The Conservatives are more focused on winning back traditional supporters than attracting new ones.
Osborne's courting of the silver vote shows the Tories' limited ambition
By George Eaton - 08 February 13:24

The Conservatives are more focused on winning back traditional supporters than attracting new ones. 

Liz Kendall's speech to the Usdaw conference: full text
By Liz Kendall - 07 February 13:40

The Labour MP for Leicester West and shadow minister for care and older people speaks to the union about creating an economy that works for everyone.

Revised Ashcroft polling shows Nick Clegg could lose his seat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 07 February 12:54

Ashcroft's poll for Sheffield Hallam, having been revised, shows the Lib Dem leader three points behind Labour.

Time is running out for Nick Clegg's media rehabilitation – but it's still possible
By Alan Martin - 06 February 16:34

Time is running out for the Lib Dem leader to make himself popular again.

Politically, the UK is now five nations
By May2015 - 06 February 15:41

Never has the UK been so clearly divided: Scotland is yellow, England is red or blue, Wales is a mix and Northern Ireland separate.

Allowing members of members of affiliated unions to become Affiliated Supporters will give them the chance to shape the party's future.
How Labour is making its trade union link stronger than ever
By Jon Trickett - 06 February 13:29

Allowing members of members of affiliated unions to become Affiliated Supporters will give them the chance to shape the party's future. 

Why haven't Labour's other proposals matched the success of their energy price freeze plan?
By Adam Ludlow - 06 February 12:29

The lessons in communication and research political parties can learn from how Ed Miliband's energy price freeze announcement played out.

When Scottish Labour’s walls come tumbling down
By Gerry Hassan - 06 February 11:48

Scottish Labour needs to work out what kind of Scotland it wants to champion and bring about.

What exactly did Tristram Hunt say about nuns, and why is everyone so angry?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 11:09

People are criticising the shadow education secretary for being contemptuous of nuns, but what really happened?

Does London's housing industry have a problem with race?
By Alastair Sloan - 06 February 9:27

The UK has perfectly decent race discrimination laws – but in an area as complex as housing, the government must double down on efforts to enforce this legislation.

FGM Zero Tolerance Day: we mustn't forget prevention is more crucial than prosecution
By June Eric-Udorie - 06 February 9:03

As the UK's first trial for female genital mutilation ends this week, we must remember that education is key to ending the practice.

The government's NHS reforms have been "disastrous"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 06 February 8:40

A respected health policy think tank, the King's Fund, has blasted the government's restructuring of the health service.

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable.
Even if Clegg keeps his seat, most Lib Dems expect him to depart
By George Eaton - 05 February 16:55

Minds are turning to the leadership contest to come, with Tim Farron regarded as unassailable. 

Why the government’s anti-terror plans won’t work and risk damaging universities
By Sally Hunt - 05 February 16:46

The government wants to introduce legislation that would force a new statutory duty on universities and colleges to, "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

We don't need tax cuts for the rich, we need greater say in where our tax goes
By Lauren Razavi - 05 February 16:38

A system of tax sovereignty would be easy to achieve for Britain, and would give our democracy a truly radical boost.

Labour's biggest own-goal on business isn't forgetting Bill Somebody's name
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 16:00

The Labour party has missed a good opportunity to win over British business, and it’s nothing to do with forgetting the names of its advocates.

Can Labour kick Nick Clegg out of Sheffield Hallam in May?
By Tim Wigmore - 05 February 15:08

Labour could depose Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, but scarce funding, another anti-Clegg vote (the Greens), and Tories voting tactically could save the Deputy Prime Minister.

Ed Miliband at the Labour party conference last year. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Leader: Britain's role in the world
By New Statesman - 05 February 15:07

Troubled Labour leader Ed Miliband is said to "not do foreign". But we must consider Britain's place in an increasingly international world.

Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners: “I didn’t come out – I exploded”
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 14:29

The co-founder of the 1984-5 LGSM movement, talks about coming out, being gay during the era of “pretty policemen” and the importance of LGBT history month. 

Vince Cable in 2010. Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
Commons Confidential: Inherent Vince
By Kevin Maguire - 05 February 14:20

Playground Thatcherism, TV debates and the Karl Marx of Twickenham.

It is no longer enough for our parties just to talk about mental health
By Dan Holden - 05 February 13:46

Since the last election, mental health has risen higher in the agenda than many campaigners even dreamt of. Labour, however, is behaving as though just talking about the issue is still good enough. 

An anti-HS2 protest sign. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
White nights in Sweden, the plight of circus animals and the spiralling cost of HS2
By Stanley Johnson - 05 February 11:39

In this week's Diary, Stanley Johnson casts his eye from Stockholm to Old Oak Common.

Over 200,000 young people have fallen off the electoral register: time to get them back
By Liz Kendall - 05 February 11:26

It's National Voter Registration Day today and time for the young people hit by the system changes to sign up.

Normanton Church, Rutland Water.
The Returning Officer: Rutland
By Stephen Brasher - 05 February 10:55

Cayenne pepper and foot-and-mooth colour Rutland's election history.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be".
Ivan Lewis: Labour needs "stronger and bolder" policies to win over young voters
By George Eaton - 05 February 10:39

In an interview with the NS, the shadow Northern Ireland secretary says the party's programme is "not as well developed as it needs to be". 

The Collier, by Robert Havell (1814). Image: Science and Society Picture Library
To be continued: how much has English society changed since 1714?
By Mark Damazer - 05 February 10:15

Much has changed in English culture since 1710. But a new book argues our systems of power are less different than we might think.

Moazzam Begg. Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images
Moazzam Begg: it's the FBI, the CIA and MI5 who should be questioned
By Sophie McBain - 05 February 10:06

Moazzam Begg was imprisoned as a terror suspect but never tried. Who is he? What does he want? And why are the security services so interested in him?

New crop of MPs unlikely to be anymore socially diverse  Photo: Getty/ Christopher Furlong
Old boys’ club will continue their reign into the next Parliament
By Ashley Cowburn - 05 February 9:40

According to the research by the Sutton Trust, 31 per cent of parliamentary candidates attended private school, compared with 7 per cent of the population.

Mind the gap: how charities are mopping up after the government’s failure to care
By Frances Ryan - 05 February 9:29

Under austerity, charities are regularly having to substitute for government. We live in a twenty-first century Britain where poorer citizens are back to relying on handouts to live.

MPs condemn the UK government role in fighting Islamic State as "strikingly modest"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 February 8:33

A cross-party group of MPs are calling for greater action against the extremist militants.

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