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It's time for Labour and the Liberal Democrats to talk about a merger
By Jamie Reed - 11 June 8:16

The reconfiguration of Scottish politics means a rethink is needed in England and Wales.

The coronation of King Henry III: is the Magna Carter a warning to radicals? Photo: British Library
Not so radical: Jesse Norman on Magna Carta's conservatism
By Jesse Norman - 11 June 8:02

Here, as so often in our history, it is property rights that secure individual freedom.

The party must be more nimble and shrewd in its economic positioning than in the last five years.
Can Labour avoid being outplayed on austerity by Osborne once again?
By George Eaton - 10 June 21:59

The party must be more nimble and shrewd in its economic positioning than in the last five years.

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Here's why I'm nominating Rushanara Ali to be Labour's deputy leader
By Chi Onwurah - 10 June 18:08

I’m nominating Rushanara Ali so another voice will be heard. I urge my fellow MPs to do the same.

The Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner on future coalitions, the Labour leadership contest and how his party can recover.
Tim Farron interview: Escape from the wilderness
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:52

The Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner on future coalitions, the Labour leadership contest and how his party can recover. 

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems would only enter coalition with guarantee of electoral reform
By George Eaton - 10 June 16:11

Leadership frontrunner says the Tories and Labour would have to promise the automatic introduction of proportional representation. 

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Here's why I'm backing Andy Burnham to lead Labour back to power
By Louise Haigh - 10 June 13:39

It’s hard to find a more genuine, decent person in politics than Andy, and I think people will connect with him at a time when we’re battling scepticism and apathy as much as we’re fighting the other side. 

The New Statesman endorsement for the Liberal Democrat leadership: Tim Farron, pictured here outside parliament. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
The NS leader: why we're endorsing Tim Farron for the Liberal Democrat leadership
By New Statesman - 10 June 13:37

The road to recovery will be a long one. It is Mr Farron who offers the Lib Dems their best hope.

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Don't be fooled. The country needs and wants a honest debate about tax
By Daisy Srblin - 10 June 13:18

Labour's chastening defeat has led some to claim the party is abandoning its commitments on tax. But that's a myth.

Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell are in a tight race as nominations close for Labour's London mayoral candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 June 12:03

As Labour's London constituency parties' endorsements have rolled in, it looks like Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan will have a tough fight to the finish.

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Deputy leader? It's a Stella for me
By John Prescott - 10 June 11:51

Prezza for Stella may sound like I’m after a lager, but I think Creasy could refresh parts of the party other candidates cannot reach.

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism.
Osborne's budget surplus trap will force Labour to finally offer economic clarity
By George Eaton - 10 June 11:03

The party will need to decide whether to make the case for investment or to embrace fiscal conservatism. 

Ragevan Vasan and Paige Round in Avaes Mohammad’s plays. Photo: Mark Douet
The absurd hunt for “Muslim toddler terrorists” exposes the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 10 June 10:35

As the perception of a tacit complicity by the Muslim community in terrorist activity has gained traction, art has become a major outlet for protest and dissent.

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The culture wars of the left have contributed to Labour becoming unelectable
By John Bew - 10 June 10:21

Pseudo-radical academics do the same damage to the cause of the political left in Britain as the populist American right does to the Republican Party. 

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We need to talk about inequality, even when it makes us feel uncomfortable
By Wes Streeting - 10 June 8:31

The failure of state education in so many white working class areas is utterly unacceptable. Not to talk about it or to have any answers for how we overcome it, equally so. 

Andy Burnham plays in the Labour vs the Lobby match at Labour party conference. Photo: Getty Images
We're beginning to see the outlines of the Labour leadership race
By Stephen Bush - 09 June 18:07

Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have reasons to be cheerful after the GMB hustings.

Ed Miliband resigns after leading Labour to a heavy defeat. Photo: Getty Images
I lost to the Conservatives by just 378 votes. Here's what I've learned
By James Frith - 09 June 15:33

Labour didn't have enough to say to businesses, or enough for people on long hours not zero hours. That must never happen again. 

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Labour faces a fight for its very survival. Andy Burnham is the man to put the party back on track
By Owen Smith - 09 June 14:37

2015 might not be rock bottom for Labour. It's vital the party picks the right leader.

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I'm backing Sadiq Khan to get a fair deal for London's commuters
By Ken Livingstone - 09 June 12:35

Helping the city's commuters is one of the biggest jobs of London's Mayor - and I should know.

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Zac Goldsmith MP is running to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor - what chance does he have?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 09 June 11:47

The Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, announces his intention to run for the mayoralty.

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Why I'm backing Caroline Flint to be deputy leader
By David Blunkett - 09 June 9:00

Caroline isn't afraid of confronting hard truths and she doesn't avoid hard work. She's my choice for deputy leader.

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Angela Eagle: “We just have to get over it and get on with it”
By Caroline Crampton - 09 June 7:30

The deputy Labour leadership candidate talks to Caroline Crampton about her pitch to the party, what went wrong at the general election, and why she wants one of the top jobs after 23 years as an MP.

Sadiq Khan will serve a full term as MP for Tooting if he becomes Mayor of London
By Stephen Bush - 08 June 21:31

The move will head off fears that Labour will lose the seat in a by-election, but the Tories may use it against Khan.

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We're very different MPs - but we're backing the same woman for London Mayor

From Sure Start to the Olympics, Tessa has delivered for London before and she can do so again. 

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality.
Labour leadership candidates clash on the EU and the past at PLP hustings
By George Eaton - 08 June 15:57

Frontrunner Burnham warns that Labour must "take care not to distance ourselves from the last five years" on the issue of inequality. 

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There are big questions to answer for Manchester's new mayor
By Daniel Kenealy - 08 June 13:07

Devolution to Greater Manchester was greeted with general celebration. But there are broader concerns about the role and how it develops.

Sol Campbell wants to be London's next mayor. Photo: Getty
Ex-footballer Sol Campbell running for London Mayor shows the Tories' celebrity strategy at play
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 June 12:31

Sol Campbell is the most high-profile figure to declare his interest in being the Conservative candidate to succeed Boris Johnson so far.

Far out: Bloch reads much into Kitchener’s preference for the company of young men. Photo: THE PRINT COLLECTOR/PRINT COLLECTOR/GETTY IMAGES
A camp history of Westminster's queer MPs
By Chris Bryant - 08 June 12:02

Michael Bloch's book on homosexuality in the house is fun - but little more than a naughty pleasure.

Rupert’s racket: an anti-Murdoch protest during the Leveson inquiry, 2012. Photo: TAL COHEN/REX
Think Britain is as corrupt as Russia? It's time to get out more
By Peter Oborne - 08 June 11:28

The last prime minister to make a fortune out of public office was Lloyd George. Today’s cabinet ministers earn middle-class salaries, and most of them live in modest houses. So why do people think otherwise?

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