Steven Woolfe: “We have to understand that we do want immigrants in this country”
By Tim Wigmore - 08 December 16:13

Ukip's migration spokesman Steven Woolfe on racism, "old Ukip and new Ukip", taking on Labour, and renationalising the railways.

Ukip's high command remains confused about the NHS
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 December 15:46

To outsource or not to outsource?

Why Ed Miliband should reconcile One Nation ideals with New Labour rhetoric
By John Gaffney - 08 December 14:51

How the story of Ed Miliband’s leadership can still have a happy ending.

The two-against-one dynamic harms wiht the Tories while also exposing Clegg's party to the charge of hypocrisy.
How the Lib Dems' attacks on the Tories help Labour
By George Eaton - 08 December 14:49

The two-against-one dynamic harms the Tories while exposing Clegg's party to the charge of hypocrisy. 

There is nothing "ordinary" about the devastation of homelessness
By Jon Sparkes - 08 December 14:26

Homelessness charities will soon present evidence to the Supreme Court in a landmark case – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to challenge the way the law is used to turn people away to live on the streets.

Food banks: why can't people afford to eat in the world's sixth richest country?
By Frank Field and John Glen - 08 December 13:53

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty have published a new report into food banks, and how best to feed impoverished Britain.

How Chris Grayling's treatment of prisoners shows why Justice Secretary is a job for a lawyer
By Anthony Lloyd - 08 December 13:08

The story of the Lord Chancellor and the indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public.

Are there really similarities between The Road to Wigan Pier and poverty today?
By Cameron Tait - 08 December 12:05

After the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor criticised the BBC for making "hyperbolic" comparisons with George Orwell's 1937 exploration of poverty.

Slowing the coalition's dash for gas: Labour will overhaul shale gas regulations
By Tom Greatrex - 08 December 11:33

Labour’s amendments to the Infrastructure Bill would overhaul the existing framework and give us a regulatory regime that is fit for purpose.

How Labour's hostility towards private education could damage the disadvantaged
By Adam Afriyie - 08 December 10:55

The Labour party's attack on fee-paying schools is simplistic and harmful.

The Archbishop of Canterbury demands state support for food banks
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 December 8:57

A new report into hunger, supported by Justin Welby, blames benefit payment delays for increased use of food banks.

Coalition rift: Danny Alexander accuses Tories of looking to "inflict unnecessary pain"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 08 December 8:13

Conservative and Lib Dem ministers are exacerbating the coalition rift emerging from the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

Having concededed that a Labour government is superior to a Conservative one, the SNP will need to explain why it is working to prevent the former.
The awkward questions facing Salmond as he heads for Westminster
By George Eaton - 07 December 12:01

Having concededed that a Labour government is superior to a Conservative one, the SNP will need to explain why it is working to prevent one. 

Alex Salmond gives his final speech as SNP leader at the party's conference in November 2014. Photo: Getty
Alex Salmond to stand for UK parliament in 2015
By New Statesman - 06 December 23:51

The former first minister is expected to announce that he will stand for the Gordon seat held by retiring Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce.

Middle-class war: how Labour should combat the Greens’ success
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 December 17:05

As the Green Party goes from strength to strength, the middle-class green lifestyle is vulnerable to Labour's appeal to poorer households.

How a year-long battle against restricting books for prisoners played out
By Cat Lucas - 05 December 16:39

As Christmas approaches, it is extremely welcome news that families may once again be able to send books as gifts to their loved ones this year.

Despite its worsening poll ratings, the party remains confident of holding most of its 56 seats.
They're in fifth place, so why aren't the Lib Dems panicking​?
By George Eaton - 05 December 15:55

Despite its worsening poll ratings, the party remains confident of holding most of its 56 seats. 

Have party manifestos had their day?
By Kevin Meagher - 05 December 14:19

The evolution of our politics into a multi-party system would make traditional party manifestos redundant.

The Returning Officer: Cows II
By Stephen Brasher - 05 December 13:30

In 1955 David Ensor published his book Thirty Acres and a Cow. It related Ensor’s experiences in running dairy farms in the 1940s and 1950s in Hampshire and Dorset.

Christmas cards from David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and Tony Blair
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 December 13:08

It's the most wonderful time of year, when we can compare and contrast our politicians' families and spouses via their personalised Christmas cards.

Did David Cameron's favourite charity kill the Big Society?
By Lisa Nandy - 05 December 11:32

What's the story behind the two words the Prime Minister hopes you'll forget?

In this case new housing is not helping the crisis. It could even be making it worse. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty
New housing must provide homes: “buy-to-leave” flats are forcing Londoners out of their homes
By James Murray - 05 December 11:19

Building flats as “buy-to-leave” investments is one of the grimmest expressions of how new housing built in London can become a prized asset over a place to live.

Crisis hits Theresa May's inquiry into historic cases of child abuse as victims threaten to withdraw
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 December 9:18

It's make or break for the child sex abuse inquiry into historic cases, as Theresa May must stop victims walking away.

The overseas aid Bill is UK's chance to remain a global leader in fighting poverty
By Mark Goldring - 05 December 8:13

Today, MPs will vote on whether the government should commit to the international development budget remaining at 0.7 per cent of GDP.

Coalition demolition? The Lib Dems’ foolish Autumn Statement response
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 16:58

How the Lib Dems have handled the government’s penultimate financial set-piece shows us coalition is dead, at a time when it's crucial to keep it alive.

The party's plans would allow it to shield services from the worst. But for fear of appearing profligate it won't say so.
Labour would cut much less than the Tories. Will it dare say so?
By George Eaton - 04 December 16:38

The party's plans would allow it to shield services from the worst. But for fear of appearing profligate it won't tell voters. 

Tricky Dicky: Richard Desmond in June. Photo: Getty
Common Confidential: Dirty Des flirts with Nige to make Dave jealous
By Kevin Maguire - 04 December 15:42

My informant whispered that Dirty Des is frustrated that a £1.2bn fortune has bought him everything except respect.

The launch of the Set Her Free campaign at Westminster. Photo: Abbie Traylor-Smith
The New Statesman Christmas campaign 2014: end the detention of women seeking asylum
By New Statesman - 04 December 15:22

More than 400 women are detained in Yarl’s Wood, despite the fact that they have committed no crime. Join the Christmas campaign to set them free.