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Speak or be Damned?

Speak or be Damned?

When is a social issue a no-go subject for discussion? Should a modern politician be able to debate all topics, or are certain taboo subjects political poison, asks Alex Stevenson

The Long Game

The Long Game

by Will Horwitz / 29 Jul 2014

Politicians need to think beyond tomorrow's headlines if anything lasting is to be achieved, writes Will Horwitz

London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

by Jess Bowie / 17 Jul 2014

With Boris Johnson seemingly larger than life – let alone City Hall – the work of his busy team often goes unnoticed. But, as Jess Bowie discovers, Munira Mirza is a straight-talking deputy mayor who is equally comfortable in and out of the spotlight

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Alan Beresford B’Stard

Alan Beresford B’Stard

by Laurence Marks / 10 Jul 2014

The sad death of Rik Mayall last month overshadowed the passing of Alan B’Stard. Laurence Marks remembers the New Statesman

Cycle of Decline

Cycle of Decline

by Dan Hodges / 10 Jul 2014

Team Miliband know they’re losing the campaign and now they’re beginning to punch out at each other

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

by Jess Bowie / 08 Jul 2014

Tory skills minister Matt Hancock is said to be ambitious... is he finally calling for David Cameron's head?

The McGuffin Effect

The McGuffin Effect

by Joe McGuffin / 07 Jul 2014

This month: bleak times for McGuffin as he realises Ed Miliband (“this particular pussy has the people skills of a fucking balloon animal”) is about as “dead as that Monty Python Norwegian turkey.” There’s nothing for it but to start “nail-gunning” the shadow cabinet

On the road with... Stephen Williams

On the road with... Stephen Williams

by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014

How will Bristol West MP Stephen Williams woo the student vote after his party broke that tuition fees pledge? Do primary school children know who he is? And will being a minister make a difference to his constituents? Jess Bowie travelled to the South West to find out

The Plan from Uncle

The Plan from Uncle

by Sam Macrory / 02 Jul 2014

After once being compared to a charging rhino, the ever self-deprecating communities secretary Eric Pickles filled his office with models of the creature. But beneath his reputation as a thick-skinned bruiser, Sam Macrory discovers his avuncular alter-ego, and an altogether more sensitive soul…

 

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

by Dan Hodges / 31 Jul 2014

UKIP up, the Tories down, Ed crying into his Wensleydale, and Chuka, Umunna coming over the horizon. Things could be very different for Labour in 2015, writes Dan Hodges

The McGuffin Effect

The McGuffin Effect

by Joe McGuffin / 29 Jul 2014

This month: Mr Klutz Goes To Washington. McGuffin heads home as he takes an over-excited Ed to DC. With his "face morphing into a casserole of eyes and intestines" Ed meets Obama and misses fistbumps all over the place.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

by Tony Grew / 16 Jul 2014

Northern Ireland has always been a tough political forum for male MPs, but its female politicians have had to be just as hard-headed, if not more so, writes Tony Grew

Early signs of Labour

Early signs of Labour

by Stephen Tall / 10 Jul 2014

The early signals suggest the Lib Dems’ 2015 manifesto will have more in common with Labour than the Tories

Aiming for the Ed

Aiming for the Ed

by George Pascoe-Watson / 10 Jul 2014

If Ed Miliband thought he’d been hit by some nasty attacks from the Tories, he ain’t seen nothing yet

 

BRIGHT SPARKS

BRIGHT SPARKS

by Sam Macrory / 07 Jul 2014

David Sparks, the leader of Dudley Council, is the chairman-elect of the Local Government Association. On the eve of the LGA’s annual conference, he spoke to Sam Macrory 

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014

Few Labour ministers have made the transition from Blair to Brown to Miliband as seamlessly as Hilary Benn, an MP proud of his late father’s political legacy and determined to create his own. Jess Bowie meets the shadow communities secretary

Lunch with... Natalie Bennett

Lunch with... Natalie Bennett

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2014

The Green Party leader talks climate change, sexism, UKIP and the EU with Anoosh Chakelian

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs

by Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook / 02 Jul 2014

How did broadcasters cover the local and European elections? Was Nigel Farage given excessive airtime? And if he was, then did the coverage help the UKIP cause? Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook tune in to find out

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

by Jess Bowie / 30 Jun 2014

The socialist stalwart and former London mayor enjoys some hearty English grub with Jess Bowie 

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