Cameron's promise creates a new dividing line with Labour and the Lib Dems.
The Tories woo the grey vote again with pledge to protect pensioner benefits
By George Eaton - 22 February 22:37

Cameron's promise creates a new dividing line with Labour and the Lib Dems, who would means-test some payments. 

The Conservatives' negative approach reveals a party bereft of ideas or empathy for working families.
Without a record of delivery, the Tories are reliant on Crosby's campaign of division
By Lucy Powell - 22 February 12:40

The Conservatives' negative approach reveals a party bereft of ideas or empathy for working families.

To ease Greece's burden would cost Europe little – and could prevent a eurozone collapse
By Vicky Pryce - 20 February 18:22

A refusal to acknowledge the democratic remit of the new, however irritating, Greek government could result in a contagion effect across the rest of the eurozone.

"The others see it as a career move": Christian Wolmar, outsider in Labour's mayoral contest
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 17:27

The political outsider running to be a mayoral candidate discusses his MP opponents, Margaret Hodge's "political malice", and why it's "really patronising" to call for a non-white mayor.

Theresa May's "British values" test for overseas visitors has been branded a "ridiculous idea" – and rightly so
By Ashley Cowburn - 20 February 15:46

New plans from the Home Secretary aim to introduce a "British values" test for foreigners seeking to work, study and attend business meetings in the UK.

The new measure encourages the perception that the party is for some, not for all.
The Tories' marriage tax allowance will further poison their brand
By George Eaton - 20 February 15:03

The new measure encourages the perception that the party is for some, not for all. 

"The time for an administrative approach is over." Photo: Getty Images
To save British democracy, Ed Miliband has to realise he must rebuild it from scratch
By Anthony Barnett - 20 February 13:42

The co-founder of openDemocracy argues that "this is a constitutional moment" - on the 800th birthday of Magna Carta, there is appetite across the political spectrum for a new consitution and democratic settlement. Labour's leader should not be afraid of offering one.

Introducing the New Statesman Political Index: Lib Dems to win at least 30 seats
By May2015 - 20 February 12:23

The Lib Dems are polling more strongly than public polls suggest. They could hold onto as many as 35 seats in May.

The resurgence of grime music exposes a new form of political disillusionment
By Ciaran Thapar - 20 February 12:16

Young people are still frustrated – but the genre's revival shows a universal urban discontent.

Ukraine crisis: The UK and Europe are accused of having "badly misread Russia"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 9:58

A damning report by the House of Lords condemns the UK's failure to take the Russian threat and Ukraine crisis seriously.

What does Lord Mandelson's tuition fees warning to Labour reveal about its policy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 20 February 8:51

The former Labour Business Secretary is to warn Labour about their imminent higher education pledge.

The fragmentation of the UK party system is reawakening divisions on electoral reform.
The battle between Labour's pluralists and tribalists will define its future
By George Eaton - 19 February 16:03

The fragmentation of the UK party system is reawakening divisions on electoral reform. 

Labour's biggest non-union donation is from PwC – a firm accused of "promoting tax avoidance"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 February 12:51

The latest party donation figures show the Labour party's biggest donation, aside from the unions, is in staff secondments from the huge accountancy firm slammed by the Public Accounts Committee.

New Ashcroft polling shows Ukip could win three more Tory seats
By May2015 - 19 February 12:32

Ashcroft polls show Ukip are competitive in three seats where the Tories won by big majorities in 2010.

Queen’s Park, Bolton. Photo: Chadwick Museum
The Returning Officer: Bolton
By Stephen Brasher - 19 February 12:27

Liberal MP George Harwood was a Church of England deacon.

Ed Miliband at the 2013 Labour Party conference. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Misunderstanding the present: Ed Miliband wants to govern a country that doesn’t exist
By John Gray - 19 February 12:08

For all their lapses, the Labour leaders of the past had a firmer grasp of reality than their contemporary counterparts.

Newspapers on the press. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Peter Oborne blows the whistle on the Telegraph – and could a German edit the Guardian?
By Peter Wilby - 19 February 11:59

In the aftermath of Oborne's resignation, there are other questions to be asked about the newspaper industry.

A happy Nigel Farage / Photo: Peter Macdiarmid
Why "more Tory than the Tories" attacks on Ukip aren't working
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 9:11

Ukip voters care less about policy than supporters of any other party.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: "Nato is getting ready" for Russian aggression in Baltics
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 February 8:34

In light of Russia's seizure of Crimea and fighting in Ukraine, the Defence Secretary warns that the Baltics may be next.

The shock of losing to Miliband would mean the Conservatives could no longer evade the question of why they are so disliked.
It may take defeat to an “unelectable” Labour Party to force the Tories to modernise
By George Eaton - 18 February 21:55

The shock of losing to Miliband could awake the Conservatives from their dogmatic slumber.

“I know what life’s like”: On the road with Lee Sherriff, the working single mother heading for Westminster
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 15:40

Labour’s candidate for Carlisle on being a political outsider, why we need more working-class voices in politics, and how her background helps her campaign.

Here’s what would actually be news in polling – and three rules for reporting polls
By May2015 - 18 February 15:37

It’s only news if you’ve compared lone polls to all the others, compare it to that pollster’s past and know each firm’s outliers.

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network".
Exclusive: Michael Dugher promises "public control" of railways under Labour
By George Eaton - 18 February 14:00

Shadow transport secretary toughens party's stance, vowing that "the public sector will be running sections of our rail network". 

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, why Nick Clegg must lose his seat, and his love of The Beatles, curry and karaoke.
Michael Dugher interview: "The public sector will be running sections of our rail network"
By George Eaton - 18 February 14:00

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, why Nick Clegg must lose his seat, and his love of The Beatles, curry and karaoke. 

Iain Duncan Smith. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Welfare reform: proof that you can get away with failure if it's boring and it doesn't affect People Like Us
By Helen Lewis - 18 February 11:47

Don't believe the hype about the rollout of universal credit and how the Tories are finally "making work pay" - Iain Duncan Smith has presided over perhaps the failure of this parliament.

In defence of compulsory voting
By Mathew Lawrence - 18 February 11:11

How growing political inequality threatens our democracy and why a civic duty to vote could make a difference.

David Cameron should take a restorative holiday in Wales – he might just learn a thing or two
By Owen Smith - 18 February 10:58

The active economy in Wales shows an alternative to the Tory laissez-faire model.

Labour puts energy price pressure on the government as loyal customers "are charged more"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 9:38

The discovery that the big six energy firms' loyal customers save less gives Labour a chance to flaunt its more successful policy plan.

England's councils are on a "cliff-edge" due to cuts
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 February 8:46

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has warned that local services could "collapse" due to cuts.

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