People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
To build a popular environmentalism we need to restore people's pride of place
By Ed Wallis - 09 June 18:57

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

Did she know the letter was going to be released at some point? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?
The questions Theresa May won't answer over her letter to Gove
By George Eaton - 09 June 16:10

Did she know the letter was going to be released? And why did it take three days for it to be removed?

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories.
Clegg's pledge to borrow to invest moves the Lib Dems closer to Labour
By George Eaton - 09 June 8:24

The Deputy PM's rejection of "austerity forever" is an important point of difference with the Tories. 

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.
The pressure rises on Theresa May
By George Eaton - 08 June 17:18

Home Secretary accused by Labour of breaking the ministerial code and ordered to appear before select committee.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University
Universities urged to lower grade requirements for comprehensive pupils
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 17:00

A canny move by the Department for Education.

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain.
Labour should pledge to make the government a living wage employer
By Paul Hackett - 06 June 15:47

Even at a time of austerity, it is a small price for a big gain. 

Anti-fracking Protest Camp At Barton Moss
Get the frack off my land: reform of trespass laws explained
By Lucy Fisher - 06 June 12:11

Controversial reform to trespass legislation will allow fracking firms to drill under your home without your permission. How big a dent is this to your land ownership rights?

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.
Labour makes official complaint over use of Conservative slogan in Queen's Speech
By George Eaton - 06 June 10:24

Michael Dugher writes to Jeremy Heywood protesting at the use of "long-term plan" in the address.

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters back the Tories to stop Ukip.
Tactical voting against Ukip is bad news for Farage
By George Eaton - 06 June 9:26

The Newark by-election saw centre-left voters hold their noses and back the Tories to stop Ukip. 

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.
Tories comfortably defeat Ukip in Newark by-election
By George Eaton - 06 June 5:32

The party holds the seat with a majority of more than 7,000 as the Lib Dems are pushed into sixth place.

The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. Whatever the referendum results, more powers will be devolved to the government. Photo: Getty
Leader: The United Kingdom in its current form is unacceptable
By New Statesman - 05 June 17:00

Whatever the outcome of the referendum the status quo should not endure. Constitutional change is coming to Scotland and the rest of the UK, and we are all the better for it.

Michael Gove by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Red Mike runs from his past
By Kevin Maguire - 05 June 17:00

Meanwhile the Beeb is under fire for alleged pro-Farage bias in election reporting.  

US president says he wants the UK to remain "united" and that "it looks like things have worked pretty well".
Obama comes out against Scottish independence
By George Eaton - 05 June 15:48

US president says he wants the UK to remain "united" and that "it looks like things have worked pretty well".

A leaked Ofsted report says that pupils were not protected from extremist views.
May takes round one in battle with Gove
By George Eaton - 05 June 14:43

A leaked Ofsted report says that pupils were not protected from "the risks associated with extremist views".

Conservative MP for Totnes Sarah Wollaston
Sarah Wollaston to fight for health committee chairmanship
By Lucy Fisher - 05 June 12:45

Independently-minded Tory MP to run for post.

Remembering our D-Day heroes
By Vernon Coaker - 05 June 11:05

This anniversary marks one of the last chances we will have to thank them for their selflessness, courage, determination and sacrifice.

Thank you for the money: Abba’s Benny Andersson performs at an event to celebrate the group's songs, Hyde Park 2009. Photo: Getty
Ukip’s women voters, green belt guardians and why Benny from Abba is a feminist hero
By Helen Lewis - 05 June 10:00

Swedish political party The Feminist Initiative has received more than a million kronor from the Abba singer. 

Like the Chancellor, the party has a vested interest in convincing voters that the crisis is over. But it isn't.
On the economy, the SNP is starting to sound Osborne-esque
By James Maxwell - 05 June 9:36

Like the Chancellor, the party has a vested interest in convincing voters that the crisis is over. But it isn't.

Election strategist Lynton Crosby has warned them that it helps Labour.
Why the Tories have stopped talking about the NHS
By George Eaton - 05 June 8:38

Election strategist Lynton Crosby has warned them that it helps Labour, which has a double-digit lead on the issue.

The Prime Minister should stop indulging the idea that Europe is a conspiracy perpetrated by other countries against Britain
Cameron is running out of time to show that he is serious about keeping Britain in the EU
By Rafael Behr - 04 June 21:11

The Prime Minister should stop indulging the idea that Europe is a conspiracy perpetrated by other countries against Britain.

The Labour leader sought to present himself as a man with the ambition and imagination to speak for an alienated public.
Miliband frames himself as an anti-politician
By George Eaton - 04 June 17:23

The Labour leader presented himself as a man with the ambition and imagination to speak for an alienated public.

Alex Salmond as Kim Jong-il. Montage by Dan Murrell
Alistair Darling interview: “Salmond is behaving like Kim Jong-il”
By New Statesman - 04 June 14:05

In this week’s cover story, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley interviews Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, Labour MP and former chancellor. Darling is fighting back, with one hundred days to save the Union of Great Britain.

 

Cameron's caution prevailed over the Lib Dems.
Why was the ban on circus animals dropped from the Queen's Speech?
By George Eaton - 04 June 13:51

Cameron's caution prevailed over the Lib Dems.

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament
Queen’s speech at a glance
By Lucy Fisher - 04 June 12:43

A round-up of the legislative agenda announced for the coalition's last Parliament.

The Home Secretary is now echoing the concerns raised for months by the opposition.
The Gove-May spat is a gift for Labour
By George Eaton - 04 June 9:34

The Home Secretary is now echoing the concerns raised for months by the opposition. 

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith will table a motion criticising the government for not giving voters the full power to recall MPs guilt of wrongdoing.
Cameron faces rebellion over recall bill "stitch up"
By George Eaton - 04 June 8:18

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith will table a motion criticising the government for not giving voters the full power to remove MPs guilt of wrongdoing. 

The party is still achieving record ratings in the national polls.
Newark doesn't show that Ukip's bubble has burst
By George Eaton - 03 June 15:40

The party is still achieving record ratings in the national polls. 

Stephen Dorrell. Photo: NHS Confederation/Flickr
Why has Stephen Dorrell stood down as health select committee chair?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 June 11:57

The Conservative MP is said to want to contribute to the healthcare debate "from a less overtly political position". 

Shadow justice secretary pre-empts expected Tory move by promising new guidance on the Human Rights Act.
Sadiq Khan tries to shoot the Tory fox on human rights reform
By George Eaton - 03 June 11:43

Shadow justice secretary pre-empts expected Tory move by promising new guidance on the Human Rights Act. 

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