Mad or bad? Ex-PM Tony Blair in Hong Kong, 2012. Photo: Getty
Blair’s supporters should stage a humanitarian intervention – and make him shut up about Iraq
By Mehdi Hasan - 18 June 17:02

How many Sure Start centres cancel out the depleted uranium used in Fallujah? Why does record investment in the NHS absolve the torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib?

The party president contradicts Nick Clegg's position on a future hung parliament.
Tim Farron: Lib Dems must not rule out support for a minority government
By George Eaton - 18 June 15:02

The party president contradicts Nick Clegg's position on a future hung parliament.

The PM's blast against Jean-Claude Juncker delighted his MPs - but he'll let them down in the end.
PMQs review: Cameron should be wary of playing to the eurosceptic gallery
By George Eaton - 18 June 13:26

The PM's blast against Jean-Claude Juncker delighted his MPs - but he'll let them down in the end.

Technology can even free teachers from admin, leaving more time to devlote to pupils. Photo: Getty
The latest learning technology can raise standards of education for everyone
By Matthew Hancock - 18 June 12:25

To get the best out of it, investment in learning technology needs to be results driven.

Without new money, the health service will be condemned to years of dangerous decline.
The NHS funding crisis is now impossible to ignore - which party will grip it?
By George Eaton - 18 June 9:07

Without new money, the health service will be condemned to years of dangerous decline. 

Sixty per cent believe immigration has benefited Britain and are much more likely to be pro-EU.
Why graduates are the biggest obstacle to Ukip's advance
By Tim Wigmore - 17 June 14:48

Sixty per cent believe immigration has benefited Britain and are much more likely to be pro-EU.

Tristram Hunt. Photo: Getty
What happened to Tristram Hunt, and where is Labour’s radicalism on education?
By Dan Holden - 17 June 13:05

After a strong start, the shadow education secretary's voice is absent from the education debate, and his party is being reactive and not proactive on education. They have less than a year to turn this around.

"Edinburgh's disgrace", Calton Hill: the lack of a national 6 o'clock news is a big problem for Scotland. Photo: Getty
The lack of a Scottish Six O’Clock News is a major democratic flaw
By Angus Roxburgh - 17 June 12:34

Viewers in Scotland have to sit through half-hour bulletins that may have no domestic news relevant to their lives, before Scottish news is broadcast as a budget regional news programme. 

The Labour peer and Miliband strategist on how the party would seek to reduce inequality.
Interview: Stewart Wood responds to Thomas Piketty
By George Eaton - 17 June 9:59

The Labour peer and Miliband strategist on how the party would seek to reduce inequality.

A review of the French economist's appearance with Miliband strategist Stewart Wood.
Thomas Piketty comes to parliament: what we learned
By George Eaton - 16 June 16:02

A review of the French economist's appearance with Miliband strategist Stewart Wood.
 

How the miners’ strike of 1984-85 changed Britain for ever
By Donald Macintyre - 16 June 11:15

Thirty years later questions still haunt many of those who took part. Could the outcome have been different?

Ninety six per cent of people support a fairer system, with the richest paying more than double the poorest.
The public want a more progressive tax system - and they're right
By Duncan Exley - 16 June 10:24

Ninety six per cent of people support a fairer system, with the richest paying more than double the poorest.

The Foreign Secretary says "I don't think the invasion itself was a mistake".
Hague defends the Iraq war as Boris disowns it
By George Eaton - 16 June 9:08

The Foreign Secretary says "I don't think the invasion itself was a mistake".

If the Tories won't face up to the problems in the health service, it's time to make way for a government that will.
We need to talk about the NHS - Cameron must break the Crosby-imposed silence
By Andy Burnham - 15 June 18:20

If the Tories won't face up to the problems in the health service, it's time to make way for a government that will.

The IPPR report will play a crucial role in shaping Labour's policy platform for the election.
Miliband to affirm radical agenda for change at "Condition of Britain" launch
By George Eaton - 14 June 12:23

The IPPR report will play a crucial role in shaping Labour's policy platform for the election.

The Labour leader has been left looking like a man trying to have it both ways.
Miliband's half-apology over the Sun photo will please no one
By George Eaton - 13 June 13:28

The Labour leader has been left looking like a man trying to have it all ways.

If the debate moves on to more fertile Labour territory such as public services the Conservatives will likely struggle.
There's no gratitude in politics - why the recovery might not save the Tories
By Richard Mylles - 13 June 12:09

If the debate moves on to more fertile Labour territory such as public services the Conservatives will likely struggle.

It would benefit savers and could be seen as a sign of a return to economic normality.
Why an interest rate rise could help the Tories
By George Eaton - 13 June 9:06

It would benefit savers and could be seen as a sign of a return to economic normality.

Margaret Beckett by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Margaret Beckett’s naked truth
By Kevin Maguire - 12 June 16:27

“I can’t speak to you now. I’m getting picked up in ten minutes and I have no clothes on.” Plus the price of Axelrod. 

Oldknow Academy, one of the Birmingham Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse inquiry. Photo: Getty
Leader: We should also be concerned about what is going on in faith schools
By New Statesman - 12 June 16:00

It is alarming that ultra-conservative religious groups should exert, or wish to exert, an influence over the teaching of pupils, yet such influence is at work, too, in existing faith schools. 

The PM's decision to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream European People's Party made it inevitable that his party would form eurosceptic partnerships.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' alliance with Merkel's enemy
By George Eaton - 12 June 12:13

The PM's decision to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream European People's Party made it inevitable that his party would form eurosceptic partnerships. 

In suburbia: aerial view of Sunbury, Surrey, which straddles London's commuter belt. Photo: Rex Features
Bryan Appleyard: in defence of the British suburbs
By Bryan Appleyard - 12 June 10:00

Bashing the ’burbs has been a common currency of artists and the intelligentsia, the right and the left, for over 150 years. But they are now undergoing a quiet renaissance.

The Returning Officer: Bewdley
By Stephen Brasher - 12 June 10:00

Stanley Baldwin succeeded his father, Alfred, as MP for Bewdley in 1908. In 1922, 1923 and 1929, his opponent was Sardius Hancock.

A supporter in Redbridge listens at the launch of Labour's Euro campaign. Photo: Getty
Sadiq Khan: how Labour triumphed in London
By Sadiq Khan - 12 June 10:00

During the campaign, London Labour spoke to a million voters – an amazing achievement and one that was possible only because vast effort went into building volunteer capacity.

The party's present strategy of managing a declining poll lead must be altered.
Without change, Labour is choosing to lose
By Marcus Roberts - 12 June 8:12

 The party's present strategy of managing a declining poll lead must be altered.

An open and dynamic market economy has to work for all, not just some.
Only Labour can offer the long-term economic plan Britain needs
By Ed Balls - 12 June 7:20

We will only sustain support for an open and dynamic market economy if we show that it can work for all, and not just some.

To cement its identity in future coalitions, the party needs to own departments.
The smaller coalition party nearly always gets smashed – but all is not lost for the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 11 June 22:40

To cement its identity in future coalitions, the party needs to own departments.

Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.
To be truly free, the NHS needs to scrap hospital parking charges
By Robert Halfon - 11 June 17:34

Patients should not be put off going to hospital, nor relatives from visiting their loved ones, by parking fees.

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