-female shadow cabinet
By George Eaton - 30 July 15:25

Lucy Powell and Luciana Berger tipped for promotion. 

Two Britains: a gulf separates the poor from the "squeezed but safe". Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Life after crash: why have hard times made us harsher?
By Tom Clark - 30 July 15:00

In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009. 

Under pressure: the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has seen a surge in patients at A&E. Photo: Getty
Jacqui Smith: “The NHS model isn’t broken but it needs urgent attention and support”
By Jacqui Smith - 30 July 11:43

The former home secretary on trouble in A&E – plus the triumph of all-women shortlists and the joys of summer caravanning.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
MPs who reject science are undermining the public interest
By Bob Ward - 30 July 10:59

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes.
“Poor doors” show why we need to get councils building again
By David Lammy - 30 July 9:23

We must end the virtual monopoly that private developers have on building affordable homes

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p.
Balls puts the Tories on the spot over tax cuts for the rich
By George Eaton - 30 July 2:35

Shadow chancellor challenges Osborne and Cameron over failure to rule out cutting top rate from 45p to 40p. 

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.
Exclusive: Tories to announce "tens of thousands" increase in membership at party conference
By George Eaton - 29 July 17:53

Party claims that total membership is nearing 200,000.

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership.
How Labour outraised the Tories in 2013
By George Eaton - 29 July 16:48

New accounts show the party received more money from a growing membership. 

The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
Tracey Crouch: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to be promoted”
By Lucy Fisher - 29 July 14:34

The Conservative MP talks to Lucy Fisher about rebelling against the government, mindfulness and football.

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip.
Why Cameron's crackdown on immigrant benefits won't help the Tories
By George Eaton - 29 July 9:19

The PM is fuelling the perception that "benefit tourism" is a problem while still allowing himself to be outflanked by Ukip. 

David Ruffley MP speaking in the House of Commons.
What David Ruffley's resignation tells us about attitudes in power to domestic violence
By Frances Ryan - 29 July 8:31

The Conservative MP will stand down at the 2015 election after accepting a police caution for a common assault on his former partner earlier this year.

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply.
Labour’s Help to Build scheme will succeed where the coalition has failed
By Chris Leslie and Emma Reynolds - 28 July 18:09

By providing government guarantees to small construction firms we will kickstart housing supply. 

The London mayor could be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term.
Boris could be mayor and an MP - but he couldn't be mayor and Tory leader
By George Eaton - 28 July 17:43

The London mayor would be forced to break his "solemn vow" to serve a full term were he to become leader of his party.

The London development without a poor door
By Barbara Speed - 28 July 13:17

Because providing affordable housing is too expensive.

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