Greater focus on integration needed.
Rather than pledging to cut immigration, politicians should promise a fairer system
By Tim Finch - 06 March 15:50

The parties can't promise to reduce the number of newcomers. But they can do more to improve migrant integration and to reassure the public.

The party could prevent Labour winning Tory marginals.
UKIP is a threat to Labour - but not in the north
By George Eaton - 06 March 15:03

Miliband's northern fortresses are safe but Farage's party could prevent Labour winning southern and eastern marginals off the Tories in 2015.

Cameron and Johnson
Leadership speculation harms the Tories but they can't help themselves
By Rafael Behr - 06 March 13:34

Conservative MPs' anguish flows from their knowledge that Cameron is both the best candidate and not good enough to deliver outright victory.

Watch: Alex Salmond’s New Statesman lecture
By New Statesman - 06 March 12:03

The video of Alex Salmond's NS lecture “Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands”, delivered in Westminster on 4 March 2014.

New dawn: the Queen arrives to open the new Scottish parliament in Edinburgh, 1999. Photo: Getty Images
The view from Scotland: the SNP are the true heirs to old Labour values
By Tom Devine - 06 March 11:39

Many voters were alienated by Blairite policies and Scottish MPs preference for Westminster.

While the Tories claim that growth is back, Ed Miliband will seize the Inequality Moment
By Mehdi Hasan - 06 March 10:44

Discussion of the gap between rich and poor has gone mainstream.

The new system could have a huge effect.
We must not let individual voter registration disenfranchise students
By Stephen Twigg - 06 March 10:35

The new system could have a huge effect in student-heavy marginals. Universities, councils and others must be aware of the dangers.

Head-scratching: Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams may whip things up but only 4 per cent of Northern Irish want unity
Letter from Belfast: support for Irish unity is at an all-time low
By John Bew - 06 March 10:00

Meanwhile, you don't hear Alex Salmond celebrating Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” much any more.

The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives.
Cable's warning to the Tories: lower immigration will harm deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 06 March 8:53

The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives by highlighting that reduced EU migration will lead to "a much slower reduction in the public debt".

The union will expect policy concessions.
Unite's £1.5m funding cut means Labour will need to bargain with McCluskey
By George Eaton - 05 March 18:33

The union is prepared to reduce the shortfall but will expect policy concessions in return.

Defeat would open up space for reinvention.
Tory modernisers' best hope is an Ed Miliband victory
By Steven Akehurst - 05 March 17:24

Being beaten after just one term by a man deemed unelectable would open up space for those who understand the need to reinvent the party.

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.
Cameron’s petty and parochial view of politics has accelerated the decline of British power
By Rafael Behr - 05 March 13:28

There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.

Cameron pressed on trade sanctions.
PMQs review: Miliband urges Cameron not to put profit before people over Russia
By George Eaton - 05 March 13:17

The Labour leader pressed Cameron on trade sanctions after a No. 10 document appeared to rule them out.

"Business and society - we need each other."
Chuka Umunna's speech on Agenda 2030: Earning and growing our way to a higher standard of living
By Chuka Umunna - 05 March 11:06

"We are strongest when we understand our mutual dependence: that business and society - we need each other. That we rise and fall together."

"The beacon of progressive opinion."
Alex Salmond's New Statesman lecture: full text
By Alex Salmond - 05 March 10:33

"We would exert a powerful and positive influence through example – the beacon of progressive opinion."

A job centre plus. Photo: Getty
Immoral or incompetent? With the DWP, it’s no longer a choice
By Frances Ryan - 05 March 9:42

What do they think happens when you cut off someone’s source of food, rent and heating for three months?

Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage".
Alex Salmond refuses to commit to reintroducing 50p tax rate in Scotland
By George Eaton - 05 March 8:19

The First Minister says Scotland would not put itself "at a tax disadvantage with the rest of the UK" at New Statesman event.

The PM's words from the first 2010 leaders' debate.
When Cameron said "we cannot afford" a £10,000 tax threshold
By George Eaton - 04 March 17:03

The PM said during the first 2010 leaders' debate that the Lib Dem policy was too expensive.

The former PM has been in talks with party figures.
Exclusive: Blair considering making "large donation" to Labour
By George Eaton - 04 March 14:43

The former PM, who has praised Miliband's party reforms, has had talks with Labour figures about giving money.

"Let us reaffirm our belief in solidarity."
Douglas Alexander's speech on Scottish independence: full text
By Douglas Alexander - 04 March 12:12

"Let us reject a damaging divorce, and instead vote for the best of both worlds: More of the decisions that matter to Scots being taken here in Scotland, backed up by the strength, stability and security of the UK."

Danny Alexander and Lynne Featherstone are both vulnerable.
How many of Clegg's coalition negotiating team will keep their seats?
By George Eaton - 04 March 10:06

Danny Alexander and Lynne Featherstone are both vulnerable to Labour challenges.

The prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.
Why Ed Miliband is Alex Salmond's biggest foe in the fight for Scottish independence
By George Eaton - 04 March 8:57

The Scottish First Minister's claim that independence is needed to make Scotland and the rest of the UK more "progressive" is undermined by the prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.

Scotland won't have to wait too long for greater autonomy.
Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold
By Jason Cowley - 03 March 22:15

Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won't have to wait too long for even greater autonomy

Northern Irish police use water cannon on an Orangeman marcher in July 2013. Photo: Getty
In London, the only choice the poor and discontented get is this: water cannon or rubber bullets
By Laurie Penny - 03 March 17:26

The Met wants the weapon ready for use this summer. But the question should not be why now but why at all.

Greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.
Labour must challenge the myths about decentralisation
By Richard Leese - 03 March 16:57

Far from creating a postcode lottery, greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.

The party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage.
Ukip named as a “major party” by Ofcom for European elections
By George Eaton - 03 March 15:38

The decision means the party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage as the other main parties.

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.
The benefit sanctions regime needs to be tougher but more compassionate
By Nick Faith - 03 March 14:34

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.
Boris hasn't ruled out becoming an MP in 2015
By George Eaton - 03 March 10:54

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.

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