Salmond and the Sun. Montage: Dan Murrell/NS
Commons Confidential: The Sun sets on Salmond
By Kevin Maguire - 10 July 15:31

Plus: Why is Keith Vaz all starry-eyed?

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold a news conference to announce the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill on 10th July 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Laurie Penny on surveillance: Cameron's cynical appeal to three of the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse
By Laurie Penny - 10 July 15:23

The emergency surveillance law being rushed through Parliament next week exploits all the usual moral panic suspects - criminals, terrorists and paedophiles - to undermine our fundamental rights.

Ed Miliband speaks to the Scottish Labour Conference in Perth in March 2014. Photo: Getty
In Scotland, Labour flounders as the centre right rises
By Adam Tomkins - 10 July 15:08

In a damaging move for its future prospects in Scotland, Labour has vacated the main battleground from which it should have been able to rebuild support: devolution.

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey.
Exclusive: Jo Swinson tipped to enter cabinet in Lib Dem reshuffle
By George Eaton - 10 July 13:01

Business minister, who recently returned from maternity leave, would replace Ed Davey. 

The white cliffs of Dover and the South Foreland lighthouse. Photo: Getty
Jon Cruddas: Only Labour can speak for England’s roots in a single voice
By Jon Cruddas - 10 July 12:18

The shift towards English identity is a long-term phenomenon that is probably irreversible.

Rolf Harris was convicted of 12 counts of assault. Photo: Getty
The fall of Rolf Harris, strange police names and the delights of unfashionable Essex
By Peter Wilby - 10 July 11:13

Will Daily Mail columnists now end their campaign of denigration against Operation Yewtree?

To achieve economic credibility, Miliband needs to speak the language of priorities.
Labour leads on health, but it has to be clear that money for the NHS will lead to cuts elsewhere
By George Eaton - 10 July 0:06

To achieve economic credibility, Miliband needs to speak the language of priorities. 

Despite the media assault on Miliband, the party is seven points ahead.
Why Labour is cheered by its continuing poll lead
By George Eaton - 09 July 17:18

Despite the media assault on Miliband and the strengthening economic recovery, the party is seven points ahead. 

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was forced to explain Treasury approval for Universal Credit today.
Treasury backing for Universal Credit scrutinised
By Lucy Fisher - 09 July 15:40

Iain Duncan Smith said that the business case for universal credit has been approved by the Treasury, but only up to 2015.

The Returning Officer: Edgbaston
By Stephen Brasher - 09 July 13:43

Returning Officer

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory.
PMQs review: Cameron scrapes a dirty win
By George Eaton - 09 July 13:25

The PM's blast at Miliband over tomorrow's strike secured him victory. 

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
Universal Credit business case still not approved by the Treasury
By George Eaton - 07 July 19:50

Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".

What is united about our kingdom? Is it the economy, governance or identity?
What is United about our Kingdom?
By Lucy Fisher - 07 July 16:30

A professor, a pollster and a journalist hashed out the question at Chatham House last week.

His claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion.
The centre ground isn't where Peter Mandelson thinks it is
By George Eaton - 07 July 12:02

The claim that Labour has moved too far to the left is based on a misreading of public opinion. 

The Labour leader has asked radical questions but some have been disappointed with the answers.
On rail policy and more, Labour is leaving space to its left
By George Eaton - 04 July 14:22

Miliband has asked radical questions but the answers have been too cautious for some.

Conservative MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard.
Can Cameron bring back powers from EU? "I'm cautiously pessimistic", says Mark Pritchard MP
By Lucy Fisher - 04 July 12:55

The senior Conservative MP and Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard discusses the EU, secret societies, adoption and animal welfare.

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."
Sadiq Khan's speech on the future of public services: full text
By Sadiq Khan - 04 July 12:07

"The Tories just don't understand that there is a difference between public services and businesses."

A toxic reputation: Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary
By Simon Heffer - 04 July 10:00

One has the impression that the war was a prolonged drama for which she was a critic sitting in the audience. She certainly doesn’t seem to understand what part she was expected to play in it.

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
Labour's opposition to an EU referendum is its trump card with business
By George Eaton - 03 July 16:36

Large companies are increasingly troubled by the threat of EU withdrawal under the Tories.
 

If the likes of Philip Green's family desire the rights that come with UK citizenship, they should be required to make fair tax contributions. Photo: Getty
Leader: Labour should make itself the party of tax cuts and bold tax reform
By New Statesman - 03 July 16:22

If the party was radical rather than obsessed with process and presentation, it would be setting out proposals to overhaul our tax system.

Spy on the wall: a painting of GCHQ displayed in the Mount Street Gallery, London in 2011. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on terror and surveillance: Oh look! There's a new bogeyman on the scene to justify online spying
By Laurie Penny - 03 July 10:00

Liam Fox insists that the “public will accept” increased surveillance because of the threat of terrorism. One suspects that if we don’t accept it, we’ll be made to.

The angry nightingale: poet Sarojini Naidu. Photo: Bridgeman Images
Guillaume Apollinaire to Sarojini Naidu: the war poets you don’t study at school
By Owen Clayton - 03 July 10:00

Despite the “cosmopolitan sympathies” of the poets, memorial events in the UK today are dominated by British writers. But there are many other literary voices from the battle for the trenches.

Back to a friend that longs to grip your hand: a 1916 postcard to be sent to soldiers serving on the front. Photo: Getty
“We are a long way from Blighty here”: letters home from the trenches
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 10:00

I discovered a box of wartime correspondence among some family papers this year, from my grandfather’s first cousin Walter Brabyn, a teenage soldier, to his parents and sister.

Statue of Justice at the Old Bailey.
Failure to protect girls from FGM is a "national scandal", say MPs
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 8:16

A hard-hitting report today from the Home Affairs Committee blasts the authorities for failing to eliminate cutting in the UK and calls for new laws.

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.
Miliband champions business. Now he needs business to champion Miliband
By George Eaton - 03 July 7:34

The Labour leader's vision of "responsible capitalism" would gain credibility if he could find more responsible capitalists.

If the public is unsure what Miliband stands for, it is partly because he has often appeared unsure himself.
The real struggle in Labour isn’t between factions, but between Red Ed and Moderate Miliband
By George Eaton - 02 July 22:04

If the public is unsure what Miliband stands for, it is partly because he has often appeared unsure himself.

Montage by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: What’s bugging Jon Cruddas?
By Kevin Maguire - 02 July 17:46

More and more ministers and shadow cabinet members are being secretly recorded. Plus Labour MP in Commons dining room rebellion. 

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement.
The Tories want to buy Britain, but they're losing the campaigning battle
By Jon Ashworth - 02 July 17:06

While the the Tories are increasingly reliant on a small pool of mega rich donors, Labour is rebuilding itself as a movement. 

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.
PMQs review: Miliband plays it safe by going on the NHS
By George Eaton - 02 July 13:19

In Labour's "economy week", its leader avoided the subject.

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