Margaret Beckett by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Margaret Beckett’s naked truth
By Kevin Maguire - 12 June 16:27

“I can’t speak to you now. I’m getting picked up in ten minutes and I have no clothes on.” Plus the price of Axelrod. 

Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse inquiry. Photo: Getty
Leader: We should also be concerned about what is going on in faith schools
By New Statesman - 12 June 16:00

It is alarming that ultra-conservative religious groups should exert, or wish to exert, an influence over the teaching of pupils, yet such influence is at work, too, in existing faith schools. 

The PM's decision to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream European People's Party made it inevitable that his party would form eurosceptic partnerships.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' alliance with Merkel's enemy
By George Eaton - 12 June 12:13

The PM's decision to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream European People's Party made it inevitable that his party would form eurosceptic partnerships. 

In suburbia: aerial view of Sunbury, Surrey, which straddles London's commuter belt. Photo: Rex Features
Bryan Appleyard: in defence of the British suburbs
By Bryan Appleyard - 12 June 10:00

Bashing the ’burbs has been a common currency of artists and the intelligentsia, the right and the left, for over 150 years. But they are now undergoing a quiet renaissance.

The Returning Officer: Bewdley
By Stephen Brasher - 12 June 10:00

Stanley Baldwin succeeded his father, Alfred, as MP for Bewdley in 1908. In 1922, 1923 and 1929, his opponent was Sardius Hancock.

A supporter in Redbridge listens at the launch of Labour's Euro campaign. Photo: Getty
Sadiq Khan: how Labour triumphed in London
By Sadiq Khan - 12 June 10:00

During the campaign, London Labour spoke to a million voters – an amazing achievement and one that was possible only because vast effort went into building volunteer capacity.

The party's present strategy of managing a declining poll lead must be altered.
Without change, Labour is choosing to lose
By Marcus Roberts - 12 June 8:12

 The party's present strategy of managing a declining poll lead must be altered.

An open and dynamic market economy has to work for all, not just some.
Only Labour can offer the long-term economic plan Britain needs
By Ed Balls - 12 June 7:20

We will only sustain support for an open and dynamic market economy if we show that it can work for all, and not just some.

To cement its identity in future coalitions, the party needs to own departments.
The smaller coalition party nearly always gets smashed – but all is not lost for the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 11 June 22:40

To cement its identity in future coalitions, the party needs to own departments.

Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.
To be truly free, the NHS needs to scrap hospital parking charges
By Robert Halfon - 11 June 17:34

Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.

What the Lib Dem minister told a recent parliamentary party away day.
Exclusive: Danny Alexander: Lib Dems could be biggest party by 2025
By George Eaton - 11 June 14:43

What the Lib Dem minister told a recent parliamentary party away day.

The PM believes the wind is blowing his way - and some in Labour fear he is right.
PMQs review: Miliband targets incompetence, but the momentum is with Cameron
By George Eaton - 11 June 13:23

The PM believes the wind is blowing his way - and some in Labour fear he is right.
 

J K Rowling. Photo: Getty
J K Rowling donates £1m to anti Scottish independence camp
By Lucy Fisher - 11 June 11:24

Harry Potter author helps plug campaign funding gap.

The former PM has had plenty of time to give us a glimpse of what his "progressive" Britain might look like. We’re still waiting.
The trouble with Gordon Brown
By James Maxwell - 11 June 11:00

The former PM has had plenty of time to give us a glimpse of what his "progressive" Britain might look like. We’re still waiting.

After the loss of her special adviser, the Home Secretary is now under attack over a huge backlog of passport appplications.
Is Theresa May's luck finally running out?
By George Eaton - 11 June 8:53

After the loss of her special adviser, the Home Secretary is now under attack over a huge backlog of passport appplications.

The government's policy of Individual Electoral Registration will make things worse.
One website won't solve the voter registration problem
By Stephen Twigg - 10 June 18:21

The government's policy of Individual Electoral Registration will make things worse.

Montage by Dan Murrell
Alistair Darling: “Salmond is behaving like Kim Jong-il”
By Jason Cowley - 10 June 13:00

With just 100 days to save the Union, Alistair Darling fights back.

Inequality is the single biggest threat to our economy, our society and to the wellbeing of the British people today.
Sadiq Khan's speech on inequality: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 10 June 12:00

Inequality is the single biggest threat to our economy, our society and to the wellbeing of the British people today.

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
To build a popular environmentalism we need to restore people's pride of place
By Ed Wallis - 09 June 18:57

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

Did she know the letter was going to be released at some point? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?
The questions Theresa May won't answer over her letter to Gove
By George Eaton - 09 June 16:10

Did she know the letter was going to be released? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories.
Clegg's pledge to borrow to invest moves the Lib Dems closer to Labour
By George Eaton - 09 June 8:24

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories. 

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.
The pressure rises on Theresa May
By George Eaton - 08 June 17:18

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University
Universities urged to lower grade requirements for comprehensive pupils
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 17:00

A canny move by the Department for Education.

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain.
Labour should pledge to make the government a living wage employer
By Paul Hackett - 06 June 15:47

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain. 

Anti-fracking Protest Camp At Barton Moss
Get the frack off my land: reform of trespass laws explained
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 12:11

Controversial reform to trespass legislation will allow fracking firms to drill under your home without your permission. How big a dent is this to your land ownership rights?

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.
Labour makes official complaint over use of Conservative slogan in Queen's Speech
By George Eaton - 06 June 10:24

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters back the Tories to stop Ukip.
Tactical voting against Ukip is bad news for Farage
By George Eaton - 06 June 9:26

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters hold their noses and back the Tories to stop Ukip. 

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.
Tories comfortably defeat Ukip in Newark by-election
By George Eaton - 06 June 5:32

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.

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