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Language matters if you want LGBT politicians to succeed

By the time Gordon Brown went to the palace to dissolve parliament, £14,000 had been raised and was dished out to the frontline fight to...

Why, despite everything, I won't be trying dating apps

On 11 August, Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow Scottish secretary, a man from the North East of England called Dave Anderson, went to visit Aberdeen. ....

Jeremy Corbyn and the paranoid style

Popular social media figures like Dr Eoin Clarke have even built up the idea that the election result itself was a gigantic fraud. The problem...

Andrea Leadsom: babies, banks and Brussels

The aura around the 53-year-old Leadsom is that of a golf club ladies' captain. Educated at Tonbridge Grammar School in Kent and Warwick University, she...

Westminster has yet to come to terms with the consequences of Brexit

... including Iain Duncan Smith and John Whittingdale, two of the six cabinet ministers who refused to back David Cameron's renegotiated deal with the European...

Leading, not leaving: Gordon Brown makes a positive case for Europe

Their counterpoint is the pro-European Conservative ministers all too often portraying the European Union as something to be tolerated as a necessary evil rather than...

Why Radiohead are at the top of a game no one else knows how to play

The intro tape features the laughter of Nina Simone, possibly the least Radiohead sound imaginable; the first song, “Burn the Witch”, augments the recorded version's...

David Davis interview: The next Conservative leader will be someone nobody expects

The former Conservative leadership candidate is running on three hours' sleep after a Question Time appearance the night before. He is cheered, however, by the...

With the BBC Food's collection under threat, here's how to make the most of online recipes

He is cheered, however, by the coverage of his exchange with Ed Miliband. “Which country would it be be ... They're going to think they're...

I can't be the only one who has noticed that every dish in the Western world's a cheese sandwich

Lasagne, spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan cheese, a tricolore salad with a piece of nice, crusty bread? All of these, basically, are cheese sandwiches reconfigured ....

The Taliban's succession crisis will not diminish its resilience

The fast appointment, following days of intense council, appears to be a conspicuous act of decisiveness. It stands in contrast to ... Sirajuddin Haqqani, the...

The novels that taught me what to think about royals

Rusbridger left the editorship trailing clouds of glory. It was promised that he would be resurrected in September this year as chairman of the Scott...

To govern again, Labour must do a deal with the SNP and focus on England

Based on the PNS at the Local Elections, Chris Prosser of the British Election Study projects that Labour is currently on course for a result...

Facebook's trending topics scandal shows it's a more reliable news source than we realised

Only journalists – and, above all, the editor – can reliably interpret the Scott Trust's responsibility to ensure that the paper is “conducted . .

In this week's magazine | The Great Huckster

Last month, one MP dressed down Norman Smith, the BBC political reporter, for going on the airwaves and talking about “the Tory civil war”. At...

Queen's Speech: David Cameron will struggle to secure the social legacy he wants

Queen's speeches are rarely a reliable guide to the government's actions over the next year. The monarch's declaration that "other measures will be laid before...

Facebook didn't make Trump a phenomenon – its users did

If the increasingly-not-that-unthinkable happens, if TV screens around the world next January show a sea of red baseball caps swarming in triumph in front of...

Chaos in Cardiff sees Carwyn Jones fail to win re-election as First Minister

After much speculation on alternative candidates, the PO election turned into a straight fight between long-time Plaid Cymru members Elin Jones and Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas,...

The EU, not Nato, has brought peace to our continent

Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for the southwest of England, elected in May 2014. She has published ... By Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman...

Now that Sadiq Khan is London's new mayor, what will happen in the Tooting by-election?

With high house prices pushing London professionals further out towards the suburbs, the seat is gentrifying, making Conservatives more positive about the prospect of taking...

The New Statesman 2016 local and devolved elections liveblog

It would take a sudden conversion to Conservatism by the people of Lib-Lab Haringey for Goldsmith to win from here. In Watford, the Liberal Democrats...

the SNP fails to secure a majority as Scottish Labour is beaten into third

Other key losses for Scottish Labour include Dumfriesshire, where they were beaten into third; Renfrewshire South (which went to the SNP); Cowdenbeath, where Gordon Brown's...

The SNP retains power as Scottish Labour faces being beaten into third

Rare successes came in Edinburgh Southern, where Daniel Johnson took the seat from the SNP's Jim Eadie (although since the seat is effectively a four-way...

In defence of orientalism, the case against Twenty20, and why Ken should watch Son of Saul

Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has just won re-election in Brecon & Radnorshire with a margin of victory that Vladimir Putin would consider excessive. 04:26:...

