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Leader: The growing consensus for a higher minimum wage
By New Statesman - 29 May 12:21

Fifteen years after its introduction, the minimum wage is an established feature of the political landscape, its abolition all but unthinkable. Should it now be increased? 

The demise of the BNP is an important achievement which tells us something positive about Britain.
The strange death of British fascism
By Sunder Katwala - 29 May 12:00

The demise of the BNP is an important achievement which tells us something positive about mainstream civic society and politics in Britain.

"We cannot afford to be two nations in retirement where the benefits of growth accrue to only a few."
Rachel Reeves's speech on a better deal for savers: full text
By Rachel Reeves - 29 May 11:26

"We cannot afford to be two nations in retirement where the benefits of growth accrue to only a few."

Leaving, US-style: students in Newcastle at their end of GCSE prom, 2011. Photo: Getty
Loaded language, school prom debt and the riches of average earnings
By Peter Wilby - 29 May 10:00

Peter Wilby remarks on how so much of our public discourse concerns “inappropriate language”. Plus why are parents bankrupting themselves for American-style proms?

Maria Miller by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Maria Miller’s genuine draught
By Kevin Maguire - 29 May 10:00

The Tory backbencher formerly known as the culture secretary had to queue at the bar like everyone else. Meanwhile Chuka and Tristram dodged the proles. 

The Lib Dem leader has avoided a palace coup but party activists are circling.
Will Clegg suffer death by a thousand cuts?
By George Eaton - 29 May 8:32

The Lib Dem leader has avoided a palace coup but party activists are circling. 

Blue Labour's values of community and solidarity are the key to winning back alienated working class voters from Ukip.
Miliband has lost momentum to the Ukip insurgents, but he’s fighting back by turning blue
By George Eaton - 28 May 23:16

Blue Labour's values of community and solidarity are the key to winning back alienated working class voters from Ukip.

The party president is the only major figure to have been untainted by coalition and by allegations of plotting.
Farron is in a stronger position than ever to be the next Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 28 May 16:56

The party president is the only major figure to have been untainted by coalition and by allegations of plotting.

Who runs the No campaign and why are they trying to insult me?
Better Together vs the truth
By James Maxwell - 28 May 15:55

Who runs the No campaign and why are they trying to insult me?

Lib Dem peer says his efforts to "expose and end cash-for-peerages in all parties, including our own" have failed.
Lord Oakeshott accuses the Lib Dems of "cash-for-peerages"
By George Eaton - 28 May 13:21

Lib Dem peer says his efforts to "expose and end cash-for-peerages in all parties, including our own" have failed.

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How do I tell my daughter that people across Europe fear minorities like us?
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 May 12:51

Anti-Semitism is now taboo in mainstream political discourse in a way in which Islamophobia isn’t.

Lord Oakeshott resigns from the Lib Dems over leaked Clegg poll
By George Eaton - 28 May 12:28

Peer leaves the party and warns it is "heading for disaster" under Clegg.

"Appropriate steps" will be taken against the rebellious peer.
Clegg hints that Lord Oakeshott could lose Lib Dem whip
By George Eaton - 28 May 11:24

"Appropriate steps" will be taken against the rebellious peer. 

Iain Duncan Smith
Universal Credit “reset”: was there an attempt to bury the bad news?
By Lucy Fisher - 28 May 10:52

Low expectations remain for the government's flagship welfare reform as a watchdog deems it a high risk of failure. Was the report deliberately released amid coverage of the local elections to avoid bad publicity?

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent.
"Tax Freedom Day" comes earlier for the rich than the poor
By John Hood - 28 May 9:53

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent. 

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay.
The polls that show why Clegg should stay as Lib Dem leader
By George Eaton - 28 May 8:19

The party would perform no better under Cable, and Lib Dem voters and the party's 2010 supporters want him to stay. 

Vince Cable at his party's conference last year. Photo: Getty
Vince Cable on leaked polling: “Lord Oakeshott’s actions are totally inexcusable”
By New Statesman - 27 May 18:06

The business secretary releases a statement saying that he has made it “very clear repeatedly” that Oakeshott does not act for him.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat party leader, at a public event where he is wearing safety goggles. Photo: Getty Images
Lib Dem torment is not all good news for Labour
By Rafael Behr - 27 May 12:24

Ed Miliband benefits when leftwing voters desert Nick Clegg but he suffers when moderate positions on Europe and immigration are shunted to the margins.

A mother walks her children to school. Photo: Getty
Down the rabbit hole: single parenthood in austerity Britain
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 27 May 10:55

The government’s punitive measures have made it harder to get out of poverty. And austerity is making it worse.

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.
The Pfizer / AstraZeneca takeover bid – the story of what Labour did and why
By Chuka Umunna - 27 May 10:25

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.

The Labour leader has broken with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.
Miliband will follow Blair's advice on an EU referendum but not on immigration
By George Eaton - 27 May 10:00

He has broken unambiguously with the open borders stance adopted by the former PM.

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.
Farage's gamble pays off - but where do Ukip go next?
By Tim Wigmore - 26 May 14:26

 Nigel Farage is serious about getting Ukip seats at the next general election, he will soon have to upset a lot of prominent party personnel.

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.
Clegg should tell the rebels to "put up or shut up"
By Richard Morris - 26 May 13:24

The Lib Dem leader should seek a renewed mandate from his party.

Clegg is unwilling to fall on his sword and the party isn't prepared to force him out.
The worst night yet for the Lib Dems - but Clegg will survive
By George Eaton - 26 May 9:51

Clegg is unwilling to fall on his sword and the party isn't prepared to force him out.
 

The party finished just one per cent ahead of the Tories.
Labour's poor Euro election result will intensify shadow cabinet row
By George Eaton - 26 May 3:34

The party finished just one per cent ahead of the Tories.
 

Labour privately concedes defeat.
Ukip has won the European elections
By George Eaton - 25 May 22:38

Labour narrowly beats Tories.

Survey of 26,000 voters suggests Tories would lose 83 MPs with swing of 6.5 per cent to Labour.
Lord Ashcroft marginals poll shows Labour would win "comfortable majority"
By George Eaton - 24 May 14:49

Survey of 26,000 voters suggests Tories would lose 83 MPs with swing of 6.5 per cent to Labour.
 

Out of his depth? Nigel Farage during flooding on the Somerset levels in February. Photo: Getty
How do you solve a problem like Nigel?
By Rafael Behr - 24 May 11:00

Whether or not Ukip gets its “political earthquake” in the European polls, it has changed the terrain of the next general election.

Ed Miliband
Labour's little wins are not adding up to victory
By Rafael Behr - 23 May 22:56

There are heaps of voters who blame the governing parties for their problems. Not enough of them are looking to Ed Miliband for solutions.

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