Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted.
Ukip still claim Labour will promise an EU referendum - but what if they're wrong?
By George Eaton - 27 August 15:44

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted. 

During an unexpected boom in the industry, David Cameron is fumbling on slavery
By Michael Pollitt - 27 August 14:15

As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top.

Carnival clearing, not backing Boris, and Korean comparisons: politics in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 27 August 10:18

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he tells us some truths about the area and its history, as he cleans up after Notting Hill Carnival.

From surviving to leading: the women changing how we look at domestic abuse
By Charlotte Smith - 27 August 8:39

How women as community leaders can combat domestic abuse.

Scottish business leaders call for No vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 August 8:17

More than 130 businesses have signed a letter in the Scotsman newspaper calling on Scotland to vote against independence.

One in seven families with disabled children are going without meals. Photo: Getty
Indignation at stories of “rejected” disabled children masks the harm done by government cuts
By Frances Ryan - 26 August 17:09

Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.

The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too
By Tim Wigmore - 26 August 15:41

The public’s views on immigration are more nuanced than is often assumed.

Rotherham Council leader stands down as report finds 1400 children exploited over 16 years
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 15:33

The leader of Rotherham Council, Roger Stone, is standing down, as a report finds a "collective failure" by both the police and the local council to stop the abuse of children in the area.

Boris Johnson intends to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 14:45

The Mayor of London, who surprised no one earlier this month by announcing he'd return to parliament, will seek to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Why the government must pledge to eliminate sink estates in ten years
By Gavin Knight - 26 August 12:04

Deprived estates can be recovered from within; the government must commit to a ten-year programme to clean them up with them help of dedicated individuals.

Police adopt new stop and search code of conduct: analysing Theresa May's role
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 August 8:26

Tracking the Home Secretary's tenacity on stop and search is an interesting context for the police now having agreed to adopt a new code of conduct.

The Scottish First Minister skillfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little.
Salmond triumphs over Darling – but will it make any difference?
By George Eaton - 25 August 22:51

The Scottish First Minister skilfully outplayed the Better Together head, but his victory may count for little. 

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".
When Boris attacked Blair's "astonishing" assault on the right to trial
By George Eaton - 25 August 14:31

In 2005, the Mayor argued that the right to a fair trial "must remain an inalienable principle of our law".

Conservative party conference. Photo: Getty
Angela Eagle: The Tories have broken their promises on political reform
By Angela Eagle - 23 August 10:16

David Cameron has reinforced the political power of a few big money donors and well established vested interests, argues the shadow leader of the Commons.  Now that his grassroots have taken flight he is even more reliant on the privileged few he uses his power to support.

The Returning Officer: Dartford
By Stephen Brasher - 22 August 13:09

Jack Mills was chairman of the shop stewards’ committee at the Woolwich Arsenal. In 1920, he won a by-election after the death of the Coalition Liberal James Rowlands and became Dartford’s first Labour MP.

In next month’s Scottish Referendum, 16 and 17-year-olds living in Scotland will get to vote. Photo: Getty
Why 16 year olds should get the vote
By Ben Kisby - 22 August 12:42

At the age of 16 a British citizen can legally have sex, get married, join the army, smoke, leave home, claim benefits, and contribute to the public purse through taxes – but vote in a general election? Not yet.

John Bercow at the 2014 State Opening of Parliament. Photo: Getty
John Bercow is becoming dangerously outflanked over Commons clerk row
By Bobby Friedman - 22 August 12:34

The Speaker’s appointment of Carol Mills, the secretary of the department of parliamentary services in Canberra, has caused resistance even from his allies.

A flag flying at half mast in Westminster on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral in 2013. Photo: Getty
If lauding Thatcher was cause to recall parliament, why not Iraq?
By Chris Game - 22 August 11:44

The people’s representatives should be able to exercise their democratic role, whether it is convenient for the prime minister or not.

Britain is winning the fight against racism. Photo: Getty
Britain is becoming less racist
By Tim Wigmore - 22 August 11:36

Demographic change is defeating racism, and racial prejudice is particularly rare among university graduates.

Ed Miliband has used the coalition’s “all-male front bench” to attack David Cameron during PMQs.
Forget quotas for women MPs – time to limit the number of men
By Rainbow Murray - 22 August 10:45

We should introduce quotas to limit the number of men in power, ensuring that only the best and brightest of both sexes prevail.

Would you watch a film about Nick Clegg? Channel 4 thinks so
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 August 16:50

A new TV drama will include the Lib Dem leader as its central character, in a show about the creation of the coalition.

Young people need more help moving from education into work
By Tony Dolphin - 21 August 16:12

The latest NEETs figures show that many of the children receiving their GCSE results today won't have a smooth journey from education into work.

If Israel has better drones than anyone, why are so many innocent people dying?
By Ann Rogers - 21 August 16:01

Manless in Gaza: the story of how civilians have lost the drone war.

Rapid responses and targeted messaging: Matthew McGregor. Photo: Micha Theiner/Eyevine
Labour’s most powerful weapon: its digital campaign
By Lucy Fisher - 21 August 15:45

Cooler, younger and tech savvy – meet the team led by Obama’s former digital strategist which Labour hopes will win it the election. 

No place called home: terraced housing in Greenwich, London. Photo: Getty
Leader: A short-term fall in prices will not solve the housing crisis
By New Statesman - 21 August 13:47

A generation-long failure to build enough homes has made prices soar far in excess of inflation, benefiting homeowners at the expense of their children.

Russell Brand addresses an anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square in June 2014. Photo: Getty
Many voters are to the left of Labour on the big issues. So why isn’t there a “Ukip of the left”?
By Helen Lewis - 21 August 13:35

There is certainly space in British politics for a party beyond the edge of Labour, but a left-wing alternative has yet to emerge.

Why Ukip's new manifesto ideas are worrying
By Justin Cash - 21 August 11:33

How many of their new, worrying ideas make it through to the final manifesto will be key in setting the tone of an undoubtedly aggressive campaign by Ukip.

A shameless, self-interested plea to Scottish voters
By Jonn Elledge - 21 August 11:17

Don't let go of the balloon.

A displaced Iraqi Yazidi family takes refuge under a bridge, 17 August. Photo: Getty
Our part in the Iraq crisis, a forgotten Labour man and grouse-moor people power
By Peter Wilby - 21 August 10:00

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column. 

Police watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Britain should not look at the militarised police in Ferguson and congratulate itself
By Harry Leslie Smith - 21 August 9:55

The UK may not have a police force that is equipped like an army, but through our arms trade we export death to some of the most volatile regions of the world. It has to stop.