In this week's magazine | The longest hatred

In this week's cover story, Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman consider the rise of Jew-hatred in contemporary Europe – the clearest manifestation of which is...

How should Labour's disgruntled moderates behave?

On the other hand, Labour MPs, whether we use Hirschman's three-way schema or not, are fast running out of options. The price for ... His...

Justin Trudeau points the way forward for European politics

Six months after Canadian election day, Justin Trudeau's Liberal party continues to bask in the glow of victory. With 44 per cent of support in...

The government's housing policies are dividing London

Former DCLG Permanent Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Lord Kerslake and two prominent Conservative local government leaders – Local Government Association (LGA) Chairman...

The Pill pushback

Lois is one of those datapoints. While at university she experienced “horrific migraines”, a common side effect of high-oestrogen birth controls she was taking. As...

In this week's magazine | The new facism

The artist formerly known as Terence Trent D'Arby remembers the artist forever known as Prince. The Diary: The 2016 University Challenge-winning captain, Hannah Woods, on...

The Leave campaign will struggle to win by playing the immigration card

On the Today programme, his fellow Brexiter Iain Duncan Smith declared: "The reality is that we have to accept people, even criminals." You could ....

To combat Islamic State, the world's leaders need to restore order to Libya

Even when the Conservative Party was trying to get rid of Iain Duncan Smith, it gained seats in opposition. When the Labour party was on...

The left-wing firebrands who turned to the right

Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz and Christopher Hitchens were different from one another in many ways, some of them quite fundamental.

Barack Obama delivers a hammerblow to the Brexiters

For good, unabashed, sex writing in contemporary literature in English, go to Katherine Angel's Unmastered, Nicholson Baker,'s House of Holes, Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies,...

Are we sex-literate? Why we should all be writing more about pleasure

... not to mention the power to defend themselves from exploitation and violence (I remember a 2013 Vice report on women in a conservative religious...

Cycling may be good for you but I'm still terrified all my friends are going to die

I can't remember how many hours it took, or how many times I fell off, but I learned – depleted of any remaining joy –...

Prince's death rips a hole in the fabric of popular music

The following year he rendered Bob Geldof apoplectic by choosing to go to a Mexican restaurant rather than attend the recording of “We Are the...

PMQs review: Jeremy Corbyn enjoys his best performance to date

His performance today was his best to date. He picked a subject - forced academisation - that divides both the public and the Conservative Party...

Donald Trump and the age of rage

Others recall his curious closeness to Peter Mandelson, the two apparently brought together by a love of plotting and a mutual loathing of Gordon Brown.

The thin controller

Others recall his curious closeness to Peter Mandelson, the two apparently brought together by a love of plotting and a mutual loathing of Gordon Brown.

David Cameron reminds the Conservatives of the gap he will leave

But things could change quickly - don't forget that just over a decade ago, Tony Blair was Prime Minister and most expected Gordon Brown, his...

David Cameron reminds the Conservatives of the gap he'll leave

But things could change quickly - don't forget that just over a decade ago, Tony Blair was Prime Minister and most expected Gordon Brown, his...

Jeremy Corbyn's confident response to the steel crisis shows he's settling in for the long haul

It partly explains why, even in a reliably Conservative redoubt such as Exmouth, he is constantly surrounded by passers-by who are keen to get a...

Commons Confidential: Doppelgänger defect

Bevan did five years and five months, while the record-holder, Norman Fowler, chalked up five years and nine months during the Thatcher era. .... What...

The Smithers question: why do we keep retrofitting progressive narratives in pop culture?

John [John Waters], after taking Marge, Bart, and Lisa on a tour of Springfield's scandalous past (Kent Brockman apparently pulled a Rosie Ruiz in a...

“Cannabis has been left behind”: the extraordinary life of Lee Harris, the hippie London mayoral candidate

He also worries about “criminalising whole generations of young people”, and says that as Mayor he would issue an apology to the Afro-Caribbean community for...

David Cameron vows to stay in the Commons after 2020

Cameron admitted in a BBC interview in the run-up to the general election that he will not seek another term as prime minister, effectively firing...

Are the media ignoring Corbyn supporters' #JC4PM tour?

At last year's Conservative conference in Manchester, Tory MPs spoke confidently about the identity of their next leader. “It will be George,” many predicted. ...

Dan Jarvis offers himself as a tougher Ed Miliband as he pitches to Labour's soft left

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all" runs Thumper's law. Dan Jarvis's speech this morning applied this principle to Jeremy Corbyn.

Leader: In defence of Project Fear

New StatesmanThe aftershocks of the Scottish referendum continue to reverberate. The vote on 18 September 2014 settled nothing in Scotland; rather, nationalism was ...and more »...