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The government has more of an interest in appearing to improve the state of northern constituencies than in actually doing so.
As with alternative child poverty statistics, the reality of the situation – and how it jars with the rhetoric of extra funding – will still be clear.
The Transport Secretary should look closer to home if he wants to explain why Northern Rail does badly.
Colombians are united by a fearless and growing rejection of everything that President Ivan Duque represents.
The New Statesman team discuss the campaign's second week.
Nicola Sturgeon had a good conference that points to a less fractious path to independence, but what happens with Brexit could still upset her plans.
The MP for Romford and Rory Stewart appreciate something that the official Conservative campaign doesn't.
Mayoral elections are the only part of the British electoral system to have successfully returned independents – but it’s still a longshot.
Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson both need to do well in Wales to win the next election – yet neither has policies that actually impact Welsh lives.
The Mayor of London's path to re-election is more fraught than commonly supposed.
The approach broadly worked for Johnson as London mayor, but there are difficulties in porting it over to Downing Street.