Former shadow policing minister David Ruffley was cautioned for domestic assault on his former partner in March this year.
Tories investigate MP over domestic assault caution
By Lucy Fisher - 24 July 16:29

Michael Gove has launched a probe into Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, after he was issued with a domestic assault caution earlier this year.

Is a return to constructive relations between Russia and the West possible?
By David Clark - 24 July 15:48

Russia may be destined to remain a source of instability and confrontation for as long as Putin remains in the Kremlin.

“But they have a space programme!”: untangling the foreign aid debate
By Richard Mallett - 24 July 14:09

Mainstream narratives about aid are clumsy and confused: here's how to talk about international development.

Making of a myth: the Wallace Monument near Stirling commemorates the 13th-century hero of Scottish independence
Tom Holland on our island story: what England and Scotland share politically and morally
By Tom Holland - 24 July 13:30

Magna Carta and the Declaration of Arbroath, Boswell and Johnson, Walter Scott and Disraeli, Robert Owen and Keir Hardie – Scotland and England have long mirrored each other in many ways, says Tom Holland. 

Debt and disability: the real cost of being disabled in Britain
By Stella Creasy and Kate Green - 24 July 13:24

Disabled people have seen their dignity and their budgets shredded under this government; Labour is looking to challenge this.

Heatwave: but part of the East Anglian coast contains some of England's poorest-performing schools: Photo: Getty
Ukip does well in areas with failing schools
By Tim Wigmore - 24 July 13:00

Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Waveney all fall in the area of East Anglia where Ukip recorded its best results in local elections. They also contain some of the country’s worst schools.

It is crucial that Britain takes the lead in defending human rights
By Simon Hughes - 24 July 12:06

Some Conservatives are desperate to see Britain withdraw from our international human rights obligations. They are wrong, argues the Justice Minister Simon Hughes.

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".
Why Labour isn't going to promise a million new homes
By George Eaton - 24 July 11:44

The party says the existing target of 200,000 a year by 2020 is "ambitious but realistic".

Image: Sonia Roy/Collagene.com
How the left was lost: the need to relearn what true progress means
By David Selbourne - 24 July 10:00

Incomprehensible scholasticism, emanating from the nether darkness of academia where nothing grows, has contributed with its jargon to the left’s failure.

Labour plans football tax to boost grassroots sport
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 July 8:54

Labour is to propose new taxes on the Premier League and sports betting firms to boost sport at the grassroots level.

Too many households with modest means are shouldering too high a debt burden
By Gavin Kelly - 24 July 8:12

As we anticipate interest rates rising, how can the government help households in debt through the painful transition?

A wealth tax can help deliver real change for the common good
By Natalie Bennett - 24 July 7:44

The Green party's leader Natalie Bennett announces a new policy: an annual wealth tax to combat inequality in Britain.

The party faces the prospect of inheriting a state that, in parts, is on the brink of collapse.
As its poll lead holds, Labour is divided – between those who fear defeat and those who fear victory
By George Eaton - 23 July 22:39

The party could inherit a state that, in parts, is on the brink of collapse. 

The Arctic Monkeys sing of working class life, but used the Liberty tax scheme. Photo: Getty
Tax Avoidance: Why it stings more when it's musicians
By Luke Nightingale - 23 July 15:11

We expect corporations to dodge their civic responsibilities, but musicians are meant to speak for everyman. They leave Main St when they try to avoid tax on their millions.

The Labour MP on what he has learned by leaving the party's front bench.
Tom Watson interview: The lone hunter
By George Eaton - 23 July 14:24

The Labour MP on what he has learned by leaving the party's front bench.

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader".
Tom Watson: shadow cabinet cowards should back Miliband or step down
By George Eaton - 23 July 14:01

Labour MP criticises those who "use the cover of anonymity to make attacks on a leader". 

Israeli soldiers at the border with Gaza today
Why the UK must end its military support for Israel
By Andrew Smith - 23 July 11:14

Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against Arms Trade argues that those who oppose Israel's actions in Gaza must acknowledge that Britain is implicitly supporting them through its military trade. 

Getting alongside – not on top of – teachers doesn’t have to be the soft option
By Marc Kidson - 23 July 10:18

The Institute for Government’s new case study on implementing the London Challenge should show new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan how to build an empowering relationship with teachers.

The Commonwealth Games begin: will they be a political spectacle?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 July 8:27

The Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow today, and Alex Salmond has promised not to use them for political purposes. Will he keep his word?

The whip must be withdrawn.
Lib Dem MP David Ward: I would fire rockets at Israel
By George Eaton - 22 July 22:51

The whip must be withdrawn.

Surprise! White men are over-represented on Question Time
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 16:52

White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance. Then again, Westminster is far worse.

A man stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011.
Teens fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime in London, youth crime summit warned
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 16:12

The risk posed by traumatised asylum seekers was one of many themes identified at Labour's Youth Crime Summit in London today. 

Ed Miliband: "We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 15:49

The Labour leader says his party opposes Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

Its share price has fallen, but the Royal Mail sale was still a debacle
By Harry Lambert - 22 July 14:08

The government lost between £750m and £1.7bn in selling off the Royal Mail – or three times as much as the bedroom tax might save.

Ashcroft polls: sealing Nigel Farage's seat as Thanet South?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 13:18

Lord Ashcroft’s latest marginal polls put Ukip in first place in the constituencies of Thurrock and Thanet South.

Cameron pledges tougher law on FGM
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 July 8:23

The Prime Minister, hosting the Girl Summit in London today, will announce new, stronger measures against female genital mutilation.

he pair met for 25 minutes at the White House.
What Miliband and Obama talked about
By George Eaton - 21 July 21:43

The pair met for 25 minutes at the White House and discussed issues including the economy, climate change and the Scottish referendum. 

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.
Nick Griffin is gone - but hatred of the political class remains
By Tim Wigmore - 21 July 18:09

Despair at the political elite drove the BNP’s rise - and hasn't gone away.

Defining "acting heroically" in legal terms: Chris Grayling's Heroism Bill is a waste of time
By Andy Slaughter - 21 July 16:54

The government has a patchy record with criminal justice bills – and the latest is no exception. The Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill is attacked as a “vacuous waste of time” by the Labour party.

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