Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove the public sector can be fiscally responsible.
Labour's axeman puts the left-wing case for deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 30 May 12:40

Chris Leslie argues that progressives have a duty to prove they can be fiscally responsible.

Our boldest claims should be reserved not for data, but for the values we hold.
The Piketty row shows we should focus on the moral case against inequality
By Alison McGovern - 30 May 11:13

Our boldest claims should be reserved for the values we hold, not for uncertain data.

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.
Tories ahead in Newark by-election poll, but Ukip could still win
By George Eaton - 30 May 8:14

With a week to go, the party's eight-point lead is too small for comfort.

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system.
Grammar schools don’t help the poor – the evidence grows
By Tim Wigmore - 29 May 17:28

Selective education works for the chosen few, but the rest do worse than under a non-selective system. 

He must use its publication to remind voters of how he has learned from the mistakes of New Labour.
The Iraq inquiry is an opportunity for Miliband
By George Eaton - 29 May 16:43

He must use its publication to remind voters of how he has learned from the mistakes of New Labour. 

David Cameron on a visit to Hammersmith in 2011
How the Tories lost David Cameron’s favourite council
By Lucy Fisher - 29 May 14:26

The Conservatives' shock loss of Hammersmith and Fulham last week rocked the party. Why did the celebrated Tory borough swing to Labour?

Not just for the right: Nigel Farage celebrates with local councillors in South Ockenden, 23 May. Photo: Getty
Leader: Labour must find a way of speaking to the “left behind”
By New Statesman - 29 May 13:19

Any lazy assumptions a strong Ukip would work in Labour’s favour will have been dispelled by the results, which showed the purple party racking up votes deep inside Labour’s northern heartlands.

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Commons Confidential: Eric Pickles’s lightbulb moment
By Kevin Maguire - 29 May 13:00

Plus how disgraced PR Max Clifford’s furniture found its way into Ukip’s HQ.

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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.

A Ukip bumper sticker. Photo: Getty
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.

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