The shadow work and pensions secretary warns those who brief against the Labour leader: "The only people it serves are our political opponents."
Rachel Reeves interview: A Miliband loyalist fights back
By George Eaton - 27 November 11:57

The shadow work and pensions secretary warns those who brief against the Labour leader: "The only people it serves are our political opponents."

O come all ye faithful: Pope Francis greets wellwishers outside the Vatican after an audience for health workers, 22 November. Photo: Getty
Religion vs medicine, trouble at Fifa and Clive James’s final performance
By Jason Cowley - 27 November 10:00

There is a tendency among the devoutly religious to venerate what to them seems “natural” – or God-given. But the story of religion is one of retreat in the face of science’s relentless advance.

The Smith Commission recommends devolving full income tax powers to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 November 8:57

The Commission tasked with deciding which powers to devolve to Scotland's recommendations will make life tricky for Labour.

Rather than buckling under pressure, the Labour leader has reaffirmed his faith in his political project.
Miliband has made his defining choice: he is determined to fight the election on his own terms
By George Eaton - 26 November 22:08

Rather than retreating under pressure, the Labour leader has reaffirmed his faith in his political project. 

Unlike the Tories, we will confront the issue of a "two nation" education system.
Only Labour has the will to tackle the private-state education divide
By Jon Ashworth - 26 November 17:56

Unlike the Tories, we will confront the issue of a "two nation" education system. 

Margaret Hodge after her victory over the BNP in 2010. Photo: Getty
Margaret Hodge: My advice to Ed Miliband? Relax and be yourself
By Harry Lambert - 26 November 16:01

The chair of the public accounts committee talks to Harry Lambert about Labour’s fortunes, beating the BNP, and why we should be building more houses.

"Sod it, let's add another two grand to the fees, they'll suck it up." Image: Getty.
Even rich parents don’t benefit from charitable status for schools
By Jonn Elledge - 26 November 15:49

Running schools as charities has simply insulated them from the consequences of their own financial incontinence. 

Shadow work and pensions secretary says Conservative MPs apologised to her over Duncan Smith's claim that she had not bothered to vote.
Rachel Reeves: Tory MPs apologised to me over "incredibly rude" Duncan Smith
By George Eaton - 26 November 15:20

Shadow work and pensions secretary says Conservative MPs apologised to her over Duncan Smith's claim that she had not bothered to vote. 

Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper deserves its place
By Douglas Beattie - 26 November 14:38

Avowedly pro-independence, The National hit the streets on Monday and sold out in a matter of hours.

There’s far more to be angry about in Tory Britain than a white van tweet
By Salman Shaheen - 26 November 14:31

In sacking Emily Thornberry, Miliband has once again pandered to the right and to the politics of reaction. It's time for an alternative party of the left.

What is Labour's plan for building a digital government?
By Chi Onwurah - 26 November 14:15

Innovation and democracy.

We need a change in the law on information about climate change impacts
By Bob Ward - 26 November 13:25

The failure by government to make the public aware of how climate change is affecting the UK exposes a loophole in key legislation.

The Labour leader is determined to keep his party's strongest issue at the top of the agenda.
PMQs review: Miliband bangs on about the NHS
By George Eaton - 26 November 13:08

The Labour leader is determined to keep his party's strongest issue at the top of the agenda. 

Iain Duncan Smith is at risk of wasting billions on the Universal Credit scheme
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 12:52

The public spending watchdog has found further woes for the government's flagship welfare reforms programme.

What are Theresa May's new plans to combat terrorism?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 9:20

The Home Secretary is to announce new measures to respond to the terror threat.

Nick Clegg warns the Prime Minister against caps or quotas on immigration
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 November 9:02

The Deputy Prime Minister enters the immigration debate, backing a crackdown on "benefits tourism" but opposing a cap on migrant numbers.

How "care in the community" overlooks people with learning disabilities
By Lucy Hurst-Brown - 26 November 7:59

The government and social care sector must do more to deliver true community integration.

Will Northern Ireland’s culture wars kill power-sharing?
By Kevin Meagher - 25 November 16:15

Westminster’s general indifference to what goes on in Northern Ireland is blinding it to the fact that the political process there is rapidly losing momentum.

While the number of benefit claimants is falling, flaws are emerging in the system
By Theo Barry Born - 25 November 14:37

A new report shows the early signs of claimant numbers decreasing, but serious problems nevertheless emerging with how the system operates.

Tory MP and former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell to stand down after 35 years
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 November 13:33

The MP for Charnwood Stephen Dorell has announced that he will stand down as an MP at the general election, after accepting a role with accountancy firm KPMG as a health policy consultant.

Labour neglects English marginal seats at its peril – it can't just appeal to its "heartlands"
By Patrick Diamond - 25 November 12:05

Labour does best in places worst hit by the recession, but it has to branch out to enlarge its electoral base.

That families can only just claim Universal Credit shows how disastrous it has been
By Anoosh Chakelian - 25 November 8:37

The government’s reformed benefit programme is being rolled out to parents in the northwest today, revealing its slow progress.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt warns private schools: "The time you could expect something for nothing is over".
Labour to force private schools to partner with state sector or lose £700m in tax relief
By George Eaton - 24 November 22:11

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt warns private schools: "The time you could expect something for nothing is over". 

The seven deadly sins of tweeting about politics
By New Statesman - 24 November 16:00

140 characters, 0 meaning.

Who are the Green party's supporters, and should Labour be worried?
By Gideon Skinner - 24 November 14:38

As with Ukip, the Green party has the potential to cause some electoral headaches for the traditional parties. 

The Labour leader's vow to end the exploitation of agency workers contrasts with Cameron's inertia.
Miliband's dividing line with the Tories on workers' rights
By George Eaton - 24 November 14:07

The Labour leader's vow to end the exploitation of agency workers contrasts with Cameron's inertia. 

New cash for honours revelations should speed reform of House of Lords
By Stefan Simanowitz - 24 November 13:48

Following Lord Razzall's revelation that he was approached by businessmen offering money for peerages, it's time to stop rewarding political donors through the honours list.

After two years of Police and Crime Commissioners, we must assess their democratic value
By Jack Dromey - 24 November 12:39

As we hit the two-year mark of the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners, it’s time to look forward and assess what needs to be done to improve democratic governance in policing.

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