The 2015 election campaign officially begins: what does this mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 8:41

The "long campaign" begins today.

Outdated? Pupils in Bristol open their A-level results. Photo: Getty
Kenneth Baker: thinking beyond A-levels
By Kenneth Baker - 18 December 17:00

The Conservative peer and former education secretary writes about the party’s plans for schools. 

When the state has to step in where the Big Society has failed
By Lisa Nandy - 18 December 16:55

The closure of the Northern Rock Foundation and creation of the Virgin Money Foundation is an example of where the state has had to step in where the Big Society has failed.

By rejecting Trident, Labour could balance the books and secure a workable government
By Kate Hudson - 18 December 16:43

The final vote on Trident replacement is due in 2016: for a government committed to paying down the deficit, a decision not to spend over £100bn on nuclear weapons has got to be a runner.

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election.
Labour on course to squeeze the Greens in 2015
By George Eaton - 18 December 16:02

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election. 

Forget disillusionment, voters have never been more empowered
By Tim Wigmore - 18 December 15:06

The electorate is increasingly promiscuous; MPs have to do more to hold onto their jobs.

Ashcroft's polls: Labour will not win a majority – and could lose four seats to Ukip
By Harry Lambert - 18 December 13:17

Ashcroft’s latest polls are discouraging for Labour.

Social ills that were thought to have been eradicated by modern capitalism are recrudescing. But there is an alternative path.
Leader: The wealth and poverty of our nation
By New Statesman - 18 December 11:01

Social ills that were thought to have been eradicated by modern capitalism are returning. But none of this is inevitable. 

The red-blue duopoly that had held for decades fractured as insurgent tribes invaded the pitch.
In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned – for the first time – that they could both lose
By George Eaton - 17 December 21:41

The red-blue duopoly that had held for decades fractured as insurgent tribes invaded the pitch.

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue.
Osborne stands by plan to continue cuts even after the deficit is gone
By George Eaton - 17 December 18:04

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue. 

Benefit payment delays and the bedroom tax impact terribly on disabled people's lives
By Richard Kramer - 17 December 15:43

The impact of the bedroom tax and outstanding PIP claims not only affect disabled people financially, but can lead them to feeling excluded from the community.

The US election countdown begins with Jeb Bush leading the way
By Andrew Hammond - 17 December 14:58

Although election day is two years away, candidates have already begun jostling for the US presidency.

Watch: which party leader does Lord Sugar fire in The Apprentice?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 14:29

Alan Sugar has released a spoof exclusive preview of next year's Apprentice series, featuring politicians.

The Labour leader won a rare victory on the Tories' strongest territory.
PMQs review: Miliband halts Cameron's advance on the economy
By George Eaton - 17 December 13:14

The Labour leader won a rare victory on the Tories' strongest territory. 

No matter how "punchy", the Chilcot report remains an afterthought
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 12:08

The findings of the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry are reportedly sending shockwaves through Whitehall. When will the Prime Minister start taking it seriously?

The unacceptable situation at Yarl’s Wood calls for an independent inquiry
By Vera Baird - 17 December 9:06

It is right that Labour has committed to hold an inquiry.

Scottish referendum: how the Queen was asked to intervene amid fears of a Yes vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 8:30

The Guardian reveals the negotiations that led to the Queen's intervention ahead of the Scottish independence vote.

The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change
By Bob Ward - 16 December 16:48

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

The BBC is right to broadcast Hilary Mantel's The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
By Douglas Beattie - 16 December 15:10

The fictional account of an IRA sniper targeting the Conservative Prime Minister threatens no one and shows the Corporation is in good shape.

William Hague's plans could be highly contentious, but it's time to address the English question
By Michael Kenny - 16 December 14:36

There is an increasingly compelling, precautionary case for constitutional reform, but William Hague's "hard" plans aren't positive or carefully calibrated enough.

The CIA report shows why we have to fight harder than ever for a liberal Britain
By Tim Farron - 16 December 13:05

Liberalism is not a given and it's under threat: we must fight for it.

Labour's real immigration problem lies neither in its policy proposals nor in its record
By Anthony Painter - 16 December 12:47

Ed Miliband is constantly talking about immigration; he just isn't making a strong enough case.

The party has denied Osborne the chance to brand it irresponsible while also maintaining dividing lines on future cuts.
How Labour avoided two traps on the deficit
By George Eaton - 16 December 12:19

The party has denied Osborne the chance to brand it irresponsible while also maintaining clear dividing lines on future cuts. 

Iain Duncan Smith speaking at the 2013 Conservative Party conference. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Limiting child benefit to two children is an insidious hint that the “poor shouldn’t breed”
By Glosswitch - 16 December 10:40

Iain Duncan Smith’s suggestion that child benefit should only be paid for the first two children in a family is symbolic, not practical. It is designed to plant the idea that poor people deserve to be poor.

What are the options for "English votes for English laws" plans?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 December 8:44

William Hague is set to announce government plans for "English votes for English laws". What are the options?

The Lib Dems will be a centre-right party after the election
By Harry Lambert - 15 December 19:38

If the Lib Dems lose almost half their MPs, what kind of party will remain? National and marginal polls suggest they have lost their left-wing.

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